If you didn't already know, I'm a huge fanboy of Boards of Canada. They're an electronic music group made up of two brothers from Scotland with a long history in the industry. Not only do I love their music, but also their imagery. They have a ton of music videos available on their BOC YouTube channel, which should give you a good introduction to what they're about. In this short post I wanted to share a speedart clip where I composite some images together. I couldn't find any tutorials for the 'The Campfire Headphase' album cover. So I sat down and spent sometime to figure it out.
The finished article...
Without knowing how the original artwork was created I think I've hit on something pretty close. The key to creating this image was introducing the signature cool blue/green tones that are typical of BOC imagery. After staring at the original album cover I decided that either one or more textures were used. Images of a heavily water marked window perhaps?
Either way I set out to replicate some similar textures. I grabbed some sheets of white A4 and used some black face paint to create drips running down the page. I found that if I made the drip marks too black it didn't blend very well in the final composite. What really brings the image together was creating a noise/grain layer. It just bolstered the blurry image to give it a more vintage look.
I then set about blending and colouring the layers until I eventually created something I was happy with. If you fancy having a go, the fonts I used are available for download on the BOC unofficial wiki site.
What do you think? Do you have any tips or advise on creating similar looks? Leave them in the comments below!