I am putting the finishing touches on the Fairy album, which i am immensely satisfied with as of this writing.
This is normally the stage in the process where i scour Deviant Art for some piece i like, then contact the artist and ask (beg) them to let me use it. Sometimes i pay them a reasonable fee and sometimes they just let me have it with their blessing.
I am at that stage and i thought i would enlist the help of whoever may know an artist or have an interest in finding a really cool cover to the album. If you want to send samples of your own work i am open, albeit picky.
Let me give a few guidelines:
1. The album is a series of stories about fairies, but what i DON’T want is a picture of some cute fairy in the middle of the cover. It’s a. Real overdone, b. Too obvious, c. kitsch.
2. I prefer something more subtle and suggestive. Something that evokes a mood or a hint of mystery or sadness.
Like this one that i used Fairy Tales for the Lost and Wandering. I LOVE that one. Evocative but subtle:
The album is all stories where fairies are involved, but much of it takes place in modern settings, usually in urban areas (either the city of Victoria or New Albion) or towns. So it’s not really in some woodsy setting (one track is). The image does not have to be urban or anything, i’m just pointing out i want to avoid the usual magical woodsy trope. You understand… look up fairies and you’ll the art. It’s a million variations on the same themes. These are what i want to avoid.
I should stress, these songs are mostly moody and dark.
I have worked very hard to create a bunch of story driven songs that use various bits of faerie lore while either avoiding any obvious cliched tropes or subverting them. I have worked so very hard to make something truly interesting, engaging and sad and mysterious and at times achingly beautiful. That was my goal. How close i came is up to you. At the moment i need art. If you know an artist, have deviant art favorites, have stuff you want to send me, go off my brethren!