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.