Rata Blanca is the most classic heavy metal band in South America and this image was commissioned to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band. When it comes to album covers, working with classic bands is always a privilege for any visual artist. One of the first things that got me into art and graphics when I was a kid were all those fantastic illustrations on heavy metal covers from the 70s and 80s. So the minute this band got in touch with me, I knew it was going to be something special.
The original gold was to upgrade the cover of the band's first album; a modern, more sophisticated version of that old castle. Even though the original illustration is extremely simple, I didn't want to departure too much from it; just to add more detail, color and depth.
Here's the original cover
I painted the basic shape of the castle and then added a lot of textures to achieve the final photo-realistic look. I used clouds from my own photo-archive. All textures were taken from here; www.cgtextures.com/
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