Monday, September 13, 2010

The Great Old One

Thanks to Mr. Lovecraft, we have the Dreaded Cthulhu (or Tulu, Clulu, Clooloo, Cthulu, C'thulhu, Cighulu, Cathulu, Kathulu, Kutulu, Kthulhu, Q’thulu, K'tulu, Kthulhut, Kulhu, Kutunluu, Ktulu, Cuitiliú, Thu Thu) to wreak our sleeping dreams and make un~sane the waking dream of life the closer we get to gazing upon it's greatness.
This was a small detailed sketch done as a test on the brown fibrous board, then inked and marker'd with white pencil highlights.
More to come of this unsightly fellow...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Krazy Kaiju

My long term affection and obsession for kaiju (Japanese for "strange beast" or "monster") started with Spectreman (1971 - 72), the brown and gold saviour of earth from Nebula Star, taking shape as a human and trying to thwart the supposedly evil Dr. Gori from dispatching giant pollution-based monsters from killing the citizens of Earth. I say supposedly because Dr. Gori's intentions, although extreme, are somewhat honorable. He was banished from Planet E after a foiled attempted to take it over. Gori comes across Earth and is captivated by it's beauty but disgusted with the human inhabitants, who've created tons of pollution and are destroying the earth. Gori's intent is to save the earth from human destruction so he may rule it, and ironically, uses the same pollution all over the earth against the humans by creating giant monsters to destroy them so he can enslave and rule the earth.
As a kid, all these different monster (men in rubber suits) had a profound effect on defining what a monster was, because they were all each so different and bizarre.
To this day i still love Kaiju and Spectreman lead the way to Godzilla, Ultraman, Super sentai (although I never liked Power Rangers), and other monsters of this ilk.
Below is a made up krazy kaiju in what I hope will lead to more in the near future.

Scenes from my Sketch Book

Here are a couple of sketches or drawings or ideas or things that plop out of my head.

Uni-Eyed brain exposed alien creatures. Not sure why an alien race would have knives, but I find knives more fearsome than a gun, more of a savage connotation.

Then I messed around with it in Photoshop.

This drawing started off with the fellow, and not sure where I was going, looked up to see my wife reading and and she looked rather adorable, so I did a somewhat exaggerated version of her and turned the fellow into me, overwhelmed with my love for her.

Then I dropped it into Photoshop for a little texture action.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Nefarious Spooks {Series 1}

This is a series of ghoulish ghosts I call Nefarious Spooks. I wanted to contrast the sickly Spooks appearance with solidish friendly colors, to lull the viewer into a somewhat safe space before the details became apparent.  This was my foray into painting with acrylics which I haven't done in some years and had provided me with the will to do so again.

Mandible Mind

Mandible Mind would like to remind you to not eat with your mouth full and don't chew before you swallow.

ps ~ don't forget to lick your plate platelicker!

Save a Date

I generally try to find compelling art or horror related calendar’s to chart the passing of time and the turning of the earth as it relates to the sun. After this last New Year (2010) I spaced too long and settled on a supplier’s calendar that came across my desk. I believe the images, very calm nature scenes were taken by the employees who get 28 -31 days of fame for a lifetime of slavery at the place they call work. It's a nice gesture to the employees, but it's very boring and un-compelling. I couldn't take it any longer, as the days pass, I kept wanting to alter the calendar in some way and today, upon arrival to work, I scribbled out a Nessie style creature to occupy the lily padded pastoral lake scene. Ahhh, fixed. I fixed the calendar that didn't know it was broken and my days are becoming subtly more pleasing.

I look forward to next month and the month after that. I urge you to do the same.