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.  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Constellation ~ Scorpio

Scorpio ~ by Nick Gucker ©2014

When taking on the concept of Scorpio for the Constellation exhibit curated by Yvette Endrijautzki, I wanted to convey something more complex in my study than the traditional, straightforward scorpion image.  As I considered the symbol of Scorpio, the ideas of fearlessness, determination and strength were the primary elements impressed upon me.  I wanted to focus on the aspect of strength, so I incorporated the traditional image of the scorpion into that of an old fashioned circus strong man, replacing his arms with those of scorpion tails. It seemed a perfect fit, in a classic strong-man pose.  As Scorpio is a water sign, I wanted to incorporate water elements into the image as well.  I originally intended to have the elephants spraying fountains of water, but once they came into form, the trunk shape lent itself to more scorpion tails; a fun indulgence in studying the creature’s anatomy.  The third eye (the eye of knowledge) on the elephants’ fez is meant to instill a sort of playful mysticism.

This piece of art showed for a month at True Love Gallery in Seattle, WA, and then for another couple months at Fulcrum Gallery in Tacoma, WA.

Impossibility Dissection

"Impossibility Dissection" Nick Gucker ©2014

Impossibility Dissection by Nick Gucker ©2014

Couple of illustrations for a story by Stuart Young for his story "Impossibility Dissection" (edited by T.E. Grau) in issue #12 of Strange Aeons Magazine. It's an excellent story and well worth the read, many parts mixed together in this tale of an entity or god, observing mans place in the universe and what makes him tick, containing philosophy, cosmic horror and a bit of cynical humor.
Kinda wanted to do a crazy Kirby influenced cosmic illustration for the header piece. Though I think it would have been more effective on a larger sized media than 8½ x 11, I think it's still fun and weird.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Preying Mystic

Preying Mystic ~ By Nick Gucker ©2013
I dig this piece I did, during a wee bit of spare time this last fall. Was a random doodle, starting with the head, that took on a life of it's own.
Fine Point Sharpie, Charcoal white highlights on chipboard, 8½ x 11ish.
Might have to do a print run of this dude.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Zombie Gigilo

A couple of charcoal illustrations I did to a very sick and barf-inducing rotten little story by S. G. Browne, author of the books "Breathers",  "Fated", "Lucky Bastard", "Big Egos" and "I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus".
These illustrations appeared along his story in issue #7 of Strange Aeons Magazine. The story was previously published in "The Living Dead 2" in 2010.
But before it was ever published, “Zombie Gigolo” debuted at the 2008 World Horror Convention, where it took 3rd Place in the annual Gross Out Contest.
A putrescent hand-clap to you, Mr. Browne!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

North American Migrating Fungi

New Print available - "North American Migrating Fungi" 8½ x 11 Giclee, signed.

Datlow Mention

Posted Feb. 5th on Ellen Datlow's Facebook wall...

"As I read for the Best Horror of the Year, I make note of the artists whose work impresses me during the year. The following are those whose work I came across in journals, magazines, or website, or on the covers of anthologies and collections. You can usually find their work online. You might want to consider some of them for the World Fantasy or Hugo Award. (I have no vested interest in them, other than I like their art and would love to see the newer/obscure artists get more attention in the field): Teresa Tunaley, Dominic Black, Dave Senecal, Yuri Kabisher, Tara Bush, Kinuko Y. Craft, David Gentry, Vincent Sammy, Tessa Chuddy, Soufiane Idrassi, Carlos Araujo, Saber Core, Sarah Emerson, Rasa Dilyte, Athine Saloniti, Brigitte-Fredensborg, Akura Pare, Linda Saboe, Nick Gucker, Ben Baldwin, John Kaaine, Mike Dominic, Eric Lacombe, Anja Millen, Kate Harrison, Lynette Watters, Stephen Upham, Melissa Gannon, Azathoth, Tais Teng, Joachim Luetke, Sam Dawson, Mikio Murakami, Richard Wagner, Tom Brown, Ed Binkley, Miles Tittle, Stephen J. Clark, Reggie Oliver, Danielle Serra, George Cotronis, Oliver Wetter, Richard Wagner, Erin Wells, Edward Miller, David Ho, Ashley Mackenzie, Szymon Siwak, David Rix, Keith Miller, Louise Boyd, Lauren Rogers, Amandine van Ray, Katerina Apostolakou, Justin Aerni, Johannes Amm, Pauline De Hoe, Martin Wydooghe,Richard Anderson, Jon Foster, Greg Ruth, Chris Buzelli, Red Nose Studio, Victo Ngai, John Jude Palencar, John Picacio, Robert Hunt, Gregory Manchess, Anna and Elena Balbusso, Goni Montes, Karla Ortiz, Nicolas Delort, Pascal Campion, Sam Wolfe Connelly."

Thrilled and honored to be mentioned and on Ellen's radar. And what great company to be named along with.