The Making Of THE MAGICIAN'S BIRTHDAY Artwork

From Roger Dean's book:

The cover of Uriah Heep's "Magician's Birthday" was assembled from the separate images shown below. Because it had to be completed in a day Dean had to specify the background colour he wanted to the printers over the telephone. Their was no time to check proofs, and he was relieved to see that the different elements had fused more or less as he had hoped they would.


First the blue & green background ...

then the red thing ...

and finally the images ...


and this is how it looks finished: