Archive for the ‘Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things’ Category
Friday, February 5th, 2016
A third installment to one of my favorite series of last year, Three for a Girl continues the Counting Crows theme with another eerie tree and ghostly figure.
The titular girl is almost lost in the mists, fog drifting through and obscuring everything but the tree and its trio of visitors.
Above, you can see how the off-black paint granulates into beautifully textured mist, pigment pooling in the hollows of the watercolor paper. Below, the painting is waiting in a frame, a season and a mood in one small, eerie package.
Categories: Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
Tags: bloodstone, counting crows, crow, nfs, sold, tree, trees, watercolor
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
My wonderful supporters on Patreon get the option to request sketches at the $5 and $10 level (color!), and this month I got 4 requests.
PS – If you’ve been curious about my writing, the little G-rated “how they met” short Untrue Love is on sale this week — for free!
This story shows us Alex’s first case, when he was an insufferable little university student instead of an insufferable adult. He meets Agent Murielle Lapointe, with whom he’s still working years later in the novels, and they work together to catch a killer.
Categories: Completed Commissions, People, Figures and Faces, Things I'm a Fan Of, Words Words Words, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
Tags: copic marker, nfs, patreon, pen and ink, sketch, watercolor
Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
These ghosts are here to remind you of years gone by, of triumphs and tragedies lurking in your past. That one on the left seems particularly intent in communicating its message, so maybe check you’re not about to repeat some horrible mistake from your past? Or perhaps it’s trying to encourage you in its creepy, staring way.
Their eyes have an eerie blue-green glow to them, which pops out of the soft creamy paper and deep matte colors of paint. There’s beautiful granulation in that adds amazing texture and detail to their ghostly, half-real forms.
What ghosts are waiting in your past to show you the path forward?
Above, this blue ghost seems particularly intent on getting its message across. Below, they’re lurking in their frame, a spooky-cute reminder of past triumphs and lessons.
Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
A fair bit of lurking horror crept its way into the Floating Gallery this month, starting with this stark black-and-white ink drawing. It’s full of rich texture, from the bark of the tree to the criss-cross of the burlap in our hanged figure’s costume.
The question to ask yourself is, is this a scarecrow, an effigy, or some poor, unfortunate soul?
Above, you can see the fine detail of the rope, the bark, and the creepy burlap-sack mask. Below, the tree looms large in its frame, an unseen wind gently blowing the figure off true.
Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Flowers, Trees and Landscapes, People, Figures and Faces, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
Tags: black and white, for sale, hanged man, pen and ink, tree
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
What haunts you?
The inspiration from this image came from dozens of images of ghosts over many years. The faces pushing through the wall in Frighteners. Photographs of sheets with a vague sense of a human underneath that clearly show there is no one. The classic Halloween costume of a sheet with eye holes.
This ink is a beautiful pale grey with ghostly lavender undertones that worked perfectly to created the subtle shadows in this piece. Is it just a bunch of shapes, or is there really a face? Is that shadows against a wall, or is it really reaching out for you?
Ghost, 5″x7″ ink wash on paper.
Above, you can see the detail of his serious, ghostly face. Below, he’s trapped in a frame, just waiting to spook up the right house.
Monday, October 19th, 2015
Cthulhu is getting into the holiday spirit a little early this year! He’s trimming his tree with his favorite decoration, cultists. Even the tree is enjoying its little holiday snack, er, decor.
The greeting card will bring just the right holiday cheer to the right person — a fan of horror, especially the Lovecraftian sort, with a good sense of humor.
Tree Trimming, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper.
Categories: Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Card Design, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Tentacles, Things I'm a Fan Of, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
Tags: christmas, copic marker, cthulhu, cultists, etsy, for sale, pen and ink
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
Although Zombie Heart is in keeping with the Halloween theme, there’s a gorgeous complexity to it that could live in the right home year round. The greens range from the darkest shadow around the main shape to the iridescence that floats above, shining like radioactivity.
The way the metallic greens bloom on the dark green core shape is like mold blossoming against decaying zombie flesh. The organic layers of shape and shade show an eerily beautiful side to this particular undead myth.
Are your favorite zombies created by magic, radioactivity, a virus, or some mad scientist?
Zombie Heart, 8″x10″ watercolor and duochrome watercolor on Arches cover black paper.
Above, you can see the mysterious swirls and shimmers giving depth and texture to the painting. Below, it’s lurking in a frame, waiting to find a permanent home, lab, or specimen shelf.
Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Floating Gallery, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
Tags: anatomical heart, black paper, duochrome, for sale, green, iridescent, watercolor, zombie
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