New ink art and Alphabeast: J is for Jikininki

I’m gradually starting to get caught back up, after a disastrous few months. I decided that I didn’t want to end 2011 with nothing completed, so I manged to kick out two pieces of art in the last couple of days. The first was the skatedeck art, The All-Mighty Dollar (see it here), and below is the second one.

This one doesn’t quite catch me up to the current Alphabeasts letter (it’s about to be “L”), but hopefully I can start the week with an “L” image. This one is for “J”, and it’s based on the Japanese mythological character of the jikininki.… Read the rest

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Alphabeasts: A is for Algul

This is my latest ink for the Alphabeasts project, and hopefully the last one I need to catch up on. I started with “C” (here), coming in a little late, so this one catches me up to the current letter.

An algul is a mythical/legendary vampire woman, in Arabian mythology, and I thought it would make an interesting ink work. I’m having fun playing with harsh light on these inks, and this one is no exception.

The only problem I ran into was that this one was created over an entire week, a few parts at a time, due to life issues.… Read the rest

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Alphabeasts: G is for Gremlin

Here’s my new entry for Alphabeasts, G is for Gremlin. It’s one of those films I grew up with, and now my own children have seen it and are growing up with it. In fact, it’s on my daughter’s suggestion that I’ve created this ink art, of the vicious Stripe.

She, of course, didn’t want just a cute mogwai.

Here it is, it’s ink on 140 lb. Cold Press (5″ x 7″). As always, let me know what you think.

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Alphabeasts: E is for Eloko

I’m having fun with the Alphabeasts project (visit http://alphabeasts.tumblr.com/ for more info), it’s making me really think about what I want to do for it. The creatures are all different as well, so it’s a good challenge to come up with different textures and ideas. On top of that, getting away from working with photos, while a good project on its own, has been good for my confidence.

This week’s creature is an Eloko, from the Mongo-Nkundo language. It’s a sort of dwarf creature, mean as all can be. Here’s a description from http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Eloko:

The Biloko [plural for Eloko] live in hollow trees and are dressed only in leaves.Read the rest

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Lovecraft, The Deep Ones

Alphabeasts: D is for Deep Ones

My second entry into the great Alphabeasts project (visit http://alphabeasts.tumblr.com/ for more info) is based on the race of beings called “The Deep Ones”, from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. I’m getting more comfortable working on inks without photo reference, and this one didn’t have any at all (other than a quick google search for “frog eyes”.

Make sure you visit the Alphabeasts site too, and see all the other great entries. Here’s mine for this week, D is for Deep Ones:

The Deep Ones

The Deep Ones

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Alphabeasts: C is for Cerastes

A great new collaborative project is online, called “Alphabeasts”. The idea is that artists each week have a letter, and they must create a piece of art of a fictional creature starting with that letter. I’ve been looking for a nice, regular sketch sort of thing to do each week, and I think this will be a great challenge.

First up, since I missed “A” and “B” (I’ll go back), here is my “C” entry: C is for Cerastes. It is based on the Greek myth of the cerastes, a horned serpent-like creature.… Read the rest

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