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Zombie Playing GuitarTommy Justice hired me to create this full-color illustration of him as a zombie riffing under the moonlight.

t-shirt design of a skull and da

Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

t-shirt design of a skull and da

Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

t-shirt design of a skull and da

Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

t-shirt design of a skull and da

Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

 

Client:

Tommy Justice

Description:

Tommy Justice hired me to create this full-color illustration of him as a zombie riffing under the moonlight.

Tommy’s got a really great retro 80s hair metal vibe that I tried to capture here with the artwork.  Proving once again that the zombie craze will never die.  Just like a zombie.

Check out more of my T-Shirt designs here.

Digital inking tutorial

Digital inking Movie Monsters in Manga Studio 5 (with commentary)

How to digitally ink in Manga Studio 5 – Horror movie monsters and heavy metal character designs.

I illustrated this dark detailed illustration of an epic battle between Freddy, Leatherface, Nosferatu, The Excorsist, Frankenstein, Kirk Hammet, Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Corey Taylor, and more for a documentary on the history of Metal and Horror.

I was hired by Producer Mike Schiff of M.A.S. Productions to create an illustration of some of the most iconic figures in horror and heavy metal engaging in an epic battle. The image was used to promote a documentary they produced which explores the history of heavy metal music, horror films, and how the two genres have merged together over time.

The documentary features interviews with Alice Cooper, Kirk Hammett, Corey Taylor, plus a ton of other heavy metal stars, along with huge names in the horror industry. It was so great getting the chance to illustrate these iconic figures, including Freddy, Leatherface, Nosferatu, Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Kirk Hammet, and more. Pieces of the illustration were also used for an animation promoting the documentary.

Client Testimonial:
Incredible job on this. I knew you’d create something amazing , and holy crap is this good.
-Mike Schiff
Mas Productions

See clips from the documentary here:
http://www.metalhorror.com/

Support their Indiegogo campaign:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-history-of-metal-and-horror#/story

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This video uses a custom set of 100 Manga Studio 5 brushes available for purchase here for $2.99:

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MUSIC BY:
Roadside Funeral
Special thanks to the talented Jeremy Bratton for allowing me to use the tunes from his band’s new self-titled album. If you dig the tunes, please purchase here: https://roadsidefuneral.bandcamp.com/releases

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digital painting tutorial

Digital coloring and painting Movie Monsters in Manga Studio 5 (with commentary)

FULL COMMENTARY WALK-THROUGH on how to color under line-art in Manga Studio 5

I illustrated this dark detailed illustration of an epic battle between Freddy, Leatherface, Nosferatu, The Excorsist, Frankenstein, Kirk Hammet, Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Corey Taylor, and more for a documentary on the history of Metal and Horror.

I was hired by Producer Mike Schiff of M.A.S. Productions to create an illustration of some of the most iconic figures in horror and heavy metal engaging in an epic battle. The image was used to promote a documentary they produced which explores the history of heavy metal music, horror films, and how the two genres have merged together over time.

The documentary features interviews with Alice Cooper, Kirk Hammett, Corey Taylor, plus a ton of other heavy metal stars, along with huge names in the horror industry. It was so great getting the chance to illustrate these iconic figures, including Freddy, Leatherface, Nosferatu, Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Kirk Hammet, and more. Pieces of the illustration were also used for an animation promoting the documentary.

Client Testimonial:
Incredible job on this. I knew you’d create something amazing , and holy crap is this good.
-Mike Schiff
Mas Productions

See clips from the documentary here:
http://www.metalhorror.com/

Support their Indiegogo campaign:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-history-of-metal-and-horror#/story

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This video uses a custom set of 100 Manga Studio 5 brushes available for purchase here for $2.99:

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MUSIC BY:
Roadside Funeral
Special thanks to the talented Jeremy Bratton for allowing me to use the tunes from his band’s new self-titled album. If you dig the tunes, please purchase here: https://roadsidefuneral.bandcamp.com/releases

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To check out more of my work, or to hire me:

Follow me on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/brianallen.flylanddesigns

Character design illustration of horror movie monsters and heavy metal icons I created for a website

Horror Movie and Heavy Metal Character Designs

Client:

M.A.S. Productions

 

Description:

I illustrated this dark detailed illustration of an epic battle between Freddy, Leatherface, Nosferatu, The Excorsist, Frankenstein, Kirk Hammet, Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Corey Taylor, and more for a documentary on the history of Metal and Horror.

I was hired by Producer Mike Schiff of M.A.S. Productions to create an illustration of some of the most iconic figures in horror and heavy metal engaging in an epic battle.  The image was used to promote a documentary they produced which explores the history of heavy metal music, horror films, and how the two genres have merged together over time.

The documentary features interviews with Alice Cooper, Kirk Hammett, Corey Taylor, plus a ton of other heavy metal stars, along with huge names in the horror industry.  It was so great getting the chance to illustrate these iconic figures, including Freddy, Leatherface, Nosferatu, Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Kirk Hammet, and more.  Pieces of the illustration were also used for an animation promoting the documentary.

 

Client Testimonial:

Incredible job on this. I knew you’d create something amazing , and holy crap is this good.

-Mike Schiff

Mas Productions

 

See clips from the documentary here:

http://www.metalhorror.com/

 

Support their Iniegogo campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-history-of-metal-and-horror#/story

Horror movie and Heavy Metal character design

Character Design Illustration of horror movie monsters Freddy, Leatherface, Nosferatu, fighting heavy metal starts Kirk Hammet, Ozzy, Alice Cooper.

Freddy Vs. Alice Cooper Character Design Caricature illustration of Heavy Metal Icon Ozzy Osbourne Character design of horror movie icon Nosferatu Character design of Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre Caricature illustration of Heavy Metal Icon Kirk Hammet Caricature illustration of Heavy Metal Icon Kerry King Character design of Freddy from The Nightmare on Elm Street Horror Movie caricature of Frankenstein Caricature illustration of Heavy Metal Icon Corey Taylor of Slipknot Caricature illustration of Horror Movie icon Regan from the Excorcist Caricature illustration of Heavy Metal Icon Alice Cooper Die-cut sticker of horror movie monster Freddy, Leatherface, and Nosferatu

Dark illustration of a skull, crow, and zombie for an album cover

Dark Skull Album Cover for Brazilian Heavy Metal Band John Wayne

Album cover I illustrated for the Brazilian heavy metal band John Wayne (named after John Wayne Gacy – not the other guy). It was a great pleasure working on this with the band, as they gave me a lot of freedom, and I set upon the design without much planning, and tried to let it flow. This album cover is the first in a set of two albums, that when placed together will form one cohesive image. This album represents the dark side, while the following album will have a similar design, but mirrored, and “lighter.”

Client Testimonial:
We are very happy with your great work!
-Rogerio Torres
John Wayne (Brazilian Heavy Metal Band)

You can purchase the album here:
https://www.facebook.com/BandaJohnWayne

Dark illustration of a skull, crow, and zombie for an album cover

Album cover I illustrated for the Brazilian heavy metal band John Wayne (named after John Wayne Gacy – not the other guy). It was a great pleasure working on this with the band, as they gave me a lot of freedom, and I set upon the design without much planning, and tried to let it flow. This album cover is the first in a set of two albums, that when placed together will form one cohesive image. This album represents the dark side, while the following album will have a similar design, but mirrored, and “lighter.”
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Dark illustration of a skull, crow, and zombie for an album cover

Album cover I illustrated for the Brazilian heavy metal band John Wayne (named after John Wayne Gacy – not the other guy). It was a great pleasure working on this with the band, as they gave me a lot of freedom, and I set upon the design without much planning, and tried to let it flow. This album cover is the first in a set of two albums, that when placed together will form one cohesive image. This album represents the dark side, while the following album will have a similar design, but mirrored, and “lighter.”
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Dark illustration of a skull, crow, and zombie for an album cover

Album cover I illustrated for the Brazilian heavy metal band John Wayne (named after John Wayne Gacy – not the other guy). It was a great pleasure working on this with the band, as they gave me a lot of freedom, and I set upon the design without much planning, and tried to let it flow. This album cover is the first in a set of two albums, that when placed together will form one cohesive image. This album represents the dark side, while the following album will have a similar design, but mirrored, and “lighter.”
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Click here to see more of my Dark Illustrations

Click here to see more of my custom album cover designs.

Album cover illustration of kid rolling dice in destroyed city with monsters.

Armageddon Disaster Album Cover Illustration

This is a very detailed illustrated album cover I created for the heavy metal band called DemonHead. The idea was to have a troubled kid rolling a 12-sided die that causes catastrophe behind him. With each roll bring a different type of destruction. I tried to have fun with it and cram in as much chaos as I could.

Client Testimonial:
Thanks so much for the work I think it came out really well and will look awesome. It was a pleasure working with you. Couldn’t be happier with the end result!
-Dave Lowes, DemonHead

You can purchase the album here:
https://demonheadaus.bandcamp.com/releases

Check out this speed-painting tutorial on how this artwork was inked:

Check out this speed-painting tutorial on how the artwork was colored:

Album cover illustration of kid rolling dice in destroyed city with monsters.

This is a very detailed illustrated album cover I created for the heavy metal band called DemonHead. The idea was to have a troubled kid rolling a 12-sided die that causes catastrophe behind him. With each roll bring a different type of destruction. I tried to have fun with it and cram in as much chaos as I could.
This is a very detailed illustrated album cover I created for the heavy metal band called DemonHead. The idea was to have a troubled kid rolling a 12-sided die that causes catastrophe behind him. With each roll bring a different type of destruction. I tried to have fun with it and cram in as much chaos as I could.
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Album cover illustration of kid rolling dice in destroyed city with monsters.

This is a very detailed illustrated album cover I created for the heavy metal band called DemonHead. The idea was to have a troubled kid rolling a 12-sided die that causes catastrophe behind him. With each roll bring a different type of destruction. I tried to have fun with it and cram in as much chaos as I could.
This is a very detailed illustrated album cover I created for the heavy metal band called DemonHead. The idea was to have a troubled kid rolling a 12-sided die that causes catastrophe behind him. With each roll bring a different type of destruction. I tried to have fun with it and cram in as much chaos as I could.
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Album cover illustration of kid rolling dice in destroyed city with monsters.

This is a very detailed illustrated album cover I created for the heavy metal band called DemonHead. The idea was to have a troubled kid rolling a 12-sided die that causes catastrophe behind him. With each roll bring a different type of destruction. I tried to have fun with it and cram in as much chaos as I could.
This is a very detailed illustrated album cover I created for the heavy metal band called DemonHead. The idea was to have a troubled kid rolling a 12-sided die that causes catastrophe behind him. With each roll bring a different type of destruction. I tried to have fun with it and cram in as much chaos as I could.
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Album cover illustration of kid rolling dice in destroyed city with monsters.

This is a very detailed illustrated album cover I created for the heavy metal band called DemonHead. The idea was to have a troubled kid rolling a 12-sided die that causes catastrophe behind him. With each roll bring a different type of destruction. I tried to have fun with it and cram in as much chaos as I could.
This is a very detailed illustrated album cover I created for the heavy metal band called DemonHead. The idea was to have a troubled kid rolling a 12-sided die that causes catastrophe behind him. With each roll bring a different type of destruction. I tried to have fun with it and cram in as much chaos as I could.
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Album cover illustration of kid rolling dice in destroyed city with monsters.

This is a very detailed illustrated album cover I created for the heavy metal band called DemonHead. The idea was to have a troubled kid rolling a 12-sided die that causes catastrophe behind him. With each roll bring a different type of destruction. I tried to have fun with it and cram in as much chaos as I could.
This is a very detailed illustrated album cover I created for the heavy metal band called DemonHead. The idea was to have a troubled kid rolling a 12-sided die that causes catastrophe behind him. With each roll bring a different type of destruction. I tried to have fun with it and cram in as much chaos as I could.
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Click here to see more of my Dark Illustrations

Click here to see more of my custom album cover designs.

Album cover illustration of a scientist being sucked into a wormhole

Science Fiction Album Cover Design for Valence

Client:

Valence

Description:

Album cover I created for the progressive metal band Valence for their upcoming album, “Laser Baron.” The band created a story about a scientist who inadvertently opens a wormhole and disrupts the world as we know it. My job was to create an illustration that followed the theme, and stylistically complimented the music. Check out the album, I highly recommend it.

Link:

http://www.valence-band.com/

Album cover illustration of a scientist being sucked into a wormhole

Album cover illustration of a scientist being sucked into a wormhole

Product VIew

Album cover illustration of a scientist being sucked into a wormhole

Concept Sketch C

Album cover illustration of a scientist being sucked into a wormhole

Concept Sketch A

Album cover illustration of a scientist being sucked into a wormhole

Concept Sketch B

Click here to see more of my Dark Illustrations

Click here to see more of my custom album cover designs.

Moonshine Zombie Whiskey label illustration

Zombie with headphones T-Shirt Illustration

Client:

Straying From Madness

Description:

T-Shirt zombie illustration I created for the Mexico City heavy metal band, Straying From Madness.

The illustration was designed to fit their current brand image I designed, which is based on creepy but colorful and fun zombie characters. This design was set up for silk-screening. Four colors.

Moonshine Zombie Whiskey label illustration

Moonshine Zombie Whiskey label illustration

T-Shirt mockup

Moonshine Zombie Whiskey label illustration

Concept sketch

Moonshine Zombie Whiskey label illustration

Detail view

Click here to see more of my Dark Illustrations

Check out more of my T-Shirt designs here.

Illustration of a zombie head in an apocalypse for a heavy metal music video

Dead Killers Music Video

I’m SO proud to be sharing this. I’ve been working with the metal band Straying From Madness for a while on a music video for their new single, about the band fighting for their lives in a zombie apocalypse.  I illustrated all the characters, zombies, and backgrounds, and then a very talented video artist put it all together.

It was an immensely challenging and rewarding project, and I’m thrilled with ho it turned out. We working on a very tight deadline and budget restraints, so I elected to illustrate it in a very rough style, which is very different for me.  Typically, I like to draw things first as a rough sketch, then a pencil sketch, then ink and color.  This gives me a chance to work out the anatomy and details as I go to make sure they are correct.  With this project, I skipped the middle step and just went for it, and colored in a very limited color scheme to save time.  I think in the end, that choice actually added a lot of character to the video.  It is after all, the Apocalypse.

Special thanks to Larz and the rest of the band at Straying From Madness.  They are fantastic to work with, and I wish them nothing but ridiculous Rock Star success.

Check out their music here:
https://www.facebook.com/strayingfrommadness

To see more of my dark illustrations, check out: https://www.flylanddesigns.com/illustration-dark/

Straying From Madness music video illustrations

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Album cover illustration of a holy war

Killing For Christ Album Cover

This album cover for the hardcore metal band, Killing For Christ, was a fun challenge.  The client wanted to illustrate what it might look like if all the world’s religions duked it out.  We were careful to keep the illustration dark, but still humorous, so it’s obvous that this is a tongue-in-cheek rendition of the apocalypse (throwing in a few cultural icons like Kermit and Fozzy the Bear helped with that, I think).  Of course, it’s not true heavy metal if no one gets at least slightly offended!

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