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Top 10 Books You Must Read If You Live On the Wild Side

Top 10 Books You Must Read If You Live On the Wild Side

Lots of people probably expect this list to include books like the KISS biography by David Leaf or Mötley Crüe’s infamously funny “The Dirt”. It is very likely that I’ll do a list about the most entertaining band biographies at some point but this is not it. No, this list does not include any musician’s biographies, secret confessions of groupies or lost diaries of star-fuckers, whose life story could be titled ‘I Fucked the 80s’. This is a list about great novels. Many of them talk about music but the major topic in each and every one of them is life. Or as Marcel Proust said: “the only…

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Extreme Shoots presents: Legendary photographer Fin Costello captures a young 1984 Metallica

Extreme Shoots presents: Legendary photographer Fin Costello captures a young 1984 Metallica

By 1984, Metallica was already on its way to the top. Sure, they were still a penniless band, short on resources but with an immense sense of drive and determination. Their debut album “Kill ‘Em All” had  taken the then-nascent underground Thrash Metal scene by storm and people had begun to take notice. That included the Music For Nations label, who had already inked a modest contract with the band then-manager Jon Zazula and his Megaforce Records to distribute their albums in the UK and some other European territories. As part of such venture the band needed some promotional snapshots. Enter…

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Making of The World Is Bleeding

Making of The World Is Bleeding

Originally published in CGArena Magazine #8, 2013, www.cgarena.com artwork used for cover of CAMP CHAOS "The World Is Bleeding" www.isisdesignstudio.com

Hello guys, my name is Lukas and today I'm going to share with you insight of one of my latest artwork "The World Is Bleeding" and share with you some techniques I have used for creation of that artwork. But first of all I'd like to thanx to Ashley & CGArena for giving me the opportunity to share these things with you. I truly believe you will enjoy this "Making of" and you will find out some of tips & tricks handy for you.

For…

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How to create stylized planet illustration

How to create stylized planet illustration

Originally published in DigitalDesign Magazine #1, 2012 - www.digitaldesignmag.com Artwork used for cover of BETWEEN THE PLANETS "Immersion Into The Unknown"

I was born in 1984 in Slovakia, Europe. It was 4 years ago I fell in passion with digital art and  computer graphics. After finishing my university studies I started as completely self-taught.  Shortly I landed a job as a junior graphic designer but nowadays I work as freelancer focused on 2D production, matte-painting, photo retouching and postproduction. Also I keep moving forward towards new advanced production techniques and area…

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Shining album artwork for One One One

Shining album artwork for One One One

“One One One” will be available as a digipack containing a 20 page booklet filled with lyrics and artwork designed by famous designer duo Trine+Kim (Enslaved, Solefald, Mayhem, Drakthrone).Shining front man and saxophone superman, Jørgen Munkeby, comments on the process and thoughts behind the cover art:"We wanted to continue the visual aesthetics we developed with Blackjazz and Live Blackjazz, but at the same time give it a fresh twist. It felt natural to continue our collaboration with Trine + Kim Design Studio, who helped develop the visual aesthetics for Blackjazz back in 2009.I've also…

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Comparing bands first and latest album covers

Comparing bands first and latest album covers

by Pete Alander (Bandmill/HeavyMetalArtwork.com)

As times goes by all bands in any music genre must face the facts of changing music industry and re-invent or at least update their concept of producing albums. There must be millions of things you need to discover again as an artist but one of the key points is how your album cover should look like in 2013. As we all know the direction is going more and more into digital publishing and it's pushing the boundaries of design as we speak and raises questions that never existed in past days. Where to focus on your design? How to reduce the size as…

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