In the summer of 2015 I got the opportunity to work with Mantrology and Equal Vision records to design the artwork for the Hanumen’s upcoming album Leaps and Bounds. Highly trained in the sacred music of India and Africa, yet rooted in Americana and Western music, the Hanumen perform an original mix of improvisational sounds, song, and story with call-and- response chant in English and Sanskrit.
The brief that I received from Gaura Vani, the producer of the Hanumen, was exciting because it was in fact so simple. Be edgy. Illustrate Hanuman in a way that no one has ever seen before. Wow. Simple can be so challenging.
The final design came nearly 4 weeks later and after countless prototypes. I explored multiple material and visual explorations by considering as many possibilities as I could: from painting, assembling and even stitching on paper.
The process of designing the final album artwork was as multi layered and as the artwork itself. It required me to think about the material that I work with in a very different way.
I first collaged this layout by hand, then scanned it and printed it multiple times. After that, I cut, painted and burnt through the design until I got the effect I wanted. The whole process was extremely hands-on and experimental.
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