As I had mentioned, yesterday, at The Final‘s updates blog, Dir en Grey is releasing their new single called “Glass Skin” on the 10th of September, this year (more details here). That is to say that they’re back? I am really hoping a lot from this and is waiting patiently for their new album to come later, because seriously, I wasn’t quite satisfied with their last album, The Marrow of a Bone. I just think that their earlier works before that were better, or is it just me that thinks so otherwise that this new style they have isn’t quite as appealing? After all, I got hooked into them in their visual style, in the first place?
Anyway, going back to Glass Skin, this thing you see above is the CD cover for Glass Skin. I’ve heard that it’s Toshiya who made it. He seemed to be fond of painting using fingers as a medium or something? As a basist, I have nothing else to say or want from Toshiya. I mean, he rocks! He’s my favorite among DEG members and I squeal at the site of his image. And as a visual artist, with regards to the medium used and the art portrayal, down to the art concept until the final artwork in itself, I would give him a 7/10 for this. Since I am always with the rule of “art for arts sake” and that this piece of art is quite good (well, in my opinion – not that anyone cares though). But then, I honestly think that this piece of artwork is not quite suitable for a CD cover, taking for a fact that the single’s title is “Glass Skin.” It kind of surprised me, and a bit of it that it bugs me that this piece of work came up from his concept of a “glass skin.” But, it can always be that they chose it for the sake of choosing anything or something like that.
In my point of view as an artist, I would rather portray “glass skin” as something else. It could be either a person with a crystal like skin in terms of texture; or a person with shiny, smooth features that of a porcelain; or a person who has a transparent type of skin where you could see through everything within it. (I prefer the last, best, though.)
Even so, I liked the feeling of this artwork. The dark feel in it, that the person seemed to be covered in mud makes it intriguing to the point that it could either be him being swallowed by darkness or that he covered himself with mud to hide something. I especially love the eyes that looked so shock that it leaves the feeling that he’s seeing something for the first time and he’s torn in the feeling of both amazement and horror. And the red at the back seemed to have been a portrayal of blood. He might have died. And that expression was his feelings when he was killed.
Somehow, my interpretations and deductions of things with regards to this artwork made me feel a bit better and that it made my dissatisfaction of the cover less. Well, actually, I was pretty simple minded to be all happy about what I’ve interpreted. XD