Saturday, January 17, 2015

Nyarlathotep


A version of H.P. Lovecraft's Nyarlathotep for "Dreams In the Witch House" mini-book project by Gwen and Brian of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival (PDX Chapter).
In doing research, I came across this image of Nyarlathotep Diabolis Rex, Magister Templi, Church of Satan in Portland. Figuring him to be a swell model for Nyarlathotep, also having had his name changed with said moniker added, thought whom better to base it on, chaos tentacles and all.
This mini-edition book of Dream in the Witch House will soon be released from Arkham Bazaar.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Earthworm Gods T-Shirt

Brian Keene's Earthworm Gods, art by Nick Gucker ©2014
I had the honor of being asked, while having breakfast at BizarroCon 2013, by horror writer Brian Keene and screen printer Sam McCanna to do up a t-shirt design for Keene's novel Earthworm Gods.
I had read the 2006 Leisure paperback, then titled The Conqueror Worms (now available from Deadite Press, the very best in cult horror), when it came out and became an instant fan. Often wanting to read horror outside of the common tropes (vampire, zombie, zombie, etc.) this wormy romp was a welcome change and full of surprises around every corner. So to be asked years later to design something for this book was quite a thrill.


I submitted half a dozen sketch ideas, and three were selected. I ended up going with the armed lone man in the house surrounded by a squirm of worms. I felt it would have a good central focus with a forced perspective and lots of goddamn worms! And rain. Rain is a hugely important element in the book(s), like another character. 


Then I work up a larger final pencil drawing.


Once the drawing is approved then I proceed with inking, which is my favorite part. 

 

I send the final art to Sam at Skurvy Ink and he gives it the go, posts it to his web shop and starts taking orders. 


For your very own squirmtastic wormpocalyps t-shirt, head on over to Skurvyink.com and git some! 
If you're interested in more shirts Iv'e designed while at Skurvy Ink, type my name into the search bar and all the designs I've done will list. 




Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Splatterpunk #6

Interior shot of art with the story and my ad! 
I was asked by editor Jack Bantry to contribute to an old school style horror zine called Splatterpunk. I was sent a demented nightmare-logic horrorotica style story by Brendan Vidito called "Fuck Shock".
It's quite short, wicked and cuts to the chase, with some delirious almost dream like prose. The story feels like something that would fit into the film style of David Cronenberg and Ken Russell. 


I did this piece with ink and brush then added a gray background digitally. 

Cover art by Dan Henk
The new issue of SPLATTERPUNK ZINE is out now!
Featuring fiction from JAMES NEWMAN, BRACKEN MacLEOD, RYAN HARDING, KIT POWER and BRENDAN VIDITO. Illustrations by DAN HENK, NICK GUCKER, JIM AGPALZA, ROBERT ELROD and LUKE SPOONER. Plus non-fiction by JAMES NEWMAN, JOHN BODEN, KIT POWER and JACK BANTRY.
Cover art by Dan Henk.
Designed by Mike Dickinson.
Order Issue #6 of Splatterpunk here: https://splatterpunkzine.wordpress.com/ordering-info/

Monday, January 12, 2015

ORCA ~ Terror Just Beneath The Surface

      
ORCA, Nick Gucker ©2014

Here's a commission piece I did in the fall of 2014. The fella who'd contacted me wanted to commission a piece similar to the horror posters I'd done (Demons, The Beyond, Blacula, Evil Dead, etc.), this was to be a gift to his wife on her birthday. He could only afford to go black and white.
Having grown up in Alaska, Orca was the Jaws of our generation, riding the coattails of the famed shark film. Sharks like Great Whites were few if ever in the waters of SE AK, but Killer Whales were and still are abundant. This was a memorable movie for me in many ways (leg ripping death scene with Bo Derrik, Fetal Orca, early Charlotte Rampling crush) and was excited to work on this project.
There are no tentacle in the film but the customer wanted them, and I happily obliged. Back in the day of good film posters, there were often elements that never showed up in the films, and this would be no different.



Shocktober Film Fest T-shirt Design

Shocktober Film Fest 2014 © Nick Gucker
Last Octobers t-shirt design for Shocktober Film Fest in Champaign, IL at The ART Theater Co-op.
Since Tobe Hooper's POLTERGEIST was one of the features, we the mascot "Shockty" was to be put in place of the creepy main child actress "Carol Anne".

Shocktober Film Fest 2014 © Nick Gucker
I only had to make one change to the design, which was to make the blocky-square shape into a more organic shape. Which I did using my brush pen.