Design, Art Direction
In 2012 I was engaged to create the artwork for ‘Ousbäck' – the self-titled debut album by Australian musician Anthony Ousbäck.
Taking inspiration from Anthony's personal anecdotes, metaphysical theories and rich, layered approach to song writing, I wanted the artwork to feel spiritual and eerie in nature, yet have a footing in real life. His writing is impressionistic and fractured – deailing with themes as diverse as the British colonization of Australia, the chemtrail theory or folkloric monsters. But because it’s also heavy with heartbreak and loss, it feels intimate and authentic – like pages ripped from a diary.
To reflect that thematic depth and eclectic mix of influences, the artwork was crafted from personal photography, an astroid modelled in 3d, illustrative fairytale-like moments and a mix of stark grotesque typography and fluid handwriting. The amalgamation of these elements results in a mysterious record cover that establishes a distinct mood for Ousbäck's introspective, layered collection of music.