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CD/Album Art

This gallery features images from album art we've done (CD covers and interior packaging). The range of styles you'll see here varies greatly; some of these works were existing art pieces that were optioned for use while others were created to the specifications of the clients.

  • "Ethernaut" Cover

    This cover art is a collaboration with Rogue Dupont for The Crüxshadows re-release of Ethernaut.

    Buy Ethernaut.

  • "A Light in the Distance" Cover

    This piece was designed for the metal band Eternal Essence.

    Buy A Light in the Distance.

  • "Home" Cover

    This deceptively simple album cover, designed for shred violinist Michael Shulman, is primarily a digital painting based only loosely on a photograph.

    Buy Home.

  • "DreamCypher" CD Case Front and Back

    This piece was designed for The Crüxshadows release "DreamCypher". The booklet back featured our "PeaceKeeper" (see Portfolio) and the interior was designed collaboratively including artwork from MANDEM, Steven Archer, Pawn Feral, and Velma O'Neill.

    Buy DreamCypher.

  • "DreamCypher" Interior Art

    This piece was designed for The Crüxshadows release "DreamCypher."

    Buy DreamCypher.

  • "DreamCypher" Interior Art

    This piece was designed for The Crüxshadows release "DreamCypher."

    Buy DreamCypher.

  • "DreamCypher" Interior Art

    This piece was designed for The Crüxshadows release "DreamCypher."

    Buy DreamCypher.

  • "DreamCypher" Interior Art

    This piece was originally designed for Maize's honors thesis work, but eventually found its place in The Crüxshadows release "DreamCypher."

    Buy DreamCypher. There is also a beautiful customer-uploaded photograph featuring this particular page of the CD book on Amazon here. Interested in reading Maize's thesis work? Download The Cretan Cycle: Sex, Sacrifice, and the Sacred Beast.

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  • "Desire" Cover

    This piece was designed for the Days11 CD "Desire."

    Buy Desire.

  • "Telemetry of a Fallen Angel" Front and Back

    MANDEM did most of the art for The Crüxshadows' anniversary edition of "Telemetry..." The front cover (as seen on the right) was designed by Rogue; the adjacent back cover (as seen on the left) was designed by MANDEM. We also designed a Flash interactive photo gallery and video collage as special features on the enhanced CD.

    Buy Telemetry of a Fallen Angel (2004).

  • "Telemetry of a Fallen Angel" Interior Art

    Buy Telemetry of a Fallen Angel (2004).

  • "Telemetry of a Fallen Angel" Interior Art

    Buy Telemetry of a Fallen Angel (2004).

  • "Telemetry of a Fallen Angel" Interior Art

    Buy Telemetry of a Fallen Angel (2004).

  • "Telemetry of a Fallen Angel" Interior Art

    Buy Telemetry of a Fallen Angel (2004).

  • "Inside the Hate" Cover

    The entire CD design for "Inside the Hate," by metal band Vis Vires, was created as a physical collage on board, featuring unaltered original photographs and a wide variety of found objects.

    Buy Inside the Hate.

  • "Inside the Hate" Interior

    Buy Inside the Hate.

  • "Inside the Hate" Back

    Buy Inside the Hate.

  • "The Sounds of Kidstock" Cover

    This album was a benefit for Warchild Canada, a cause we feel strongly about, and we were very happy to be able to contribute all the album art for the CD.

    Learn about Warchild Canada.

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  • Nonbinary Review #1 Cover

    Allerleirauh, Thousandfurs is a mixed media painting and collage with encaustic. NonBinary Review #1 is available through Zoetic Press as a free download from the iTunes store, and brings you 35 re-interpretations of classic fairy tales. Zoetic Press is the first publisher to produce works using Lithomobilus, an exciting new e-reader platform that can deliver an expanded narrative experience, from author notes and side narratives to fully nonlinear works, collaborative works, and critique and commentary in-context, without the reader ever having to leave their book.

    Download Nonbinary Review #1 for free.

  • Telemachus and Homer Cover

    We designed this entire cover. The painting itself (which was done with acrylics) is titled "Helen on Knowles St.", which is a tribute to our foreclosed-upon Gilded Age era home in Cleveland. This book is by author Scott Locke and released by Malachite Quills Publishing.

    Buy Telemachus and Homer.

  • Turning Night Cover

    The method used for digital painting on this cover was heavily influenced by mische-technik approaches. Author Nico Murray was at Dragon*Con 2012 for the grand release of this novel.

    Buy Turning Night.

  • "Skin Horse" on the Ruined Empires Cover

    We didn't design the cover (kudos to Robert Brown), but the painting "Skin Horse" appears here to great effect!

    Buy Ruined Empires.

  • "Iatrogenesis" on the You Might Curse Before You Bless Cover

    We were honored when writer Allie Marini Batts requested permission to use "Iatrogenesis" for the cover of her chapbook poetry collection from ELJ Publications.

    Buy You Might Curse Before You Bless.

  • "The Washerwoman" on the cover of Penduline Press

    This literary journal features "Washerwoman" on the cover (as well as including more MANDEM art, and an artist interview, on the interior).

    Read Issue 5 of Penduline Press.

  • "Occupation Metropolis" on the cover of Irregular Magazine

    This image was our answer to the "Heroes and Villain" theme -- which begs the question: "which is which"?

    Read Issue 12 of Irregular Magazine.

  • The Cretan Cycle Cover

    This is the cover to Maize's honor thesis, subtitle "Sex, Sacrifice, and the Sacred Beast."

    Read The Cretan Cycle: Sex, Sacrifice, and the Sacred Beast.

  • Interior page in Airship Pirates

    "Herr Drosselmeyer's Doll" appears here in her original print context. We did not do the print layout for this book, but very much approve of the subtle pun.

    Buy Abney Park's Airship Pirates by Cakebread & Walton.

  • Interior page in Airship Pirates

    "Allie's Battle" appears here in her original print context.

    Buy Abney Park's Airship Pirates by Cakebread & Walton.

  • Interior page in Airship Pirates

    "Truant" appears here in the original print context.

    Buy Abney Park's Airship Pirates by Cakebread & Walton.

  • Interior page in Airship Pirates

    "Beast Dancer" appearing in print for the first time.

    Buy Abney Park's Airship Pirates by Cakebread & Walton.

  • Interior page in Airship Pirates

    This piece, titled "Tick Tock", is one of our only works to draw heavily from our now-native environment in Florida.

    Buy Abney Park's Airship Pirates by Cakebread & Walton.

  • Interior pages in The Lyrics of Abney Park

    This composite image shows multiple pages of the Lyrics of Abney Park book, which was designed by Captain Robert to be as much an art book as a book of lyrics. This sampling of pages shows five of the MANDEM pieces that were selected for this project.

    Buy The Lyrics of Abney Park.

  • "Marian" on eSteampunk Cover

    The cover of the January, 2013 issue of eSteampunk literary magazine (Vol. 1, No. 3), featuring "Marian." MANDEM's write-up about the inspiration behind and creation of this painting was also included in the magazine.

    Buy eSteampunk Magazine.

  • "Jane Ninepins" on eSteampunk Cover

    The cover of the April, 2013 issue of eSteampunk literary magazine (Vol. 1, No. 6), featuring a version of "Jane Ninepins."

    Buy eSteampunk Magazine.

  • "Iatrogenesis" on eHorror Cover

    The cover of the January, 2013 issue of eHorror literary magazine (Vol. 1, No. 5), featuring "Iatrogenesis," a piece from our Gift series.

    Buy eHorror Magazine.

  • "Mustang" on eHorror Cover

    The cover of the March, 2013 issue of eHorror literary magazine (Vol. 1, No. 7), featuring "Mustang," a piece from our Gift series.

    Buy eHorror Magazine.

  • The Palm at the End of the Mind Illustration

    This drawing accompanies "The Palm at the End of the Mind" by Patrick Roscoe in the horror short story collection Postscripts to Darkness 3, from editors Sean Moreland and Aalya Ahmad. Look for MANDEM's work again in volume 4.

    Buy Postscripts to Darkness, Volume 3.

  • "Dolls" on Dirty Chai Cover

    The cover of the Fall, 2013 issue of Dirty Chai literary magazine. These images are stills from Act III of our film Doll. Inside the same issue, "Pharmakos" (part of the GIFT series) was also published.

    Read Dirty Chai.

Book / Magazine Art

This gallery features images from magazine covers, book covers, and interior book illustrations. Like with the CD art, some of these were existing pieces of art that were optioned for publication while others were made to the specifications of the publishers/authors.

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Miscellaneous Publications

These projects don't fit into album art or book art. Images include convention artwork, t-shirt designs, advertisements, and other random publications. Visit MANDEM's Artist CV for a complete list of publications.


  • Dragon*Con 2012 Horror/Dark Fantasy Track Official Art

    Visit the Dragon*Con Horror/Dark Fantasy Track website.

  • Terror of the Skies Board Game Art

    Terror of the Skies: The Airship Pirates Board Game, part of the Airship Pirates universe by Abney Park, features artwork by MANDEM on a variety of game cards. Here, MANDEM's "Beast Dancer" is ready to attack the enemy ship's crew!

    Buy Terror of the Skies.

  • Terror of the Skies Expansion Set

    "Wrath of Fate," the first expansion set of cards for the Terror of the Skies Board Game, also features some artwork by MANDEM.

    Buy the "Wrath of Fate" Expansion Set.

  • 2012 MANDEM Airship Pirates Calendar

  • Crüxshadows Postcards

    We designed these official merchandise postcards for The Crüxshadows based on the DreamCypher Album Art and our "DreamSeeker" piece.

    Buy DreamCypher.

  • Crüxshadows Postcards

    We designed these official merchandise postcards for The Crüxshadows based on the DreamCypher Album Art and our "PeaceKeeper" piece.

    Buy DreamCypher.

  • "Inside the Hate" Promo

    We designed this full-page print advertisement for the Vis Vires album.

    Buy Inside the Hate.

  • Desktop for Ethernaut Concept Art

    A variety of concept art was created for The Crüxshadows in preparation for the remastered release of their Ethernaut album. Though largely unreleased, this concept art was instrumental in the eventual creation of the published Ethernaut CD cover. This unfinished piece is titled "The Fame That Does Not Decay" and it is available as a promotional desktop wallpaper.

    Buy Ethernaut.

 

MANDEM is a symbiotic pair of transdigital -punk artists, Maize Arendsee and Moco Steinman, working in both digital art and traditional art mediums such as oil painting, mische technique, mixed media, and acrylics. Our themes include: mythpunk and mythology; steampunk and alternative history; cyberpunk and human-animal-machine hybrids; gothic, horror, and dark fantasy; monsters and chimeras; and queer feminist art. Important visual influences include German Expressionism; influential sci-fi fantasy artists such as Brom and Giger, and traditional painters such as Maxfield Parrish, John Atkins Grimshaw, and the surrealist and visionary movements. Other influences include James Barrie (Peter Pan), Lewis Carroll, Lovecraft and other Gothic Victorian writers; Bertolt Brecht and epic theater (also theater of cruelty and theater of the absurd); Robert Graves, Mircea Eliade, and the great mythographers of the Gilded Age; Jungian philosophy; the ancient Greek and Roman poets — especially Euripides and Ovid; and epic modern myth-makers such as Tolkein, Clive Barker, Guillermo del Toro, George Romero, and Neil Gaiman. Our work has appeared in gallery shows and we have designed album or book art for the Cruxshadows ("Dreamcypher" and "Ethernaut"), Michael Schulman ("Home"), Abney Park ("Airship Pirates" RPG), and we designed the promotional art for the Dragon*Con 2012 Horror/Dark Fantasy Track.

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