I haven’t dabbled in graphic design for quite some time but ended up completing a project on the penultimate day of 2016. Here you can see the album artwork for Xamanist’s second studio album, 7, named for the span of time that has elapsed since his debut came out and the number of tracks it contains. I also happened to finish the artwork at 7 in the morning and began around midnight so there’s that too. It was a rushed job to ensure that the album was actually released in the 2016 calendar year—otherwise the chain of sevens would have been broken!
Source material for this project came from Qingyu Hall 慶餘堂 in Keelung, previously posted on this blog. I was interested in working with organic forms due to the obvious connection between shamanism and entheogenic plants (though these are aerial banyan roots). The numeral seven appears nowhere in the original photograph; what you see here is some clunky work with duplicated image fragments, masks, and gradient maps for emphasis. Type is set in various weights and styles of Berliner and Berliner Grotesk. The front and back covers are seamlessly integrated for no particular reason (since it’s not actually designed to be printed out and used on physical media or anything).
Unfortunately the actual quality of the original photograph used in this piece is not of great quality. As such, this cover doesn’t look so great when displayed at high-resolution. My only excuse is the last minute nature of the project. Anyhow, it seems like an appropriate thing to share on the 7th day of 2017.