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Competition brief to design the cover artwork for AFI's latest single 'A Slow Deep Panic' taken from their latest album, Burials.
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The Brief
Design the official artwork for AFI's new single "A Deep Slow Panic" inspired by the lyrics and music.

We’re looking for powerful, creative, and unique illustrations inspired by the lyrics and music for AFI's new single "A Deep Slow Panic". Feel free to use a dark aesthetic when illustrating your design. You may also create art simply inspired by AFI.

Required text: "AFI" and "A Deep Slow Panic".

DO NOT use stock images or clip art.
Absolutely NO photos.

Client Input
“This record is of silence, of burials, and the burials that result from that silence. It’s of betrayal, cruelty, weakness, anxiety, panic - deep and slow - despair, injury and loss. And in this it is shamefully honest and resolutely unforgiving.”    - AFI
AFI - Burials Album Artwork
Design Solution
 
​Rationale
From listening to A Deep Slow Panic, reading the lyrics and the description of the song, and its' meaning from the band, I built up a very dark and deep image in my head of mixed emotions being conjured in the darkness by someone. This darkness is then accompanied by a flowing image of liquid/moving light made up of their various emotions. 

To suit the art style already used on the Burials album cover, I decided to envelope part of the flowing design and apply it within the centre of the cover to give a sense of balance and a separate emotion lingering by itself.