The Making of cover for Kings of Leon ‘Beautiful War’ by David A. Smith
Published on January 8, 2014
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.
In October 2013 David A. Smith 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 his from there design team in New York. they decided to film the process of the sketch through timelapse photography over the 5 days of sketching.
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.