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 Carl├Ęs, 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.  

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.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Prints of Darkness

North American Migrating Fungi. Original drawing done for Max Clotfelter's DUNE drink & draw at Cafe Racer.

Original B&W illustration done for Skurvy Ink's t-shirt design promoting Kevin Shamel's "Rotten Little Animals" novel from Eraserhead Press.

Just a wee update. I'll be attending Kirk von Hammett's Fear FestEvil in SanFrancisco Feb. 7 -8th 2014, with my partners in crime, Lance Thingmaker and Max Reinhardt.

Working on colorizing some previous B&W artworks for some new prints and working on putting together some art-cards (my genius wife, Denise's suggestion) to make available some of my art at a lower price point.

Looking into putting together an Etsy store, so stay tuned for that!

Carry on and keep making great art!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sleeping Ute

Sleeping Ute by Nick Gucker ©2013

Illustration for Dark Discoveries Magazine #23 to a story called "Sleeping Ute" by fantastical fiction scribe Steve Ransic Tem.
It's a truly strange and somewhat whimsical tale with grim overtones. And I wanted to capture the odd and fantastic nature of the it all with the juxtaposition of the Ute in transformation and the drunken bumpkin miner of the story.
Done in charcoal on toned recycled paper stock.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Phonenutria Nouveau ~ Strange Aeons Issue #12

Phonenutria Nouveau by Nick Gucker ©2013

Cover painting done in thin acrylic layers for issue #12 of Strange Aeons magazine.
Influenced by Mid-twenties style, actress Theda Bara, an image of a model named Dezi photographed by amazing photographer Danielle Anathema and as an homage to editor-in-cheif and screenwriter Lawrence Ammiote's recent screenplay "Widowed".

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Wood Horse - a group exhibit commemorating the Chinese New Year

Jade Rabbit
Nick Gucker ©2014

New Year ~ Nian Beast
Nick Gucker ©2014

Year of the Horse
Nick Gucker ©2014

I was invited to be part of Wood Horse - a group exhibit commemorating the Chinese New Year at Cloud Gallery on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Jan. 9th, curated by incredible assemblage artist Yevette Endrijautzki.

I ended up doing three pieces involving, for the most part, Chinese New Years.

"Year of the Horse" is based on this years Chinese astrological Symbol, the Wood Horse.  I added a basic new years couplet that reads a little something like this:

"family growing finance flourishing peaceful house
happiness longivity both possessed house always honorable"

"New Year ~ Nian Beast" is my take on the Nian beast that shows up every new year to eat village crops, chew on villagers and consume the children.
The color red, fireworks and the sounds of chopping and preparing food scares this horrible beast away, so the story goes.

"Jade Rabbit" is a bit more of a departure, using the idea of the lunar new year, I wanted to do a piece based on the moon legend of Chang'e. In one variation of the tale, which may be the Japanese version, Chang'e arrives on the moon in the form of a frog, and even though it's not the Chinese version, it inspired me to do the frog. The rabbit is the Jade Rabbit who's constantly pounding away with it's pestle and mortar, concocting new elixirs.

The Joss paper backgrounds were my wife, Denise's idea. I'd purchased some Joss paper but wasn't sure how I was going to incorporate it into my artwork. I really like the idea behind the Joss paper, aka Hell Money or Spirit Money. Burning the money to pay down the moral debts of family memebers who've past into the spirit realm,  so when reincarnated, they would have a renewed and clean spirit. I thought this resonated nicely in paying down your debts for the new year in wanting a fresh start and shedding the past woes of the previous year.

Artists involved in this group show are:

Photography by Cathleen Shattuck
Mixed Media by Yuko Ishii
Drawings by Nick Gucker
Calligraphy and Chinese ink & watercolor paintings by Edward Lee
Origami Art by Sonya Stockton
Paintings by Steve Gilbert

Happy 2014 and may this year bring prosperity and happiness to you all!