Thursday, October 15, 2009

Edward the Great...

When I was about seven or so, I first saw the cover to Iron Maiden's "Killers" at a record store and it pretty much scared me half to death. You have to admit that makes for an effective cover. Being a good little catholic at the time, I saw anything to do with the band as completely satanic and I would be disturbed any time I saw a teenager sporting a t-shirt with Maiden mascot Eddie's mug plastered on it (although I was secretly fascinated). By the time I was in my early teens I came to my senses, became a full fledged metal nerd and Eddie became my new hero. The more I saw of the artwork on their albums, singles and merchandise as done by Derek Riggs, the more I'd want to be able to draw like him and would scrawl Eddie after Eddie in whatever notebook or school binder I had available. I became a huge comic book reader around the same time and thanks to these influences I put away my dreams of becoming either a yuppie or a pro wrestler and decided that being an artist would be my goal in life.
This homage to the "Killers" cover was done for the third issue of Uppercase Magazine (link) in a section called "Cover Me". Here a variety of illustrators and designers re-interpreted some of their favourite album covers in some pretty radical ways, so check out the magazine if you get the chance. "Killers" is not my favourite of the classic Iron Maiden covers, but I figured that since it's effect on me indirectly influenced my future career choice, it would get the nod....

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