Hello! This is my first post so my apologise if I come across as being a bit clueless.
A friend of mine has a band, and has asked me to design his album cover and Myspace banner. I'm capable with Photoshop and I have a very creative eye, the brief is straightforward, I just wondered if anyone had any tips?
I won't reveal the design he wants here because I feel that he wouldn't appreciate everyone hearing about it before the band has seen the design.
They're a metal band - quite heavy, and the guy I'm friends with is influenced a lot by bands like Meshuggah.
I basically want to know where to start - what sort of layout I'll need to be working on, as I haven't designed a proper album cover before (I'll be asking him more about how much he wants me to do - a leaflet/booklet or just a single sheet, etc.) and I'd also like a few texture-related tips. I have a vague idea of how I could "paint" peeling gold leaf, but I wonder if I could have any tips on skeletal textures and dark, heavy metal album cover style backgrounds?
I have a feeling I sound like such a noob - I'm typing as I think of things. I know it's a big project, but I'd like to get into this sort of design work, and I just need practise, really.