Updated: Aug 25, 2018

As the #NYC legend goes:

A pedestrian on Fifty-seventh Street, Manhattan, stopped Jascha Heifetz and inquired, "Could you tell me how to get to #CarnegieHall?"

"Yes," said Heifetz. "Practice!"

Practice and the support of good people has led me here. I would have photographed Carnegie empty, but Alan Cumming brought the Isaac Stern Auditorium alive and stirred up the history embedded in the The Ronald O. Perelman Stage. There is something very hallowed about the venue, it's awe inspiring to stand inside a concert hall made of dreams

and apex talent. Alan absolutely made Carnegie giggle and sigh.

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Song's was a witty and charming #cabaret. It made you laugh, cry, think deeper, and sing along. Kristin Chenoweth and Ricki Lake joined him for several songs and nearly blew the roof off. There were countless moments I forgot I was working. Usually, I remember very little about the live performances I shoot. But this one really spoke to me. I used my lens cloth to wipe away tears at one point.

Don't be too sad if you missed it. Now Alan is touring with his new show Legal Immigrant. I had the pleasure of seeing it this past Saturday in #DC at the Kennedy Center. Clever mash-ups and flare galore, Alan of course, does not disappoint. In true Cumming style, you will be dazzled with candid story telling and hilarious confessions; then sent head-over-heels down a logical rabbit hole to face poignantly valid topics spotlighting our current social climate. After each nugget of wisdom, you don't want it to end, and he will remind you the last song

is never truly the last.

It was wonderful getting to chat with him again after the performance, and golly what a #selfie! Thank you again Alan for inviting me to capture and enjoy your wonderful shows. Getting to see the genius Lance Horn (Piano), the brilliant Eleanore Norton (Cello), and the savvy Christopher Jago (Drums) was icing on the gilded cake. What beautiful #music you make.

Alan live is a #MustSee for your show list, look up his tour schedule and find tickets. I

recommend taking a loved one that needs a fun night out.

Updated: Aug 25, 2018

July 20th, 2018

It was a thrill to create this cover art for Fanticide's latest album, Under Achille's Heel. From

front to back I was swept away to a future where Humans and AI collide.

The ever stunning and talented Cassandra Vincent is featured on both sides of the album, she also adds an ethereal voice to the music as RF. Her images were taken by Frank Carlos

in LA, and I edited them into my painted backgrounds.

How do you construct a world based on an album? My process began with speaking to Adami and listening to his music. This was a unique project in that the album tells a defined story and had a predetermined color scheme. So, my job was simple: open a window into

this cleverly constructed future.

The concept for Under Achille's Heel struck a cord in me, as I harbor a deep love for Science Fiction. Listening to the music will certainly transport you. It made me want to teleport to this future and bring back images to share. Sadly, I'm still perfecting an interdimensional portal, so I had to be inventive and rely on the power of art instead.

Thankfully, being a photographer and painter really comes in handy when designing cover art. I photograph and sketch things that inspire me with the intention of one day incorporating them into future projects. Compiling your own stock art and photos is not only ideal, it saves time. Here are four examples of the details I worked into the cover:

The flaming heart is a combination of painting and layers of photographed smoke and embers.

The plane crash in a crumbling skyscraper is a photo and painting. The Moth I photographed at the National Air and Space Museum, many years ago. I painted in the

smoke and flames.

What is a future city without cable cars going between the buildings? I had so much fun

painting this in.

Last but not least, my favorite detail, Robo-hobo. I painted him in along with the exposed pipes and little plasma fire. He looks out longingly gazing, quite content in his minimal life,

with the best view in the city.

Listen to and learn more about the music here: UNDER ACHILLE'S HEEL

#fanticide #underachillesheel #coverart #Massurrealism #AI #robots #future #albumcover #cassandravincent

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