Hu – Illumination of the Soul

Hu - Small cover

This cover was made for the EP called Illumination of the Soul, by the band Hu.

Hu - Illumination of the Soul

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Hu - Small cover

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I was given a sketch of the cover’s layout, my job was to translate that to a finished version.

I used Affinity Designer to define the proportions and color palette, as it was easy to iterate those concepts with vectors and booleans.

Most of the painting was made with Paintstorm Studio, the painting in the inner square was made with the Thick Paint brushes in Corel Painter, those brushes were able to give me the impasto effect I was looking for.

After most of it was done, I brought the artwork to Krita to generate a normal map from the image, which was used to add an extra impasto effect to the whole image. Finally I brought that to Affinity Photo to do some minor adjustments.