Hi, this is Arthur von Nagel, vocalist and bassist for the San Francisco extreme progressive metal band Cormorant. We're heading to the studio to record our third album in the spring for a tentative autumn release, and we're looking for an artist to design the cover and packaging.
The format will be a 6 or 8 panel matte finish digipak. The three (or four) outside panels should include the primary album cover on the front, but will continue on to the other outside panels as a larger panorama. You can see how the very talented artist Julie Dillon accomplished this on our previous album Metazoa here:
The final outside panel must include the track listing. On the inside panels, some graphic design work will be needed to lay out all the lyrics and liner notes, as well as the color overlay for the CD itself.
So you have an idea, the three inside panels with the lyrics and credits for our last album looked like so:
I've shown you the design of Metazoa to offer an idea of the template and general structure, in regards to the art itself, we're looking to head in a very different direction. The style we're hoping to achieve now is primal, expressionistic and raw. Instead of clean and serene digital perfection, we're leaning towards a more hand-drawn or painted look -- still very colorful -- but with more chaotic line work in the vein of Hieronymus Bosch, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Beckmann or Edvard Munch. Basically human madness in visual form... wild, illogical, grandiose, dreamlike, symbolic. It's important however that the style be rooted in fine art. Nothing too overly sci-fi or high fantasy please. We're looking to veer away from anything that looks too much like video game designs. And of course we'd like to avoid any of the usual metal music tropes.
While our music continues to grow in new directions, please give a listen to the music and read the lyrics from our two critically-acclaimed albums The Last Tree and Metazoa at our Band Camp page:
If this project interests you, here's what we're offering:
- Cold hard cash. This is a paying job, price subject to negotiation, but we're reasonable (though certainly not rich) people who understand the value of great artwork. We can pay by check, credit, or Paypal. If you're based near the San Francisco Bay Area, we can pay you cash in person.
- Free merchandise. We will send you CDs, t-shirts, posters and stickers of our old material, and of course free copies of anything we put your artwork on in the future (CDs and clothing for sure, likely stickers, pins or patches as well).
- Large amounts of publicity. Your work will be seen in print magazines, websites, and music forums all over the world, and we will try to mention you in as many interviews as possible. Our publicist will want to set up articles specifically about your work, and possibly include interviews with you. We have distribution on every continent. In addition, we were just selected by Ultimate-Guitar.com (the largest musician resource on the web, with millions of readers a month) as their Unsigned Artist of the Year, meaning MAJOR coverage throughout 2011. Of course, this will include ample name-drops of our cover artist, likely leading to more work in the music industry.
If interested, please e-mail a digital portfolio of your work and any questions to:
An appreciation for metal music is nice but not necessary. When we're ready, we will send you rough pre-release demos and lyrics so you have a reference point for the art.
We look forward to hearing from you!