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Savant Alchemist by Imson Savant Alchemist by Imson
Ahoy everyone!

Just finished the cover to Savant's new record: Alchemist. [link]

The theme this time was, from what I remember: "An evil magician-tech alchemist that has a feeling of sophistication with some classical elements." So yes. That's what I did.

The imagery of the stage came into play early and the "magic science ball" was to be the center piece of the whole thing. And naturally it wouldn't feel right until I threw monsters into the mix. I also spent an extra day working on it because I insisted I draw every single person in the audience. Just my thing I guess.

There are actually 5 secrets hidden in this cover. Here's the link to the full-resolution cover if you want to have a crack at it: [link] I'll announce it here once someone manages to catch them all.

Enjoy!
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:icondragonwhisperer23:
DragonWhisperer23 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I am so inspired by this piece of art!!!! That sorcerer is AWESOME! I've had this pic as my wallpaper tons of times.....the colors are Fantabulous! And it's soooo creative! My favorite songs are Melody Circus and Pirate Bay!:D
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maffone Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
OMG I read just now that there are 5 secrets.
Anyway, maybe I found one:
Everyone is scared.
Except one person: under the yellow monster, between the pipe and the cape, there is a smiling man.
Who is he? Is that you? Is it a secret or is it a pure coincidence?

BTW, this cover is fucking awesone! Congrats!
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:iconffplease:
FFPLEASE Featured By Owner Edited Jul 10, 2014
My god this is great art
I'm not listening to Savant but I love it.
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:iconashoof:
Ashoof Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
whoa this is you? :) what was yoru inspiration for this? were you listening to music when you put it together? 
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:iconziinahven:
Ziinahven Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I see a lady grabbing a man by the shirt on the left on the front of the top stage
There are numbers across the roof of the pantheon
Dr Robotnik, Obama, and a man who looks like Ozzy Osbourne are in the crowd
The word "Snake" is written across the wall on the left where the golden pipe and end of picture meet.
There is also a weird clown mask in the audience.

Is that all? lol
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:iconthiagosnp:
ThiagoSNP Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
AWESOME!
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:icontrufflesavocado:
TrufflesAvocado Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh man I loved this album work, particularly the pose and detail of the jester. So glad I found the artist! Fantastic work!

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:icon0ndshok:
0ndshok Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think i saw "Dr. Robotnic" in the crowd...
He doesn't look scared...
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:iconmymmis:
Mymmis Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Word "SNAKE" written on the stage wall at the far left side of the picture, right below the golden pipes.
Probably just a part of one of the remaining hidden secrets but oh well.

Amazing album art.
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:iconaxlethebeast:
AxletheBeast Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is basically my favorite album art of all time. Massive kudos! This is a great piece.
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:iconwizard529:
Wizard529 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Ah, so you are the creator of this masterpiece! I love all the savant coverart!
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:iconhimgothicgirl:
himgothicgirl Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Gotta say Savant has such amazing EDM and dark sounds, HE MUST BE NUMBER 1 ON THE DJ'S LIST
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:iconkilates:
kilates Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I so want a wallpaper version of this cover. It's so awesome.
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:iconben1547:
Ben1547 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've always loved savant's music, but know that I know who created the artwork, I'm gonna smile each time I see the cover on my ipod.
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:iconcgusa223:
cgusa223 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i love this artwork and i love savant you are both very talented
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:iconwaveinform:
WAVEINFORM Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
cheers psimo...
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:iconwaveinform:
WAVEINFORM Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
FUCKING AMAZING. there i said it. i hope you are allowed to "swear" on here
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:iconwaveinform:
WAVEINFORM Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
if so. perhaps i could draft up the basic underlying framework for what i would like. all i can say now is it will be the best piece ever. with many "layers"
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:iconwaveinform:
WAVEINFORM Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
pure genius. if only you could edit me a version with my logo and a symbol i have designed..... oh and two fat speakers in the back drop. and a waveform spiraling out.

In fact. if you can do me a face that reflects what i want to portray 100 is yours. Message me if you are interested.

WaVeInFoRm


honestly i don't stay this often but this is really is an amazing piece.
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:iconwaveinform:
WAVEINFORM Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
THIS IS THE BEST ALBUM COVER EVER
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:iconnebulahawk:
Nebulahawk Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
This is awesome! This heavily strikes me as a Harlequin from 40k, or at least a human follower of Cegorach. I really like the character
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:icontoastyparty:
ToastyParty Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
There also seems to be a couple fighting. And a weird looking clown smiling. And something that sort of looks like an Oswald the rabbit mask
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:icontoastyparty:
ToastyParty Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Obama, Dr Robotnik, Charlie Chaplin, shiny guy from twilight, and yourself. Am I at least close?
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:icon23abnormal:
23Abnormal Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is freaking amazing! I love that character, I demand more of him now.
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DIABL0ID Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Amazing work! Also, do I spy egg man from sonic in there cause that one guy sure looks like him haha. I love every bit of this work!
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Lashawndraniqua Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I see OWLBOY, right under his hand
ALso, is that you in the crowd smiling?
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:iconsrvvzr:
srvvzr Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Savant is, at the moment, my favorite artist; and it just so happens that Alchemist is my favorite album art of all time. SO well done you! I will hazard a guess to that you also produced the album art for ISM, Vario and Overworld, but Ninur has a completely different style, did you also do this one as well? and the only other one i'm curios about is ISM as it looks your style, but, is slightly different?

Vario is also a Magnificent Album art, Well done on that one as well.

I hope your relationship with Aleksander Vinter continues.

ALSO what is the deal with that one guy in the crowd that is happy about all the happenings on stage?

Thank you for producing this art.
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:iconimson:
Imson Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Really glad you appretiate my work (and Savant's too for that matter, hahaha!)

ISM, Overworld and Ninur were created by someone else. I've known Savant for a while. After Ninur, we started discussing the idea of modeling a persona for his Albums, and that's how Vario came about. I was responsible for creating an image that tied his label togehter with that album cover. When it came time for Alchemist, Savant wanted an interpretation of his persona that reflected the sound of the album, so that's where this cover comes in.

I'll definitely be working with Savant in the future (we already have some plans.) But when is still undecided.

And yes. What IS going on with that one guy I wonder. Muahahahaha!
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Atsushi-Man Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
You drew this? 0_0 omg! seriously, it was because of the cover art that I got the album. Savant is a musical genius man! He combines all the things I love from video game chiptunes and combines it into something enjoyable for the ears! :) Excellent work!!!
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:iconimson:
Imson Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Indeed I did. It was an interesting one too. Rather than take concrete inspiration from places, we just discussed a few keywords and it fit togehter with some style experiments I wanted to do. While it did take a while, it was a very fun cover. I'm glad you enjoyed your purchase.
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uberjew666 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
C'mon Imson, give us a clue to the remaining 4 secrets? I'm struggling to see anything :/
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:iconwaveinform:
WAVEINFORM Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
the higher levels are complex
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:iconimson:
Imson Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Nope, not going to happen, hahaha!

I have uploaded the full resolution file so you have a better chance of finding them though. Good luck!
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:iconharritor:
harritor Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
hmm, the black person with the hat next to the person that looks like dr. robotnik, looks very much like Obama ^^
also does the old man with the melon hat under the red dragon look like Hercule Poirot.
and one of the guys down there next to the alchemists leg, has "MI" written in his hair (whatever that means..)

PS: the resolution here is just too low for finding your dirty secrets in this cover.
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:iconimson:
Imson Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Its a good start. I've uploaded the full resolution so you can search a little more in detail.
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:iconharritor:
harritor Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
hmm with the higher resolution i can see, that the writing in the hair seems to continue on another ones hair (the one to the right)? MI - HA, or MI - LLA. milla, miha, mina. hard to tell.

was the guy down there actually supposed to look like obama? ^^
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:iconkittysophie:
kittysophie Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013   Digital Artist
this is amazing too what program did you use on this ? :)
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:iconimson:
Imson Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I painted this in Photoshop CS3. I tend to do everything digitally.
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:iconkittysophie:
kittysophie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Digital Artist
cool :D this is an amazing pice of work
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:iconerysmo:
erysmo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Imson,
This is really great poster, stuffed exactly with details, hi-rendered and finally it yelds fresh colors as this crazy, funny, kitchy in a smart way music, sorrounding my head right now!
Greetings from Poland [link]

It would be a pleaseure for me to co-op with you guys, cause my company is preparing custom graphic desktop loudspeaker for full music fan - ready on Q1 2013. I would be glad for some cross-promo, for ex. buy'n'get the CD. Also some demo models for review will be at hand, if you want to hear all the details hidden in Alchemist!

What do you and Mr. Savant think about that?
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:iconerysmo:
erysmo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Imson,
This is really great poster, stuffed exactly with details, hi-rendered and finally it yelds fresh colors as this crazy, funny, kitchy in a smart way music, sorrounding my head right now!
Greetings from Poland [link]

It would be a pleaseure for me to co-op with you guys, cause my company is preparing custom graphic desktop loudspeaker for full music fan - ready on Q1 2013. I would be glad for some cross-promo, for ex. buy'n'get the CD. Also some demo models for review will be at hand, if you want to hear all the details hidden in Alchemist!

What do you and Mr. Savant think about that?
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DrifterT Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yo Imson. If its okay with you I'll be using your design on a background I'm working on for Savantfans.com

And as usual. Phenomenal work!
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:iconimson:
Imson Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Sure you can.

Hell, if you want me to, I'll even help out setting it up. Just drop me a note if you need something.
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:iconnillix:
NilliX Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wanted to drop in and say thank you for the art, Imson. It's perfect! :) - [link]
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:iconimson:
Imson Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
You're welcome! It's great to see my art is appretiated. :9
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:iconn30sp4rk:
n30sp4rk Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Fuck Yeah! It's just awesome...as Savant!
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:icon40ringz:
40Ringz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Numbers around the border of the stadium thing :O :O
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:icon40ringz:
40Ringz Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw someone already found that.
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SonikaCain Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Awesome. Can't wait for the album. :0)
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:iconimson:
Imson Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I already own it. Muahahaha!
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