Monday, October 24, 2016

Bacon Fried Bastard!

New commission, a B&W poster I did as a promo piece for David W. Barbee's new novel BACON FRIED BASTARD. Coming soon to a BizarroCon near you!

Here's what David had to say about it:
"I’m VERY happy to announce that my next book has a promotional poster that’s as gorgeous and gruesome as the book itself. I’ve had a vision of floating crocodiles since I was a kid, and with Bacon Fried Bastard I finally had the junglepunk setting to feature them in a story. And as the scaly icing on the reptillian cake, I contacted Nick “The Hat” Gucker to create a poster that would visualize this monstrosity. As always he did a bang up job. Now I just have to get this righteous poster (and the book it’s based on) to the printer. Huge thanks to the talented Mr. Gucker. Bacon Fried Bastard will be coming soon…"

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bleedingham Festival of the Macabre and Bellingham ComicCon


I have a couple of shows in a row in Bellingham starting Friday (10/21/2016) evening from 5-10pm. The Bleedingham Festival of the Macabre is a Halloween night market in conjunction with the Bleedingham Film Festival. It's a first year event so we'll see how this pans out.
The next day (10/22/2016) I'll be vending at the Bellingham ComicCon in Ferndale from 10am - 5pm.
I came across these pre-cut Halloween wood shapes and decided I'd take a sharpie to them to see if I could sell a few to you wretched ghouls in anticipation of Halloween.
See you there, fiends! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Whistling Past the Graveyard - Wrightson tribute

'Whistling Past the Graveyard' by Nick Gucker ©2016

I had heard through wonderful artist Mike Dubisch that Creature Features in Burbank were doing a special tribute show to the legendary artist Bernie Wrightson, and were taking submissions. So, I shot off an email with a link to my website. Within a couple days I was informed that they'd like to include me in the show. So thrilled! Very happy to be not only part of this show but also in support of one of my strongest influences, artistically.

Here is the offical release of the show from Creature Features Facebook page:
Legendary artist Bernie Wrightson has created artwork to delight and disturb for over 45 years. Whether illustrating comics for DC, Marvel and Warren Publishing, collaborating on book illustrations with author Stephen King, or doing designs for movies like Ghostbusters, George Romero’s Land of the Dead or Frank Darabont’s The Mist, Wrightson has long been considered a true master of the macabre. Most notable is his 7-year stretch creating 50 detailed pen-and-ink drawings for Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, a career high point, never to be surpassed.

This October, Creature Features celebrates Wrightson’s life and career with a unique gallery exhibit showcasing top artists paying tribute to the master with their own original paintings and sculptures dedicated to his work. 

Curated by make-up FX artist John Wrightson (Bernie’s son) and gallery owner Taylor White, this event will feature artists' homages to such Wrightson creations as DC’s Swamp Thing, House of Mystery and House of Secrets, Heavy Metal’s Captain Sternn, Warren’s Creepy and Eerie and, of course, his iconic rendition of Frankenstein.

The exhibit opens on Saturday, October 8th from 6pm to 9pm and will also include a special display tracing Wrightson’s colorful career with original artwork, concept art, comics, movie posters, books, sculptures, model kits, trading cards and much more. 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each tribute piece of artwork and all merchandise being offered will be donated to Bernie Wrightson.

Artists include:
Ryan Bartlett
Bonnie Bozell
Kiel Bryant
Matt Cable
Anthony Carpenter
Ricardo Delgado
Alex Diaz
Mike Dubisch
Robert Elrod
Scott Fields
David Grasso
Tony Guaraldi-Brown
Nick Gucker
Hanzel Haro
Carlos Huante
Melissa Jimenez
Phil Joyce
Lee Joyner
Kemo
Neal Kennemore
Jonathan La Mantia
Shawn Nagle
Eric O'Neill
Eric October
James A. Owen
Jeff Rebner
Thea Saks
Andy Schoneberg
Jack Snider
Mark Tavares
Eric Tengren
Jed Thomas
Mike Vosburg
Paul Wee
And more to be added!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sputnik Supplies 'Ro-Boy'


Ro-Boy commission, Nick Gucker ©2016
Ro-Boy toy, Paul Schiola / Sputnik Supplies  2014
I had the awesome opportunity to do an ink illustration of Paul Schiola's Ro-Boy toy for a sticker. He gave me the toy as payment, and I always welcome the "will work for toys" ethic when I can.
I met Paul, of Sputink Supplies, a few years back while vending at Monsterpalooza, and we found much in common with things we love and enjoy, aesthetics and work ethics. Paul has a passion for 50-70's Sci-fi and B monster movies and re-creates special key monsters in the form of sculpture then reproducing them in vinyl. Paul is the definition of moxie and his spirit for the love of what he does is truly infectious and inspiring.
It was a pleasure to work with Paul and would love to do so in the future. Perhaps in an even more collaborative fashion.



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ayahuasca Cthulhu Commission

Ayahuasca Cthulhu commission, acrylic, ink. Nick Gucker ©2016
Ayahuasca Cthulhu commission, acrylic, ink. Nick Gucker ©2016
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Nick Gucker x Joshua Boulet Collab at The DRAWNK



Here are a couple of collaborative brush & ink pieces that were done between Joshua Boulet and I at the weekly DRAWNK drink and draw gathering (put together by Casey Weldon) at the Pioneer Square Saloon.  

Dreams In The Witch House — Signum Crucis: Unholy Mutation


Cover art I did for Signum Crucis: Unholy Mutation comic, from the makers of  Dreams in the Witch House musical, A Lovecraftian Rock Opera.

Offical press release:
The team that brought you 2013's "DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera" is back with a vengeance with this pulse-pounding digital release to usher in the 2016 New Year! "Signum Crucis: Unholy Mutation" reinvents 2013's "Signum Crucis", Track 7 from the critically acclaimed Rock Opera, by fusing Heavy Metal All-Stars with iconic Hollywood voices to deliver a brand of epic Radio Theater like you've never heard. Hollywood Horror Icons' TONY TODD (Candyman) & COURTNEY GAINS (Children of the Corn) plus acclaimed Swedish actor STEFAN SAUK and Therion Lead Singer THOMAS VIKSTRÖM lend their voices to a head-banging track that features Heavy Metal Icons' BRUCE KULICK (former KISS), DOUGLAS BLAIR of W.A.S.P., WYZARD of Mother's Finest and MIKKEY DEE, drummer for a band so bad-ass that we're doomed if we even mention their name! Physical version will be available soon as a "Graphic Metal Libretto" + CD Collectors' Edition product. Stay tuned for the Release Date!

TRACK CREDITS ---

Guitar, Synthesizer & Effects: Chris Laney
Lead Guitar: Bruce Kulick
Additional Electric Guitar: Douglas Blair
Bass: Wyzard
Drums: Mikkey Dee
Grand Piano: Jeremy Rubolino

Character dialogue & singing for FRANK ELWOOD: Courtney Gains
Character dialogue & singing for FATHER IWANICKI: Stefan Sauk
Character dialogue & singing for MR. DESROCHERS: Seth Ayott
Character dialogue & singing for JOE MAZUREWICZ: Thomas Vikström
Character dialogue for BROWN JENKIN: Tony Todd
MONK vocals: The Mike Brown Gregorian Choir of Studio City

Stagg Street Studio sessions Engineered by Brian Virtue and Assisted by Josh Franks. Mikkey Dee drums recorded at NRG, North Hollywood, Engineered by Cameron Webb. Hollywood Vocal sessions Engineered by Ethan Carlson and Sean Jones at Studio B. Mixed by Chris Laney at LaneyLand Studio. Mastered by Andrew Alekel. Co-Produced by Stefan Sauk. Produced by Platform.

Signum Crucis: Unholy Mutation
(Branney, Björkman, Dalager, Laney, Leman, Ringman, Östlund)
A new track from -

Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera
PLATFORM WEST LLC
All Rights Reserved

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Push/Pull Gallery pieces from the 'DARKWAVE: The Art of Dewey Guyen' show

9x12" Nick Gucker ©2016

 11x17" Nick Gucker ©2013/16

These are the two pieces at Push/Pull Gallery from the 'DARKWAVE: The Art of Dewey Guyen' show last month. The pieces are still available and hanging. These are done with acrylic and ink.
I wanted to show the final pieces to you, my good people!
I'll post the titles later.  
 



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Obey the KLAW



I had the pleasure to work with rock warrior Casey Cunningham on developing cover art and booklet illustrations for his band KLAW for release July 2015.
He really liked my Phantasmonaut poster and wanted something in a similar vein. So I suggested the continuing adventures of the said Phantasmonaut as a theme and embarked on working out the space marauder mid-theft of some ancient cosmic relic on a weird dying world where he'd awakened it's god. 
I did an ink illustration and then colored and designed it in Photoshop.




For the interior illustrations Casey wanted to have images represent the acronym of KLAW, which is Knight, Leprechaun, Astronaut and Wizard.
I did my versions of these in black charcoal on toned paper with white highlights. 



Later that year, KLAW was part of Noise for Toys, where all proceeds go to purchasing toys for kids in need for the Christmas holiday season. Casey had the idea of Santa Clause facing off with Krampus for the flyer design. The event was a huge success. 





Sunday, June 19, 2016

Betsy Threatsy

Betsy Threatsy by Nick Gucker ©2013
Illustration of creepy-ass Betsy Threatsy I did for Jake Stratton, live barker for W.X.P.F.L. aka World Extreme Pencil Fighting League in Seattle, WA. This was supposed to be used for a coloring book of all the characters in the League. Not sure what came of it but realized I'd never posted it. Enjoy.


Punk Freak

Punk Freak by Nick Gucker ©2016
Quick 8x8" ink drawing I did while attending The Drawnk Show at Georgetown Liquor Co. in Georgtown, Seattle, June 11th. I touched it up afterwards with a bit of ink-wash, something I don't do too often.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016

THE DRAWNK Art Show June 11, 2016

artwork by Rich Stevens
Every Wednesday, local and visiting artists meet together at a Seattle bar to drink, draw and generally art it up.

This is a show of their work.

THE DRAWNK Art Show June 11, from 12 - 10PM
Each 8" x8" piece is $40, right off the wall!
at the Georgetown Liquor Co., 5501 Airport Way S. Seattle

Here are the pieces I've submitted for the show.
Bali Vampire

FreakTwins

Hunch Creeps
This is taking place during the annual Georgetown Carnival, live music, performances, clowns, art, food and more. 

Lucha Madness

Skin Peeler
I'll be there from 3-5 manning the table and hanging out. Come have drinks with me!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CREEPING WAVES

"Creeping Waves" cover art by Nick Gucker ©2016
New cover art I did for Matthew M. Bartlett's newest collection "CREEPING WAVES, Broadcasts and Blasphemies" from Muzzland Press. Edited by Jonathan Raab with an introduction by Nathan Ballingrud.
This is a whole new collection of disturbingly weird and curiously unsettling works, including the novella 'RANGLE' that was published as a limited edition chapbook from Dim Shores press to great acclaim (which sold out quickly).

Creeping Waves interior illustration by Nick Gucker ©2016
You can learn more about Matthew M. Bartlett and CREEPING WAVES from The Conqueror Weird and WXXT both run by Brian O'Connell.

 Here's what some folks who've read have to say:

“[Bartlett] gets under the skin and digs deep. There is a mad genius at work here…I very much look forward to more from Mr. Bartlett. Highly recommended, there is something special at work here.” 
~ JUSTIN STEELE, the Arkham Digest

“…as the year winds down and I look back over what I’ve read during the last twelve months, Matthew Bartlett’s fiction stands out as among my two or three real discoveries in that time.” 
~ JOHN LANGAN, author

"This book is smart, weird, horror, with a touch of absurd humor, black as the pit, and full of teeth."
~ Yves Tourigny

"Such a hefty collection of stories and vignettes and truly odd odds-and-ends could easily become a drag in less skilled hands, but Bartlett delivers with confidence and a unique voice that weaves it all together naturally. Despite the unnaturalness of it all."
~ Hitch Enslor

"CREEPING WAVES takes that cubist, self-referential, interconnected CREEPTASTIC energy of the first book and seemingly mainlines it back into itself. And thus if GATEWAYS is a poem, then CREEPING WAVES is a Bosch painting."
~ Brian Lillie


Dark Lodge presents Motel Hell

Motel Hell poster for Dark Lodge on June 16th, 2016 in Columbia City, Seattle, WA.
Artwork ©2016 Nick Gucker
Had the opportunity to create poster art for an old cult horror classic, Motel Hell. It's for a special screening put on by Dark Lodge for Ark Lodge Cinema in Columbia City. There's always trivial, raffles, specially tailored drinks and fun merch made specifically for screenings each month.


So, come on down June 16th, 2016 to the Ark Lodge Cinema for a special Dark Lodge presents screening of MOTEL HELL and pick up the new poster, have a drink and enjoy the show!




Friday, May 13, 2016

The Mummy

New Mummy print, based on Karloff's run of the Universal horror icon raised from the Egyptian dead. With a guest appearance from the lovely Zita Johann. Some of you may have already seen this in the wilds where it debuted at Emerald City Comicon this last April, then showed up at Monsterpalooza in Pasadena, CA, then again at HP Lovecraft Film Fest in San Pedro.
Be on the lookout for it again at Crypticon Seattle this Memorial Day weekend.



Screen printed black, silver and gold on chipboard stock, 16x20", from the inky fingers of masterful print art, Creepycult. Available at a convention probably no where near you. So they will soon be available via my Etsy shop online.



DARKWAVE: The Art of Dewey Guyen

Samples from two pieces submitted for the Dewey Guyen DARKWAVE show at Push/Pull Gallery. 
I'm very excited to be part of the DARKWAVE: The Art of Dewey Guyen show happening Sat. May 14th at Push/Pull Gallery in Ballard.


This show is featuring incredible underground weirdness by young Canadian artist Dewey Guyen and guest art honoring the works of Dewey Guyen by local talent like myself, Marc J Palm, Seth Goodkind, Marie Hauser, and Jason Middleton.

This should prove to be a provocative and heady visual experience.


Push/Pull's offical statement for the show is as follows:

May 14th, during the Ballard Art Walk, we open DARKWAVE, Dewey Guyen's much anticipated premiere in a US gallery.

Dewey Guyen is a young Canadian illustrator/painter/cartoonist born on April 17th, 1992 in a refugee camp at Galang, Indonesia from Vietnamese/American and Cambodian/Chinese parents. Growing up and living between Sherbrooke & Montreal in the province of Quebec, greatly inspired by underground cartoonists, german expressionism & medieval engravings. He started publishing his first comics/illustrations inside fanzines locally & in France at the age of 12 and never stop since, cumulating publications worldwide with art publishers such as Le Dernier Cri, SSE Project, Kuš!, United Dead Artists & Timeless Editions. His signature style varies depending on the media used, but it is mostly rooted in careful attention to technical details & dark/surrealist/nightmarish subjects.

Local artists were given the following description as inspiration from Dewey:
early 80's punk/new wave/goth teenagers aesthetics for the characters, abandoned cemeteries/punk squats, invisible evil spirits/crawling demons/strange and hungry animals, surrealistic horror/scary dream visions, scenes of forest/lakes at dawn with high wind/rain, animal skulls, infestations of rats/bats/owls/frogs/crows/snakes/insects, apocalyptic hellmouth visions, mysterious creeping aliens

Art Opening May 14th 6-10pm, art is on dispaly through June 8th.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Walking Dead Sketch Cover

The Walking Dead full marker color cover


The Walking Dead inked cover

I was at Wizard World comic convention Portland, OR in Feb. vending next to legendary Tim Vigil (Faust), he was inking up a sketch cover and I asked him how artists got a hold of those. He handed me one and said "if you sell it you owe me two bucks." So I started drawing up man v undead conflict. I got the inks done at the convention. Then later colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. Now I owe Tim $2.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Mutation at Wizard World Portland 2016


Quick convention illustration on 5x7" cardstock while vending at Wizard World Comicon in Portland, OR mid Feb.
Freehand with a Pentel pocket brush and then hit it with two Copic markers for a bit of color.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Skin & Bone Slinky


My friend Helen Hopley commissioned me to draw up the "Slinky" creatures from her husband Martin Roberts story as a gift to him for Christmas. It is always fun to work with friends and attempt to put images to their words.
This was a challenge as to show the scope of how big and weird these are while retaining some detailed understanding of what they consist of which is flesh and bone.

Stag in Flight cover reveal


From Sam Cowan, editor of Dim Shores Press on the cover reveal "Stag in Flight by S.P. Miskowski with art by Nick Gucker has a new cover design, courtesy of the remarkable Matthew Revert. This is the first time I have brought in an outside designer for anything and we are all very happy with what Matthew did with Nick’s art. Stag in Flight will be released on May 1st at The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in San Pedro, CA, and S.P. and Nick will be there to sign copies."