Man Discovers Fire are all about our not-so-distant, primal past. An existence spent foraging for food, hiding in caves and gazing with equal parts awe and fear at the night sky. In many ways, the themes of the record corresponded strongly with my "Ritual" art print set, and I was keen to explore these themes again, but using a different approach stylistically.
The format for the release was a full colour, CD slipcase and I thought this would be a good opportunity to try out a more painterly, looser and "expressive" approach for want of a better term. Like a lot of work I've been doing recently, I conceived the package as a pair of images (as opposed to a front cover with additional illustration), and elements of each composition have been integrated into the other in some way. This was very much a mixed media piece : rough ink sketches and washes were scanned into Photoshop, and from there it was primarily digital painting using custom brushes, with more textural effects hand rendered in Painter.
Something of an experimental piece for me personally, but hopefully I've managed to capture something of the cave dweller within us all whilst doing it.