Album cover #1
This is one of my first projects I made for my digital imaging class. The Pigeon Detectives are a real rock band, although this album is not. The album cover I designed was inspired by one of their actual albums, "Broken Glances" where images of atomic bombs are shown on their cover. To get a similar effect, this is what I did.
First, instead of atomic bombs, I used missiles. They were blurred appropriately to convey distance. I decided to go with a city skyline in the background, and blazing fire in the foreground to show chaos. I placed these images in the center and created a border around it, making it look like it's a window to another world. I put a pigeon silhouette standing on the ledge, looking into the window. Finally, I placed text on the borders relating to the album title and the rock band.
I want to talk a bit about color. As you can see, the only color here is from the fire. I made the fire really bright so that it's the first thing that you see, the first thing that catches your eye when you look at the cover. Everything else is monochrome, in varying shades of gray. I did this to portray an "end of the world" feel, since that is the theme I wanted to convey, with the fire and such.
Finally, no image is complete without a little special filtering and editing. I used the inner shadow selection for the fire, the buildings, the window itself, and also all the text.
I had a little theory when I first decided to place a pigeon in the actual cover. Since the pigeon is looking into the "window", it's actually looking into the window of his soul. And his soul's not looking too great. The fire and chaos represents inner anguish and complexity. Speculation, though, as I was just having quite a blast designing this cover that a little theory went into it.
* elements I used:
- fire: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d3/aa/95/d3aa9553fc8822cd43f478ea19d4d48f.png
- buildings: https://troublesomesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/L12-Background-Silhouette.png
- missiles: https://www.shareicon.net/shape-missile-weapons-side-view-weapon-silhouettes-arm-silhouette-computer-and-media-662766
- pigeon: https://i.pinimg.com/236x/b1/03/d5/b103d560a3c765a43c819e73081fe988--bird-silhouette-vector-graphics.jpg
*Want to print it out? Here's the link: Print Outs