So how I came out with this suuuuper fresh design? With those premises I wanted to try something different, use AI generated images to give a structural start. Sounds like cheating for all of you cool and hip designers out there but 1) i used it just to create the more “chaotic” and surreal subject 2) I don’t care as far as it’s used with purpose, balance and with taste.
SO, i wanted the explosion-cloud-stuff to be the center of the design and surround it with glows, clouds and a landscape that featured trees, hills and whatever it helped highlight the majestic dimentions of the explosion.
So the clouds and the rays behind the explosion had been cut out from old engravings (duh) and placed together by transform them in two-colored black and white elements. The landscape, the other way, was cut out from a painting (i don’t remember by whom, tbh) by selecting just the colors from a black value and above and letting out all the more light colors. Then, obviously, i made it all black and used it to mask the other elements of the design.
I wanted to give it then a heavy contrast to make it crispy and let all the details stand out pretty much by erasing all shadings and different colors than black and white. NO GREYS ALLOWED.
The last step was the band’s name, which repeated in this way, vertically, really completes the design by becoming part of it rather than being a separate element.