Mob Rules - Black Sabbath: ALBUM COVER
What is a dream?
What is a nightmare?
If you are an artist you have both and at some point in your career you paint them.
Mob Rules was a nightmare, one that haunted me for many years.
I finally painted it in 1970 and Black Sabbath wanted it for their album cover of Mob Rules in 1981. This is a sketch for that painting.
Now that seemed to work out well for both of us. The album was a great success. It was voted #1 Heavy Metal Cover of all time by Imagine FX magazine fans, I never had the nightmare again after I painted it. The fans loved the art, so much so that they make up legends about the painting.
To this day whenever I get interviewed I am asked why I painted, Ozzie Must Die, into the piece.
Sketch on vellum.
SIGNED by Greg Hildebrandt