I can remember sitting in Monigram Coffee Roasters, sipping the smoothest Americano I’ve had the privilege of tasting. Trevor was across from me dreaming about his vision for the New World project and what he wanted it to represent. What he wanted the listener to experience. The grand overarching theme he wanted to capture of mystery, imagination and epic journeys to lands unknown. In terms of the artwork, we wanted to the viewer to enter into this somehow. The plan initially was to create a scene using various photos, and compositing everything together. But what became clear very early on was that painting the artwork would give us far more latitude and freedom to express what we wanted to express… And so I got to work.
I decided to paint the artwork in Photoshop using my Wacom Tablet, which allows me, in a very real sense, the ability to paint using a computer. This meant that we could make changes to the artwork without having to worry about all the headaches that come with modifying an actual painting.