Saturday, December 4, 2010
I've just recently been finishing up the design work for the entire packaging of this Night Heir recording. Here are some smaller res versions of the front and back covers. (You can still click them for larger images) The painting on the front is by one of my all time favorites Edmund Dulac. It is a 1909 illustration for The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The color and tone of this image sing to me and the hooded figure strongly recalls a similar apparition from the painting the Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin -an image that completely informed one of the songs on the record.
Böcklin actually painted several versions of this same image but this, the original from 1880, remains the starkest and most powerful for me.