A Different Kind of Album Art
Mike Hindle is a British graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer. Look at his work and you’ll see a lot of vinyl records—records as eyes, records on skulls, records hiding among flowers. Hindle ventured into visual art while running an electronic music label and blog. He designed the label’s logos, website, and EP covers; eventually, he closed the blog and label to focus on visuals, but his love of music always sneaks back in.
While Hindle’s graphic design is clean-lined, his fine art incorporates some spontaneous chaos. It’s a unique blend of the tactile and the digital. He sprays paint or splotches ink onto paper, digitally captures the results, and uses the files as textures in Adobe Photoshop CC. He layers those hand-crafted textures onto the base composition, often a generic photo of a human model. He then builds up a piece with Photoshop brushes and geometric shapes, using Layer Blend modes to join the individual elements into a cohesive whole.