Saturday, October 11, 2014

Skinned Alive by Diabolik!

"All Those Delicate Cuts" screen capture ©2014 Diabolik
 This last spring I was commissioned by visual story teller extraordinaire Phil Mucci of Diabolik, to illustrate the money shot end scene of the tortured main character in the music video "All Those Delicate Cuts" by the band Das Muerte.

Mr. Mucci sent me a couple of stills of the video green screen shoot, and with the use of a light table did a basic sketch of the characters torso and head then, per request, savaged and skinned the victims body. Shredding and peeling back the layers of skin to come up with a visceral image that appears in two shots at the end of the video. One from a distance, when the cops bust into the warehouse to witness the horror and another quick close-up of the the victims gory head.
Once I've submitted the colored image then Phil goes in and adds his own touches to make it blend in with the layered scene he's constructed.

I'm quite proud of what I accomplished with this and it was fun paging through anatomy books to make sure the musculature was correct. Body Worlds, a book released by Gunther Van Hagen was the perfect reference companion for muscles and tissue. A source I go back to often.

Phil is great to work with and loves to push the envelope of visual effects with his indelible eye for gritty, psychedelic, beautiful nightmare imagery within his narratives. Phil has a knack for incredibly realized full-on surreal world building, packed with surprise moments of awe. 

"All Those Delicate Cuts" screen capture ©2014 Diabolik

"All Those Delicate Cuts" screen capture ©2014 Diabolik

"All Those Delicate Cuts" by Nick Gucker ©2014

Check out the video here and for more of the work of Diabolik, go here:

Das Muerte - "All Those Delicate Cuts" from Phil Mucci on Vimeo.

video production credits:
written, directed, edited and animated by Phil Mucci
music written and performed by Das Muerte
cinematography by Phil Mucci and Jeff Speed
produced by Phil Mucci
executive producer Ian Mackay
Starring Brian Rohan as G-Man Jerry Stewart
Ian Mackay as Das Muerte
and introducing Angel Lin as Mei Tsui
with Terry Smith as Busta Capp
James Tavare as Jimmy the Goon
Deangelo Harding as the Rookie
Mat Wright as Officer Downe
costume designer Bory Tan
seamstress Trang Chu
hair and makeup by Christina Guerra
model-maker Chris Speed
"money shot" horror illustration by Nick "the Hat" Gucker
A Diabolik Production

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's The Great Pumpkin!

Teasers for some of my new pieces showing at The Cloud Gallery on Capitol Hill, Seattle, tonight.

Cloud Gallery proudly presens the phantasmical original paintings by Mark Tedin, the whimsical Hell-o-weenish illustrations by Nick Gucker and magickal 3D works and ritualistic items by in house artist DireWolf Omega.

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 9th
5 to 9pm
at CLOUD Gallery
901 E Pike (inside Frame Central)

Tarot readings with Iya Felana
and live music

Cold beverages and finger foods provided!!!
Everyone is welcome...

curated by Yvette Endrijautzki

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Sorcerers

"The Sorcerers" by Nick Gucker ©2014

I was commissioned this last Spring to come up with an original poster design for a screening of Michael Reeves' The Sorcerers (1967) at the Jill Cragie Cinema (University of Plymouth (Roland Levinsky Building), Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom) hosted by editor and writer Johnny Mains.
It was a screening event that tied into the release of 'The Sorcerers: The Original Screenplay' published by PS Publishing.

A Compendium of Curious Creeps, Month Two

"Puritanical Jack", "BLack Forest Benediction" and "Squawking Night Foul" by Nick Gucker ©2014
5x7" Charcoal. $40 ea, framed.

"Dis~Order of Set" by Nick Gucker ©2014
5x7" Charcoal. $40, framed.

"Welcome to the Reptile House" by Nick Gucker ©2012
8½ x 11 Ink. $125.
"Cat Catcher" by Nick Gucker ©2014
 8½ x 11 Ink. $100.

Some of the new work that I added to my solo show "A Compendium of Curious Creeps" for the second month at Spectrum House Salon and Photo in Georgetown, Seattle.
Call Spectrum House ((206) 535-7649) if interested in purchasing my original art!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Compendium of Curious Creeps

I have my first solo art show "A COMPENDIUM OF CURIOUS CREEPS" this Saturday, August 9th from 6-9pm at Spectrum House Salon & Photography in Georgetown, Seattle. Part of the Second Saturday Georgetown Art Attack! Join me!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gut Feeling

"Gut Feeling" 11x17 by Nick Gucker ©2014

New piece of art I did in watercolor and ink for the PAIN group show at Art Not Terminal in downtown Seattle, WA this coming Saturday the 2nd, 2014 (6-9pm).

Come to the show, say hello and check out all the wonderful interpretations of artists personal take on the theme of pain. Aside from the amazing art, there will be performances, music, readings and other surprises in store for the opening.

Some details regarding the show.

Pain is a shared by all humanity, but everyone experiences pain very differently. For some, their daily lives involve the management of chronic pain. For others, their pain is emotional: anxiety, depression, addiction.
Pain is subjective, so we've invited professional artists to create works about the subject of pain, as they've experienced. This will be a very personal and enlightening show, featuring the works of over 30 local and international artists. The public is welcome to attend.
Exhibit runs: July 30 - August 31, 2014
Opening reception: August 2, 6-10pm
South Lake Union reception: August 1, 6-9pm
Belltown Art Walk reception: August 8, 6-9pm

Guest curators: Julie Baroh of Krab Jab Studio, Tracy Cilona of Twilight Gallery, Braden Duncan of the Seattle Arts Coalition, and Aubry Kae Andersen of A/NT Gallery.

Artists (more to be added): Kyle Abernathy, Aubry Kae Andersen, Amber Anderson, Anita Arora, Kree Arvanitas, Luann Baroh, Julie Baroh, Sarah Barrick, Robert Bellm, Nicole Brauch, Brian Britigan, Joseph Brooks, Libby Bulloff & Stephen Robinson, Stasia Burrington, Pierre Carlès, Larry Corbett, Amanda Crowley, Liz Danforth, Divine Mania, Krissy Downing, Braden Duncan, Mary Enslow, Jonathan Fischer , Salyna Gracie, Nick Gucker, Heather Hudson, Yuko Ishii, Lonny Johnson, Larkin, Chris Le Cocq, Matthew Lewis, Vikram Madan, Cecilia Mayr, Aaron Morgan, Socar Myles, Amy Nikitani, Javier S. Ortega, Andrew Parry, Amy Pleasant, Artifact Ripley, Stan Schiff, Jonathan Seright, Rachel Setzer, Zeb Shaffer, Tenaya Sims, Melanie Sinclair, Jason Soles, Sam Taylor, Ronnie Taylor, Adam Valmossoi, Anthony Waters, Linda Wilcox

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fatally-Colored Gestures

Fatally-Colored Gestures - art by Nick Gucker ©2014
Commissioned painting I did for Joe Pulver's chapbook available from Dunham's Manor Press, a finger of Dynatox Ministries publishing run by writer of the weird and warped, Jordan Krall.
It's a weird-western type of story,in a dusky forlorn setting with the interactive prose of Pulver setting the scene, putting up the pins and knocking them down.
This was painted with acrylics, thinned out and doing many layered builds to varied effect.