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Uwe De Witt Puts A Fandom Spin On Iconic Album Covers

Music. Everyone has their own tastes. Whether it is the casual music listener who uses the medium as a travelling companion, or the die-hard audio visual connoisseur who can tell you everything there is to know about their favourite band, we all share one thing. We all enjoy the pleasures listening to a tune or score can bring. Now myself, well I am more a film buff, but even I can see the importance that music has in our everyday lives. Iconic film scenes are made that way in some cases, by the musical score that surrounds them. So even with my limited music knowledge I can spot an iconic album cover or to. What artist Uwe De Witt has done has used this knowledge to create a pop culture spin on the cover art we know and love (much like artist Butcher Billy) into his own unique style of artwork.

uwe de witt dr strange

Now as I have previously stated, I am no expert when it comes to album covers. So the examples you can see below have not been labelled with the album cover source. But you Cult Collective readers are a damn sight more intelligent than I am, so I know you will be able to piece all of the information together yourselves. I do recognise the variations on Iron Maiden cover albums though, all of which look great.

uwe de witt batman uwe de witt black queen uwe de witt cage 2 uwe de witt cage uwe de witt conan uwe de witt daken uwe de witt dexter uwe de witt domino uwe de witt dr doom 2 uwe de witt dr doom uwe de witt dr manhatten uwe de witt fantastic 4 2 uwe de witt fantastic 4 3 uwe de witt fantastic 4 uwe de witt gambit uwe de witt ghost rider 2 uwe de witt ghost rider 3 uwe de witt ghost rider uwe de witt ghostrider uwe de witt iron madien ghostrider uwe de witt iron madien magneto 2 uwe de witt iron madien magneto uwe de witt john constatine uwe de witt judge death uwe de witt marv uwe de witt mystique uwe de witt storm uwe de witt swamp thing uwe de witt thing uwe de witt wolverine uwe de witt x 23

It is great to see how naturally the fandom characters intersperse into the album cover designs. Gambit and Constantine make a bang up Bowie, and Judge Death seems like he was tailored made to be a replacement for Eddie from Iron Maiden. It is testament to Uwe superb artistic skills that he can mimic each album cover, while adding his own spin on it. His keen knowledge of fandom and music artists means he can expertly place each character into the right album sleeve, making each one a whole heap of fun to look at. The little in jokes help to (check out the Batman Phil Collins mash up to see what I mean).

This is only a taster of the covers he has done and for a complete list you should check out his Deviant Art page. While you are at it do not forget to check out his other pieces of art on his official website and his Face Book page as well as the work he has done for the website Spacelord. It is going to be interesting to see what else Uwe has up his sleeve in the months leading up to 2015 and if nothing else my interest in music has greatly increased because of his work on show here today.

Andre De Freitas Fandom Portraits Show Heroes and Villains in a Whole New Light

The portrait is probably one of the easiest art forms to identify for the art newbie. They can range from abstract, to comical and to heart wrenchingly honest. It is with a portrait where the person is laid bare for all of us to see. A simple brush stroke can create a look of happiness and yet mystery. Even today the Mona Lisa is one of the most puzzled over pieces in museum with no one quite sure how she is feeling. It is the frozen stillness of the subject that grabs our attention. Artist Andre De Freitas also saw the potential of this stillness. Below is a quote from his website focusing on the reasons behind his artwork.

Hello, my name is Andre De Freitas and I’m a photographer and illustrator. I studied in Full Sail University and got a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Animation. But oddly enough, the concept of stillness captured my imagination, and I focused more on illustration. Instead of just drawing, I tried to imagine myself taking photos of my subjects. That way the illusion of stillness would be a little more believable, almost like a photograph. After that, my insertion into the world of photography was almost based on instinct.

What type of portrait does Andre focus his talents on? Well his talent lies with face on photographic style portraits similar to police mug shots. Though he does numerous other designs the ones that interested me the most were the superhero pieces. These hauntingly realistic pieces show some of comics most well known characters at their most vulnerable at the end of a camera lens. Below is a selection of some of my favourites.

Andre Du Freitas Anung Un Rama

Anung Un Rama

Andre Du Freitas ororo

Ororo

Andre Du Freitas Victor

Victor

He also turns this style to something far more surreal zombified characters. This style makes them seem that much more alive though and the selection of characters is fun yet grotesque to look at. Again their flaws and characters are laid bare and in some cases it would have been better to see them hidden away!

Andre Du Freitas Zombie Buzz_ADF

Zombie Buzz

Andre Du Freitas Zombie_batman

Zombie Batman

Andre Du Freitas Zombie_popeye_web

Zombie Popeye

Andre Du Freitas Zombie_Raph_web

Zombie Raph

Andre Du Freitas Zombie_Ryu_web

Zombie Ryu

Andre Du Freitas Zombie_Waldo_web

Zombie Wally

There is a selection of this prints for sale on his website as well as examples of his other pieces of art. My favourite choices can be seen below.

Andre Du Freitas Zombie charlie brown

Zombie Charlie Brown. $24.96. Art Print. Mini 8″ x 9″. Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing.

Andre Du Freitas diana

Diana. $22.88. Art Print. Mini 8″ x 8″. Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing.

Andre Du Freitas Zombie_donald

Zombie Donald Duck. $24.96. Art Print. Mini 8″ x 9″. Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing.

Andre Du Freitas Zombie_ironman

Zombie Iron man. $24.96. Art Print. Mini 8″ x 9″. Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing.

Andre Du Freitas barbara

Barbara. $22.88. Art Print. Mini 8″ x 8″. Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing.

I love the way these pieces show every aspect of the person character and easily encapsulates them. Barbara Gordon’s freckles and dazzling green eyes of youthfulness counter balance with Diana Price stern, battle worn yet stunning face of experience. You can keep up to speed with Andre’s art via Face Book and  Twitter and be sure to look at his other pieces of art which are just as interesting as the selected pieces above.