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 Ink Art and Alphabeast: Unseelie

For this week’s Alphabeast creation, I came across the description of a type of mean faerie, called an “unseelie”. Now, in the many descriptions I’ve come across, sometimes it’s described as the “unseelie court”, and sometimes as the creature itself.

In either case, the unseelie is seen as a very mean faerie, one that tends to be very dark as well. Sometimes they are mentioned as being evil, and other times they just go out of their way not to be so helpful.

For my ink art, I’ve decided to take the fully darker route with it (me?… Read the rest

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New Ink Art: The Thing That Was Bennings

Here’s a new Alphabeast creature, and an interpretation of a scene from one of my very favorite films, John Carpenter’s The Thing.

If you haven’t seen the film, go ahead. I’ll wait.

Back? Wasn’t that just awesome?

To create an ink of the creature isn’t the easiest, considering that it doesn’t really have one single form. So I looked at some of the great scenes in the movie, and one of them has always stuck out for me.

In the scene, one of the men at the Antarctic base, named Bennings, has become the unfortunate victim of the Thing.… 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 Walkthrough: The Revenant

This week for Alphabeasts, which I’m now caught up on, I decided to try something different. With my computer being backed up and doing some maintenance, I thought I would try a larger piece than the others have been.

This week’s letter was “R”, and the first thing that popped into my head was “revenant”. Those with a sharp eye might remember a cover I did a couple of years ago, for Brian Keene’s book A Gathering of Crows. That book featured a number of stylized revenants, and I thought this would be a good time to revisit that creature.… Read the rest

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New Ink Art and Alphabeast: Q is for Qilin

Here’s today’s second catch-up Alphabeast art, for the letter Q. This is a qilin, from Chinese mythology, and something I found very interesting.

As a creature, a qilin is (from Wikipedia and others) a creature that’s described in a few different ways. Among them is a description of a beast with horns/antlers, more of a dragon’s head, and taller like a deer or giraffe even.

I thought it would be a good challenge to try and do this one a little differently than the creepy Peg Powler I created earlier (here).… Read the rest

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New Ink Art and Alphabeast: P is for Peg Powler

In trying to catch up on life, especially while my computer is a bit busy, I’m finding that I can still work on ink art away from the normal spot. Case in point, today’s first catch-up Alphabeast art.

I had a few “P” choices to pick from, but this one stood out quite a bit. The Peg Powler (I know, it sounds like a suburban realtor) is quite a creepy creature. It’s a take on the “old hag” stories that have been around in mythology. This old hag creeps up, from under the water, to the side of the river bank, grabs a victim (usually a child) by the ankles, and pulls them under to their doom.… Read the rest

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New Ink Art: Tortoise Moment

For quite awhile now, I’ve wanted to do an ink of a large tortoise. I’ve seen them in various places throughout the years, and they have a great texture in their skin that I’ve wanted to try and work with on an ink.

Any time you have an ink idea with texture though, it complicates things. You only get black lines (unless you are doing a wash or something), so those black lines have to represent both the texture and the shadows. That can be tricky, and it takes a little more thought as it is being worked out.… Read the rest

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New Ink Art and Alphabeast: O is for Onryō

The second Alphabeast ink of the day is a Japanese mythological creature known as the onryō.

If you’ve seen The Ring (or Ringu), even maybe The Grudge, you probably have a pretty good idea what a onryō is. An onryō is a vengeful ghost, seeking retribution for some wrong that happened to it during life.

The most famous onryō is probably Oiwa, from the Japanese ghost story Yotsuya Kaidan. Oiwa, before she dies, was given a poison creme that left her face, especially her left eye, drooped down.… Read the rest

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New Ink Art and Alphabeast: N is for Nightgaunt

A few different ideas went through my head when it came to the “nightgaunt”, for my latest Alphabeast. For those that don’t know, a nightgaunt is a creature that is present during night terrors.

Now, night terrors are the worst thing in all the world. Frightening, to the point that getting a night terror affects you for many days after. If you haven’t had one, then good for you. If you have, you have my sympathies. I’ve endured them all of my life.

A night terror (also called “sleep paralysis”)  is when you wake up, but you aren’t fully awake yet.… Read the rest

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