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Aura Merlin - Three Swords Album Cover

Painting for the cover of the first album “Three Swords” of the local dungeon synth project Aura Merlin . The concept for the album was a lonely wanderer making their way to this cave in the woods in a quest to find three magical swords.

“Attack, threaten or defend
A gift, three swords, one choice
A passage to transcend
Through a smoky cavern, a voice..”

I was inspired by Russian landscape painters from the turn of the century for the colors and ruggedness of the trees in these kinds of snow-covered landscapes. The painting was made with acrylics on heavy paper.

I also made a logo for Aura Merlin which features on this cover and a layout for a cassette release of the album (coming up!).

Painting of a cave in the snowy woods with smoke coming out of it and footprints leading into it
Painting of a cave in the snowy woods with smoke coming out of it and footprints leading into it
Full cover of the album with the painting, the title “Three Swords” and the logo of the project
Full cover of the album with the painting, the title 'Three Swords' and the logo of the project

Last modified on 2023-01-30, published on 2022-03-31