For the cover illustration, I sourced and combined a whole bunch fo different images. The images included everything from the background landscape, various elements of the rider and even a range of cars that could line up while matching perspectives, lighting and colour values. Even for the rider himself, I needed to add the cape and incorporate a lot of different items to complete the bike design.
The band wanted the design to have a heavily stylised style, with a restricted colour palette used. So once all the photographic elements were combined, I then increased the contrast of the image and created clear foreground and background elements to give the whole design some depth. Once all the levels of the different photos matched, I used the posterise effect to simplify the design further. The posterised image ensured that when the design was imported into Illustrator for retracing, I had a clear idea of how the final artwork would look.