Listen to Shumatsu no Tani Disc 1
Listen to Shumatsu no Tani Disc 2
Buy Shumatsu no Tanihttps://nibana.bandcamp.com/album/sh-matsu-no-tani
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How the Cover Came to BeThe Valley of the End image is a massively leveled up composite of 2 much older and less skillful pieces of mine. Nibana had seen some of my other album covers and went searching for a way to bring a couple early and strange works of mine back to life.
MOTHER AND CHILD
THE MASH UP
Detail ShotsBelow you will find plenty of detail cuts. Its really important to me to create each piece in large format in case it is ever displayed in print. It is much easier to cut your files down in size than it is to increase their presence. I spend many many hours with each of my digital pieces, getting down into the nitty gritty to blend 3D renders, photographic textures and pure painterly pixels. I understand a decent amount about anatomy and form, lighting and depth, composition and color and I push myself to my limits with every piece that I produce. It is important to me to consistently evolve and grow as an artist and I never want to let the viewer down. I take my work very seriously and I mean to saturate a close inspection with humanity and intrigue. I intend to entertain the mind and stimulate the senses at all resolutions. And so, I do hope these closeups will allow you a window into the finer points of Shumatsu no Tani.
The LogoIn addition to the image, I needed to conjure a font that fit both the title of the album and the image itself. I started with a free font from dafont.com called Teknojap and started cutting into it and customizing. I overlaid textures and applied text effects until I was satisfied. I then collapsed my layers and started painting in some fx and refinements to bring it to a totally custom space. “Nibana” is only loosely attached to the original font. “Shumatsu no Tani” is closer to the original, though there were many shifts to individual letter size, letting, etc. I also added and removed accoutrements as I felt necessary to create a custom style.
Digipack LayoutAfter we completely finalized the image we began to block in our layout for the CD case. In this instance we have a dual disc format and so we needed to design 8 printed pages using the detail shots in addition to the full image.
Final ProductI hope you enjoyed this in depth look at “Valley of the End” You can listen to more of Nibana’s Music Here and Here Thank you for your generous support and I hope to see you soon!!! Kindest Regards, Sean