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Room V by RainerKalwitz Room V by RainerKalwitz
"Room V" (2005), acrylics/acrylic inks on illustration board, 70 x 70 cm / 27,3 x 27,3 in.

"…A serpent rising genetic weaponizing
There's a portent of pure evil
lying out there in the dark
The hand of terror stands poised
to ride out on the wind
Can we counter this undeserved hatred
Through our science and our research
and the wisdom of our age
Or are we doomed to suffer
at the hands of the Andromeda strain?..."

(extract of the lyrics of the song "Andromeda Strain", album "Room V" by SHADOW GALLERY, InsideOutMusic)

I did this painting as frontcover illustration for SHADOW GALLERY's album "Room V" (check out this fantastic band at www.shadowgallery.com).
The album and it's story is a sequel to their CD "Tyranny" (I also did that artwork). The main idea was to have this medical symbol with two aggressive snakes winding around the pole and morphing into the DNA double helix.
I thought it would look perfect to have a flaming roman "V" around this image… and I was quite happy with the result. It came out as fiery as I wanted it.

more on the story also on the website of the band...
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heavymetal2002 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
Awesome. Is it okay if I feature this in my group Prog-Lovers?
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RainerKalwitz Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
I would be happy, yes :-) thanks ^^
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Forest-of-Blades Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
Alright... so I'm starting to realize you actually are a renown metal cover artist.
And you made the Tyranny cover as well...? So maybe you could clear something up for me: I always figured that the serpents were an artwork theme, as they embodied the "new world order" aspect of the albums. I even thought that having 2 snakes here (vs. 1 on Tyranny) was suggesting the union of opposites, in the sense of a reconciliation or an enlightenment (kind of the idea conveyed by the caduceus). But it's not so, is it? No, it's got to have a medical meaning to it, as pointed out by the lyrics.
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RainerKalwitz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
on "Tyranny" I had the idea to symbolize the corruption in the world (= New World Order) by a dollar sign, formed by a snake and a sword = falseness + war...

for "Room V" Carl C-J had the idea to pick up this symbolism and to have 2 snakes forming a double helix = DNA... I came up with the idea of a burning halo around it, forming a V (= roman 5)...  so we had the image^^
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Forest-of-Blades Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
Clever.

"$", it seems obvious now that you point it out. I never thought of it that way before, though; I was only seeing the symbol behind the snake and sword. Might just be because I'm European.
Thanks for that intel, I'm always curious about an artwork's background. Especially when it's the illustration of a musical masterpiece.
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SentientNo6 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Criminally underrated art for a criminally underrated album. :heart:
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RainerKalwitz Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
I agree :-) thanks + cheers, Rainer
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning effect and visual. Your talent astounds me :)
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AnaDeviant Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
My favourite ... my dream :D
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savagekitten Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008
amazing.
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
i'm so awe struck from the way you did the fire looks so realistic, great piece !!!
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Jimmpan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
I got all there albums... damn, remember the furst time i heard "War for Sale".
Shadow Gallery = State-of-the-art Progressiv Metal:horns:
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faded-warrior-ar Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007  Student
Beautiful ^^

Shadow Gallery is also a great band =)
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Schatten-Drache Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Das sieht phantastisch aus! Der Grelle aggresive schwarzfeurrot/gelb kontrast passt wirklich super dazu!
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RainerKalwitz Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006
danke :-)

' freut mich, dass es Dir gefällt...

cheers,

Rainer
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DreamRyche Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2006
Amazing! Shadow Gallery RULE! :)
One of the best cover art out there!
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TomSegal Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2006   Digital Artist
Very powerful, I like the symbol-in-a-symbol type concept. Keep it up!
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kimoz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Perfect.
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AstralWind Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2006  Professional Photographer
Great!
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AvSkyggene Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2006
Nice color, great texture details, and facinating concept. It reminds me a bit of the cover art on Carcass's Heartwork.
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RainerKalwitz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2006
"Heartwork"? wasn't that the one with the giger sculpture?
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AvSkyggene Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
Yes.
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danniellah Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2006
lights are awesome :clap: :aww:
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farmasil Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2006
Beautiful colours and shading, very very well done! :clap:
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