There’s an interesting story behind this painting. I’ve been subscribed to a YouTube channel called ‘Atmospheric Black Metal’ for a while when this album, ‘Todbringer’ by Ellende came out.
I remember listening to it and admiring the artwork, then totally forgot about it for more than a year until one day I accidentally saw a flash of the cover somewhere on the internet. I could not remember its name nor the name of the artist so I went back to the YouTube channel and browsed through the huge collection of albums until I finally found it.
The original image was painted by Lukas, the talented musician himself.
Full size: 5000×3879. Painted on a graphics tablet.
Full size: 3558×3558 pixels. These two art pieces are based on two photos I took in November 2017 in a small forest near Reykholt, western Iceland.
For some reason this place reminded me of ‘Blair Witch Project’ so I tried my best to evoke that mood through the grading and effects. Other influences include Burzum’s ‘Hliðskjálf’ as well as Agalloch’s ‘Marrow of the Spirit’ cover art. (more…)