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Album Cover Illustration of Demon Army

Client:

The Unbroken

Description:

The New York band, The Unbroken hired me to create this insanely detailed illustration of crusaders clashing with a horde of demon soldiers, parting in the middle to show our Unbroken hero in the middle of the fray.

I love working on projects like this where I can just put my headphones on and get absorbed in all the details of each creature and soldier. It’s a challenge to keep it from becoming a tangled mess. I tried to keep all the colors limited so that the focus would rest on the solitary warrior in the middle.

I also update the band’s logo to match the illustration.

Client Testimonial:

Absolutely amazing! The guys love it!

-Jason Lekberg

Manager, The Unbroken

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Woman Fighting Evil Monsters Album Cover

Client:

New Hong Kong

Description:

The band New Hong Kong hired me to illustrate their album cover for The King Makes The Rules, showing a bunch of evil monsters sparring with a young vampire hunter.

The band wanted it to be creepy but still fun, so I kept the gore to a minimum and the colors saturated. I illustrated the mummy, werewolf, zombie, and pirate skeleton in a heavy brushed ink style, trying to emulate the amazing Tales from the Crypt covers by Jack Davis. The band was really fun to work with, and the final result ended up fitting their music perfectly.

Client Testimonial:

This looks amazing and everyone loves it. We’re super excited—it turned out amazing as I knew it would.

-Thomas Latronico

NHK, member

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Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

Woman holding gun and knife, sur

Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

Gross and disgusting restaurant

A La Carte Album Cover

Client:

A La Carte

Description:

Album cover design I created for the band A La Carte showing a disgusting restaurant with eyeballs, fingers, brains, rats, and even a toilet.

The band wanted me to create an album cover with a lot of gross details, as if a fine restaurant was being run by a deranged cannibal. The illustration covers the front and back cover. I also had the privilege to design the band’s logo as well, which was made to look like a goopy, drippy mess.

Client Testimonial:

We couldn’t be happier with the atmosphere you captured on this piece.

-Mark Hauenstein

A La Carte, Band Member

Ancient Future Album Cover


 

Client:

Ancient Future

Description:

Here’s something fun I created for a client of mine for his new album called Ancient Future. He wanted the members drawn as caricatures in a trippy garden.

Evil werewolf in the oval office

Neverdawn Heavy Metal Album Cover

Evil werewolf in the oval office

Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

Evil werewolf in the oval office

Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

Client:
Neverdawn

Description:
Insane werewolf creature wrecking havoc in the oval office – Not a political statement, just something I drew last year for the band Neverdawn for their new album cover.
This is easily one of my favorite album covers I’ve ever been apart of. So much fun. A throwback to the massive detail and destruction in the album covers I was raised on by Iron Maiden, Megadeth, and the like.

Evil werewolf in the oval office

Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

Evil werewolf in the oval office

Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

Album cover of Rastafarian artis

Album cover of Rastafarian artis

Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

Album cover of Rastafarian artis

Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

 

Client:

Zion Train

Description:

Album cover I created for the artist Brian Blake of Zion Train for his album entitled True Love.  I was hired to draw the likeness of the artist driving a train hauling hemp and other goodies through a colorful landscape.

 

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Black Sabbath Tribute Album Cover

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Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

Album cover illustration of a re

Copyright © 2016 by Brian Allen

 

Client:

Listenable Records

Description:

Listenable Records hired me to illustrated this Black Sabbath tribute album cover of their red winged demon.

I tried to pump as much of my style into it, while still keeping the pose close enough that fans of the early Black Sabbath material would get it.  We put some headphones on the demon for fun.  Always a pleasure working with these guys!

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Illustration of comic book style hip-hop artists fighting a horde of zombies

Bukshot Album Cover

Client:

Bukshot

Description:

I illustrated this promotional poster and album cover for the hip-hop artist Bukshot who partnered with Violent J from The Insane Clown Posse, Madchild, and JellyRoll.  The album was a special edition, and released in a DVD sized package, which allowed me to create a cool portrait orientation, instead of having to squeeze everything into a tiny square.  Bukshot wanted the four artists illustrated as comic book characters, fighting a horde of zombies.  I enjoyed this so much!

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Album cover design I created of the Grim Reaper emerging from smoke to connect with a woman emerging from a portal to hell.

Grim Reaper detailed Illustration for Album Cover

Client:
Weed Enforcer

Description:
This design is meant to subtly resemble a yin and yang, as the grim reaper reaches out to a woman emerging from a swirling portal to hell. I had a great time working with the creative people behind the music on this album, and I’m really happy with how this turned out.

Client Testimonial:
“Hey, i’m going to say a word i never thought i’d say…PERF
-Allan Edward
Weed Enforcer

You can purchase signed prints of this artwork here:
https://www.flylanddesigns.com/shop/

Album cover design I created of the Grim Reaper emerging from smoke to connect with a woman emerging from a portal to hell.

Album cover design I created of the Grim Reaper emerging from smoke to connect with a woman emerging from a portal to hell.

Album cover design I created of the Grim Reaper emerging from smoke to connect with a woman emerging from a portal to hell.

Album cover design I created of the Grim Reaper emerging from smoke to connect with a woman emerging from a portal to hell.

Robot samurai album cover illustration.

Listenable Records Sampler Album Cover

Always a pleasure working with my friends at Listenable Records. For this year’s sampler featuring the labels best tracks, we chose to pay tribute to the classic Defenders of the Faith album cover from Judas Priest. I thought it would be cool to draw a samurai in the same art style and color scheme as that record, and really give it a nice retro theme, with bright primary colors. Really dig the way this came out – might make a great sticker.

Client Testimonial:
I love it, colours are perfect , there’s a vintage feel too in the logo and overall colours, it’s great!
-Laurent Merle
Listenable Records

Robot samurai album cover illustration.

Always a pleasure working with my friends at Listenable Records. For this year’s sampler featuring the labels best tracks, we chose to pay tribute to the classic Defenders of the Faith album cover from Judas Priest. I thought it would be cool to draw a samurai in the same art style and color scheme as that record, and really give it a nice retro theme, with bright primary colors. Really dig the way this came out – might make a great sticker.
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Robot samurai album cover illustration.

Always a pleasure working with my friends at Listenable Records. For this year’s sampler featuring the labels best tracks, we chose to pay tribute to the classic Defenders of the Faith album cover from Judas Priest. I thought it would be cool to draw a samurai in the same art style and color scheme as that record, and really give it a nice retro theme, with bright primary colors. Really dig the way this came out – might make a great sticker.
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Robot samurai album cover illustration.

Always a pleasure working with my friends at Listenable Records. For this year’s sampler featuring the labels best tracks, we chose to pay tribute to the classic Defenders of the Faith album cover from Judas Priest. I thought it would be cool to draw a samurai in the same art style and color scheme as that record, and really give it a nice retro theme, with bright primary colors. Really dig the way this came out – might make a great sticker.
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Robot samurai album cover illustration.

Always a pleasure working with my friends at Listenable Records. For this year’s sampler featuring the labels best tracks, we chose to pay tribute to the classic Defenders of the Faith album cover from Judas Priest. I thought it would be cool to draw a samurai in the same art style and color scheme as that record, and really give it a nice retro theme, with bright primary colors. Really dig the way this came out – might make a great sticker.
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Robot samurai album cover illustration.

Always a pleasure working with my friends at Listenable Records. For this year’s sampler featuring the labels best tracks, we chose to pay tribute to the classic Defenders of the Faith album cover from Judas Priest. I thought it would be cool to draw a samurai in the same art style and color scheme as that record, and really give it a nice retro theme, with bright primary colors. Really dig the way this came out – might make a great sticker.
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 The Jokers in a hurricane and rock and roll.

Album Cover Illustration for the UK Band The Jokers

This is a fun album cover illustration I created for a hard rock band called the Jokers for their new album, Hurricane. The idea was to have the band in a classic-looking car flying through the air to their next gig, and causing a hurricane behind them, destroying London below them. I tried to hide a lot of detail into the design swirling around them in the hurricane, like roadies, amps, guitars, and british artifacts. The band needed the album art in a really short amount of time, but we pulled it off in time, and they were quite happy with the result.

Client Testimonial:
…it all looks amazing, we are really really happy with the final product.
-Paul Hurst
The Jokers

Album cover illustration of The Jokers in a hurricane and rock and roll.

This is a fun album cover illustration I created for a hard rock band called the Jokers for their new album, Hurricane. The idea was to have the band in a classic-looking car flying through the air to their next gig, and causing a hurricane behind them, destroying London below them. I tried to hide a lot of detail into the design swirling around them in the hurricane, like roadies, amps, guitars, and british artifacts. The band needed the album art in a really short amount of time, but we pulled it off in time, and they were quite happy with the result.
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Album cover illustration of The Jokers in a hurricane and rock and roll.

This is a fun album cover illustration I created for a hard rock band called the Jokers for their new album, Hurricane. The idea was to have the band in a classic-looking car flying through the air to their next gig, and causing a hurricane behind them, destroying London below them. I tried to hide a lot of detail into the design swirling around them in the hurricane, like roadies, amps, guitars, and british artifacts. The band needed the album art in a really short amount of time, but we pulled it off in time, and they were quite happy with the result.
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Album cover illustration of The Jokers in a hurricane and rock and roll.

This is a fun album cover illustration I created for a hard rock band called the Jokers for their new album, Hurricane. The idea was to have the band in a classic-looking car flying through the air to their next gig, and causing a hurricane behind them, destroying London below them. I tried to hide a lot of detail into the design swirling around them in the hurricane, like roadies, amps, guitars, and british artifacts. The band needed the album art in a really short amount of time, but we pulled it off in time, and they were quite happy with the result.
To see more of my work, or hire me for freelance projects, please visit my website: www.flylanddesigns.com

Album cover illustration of The Jokers in a hurricane and rock and roll.

This is a fun album cover illustration I created for a hard rock band called the Jokers for their new album, Hurricane. The idea was to have the band in a classic-looking car flying through the air to their next gig, and causing a hurricane behind them, destroying London below them. I tried to hide a lot of detail into the design swirling around them in the hurricane, like roadies, amps, guitars, and british artifacts. The band needed the album art in a really short amount of time, but we pulled it off in time, and they were quite happy with the result.
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 custom album cover designs.

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

Speed-Inking Tutorial in Manga Studio for Album Cover Illustration

Speed-Inking Tutorial video I created for the process of digitally inking an album cover for the Brazillian band John Wayne in Manga Studio 5 (Clip Studio Paint) with a Wacom Cintiq 24HD.

The album cover I illustrated was 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.”
You can purchase the album here:
https://www.facebook.com/BandaJohnWayne


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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.

T-Shirt illustration I created of a Pelican on the beach for Mike's Beach Bar.

Iron Maiden Killers Tribute Illustration

Client:

Listenable Records

Description:

Iron Maiden, and the artist behind their amazing artwork, Derek Riggs, have always been a huge inspiration for everything that I do. So I was super excited when I was hired by Listenable Records to create an illustration tribute to Iron Maiden’s first album, “Killers,” for an upcomming sampler that would be given out at Iron Maiden concerts in Europe. I tried to cram in as much of my own style as I could.

T-Shirt illustration I created of a Pelican on the beach for Mike's Beach Bar.

T-Shirt illustration I created of a Pelican on the beach for Mike's Beach Bar.

Click here to see more of my Dark Illustrations

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

Client:

Listenable Records

Description:

Iron Maiden, and the artist behind their amazing artwork, Derek Riggs, have always been a huge inspiration for everything that I do. So I was super excited when I was hired by Listenable Records to create an illustration tribute to Iron Maiden’s first album, “Killers,” for an upcomming sampler that would be given out at Iron Maiden concerts in Europe. I tried to cram in as much of my own style as I could.

T-Shirt illustration I created of a Pelican on the beach for Mike's Beach Bar.

T-Shirt illustration I created of a Pelican on the beach for Mike's Beach Bar.

Click here to see more of my Dark Illustrations

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

Iron Maiden Killers Tribute Illustration

Iron Maiden Killers Tribute Illustration

Client:

Listenable Records

Description:

Iron Maiden, and the artist behind their amazing artwork, Derek Riggs, have always been a huge inspiration for everything that I do. So I was super excited when I was hired by Listenable Records to create an illustration tribute to Iron Maiden’s first album, “Killers,” for an upcomming sampler that would be given out at Iron Maiden concerts in Europe. I tried to cram in as much of my own style as I could.

Iron Maiden Killers Tribute Illustration

Iron Maiden Killers Tribute Illustration

Click here to see more of my Dark Illustrations

Illustration of a moshpit full of zombies created for a record company

Zombie Moshpit Album Cover Design

Client:

Listenable Records

Description:

Album cover I illustrated for a new promotional album for Listenable Records. My client came up with the idea of having a moshpit of metal zombies rocking out. I thought it would be funny to put a frightened goth chick crowd-surfing to her doom. The illustration was created at a huge size so that it could also be displayed as a four foot banner at concerts.

Link:

http://www.listenable.net/Listenable Records

Illustration of a moshpit full of zombies created for a record company

Album Cover Design

Illustration of a moshpit full of zombies created for a record company

Detail View

Illustration of a moshpit full of zombies created for a record company

Product View

Rough Sketch

Rough Sketch

Black and White Inks

Black and White Inks

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Illustration of a moshpit full of zombies created for a record company

Interview on Metal Band Art

I was just interviewed by Metal Band Art!
http://metalbandart.com/?p=3994

I’m really excited because a ton of super talented artists are on the site, like TOO MANY SKULLS (by Raf The Might), JoshuaAndrewBelanger, and Mark Riddick (RIDDICKART)) to name just a few.

Obviously, there’s been some huge mistake, so please go check out the interview before they take it down!

Illustration of Heisenberg from Breaking Bad in a Rammstein album cover parody

Breaking Bad Rammstein Tribute

Here’s an unusual one.  I was commissioned to illustrate this album cover combining the iconic Rammstein cover, with the Breaking Bad anti-hero, Hesienberg.  The band is a fictional german industrial band playing Breaking Bad themed songs.  The challenge was to create something that fans would both recovnize as a Rammstein and Breaking Bad tribute at the same time.  We had a lot of fun with this.

You can purchase the album from the artist here:  Facebook.com/crannstein

Illustration of Heisenberg from Breaking Bad in a Rammstein album cover parody

Illustration of Heisenberg from Breaking Bad in a Rammstein album cover parody

CD mockup

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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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