My latest album cover artwork (above), titled Gravity, is one of six designs that I have illustrated for melodic heavy rock band Praying Mantis. My relationship with the Troy brothers (Tino and Chris) began in 1980, when I was asked to illustrate their album Time Tells No Lies (below). As I am well into insects, you can imagine how pleased I have been to illustrate their covers, all of which have featured a mantis.
The Time Tells No Lies design originally included a warrior seated upon the mantis. Somehow, this character was elbowed out of the scene. Next up, was a couple of 7" vinyl covers for the 1980 single titled, strangely enough, Praying Mantis:
and the 1981 EP titled Cheated:
Unfortunately, the original artworks of those two images "disappeared" during the proceedings. Around this time I was asked to do some other works for Praying Mantis that included an album centre label:
which was also printed on a beer mat:
Ten years passed before my next Mantis cover - Predator in Disguise - a symbolic take on the New World Order and the Bible prophecy for the last days:
At this time, I also designed a new Praying Mantis logo:
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