The Making of Kings of Leon – Beautiful War Cover Art

David A. Smith has become renowned for specialising in reverse gilded embossed glass signs and ornate mirrors. Today he is increasingly called upon to design and produce decorative album covers and gilded glass signs for some of the world’s leading brands.

Captured over a period of 6 days and made up of over 300GB’s of still photographs,  this short film showcases David’s hand-rendered illustration of the ‘Kings of Leon’, ‘Beautiful War’ single cover.

In October 2013 i was commisioned to make the cover artwork for Kings of Leon, Beautiful War. This artwork was designed and sketched over 5 days, a lot of fine detail was added to the drawings.

The inspiration came from a trade card of flowers and lettering sent to me from there design team in New York. We decided to film the process of the sketch through timelapse photography over the 5 days of sketching. To view the film click the tab to the right of my website. Thank you and enjoy the short film.

Artwork by David A. Smith
A film by Danny Cooke
Time-lapse photography by Alex Thornton

Salut i kings!




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