It was really a natural connection between Motherpig and Enis.
Around the same time, Enis got hooked up on my cyber zombie book project "AntiZombie: Dnevnik Preživjelog", and I've watched for the first time an awesome video that Enis created for Bosnian artists Basheskia & Edward EQ. He sent me his drawing which fitted the concept of AZ:DP pretty strongly, so we started talking about possible cooperation on that project.
And than I thought to myself: it might be rude to say I'm gonna use this guy, but I'll sure as hell ask him not to waste time on AZ:DP, but to do something big... and instantly, Motherpig's new album came to mind. We needed impressive artwork, and there was Enis.
After his solo exhibition, Atlija, Enis and me sat down for a coffee and we asked him about possible cooperation. He immediately agreed to work with us, although he never heard of a band, not listened to our songs.
My first idea was a concept of Ouroboros Baby, which is basically Ouroboros, but instead of a dragon or snake, there's a baby eating its own legs. After some rethinking I've dropped it. Further brainstorming with Atlija led us to an idea of band members standing in front of Kubrick-style monolith that represents the Final truth, Life in its entirety.
I informed Enis I'm a true fan of hand-drawing, so I'm not looking for any Photoshop illustrations, I would like to get b/w handdrawn illustration. But also, I never put any pressure onto him, I wanted him to create an image he likes, the way he wants to do it. Therefore, he experimented with the colors and the effect is... I'm unspeakable.
Bunch of brainstorming and sketches were done. Atlija kept on sending Enis different illustrations, while Enis and I worked on details and Enis's fantastic idea was to swap monolith for colossal figure you see on the cover art. His idea are Moon phases you can see above figure's head that are symbolizing passing of time, but in circles. I've told Enis about album title and how it represents Life Cycle, but I also asked of him to use symbols of Ouroboros and Chaos Star. We're not your typical crust punk band, I have my own theories about Eternity and Chaos. Why is it engraved in the back of colossal figure that may be Mr. Life? Easy. Each life bears an amount of eternal chaos and you're the only one that can control your own life. Your own Eternity. And your own Chaos.
"It took me 2 weeks to finish it starting with first round of brainstorming. I think cover looks like what I aimed for: a paused scene from a fantasy movie, a mere end where our heroes reach their final destination. I also wanted it to look like a drawing from 80's Heavy Metal comic book", explains Enis.
"I used charcoal and pencil and I just tried to add colors digitally. Apparently band liked it so much they have decided to keep it that way."
"I'm bonded to all Giger and Alien mythos I just can't get away from it, and you can feel it here, too, but as an inspiration for this one, Wayne Barlowe, Peter Jones, Moebius, various artists that illustrated SF books in the eighties, it all inspired this one. A bit of Motherpig's music, too, haha! Actually, I heard nonmixed version of the new album, and I think it will fit the album pretty nicely, although Sharan's pretty ashamed of it now when he got this cover art! You can hear ideas and effort in these songs, so I think this will be a really nice pack; audio-visual experience for years to come!", says Enis.
I'm so thrilled by this illustration, I can't explain how much this means for me personally. Enis did a might fine job and he's more than a cool guy to get your art from. So if you're in a band, go write to him @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't mention us, no discounts are available! :)
So, without further ado, I give you an almighty cover art of "SAVRŠENI KRUG" by one and only ENIS ČIŠIĆ!