It’s been so long since I’ve been able to do any kind of design that by the time it came to make the Snow cover I was absurdly excited. Since I did the cover of Outsider there weren’t many/any projects I could do which really involved design and that part of my brain felt like it was beginning to melt.
Problem is once I started doing the cover I had no idea where to go with it
Snow is a song about being in love with that person who makes you feel like everything is going to be ok, no matter how bad things get. Even for the sound of the song we were sure we wanted the sound of wind and an icy undertone to the whole thing, but the lyrics are hopeful. So I wanted to visualise that on the cover.
Eventually I decided I would take the lyrics: ” Snowflakes land into our open hands” and use that for the cover. I didn’t think my hands looked elegant enough for the cover (not to mention it would have been a pain in the neck to photograph) so I got my sister to be a hand model for the cover.
I made around 10 different covers till I finally settled on two which I thought were up to the standard I wanted
Originally I was going to have a hand covered in ice/glitter over a background on the cover, but it just looked dull, dark and bland. Normally when I get stuck on a project I spend about 40 minutes just messing around with settings and effects on Photoshop and pretty much any mad idea which occurred to me. Nine times out of ten the best things happen entirely by accident because you were messing around in the right direction.
In the final stages of doing the cover one of the ideas I had was to have another hand reaching out for the hand in the cover to represent the “Frozen wasteland, holding your hand” part of the lyrics. But in the end I didn’t go for it because it looked took much like Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’ and it really messed with the focal point of the cover.
If any of you wanted to see how I did the makeup on my sister’s hand I did film the whole process and make a video for you guys too.