New Ink Art: Yig, Father of Serpents

In getting ready for my Spectrum booth this coming May (check out the event here), I’ve been working out which pieces of art to bring with me. One of the ideas that came up, which I’ve had before, is to combine three of my smaller inks into one framed set.

I had two previous H.P Lovecraft oriented pieces, The Deep Ones and Cthulhucraft, so I decided a third one would work out great. After some research, I settled on Lovecraft’s snake god, Yig, first mentioned in his story, The Curse of Yig.… Read the rest

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New Artwork: Night of the Valravn

No, I didn’t misspell that title, it actually is spelled “valravn”.

The valravn is my new artwork, and new Alphabeast. From Danish folklore, a valravn is a half-wolf, half-raven creature. From Wikipedia (and a couple of other sites): 

The valravns appear in traditional Danish folksongs, where they are described as originating from ravens who consume the bodies of the dead on the battlefield, as capable of turning into the form of a knight after consuming the heart of a child, and, alternately, as half-wolf and half-raven creatures. “

In creating the art, I decided to use the more abstract, scratchy technique of my previous piece, A Lost Night (and of its predecessor, Lost Nightmare).… Read the rest

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New Ink & Digital Art: Stranger

I’ve been a big fan of the film Dark City since I saw in the theater back in the 90’s. For awhile now, I’ve been considering doing some ink art of one of the creatures from the film. They are known as “the strangers’, and our hero (played by Rufus Sewell) has to go up against them.

They fit pretty well with the Alphabeasts idea, being aliens (or something) as they are, and so I went for it. Here is the ink version, 5″ x 7” on 140 lb. Cold Press (click on the image for a larger version).… Read the rest

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New Ink Art and Alphabeast: M is for Mummy

Quite awhile back, when I was first getting back into inking, I created an ink based on the Im-Ho-Tep/Mummy character from the 1932 film version of The Mummy (see it here). The idea with that one was to work from a photo, something I hadn’t done much (if ever), to recreate the iconic face of Karloff’s mummy.

Since then, I’ve wanted to create a different mummy, one that didn’t rely on any photos at all. I’m getting confident with my ink work again, so I wanted to abandon the photo reference and just create something new.… Read the rest

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Alphabeasts: F is for Flukeman

Once again, I’ve created a new ink for the Alphabeasts project (alphabeasts.tumblr.com). This time, I had a bit of a quandary, since there are a few creatures that start with “F” that I thought might be interesting.

Of course, there’s the faun from El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth). But I have an interesting ink in mind to show both the faun and Ofelia, and I didn’t think it would work for this project. The eye would be on both of them, not just the faun, so I thought it lost the spirit of this project a bit.… Read the rest

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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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Creating the ink art: The Mouth of Sauron

I’m fascinated by creatures of all sorts, especially those that are a bit on the creepy side. Case in point, “The Mouth of Sauron”, featured in the extended edition of the film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

In case you haven’t seen the extended versions of the LOTR trilogy (which you should, they are fantastic), here’s a YouTube link of just that scene in the film. Of course, if you haven’t seen the film, there is certainly a bit of spoiler here, so if you’d rather watch the full film first please do.… Read the rest

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New Ink Card/Digital Color: The Gorgon

I had fun digitally coloring The Pale Man ink that I did (see it here!), and I thought I’d try it again. I’ve been away from inking for a couple of weeks, due both to the job search and some paying gigs, but I created a new one today for sale.

I have numerous ink ideas, based on various creatures and characters, that I want to do.  Their purpose has been, since the beginning last year, to ground my work a bit more than it has been. By at least starting with a photo (I end up straying quite a bit), I’m hoping to learn a better sense of real world lighting, characterization, and just a more measured approach to art.… Read the rest

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Of Unusual Things and Monsters

I was recently looking around my office for a reference for a piece I’m working on, and after a short search I came up with what I was looking for. But when I was done I came to an interesting conclusion.

I sure do have a lot of stuff.

Now, I’m sure many artists, writers, and in general creators, have large collections of various items. In that, I’m no different. Many of the items I have are for reference, like the plaster skull I have I my desk for example. Other things I have just to give me comfort in my office.… Read the rest

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A new ink card and a different idea: Fossil

While I’m working on these ink cards, I’m trying a few different ideas out. Of course, one idea is purely commerce driven, I’m unemployed and selling things keeps food on the table. But artistically, there are a few things at play here.

First, I’m trying to relearn what I knew about inks so many years ago. Ink art can be a challenge, using a few lines to create a reality. There are certain methods to approach creating texture, like the weight of the line, the directions of the crosshatching next to other lines, and so on.… Read the rest

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New Ink Card: Aknot

Now, I’m not sure how many will know who Aknot is, but let’s just say I enjoyed making the ink card (5″ x 7″, ink on 140 lb. Cold Press as usual) and leave it at that.

Ok, I guess I can let you know. Aknot is a warrior/creature that appears in the wildly underrated film The Fifth Element. I thought he would be a fun creature to try, and one that’s a bit more challenging.

I think there are two parts to that challenge. First, whenever I start these inks I always prefer to have a solid, sharp place to start at.… Read the rest

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