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October 25, 2012

Nirvana: An emotional illustration

Nirvana by Mario Sánchez Nevado

Nirvana

Betrayal - Surreal illustration by Mario S. Nevado

Betrayal – A global warming illustration

As I recently did with “Betrayal”, and as I’m showing more complex illustrations each time, I’m planning in giving some extras for you while watching them on my site, by offering some screenshots from the process as well as zoomed details. This time is for “Nirvana”, an emotional illustration: the second artwork I created for the latest release of the international artistic collective Hysterical Minds, entitled “Empathy”.

Hysterical Minds released last week their 11th art pack entitled “Empathy” (you can view it here). The main premise this time was the usage of complimentary color combos to buil high-contrast color palettes. The idea to create a versus-like, opposite concepts challenge in the conceptual side was optional, but most artworks end up developing this thematic side as well, and the result’s been a wide range of artworks about empathy in many different conceptual fields.

Deliberation - Emotional illustration by Mario S. Nevado

Deliberation

“Nirvana” is a sort of “calm after the storm” emotional illustration. It’s the logical follow-up to “Deliberation” and both remain as a very powerful emotional combo of cause & effect / before & after. The first was created in a time when a very hard personal and emotional decision was being made (something I know that would change my life forever – and it did). On the other hand, “Nirvana” was created with the decision taken, but not made, so it stills shows the flaws of the inner battle. A sort of a postludium piece for this story will be released with the next exhibition of Hysterical Minds, as it is already almost finished.

Following, you can find some screenshots of the image process (which took approximately 2 weeks, on and off), and some mock-ups / product shots, since the image was developed with printing usage in mind – In fact it’s available for licensing as CD/Book cover (get in touch if interested!).

(Click on the images to enlarge them… if you wish :))

Nirvana - surreal illustration - Process 1

Nirvana – surreal illustration – Process 1

 

Nirvana - surreal illustration - Process 2

Nirvana – surreal illustration – Process 2

Nirvana - surreal illustration - Process 3

Nirvana – surreal illustration – Process 3

Nirvana - surreal illustration - Process 4

Nirvana – surreal illustration – Process 4

Nirvana - surreal illustration - Process 5

Nirvana – surreal illustration – Process 5

Nirvana - surreal illustration - Process 6

Nirvana – surreal illustration – Process 6

Nirvana - surreal illustration - Process 7

Nirvana – surreal illustration – Process 7

Nirvana - surreal illustration - Process 8

Nirvana – surreal illustration – Process 8

Nirvana - surreal illustration - Process 9

Nirvana – surreal illustration – Process 9

Nirvana - surreal illustration - Zoomed details

Nirvana – surreal illustration – Zoomed details

Nirvana - surreal illustration square art print

Nirvana – surreal illustration square art print

Nirvana - surreal illustration vertical art print

Nirvana – surreal illustration vertical art print

Nirvana - Surreal illustration print close up

Nirvana – Surreal illustration print close up

Nirvana - Surreal illustration print close up

Nirvana – Surreal illustration print close up

Nirvana - surreal illustration CD cover mockup

Nirvana – surreal illustration CD cover mockup

About Mario Sánchez Nevado

Mario is the CEO of Aégis Illustration. He's a freelance Illustrator and Art Director based in Madrid (Spain), and works creating covers for music bands and publishing houses all over the world. He also develops the role of Art Director and Manager of the international artistic collective Hysterical Minds. Also, he writes Photoshop Tutorials from time to time and teaches digital imaging and self-management for creatives.
8 comments
Phil
Phil

This was awesome to see! This is a great piece, Mario! Maybe one of these days I'll sap some of that talent out of you, you need to share since you have so much of it! :)

Mario Sánchez Nevado
Mario Sánchez Nevado

Hey Phil, thanks a lot! Perhaps someday we can make a collaborative piece and share some knowledge! :D

Andrea MeVi
Andrea MeVi

es una delicia para los ojos! maestro!