The 69 Project

ILLUSTRATION

The 69 Project was an online project born with the purpose of paying tribute to the international musical production of 1969, a year particularly prolific. Each designer / illustrator chose a song and interpreted it visually in a high resolution square vinyl-size format.

The 69 Project

Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath (1969)

I chose the song "Black Sabbath", by the eponymous band. A song published in 1970 but composed and recorded in 1969 that became the essence of what this particular world-famous British band ended up doing. Dark themes with a heavy, funereal tune.

The 69 Project

The project was full of cool illustrations by excellent designers and artists as Andrew Colin Beck, Simone Noronha, Pam Wishbow, John J. Custer, Elias Stein and others. Sadly, the website is no longer online.

The 69 Project

GIF illustrating some steps of the creation process. All the independent elements are created using vectors and later introduced in the composition, color-corrected and textured.

The story behind the song

The lyrics of the song explain the experience one of the members of Black Sabbath —which apparently was fond of the occult— had. One night, startled in his own bed, he found himself in front of a mysterious figure in black, with sparkling eyes. In the song it becomes evident the figure is associated to the Devil, although it is a common experience in many parts of the world. Obsessed with occult reads? Was he actually visited by an entity of the other side? Or is it all about an alcohol intoxication?

Details

Finish & texture detail.

Details

Finish & texture detail.

Lyrics (excerpt)

What is this that stands before me?
Figure in black which points at me
Turn around quick, and start to run
Find out I'm the chosen one
Oh nooo!
Big black shape with eyes of fire
Telling people their desire
Satan's sitting there, he's smiling
Watches those flames get higher and higher
Oh no, no, please. God help me! (…)

—Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath (1969)

My tasks

To elaborate a 12x12 inches original artwork around a specific song written in 1969 (Black Sabbath).

Tools

• Pencil & paper
• Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe Photoshop

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