Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Cthulhu sketch

How the fuck is it that I made it to 27 years of age and had never fucking read H.P. Lovecraft? I've read many who were influenced by him and his ideas, like Junji Ito and Mike Mignola (and there is, of course, the 1982 movie, The Thing), so I guess I could say that Lovecraft has inspired me second-handedly for years. But, holy shit, is there nothing quite like the original material. I found a website that has a number of his works posted to read for free and tore through "The Call of Cthulhu" and "At The Mountains of Madness" (the latter being my favorite of anything of his I've read thus far), and not wanting to have to read off a computer screen anymore, I spent a Barnes and Noble gift card on three of the Del Rey collections of his work. I re-read "Cthulhu" this morning and started into "The Dunwich Horror" right after. Words cannot express. So, here is a ballpoint sketch I did of Cthulhu. There's quite a bit in all of his work that I would love exploring visually. Especially since I have yet to find much of any kind of really proper translation of his work to film or comics.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I need to fill wallspace!

Finally, after living in this apartment almost two years, I am getting around to making something to hang on my living room walls which have been bare since the day I moved in. I want to do some really large pieces on stretched paper. These are some sketches I've been monkeying around with lately for one of the pieces.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I get real bored at work... Really Fucking Bored.

Recently, I was leafing through my copy of Junji Ito's Uzumaki after having seen the film version. The film did not compare to the original book, and I missed seeing more of those wonderful snail people.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Silent Hill piece - "Sato and the Well"

I loved doing this piece while at the same time it made me want to cut my fucking throat. I'm still not able to make Photoshop painting do exactly what I want it to, but I'm enjoying learining the process and getting closer to being confident with this medium. Regardless of how explicitly close this piece came to what I had planned, I am immensely pleased with and proud of the finished result.

When you see something red and fleshy and gross, that should tell you that total awesomeness will soon be upon you. Words to live by.... And that is the end of that.

As for some behind the scenes work:

This is the original concept sketch for what I began referring to as "the Tumor Fountain."

This is a second sketch I did of the "Tumor Fountain" (actually on Election Day) to begin playing around with the process of coloring raw, uninked pencil drawings:

Tumors and Orangutans


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"30 Days of Night" a few sketches

This was a small doodle, less than 2" square, done in ballpoint pen before I had started on the 6 page piece.
Doing a whole piece in ballpoint pen and then Photoshop is something I definitely want to try in the future once I get a better handle on the process. Translation: when I know it well enough to not be slow as balls getting from blank piece of paper to the final object. The piece I'm finishing up now on the computer is being done all in pencil, and then digitally painted. So, I'm working towards that.

"30 Days of Night" portfolio piece - color

"30 Days of Night" portfolio piece - pencils and inks

This piece, visually based more on the movie than the graphic novel, was originally conceptualized in color, and therefore, was drawn differently than it would have been had I intended the finished product to be in black and white. More negative space was left in the inked drawings and some background elements (such as the fire) were left out entirely where I thought they could be better executed with pure color than with line.