A while ago I was commisioned by Ukranian band Nousinthis to make the cover artwork for their upcoming EP. They sent me a link to their music along with a nice brief of what they had in mind. Basically they wanted something in the mood of my “Not in Kansas anymore” piece; something which was sci-fi and sort of meditative at the same time. I guess that if you want to get my attention you only need to mention A Space Odyssey and Stanislaw Lem in the same paragraph. I said yes, of course.
The resulting illustration is above. It’s a straightforward composition, but I wanted it to look sort of iconic. Funnily enough, I remember I was thinking of that famous Che Guevara portrait all the time while doing this. And though nobody will bother for this, I used a somewhat elaborated geometric procedure to place that planet in the background exactly where it is. Yeah I know that sounds pointless, but now and then I like to play with golden sections and root 2 rectangles, because I’m that kind of person. There’s a diagram of it somewhere in my Instagram stream, in case you care for things like that. You shouldn’t.
Now, I’ve heard a lot of stories about bands not being too serious about commissions (which basically means: not paying), but dealing with Yurchick from Nousinthis was a pleasure from start to finish. They even were most forgiving when I got delayed more than expected and yes, they payed right away. Go and listen to their music, they do post-rock and they’re great.