I came across this artwork for the new Biffy Clyro album 'Puzzle' in an NME review. Drawing on the human body is not a new concept, however, this cover immediately grabbed my attention.
The image is strikingly simple, yet made to appear a lot more complex. The posture of the man is one of anguish and is quite discomforting. The fallen puzzle piece on the floor is what makes this image for me, hinting at the emotions of the man falling to pieces.
I was surprised to find out that the creator of this artwork was the widely acclaimed designer, Storm Thorgerson, who's work i have admired for a long time. He has produced album art for the likes of Audio Slave, The Alan Parsons Project, Muse and the iconic artwork for 'Dark Side of the Moon' by Pink Floyd, mentioned in my post on iconic album art. You can view his extensive portfolio at www.stormthorgerson.com
The interesting thing about this site is that it includes extensive descriptions about individual artworks, explaining the concept behind each one. They even go as far as to state the location and how the images were were produced. This is an intriguing site to say the least that can provide you with ideas for practice and technique within your work.
The images below are a few that I find particularly inspirational and have paved their way into the iconic realms of album art.