Seldon Hunt: Making sacrifices for heavy metal

“I never really felt a strong connection with metal cover art when I started out,” says artist Seldon Hunt. “Back then, it was mostly illustrated and in a style that I didn’t really care for, other than to go, ‘Wow. That’s insane’.”

Seldon was more interested in contemporary art and design, as well as developing his own unique style. “I originally worked for new bands for free after 2000, simply because I was so inspired by the music. I was a huge fan and I wanted to be part of it,” he says.

“In the end, I created my own niche. It always pays to make a few sacrifices, even if you don’t know what the outcome is going to be.”

Seldon uses Illustrator CS for most layouts and to create his highly detailed vector work. He uses a Canon 50D to shoot photos, then Photoshop CS for collage, compositing and photo editing. He mainly hand-draws T-shirt illustrations, using an 0.005mm fineliner pen.

His key tip for creating metal art is to colour minimally. Also, he says to ensure you look closely at the final file to make sure it’s seamless.

To do this in Photoshop, Seldon suggests ensuring that no layers have slightly visible straight lines in the transparency. With complex vector art in Illustrator, ensure that lines don’t overlap when they are supposed to meet.

“With the familiarity with digital imaging, it’s so easy to create images fairly quickly and overlook really small things that can look horrific on the finished printed product,” says Seldon.