Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Mummy.


We come back full circle back to the King of Creepy himself, Boris Karloff! Who, no matter how sinister or evil he was supposed to portray, you still loved him.

I'm not much for spot on likenesses in my art, and I'm certainly not a portrait artist. I like to let people's imagination fill in the blanks and, frankly, if you didn't know this was Boris Karloff, you're off your rocker. But I still love you.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Friday the 13th.


Haven't posted a Halloween sketch in a few days, as I've been busy with other work, but now we take a brief visit to Camp Crystal lake to visit its most popular attraction.

Friday, October 22, 2010

London After Midnight!



A nod to possibly one of the creepiest actors ever to grace the screen, a man that can be mentioned in the same breath as Boris Karloff and Max Schreck, here we have the Man of 1000 Faces himself, Lon Chaney. London After Midnight was another brilliant horror/suspense film of the silent era, that can still give me the willies.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Wolf Man.



I tried coming up with a version of this some time back, but it just never came out right. I've yet to see the new version, citing a complete lack of interest and having read a few awful reviews, so I don't know if the Wolf Man actually runs like a canine, but I always felt he should. Not that the original film wasn't pretty terrific, because it was.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bride of Frankenstein!


Halloween blog sketching rolls on with Mrs. The Frankenstein Monster. She looks a little annoyed her husband left the toilet seat up, but the hair products lying around the castle appear to work great.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Understanding Fabric.

The silent, understated and, most importantly, understudied element of making comics. Comprehending how different types of clothing are constructed and how they fit the human body are the unseen 4th dimension of comics and, in my opinion, can make the difference between eye-poppingly believable art (no matter how cartoony) and yawn inducing art more reminiscent of fingerpainting than comics. I'm not making a case against simple styles, its certainly just as easy to convey your understanding of how fabric works with 5 lines instead of 500.

I will admit, this is one area of my own artwork that I will obsess over. If the folds of a jacket or shirt don't look right to me, I'm in for a long night. I find myself staring at curtains sometimes, figuring out how I would ink that just as I saw it. Sometimes I actually do ink it (on paper, not the curtains).

Fortunately, it does come fairly easy to me most times, but that wasn't always the case.

This wasn't a particularly informative blog post, but if it makes someone think twice about that fold of jeans in the back of their main characters leg, or makes you stare at a curtain just a little longer, count me satisfied.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Edward Scissorhands.


For all the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton fans out there, its a classic. This one sort of toes the line between a Halloween and a Christmas sketch, but I can live with it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Headless Horseman. With color!


Adam Guzowski took a well-deserved crack at coloring my recent Headless Horseman sketch, adding some much needed color to my rather dark and dreary Halloween sketch series. I love it!

Head on over to Adam's blog to see what other goodies he's got.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Quoth the....?


I couldn't tell you why this particular idea popped into my head, apart from it being Halloween and all, but it seemed more fun than a simple, posturing one-off of a scary monster. Tonight, anyway.

I like to think that raven flying in the window of his spooky Baltimore home while he was penning that particular masterpiece would've freaked him right the hell out. Or, possibly, he was stuck at the beginning of the tale and it gave him the impetus to write it.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Headless Horseman.


Sleepy Hollow was on television the other night, which sparked the inspiration for tonight's Halloween themed blog sketch. Nothing too involved, just the fun bits. For whatever reason, I can only draw a horse when I have no specific pose in mind. Ask me to draw a horse coming forward left at a three-quarter angle and it'll take me two weeks. Go figure.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Zombies!


Had a Walking Dead suggestion for my Halloween themed October sketches. In hindsight, this probably could be Walking Dead, but just as easily could be 28 Days Later, Jesus Hates Zombies or any of the others flooding the market. Still zombies are fun to draw, though they can get tedious. I do find it requires a slightly higher knowledge of anatomy than drawing whole humans though... thank goodness for my fitness certifications!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mystery Eraser.


Help! I'd like to say I've been using this eraser for 25 years (it says 1985 on the back) and that it is more than meets the eye, but that would be a lie. Truth is, I've never found another one of these and I'd really like to know if it was a part of a set, or something I found in a dollar store. Regardless, I can't remember that far back and Google has been no help. I know there are Transformers fans out there. Unite!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Leatherface.


I'm from the camp of people who think Rob Zombie should stick to music instead of making crappy horror movies with even crappier dialog, but the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a scary-ass flick, no bones about it. I'm not sure why I thought of this, but here it is.

Scanning in color for some reason wreaked havoc with certain bits of linework, but I'm confident that the image is small enough that no one will notice if I don't point it out.

Enjoy being carved up.