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Anatomy of a Cover: Dan Donegan

Anatomy of a Cover: Dan Donegan

 
DAN DONEGAN

Guitar World’s August 2008 issue features one of the most spectacular covers in our 28-year history: Disturbed’s Dan Donegan as Iron Maiden’s Trooper!
In this special gallery we show you the process of how this cover went from concept to reality. Kudos to Guitar World photo editor Jimmy Hubbard for his fearless assistance, and of course to Dale May for his brilliant photography and post-production computer skills…and for successfully turning nice-guy Donegan into a total badass!


Finished Set
The finished set, constructed from plastic rocks rented from a New York City prop house, as well as real moss and dirt from Home Depot’s gardening section. Green spray paint was used to give the illusion of grass.

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Hands
Guitar World photo editor Jimmy Hubbard lending a hand.

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Dead Soldier
Jimmy Hubbard doing his best to imitate the dead solider that appears in the original Iron Maiden “Trooper” art…after careful consideration, it was decided that Hubbard’s dead-guy impression was better left out of the final artwork.

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The Reaper
Jimmy Hubbard as the Reaper. The real scythe is one of Hubbard’s personal possessions… don’t ask.

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Jimmy's Test
Prior to Donegan’s arrival, Jimmy Hubbard serves as stand-in to determine best lighting, exposure, etc.

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The Final Pose
Dan Donegan in the final pose. Washburn guitar in one hand, rented roman spear prop in the other.

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Almost Finished
The final Dale May image which will be used for the cover: a brilliant combination of ace photography, careful set design and computerized post-production magic.

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The End Result!
The finished product. Congrats to Dale May and Jimmy Hubbard for a job well done—and of course to Dan Donegan, a great subject and class guy all around.

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