OURFATHERS - FUNERAL PYRE
I was asked by the Bay Area based band Ourfathers to direct and create the art for their debut album Funeral Pyre. The scope of the album included a vinyl edition complete with an art book, promotional material both print and web and merchandise. This required long term dedication to ensure consistency across all of Ourfathers outlets, both promotional and personal.
The subject matter revolved around Dante’s Inferno and required extensive concept and ideation. Continuous collaboration with members of the band ensured the atmosphere and style of the artwork reflected accurately how the band wanted to be seen by their listeners. The 12-page booklet, created in Adobe Photoshop, explores a variety of compositional techniques and gives the audience a fully fleshed out listening experience. Visit Ourfathers website for more information about the band and where to buy the album.
FUNERAL PYRE SELECTIONS
"David is an amazing wellspring of knowledge and creativity. We hired David for a 12 piece book encapsulating the difficult concept of Dante's Inferno. We gave vague references to what we wanted and asked him to create a look and feel for a different world. We didn't want the typical "hellscape" that goes alongside most work like this.
David took the time to iterate on each scene, writing down rough concepts of his ideas and feelings for each scene and how they mapped together- all the while being very collaborative and welcoming to our thought process. He would come back and show even more imaginative concepts after each meeting. To say we were impressed would be an understatement.
He then proceeded to do color studies on the concepts (pulling from random "feels" and images I dug up on the internet for a mood board) - he narrowed down his palate and started sketching rough ideas of layout and in small thumbnails so he could easily maneuver from idea to idea if it wasn't turning out the way he wanted.
He is a perfectionist at his peek but allows for input in a constructive way for a better result on what we both wanted in the end. All in all - we will continue to hire David for work whenever we can. He is an invaluable asset to anyone he works with and inspired us to think outside the box and really expand our horizons to something that we both could be proud of.
Thanks David for your amazing work!"