Friday, December 16, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lovecraft eZine #8 "What Dances in Shadow" Illustration

New illustration for "What Dances In Shadow" by Derek Ferreira up at Lovecraft eZine #8.
Read the disturbing tale of an eldrich object that show's up at Clive's Curious Curios.




Monday, November 14, 2011

Crypticon T-Shirt Designs

 
 T-Shirt design for Crypticon Kansas City 2011. 
Below is a version with some hand rendered text, but I wasn't too fond of it due to it's lack of readability.

T-Shirt design for Crypticon Minneapolis 2011.



Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Lost Gods of Lemuria

As the staff artist for Strange Aeons Magazine (described as the illegitimate love-child of a hot tryst between Heavy Metal Magazine and Weird Tales Magazine!), I get asked to do illustrations for submitted works of fiction. In issue #5, the legendary editor, writer, theologian and philosopher Robert M. Price sent in "The Lost Gods of Lemuria", a tale of Thongor the Barbarian.
I was unfamiliar with who Thongor was initially, just thought it a tale by Mr. Price in the vein of Conan. Upon further research I came to find that Thongor is an older character created by Lin Carter, whom Mr. Price who was appointed Carter's literary executor. Needless to say, I was quite excited to not only be illustrating an image for a story by Rober M. Price but to know it's roots go even farther back to the fantastical mind of the fantasy pulp writer Lin Carter had me rather thrilled.
I could only do one image and I knew I wanted it to be an action shot, so I focused on a battle towards the end of the tale with a demon that a witch conjurs up to thwart the mighty Thongor.



Cover Art for Crypticon Seattle's De-Compositions 2011 horror anthology

This last April I was asked by Charity Becker of Blysster Press to do the cover art for Crypticon Seattle's Writing Contest horror anthology called De-Compositions.
I'd been doing some sketches of what I am calling "Hooded Creepers" and decide to incorporate them into the cover.

Preliminary sketch, foreground character was originally holding a doll, which I liked but wanted to go a wee bit creepier, so I had him holding a cloth with a persons face on it. The background character had a death thing going on with the scythe, thought it a bit too obvious and changed it in the final drawing.

 I first go over the line drawing with colored pencil and burnt Umber acrylics, then give it a burnt sienna acrylic wash.
 I re-darken the background area with more burnt umber and add more detail.

 I then go in and add high-lights.
 I then send the art off to the publisher who then does the final book design.
 Here it is at the Crypticon Seattle horror convention, during the author awards ceremony.

Monday, May 2, 2011

CRYPTICON SEATTLE 2011

Here is a vertical banner I did for Crypticon Seattle 2011, Seattles Premier Horror Convention. Using the t-shirt graphic peeking up from the bottom. Tall and narrow is always a challenge in these cases.
www.crypticonseattle.com

This banner is an active link back to the Crypticon site.
Crypticon Seattle

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Here are a couple of illustrations (I often work in pairs) using HIV as a theme embellished with a more fantastical horror aesthetic.

The first image showing the encroaching horror of a virus about to destroy it's host.




The second image showing a lover embracing his partner while the alien horror watches over it's ill deeds.


At the time I was in the mood to do some drawings, I hadn't had anything in mind, so I often reflect on current issues to put myself in an editorial mindset and this was the result.

Kellyzilla Vs. MechaKellyzilla

This is an illustration I did for my pal Kelly Young. You might be familiar him as editor of Strange Aeons Magazine, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Art Director, Hero. Lover. Legend and scallywag.
It was his 40th Birthday and Jenna Pittman put together this great little zine for him with contributions by the likes of Lee Davis, Rick Tillman, J. Fulton, Ben Hansen & Ms. Pittman to name a few.
Kelly and I share a love for Kaiju and this was a custom piece I contributed.
The reference images were from Godzilla 2000 (one of my favorite G designs) and the Mechagodzilla from a toy.



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Castrati

Illustration done for my friend Jo Claxton for her three piece doom-metal band Castrati. If memory serves correct it was two basses and drums with vocals pich-shifted way down.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Crypticon 2009 VIP T-Shirt Design

Can you name the characters and actors in this image? These were some of the guests attending Crypticon 2009. A great line-up of guests and a ton of fun.


Pencil layout of characters.



Final inked with a photoshoped layer of red.
 

Monday, January 31, 2011

Brother VooDoo


Alligator Wine (1958)

Screamin' Jay Hawkins


Take the blood out of an alligator, yeah
Take the left eye of a fish, yeah
Take the skin off of a frog, yeah
Yeah, and mix it up in a dish
Add a cup of grease swamp water
And then countin' one to nine
Spit over your left shoulder
And you got alligator wine
Alligator wine - YEHE HUH UH
Your porcupine
Is gonna make you mine, oh yeah
Yeah, is gonna make you mine
It'll make your head bald, babe
I say it make your toes freeze
It'll turn your blood into steam - ASHHH!
It'll make you cough and sneeze
You gotta scream UHH like an eagle
You gonna roar like a mountain lion
When you get finished drinking
Good old, yeah, alligator wine
Alligator wine
Your porcupine
Is gonna make you mine
AH HUH HUH
Meet at the stroke of midnight
By the swamp down in the wood
I'm gonna make you love me babe
Like you never thought you could
You gonna break my magic potion
And your blood [...] eye is gonna shine
You gonna be scared forever
Too much alligator wine
Alligator wine
WHOAA - alligator wine
Yeah yeh, is gonna make you mine
HUH HUH AAH
Alligator, alligator wine
HUH AAH

Chiroptera Cauchemar

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Absinthe and the Green Fairy

Illustration from the mid 90's I did for a flier. I was in a band called Pointy Birds and I came up with the idea of doing an Absinthe glass fuming into a what is known as the "green fairy". The green fairy in my vision was a pin-wheel of preying mantis.