Illustration: Autumn 2015 Lovecraft eZine

Yeah I was a bit late in promoting this one yah! BUT, always good to direct more folks to these great guys. Especially the amazing KC Grifant, whose story “Better Halves” still creeps me out months after reading it for the first time.

Check out Grifant’s amazing story and others in The Lovecraft eZine, and below here’s a full shot of my illustration and a “big eyed” variant I did during the revision process!

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Here’s some of what was at Night Gallery!

works by Ryan McKain Damon Murray and Megan Black

Would you know it, my phone died while I was setting up. No event photos for me! Fortunately for you all, I went and grabbed a lot of art for myself. So I can at least show you pics of what I bought. If I get permission, I’ll also feature some other pieces of art I admired that I know people took pictures of, so stay tuned for a possible update.

First off, the featured image above is a painting on poster-board by Ryan McCain, who somehow manages to be an amazing artist and a heck of a nice guy as well!! He has a huge body of work and he’s done mural work too…I’m a new huge fan. The second image of a creepy and fascinating guy is by Ryan too:

Below, I also snatched up a gorgeous little wire and bead tree on driftwood by Damon Murray. Next year this sculpture artist will have an even more amazing array of art, which will be hard considering how beautiful all of his trees and other small wire sculptures are. But he’s experimenting with MAGNETS now!! Our fellow artist Megan Black showed me an amazing little spider he made that actually moves and dances because of magnets. It was awesome…

Speaking of Megan Black! Check this out: this year she premiers her new loveable and intricate Voodoo Babiez styles!! Each one of these individual dolls is painstakingly and lovingly crafted with Meghan’s love rather than with bad juujuu, and I GOT ONE. Not only one, a PINK BUNNY ONE. …yeah my excitement pretty much knew no bounds when I took this little lady home…

Lastly, I grabbed an amazing Monster Pin-Up Calender by Christy Jochum!

Christy Jochum 2015 Monster pin-up calender cover

I also admired everyone else’s stuff including all the amazing vintage paintings and drawings by Lisa Herzog.

pen and ink on book page

It was a fantastic event and a great night all around, I can’t wait to see who will be there next year!

BOO! October 2014 Sketch Challenge Surprise

sketch of Chica duck from the terrifying 5 Nights at Freddy's video game

Haha YES, I’ve chosen the day I’m at both Night Gallery and Nomadic Views to unveil a secret…I’m doing the October Sketch Challenge again! If you’re in Evansville, IN feel free to stop by The Ahh Spa between 5:45pm and 9pm and say Hi!! If you’re in Nashville, TN look out for original drawn-on pigment prints of my pieces DIVE and City Eye at the Corvidae Collective Gallery in the Arcade!!

That’s right, one scary sketch a day, for every delicious spooky day in October. BOO! Here’s my first four sketches, I’ll attempt to do something close to a one-a-day update after tonight. You can watch the updates roll in over at http://sandpaperdaisy.tumblr.com!!

sketch of Golden Freddy from the terrifying  5 Nights at Freddy's video game

sketch of Foxy the Pirate from the terrifying  5 Nights at Freddy's video game

sketch of Bonnie Bunny from the terrifying  5 Nights at Freddy's video game

If you don’t recognize these creepy beasties by the way, they are animatronics from the amazing horror video game 5 Nights at Freddy’s. I fell in love with this chilling and creepy game after watching Markiplier‘s youtube videos of it. I can’t get enough!! Don’t be surprised if there’s more Freddy in my sketches over the month.

As with my 2013 round of sketches, I’ll be updating this website after October with a massive gallery of the entire month’s sketches for you to enjoy.

Grandma’s Nightgown

the big bad wolf slipping into grandmother's bed after eating her up. Red riding hood. Heap of bloody clothes and body parts.

This is an old drawing, soft pastel on black paper. The subject is the Big Bad Wolf from “Red Riding Hood,” after (mostly) consuming Grandmother and then slipping into her bed.

I still have this one around and it’s even creepier in person. Email me if you’re interested!

Nascent

a gasmask dripping some sort of poison fluid in a broken glass setting

This creepy little guy took an Honorable Mention at Digitized 2006 and finally sold at my solo show God From the Machine 2013, where it ended up getting a lot more attention. Many people assumed it was new work, when in fact it hadn’t been seen anywhere for years after dropping out of sight in 2006. It just goes to show you, never give up on a piece of art you have faith in!

Another creepy character…the Plague Doctor

a plague doctor callously ignores a pleading victim tugging at his waxed robes.

Yipes! What have we here? Well, he may look like the Boogeyman, but this is a plague doctor. He’s a character from a comic one-shot I’m working on called The Ocean. Back for November NaNoManGo I did 30 concept drawings for this comic, I’ll post them soon.

But to continue, the doctor is covered in voluminous protective robes treated with wax. His beak is simply the medieval version of a respirator or gas mask, in this case a cone filled with herbs and potpourri that are supposed to protect him from airborne disease and I would imagine from the stench of the mounting population of plague victims. The gloves, goggles and hat are further protective measures, basically the man is in a Hazmat suit. The smoke in the background is from the incense burning in an unseen censer he carries on his person as an additional protective measure.

I took the outfit design from an old engraving, including his curious winged-hourglass staff. Supposedly plague doctors used their staves to prod their patients instead of touching them, and perhaps even beat them or force them off if they threatened to get too close. (My doctor is doing so here.) Other things I read suggested that plague doctors were drawn from the most untalented and untrustworthy members of the medical profession, and that their casualties from the disease were very heavy.

I personally don’t know what’s true and what’s myth, but whether he is a kind man or callous and neglectful, the Plague Doctor and his fearsome alien appearance play a part in the beginning of my story.

Cthulhu fhtagn

In his house at r'lyeh, dead cthulhu waits dreaming in this sinister undersea depiction of the Great Old One.

I made this a couple of years back for a Night Gallery show but I would have done it anyway. I absolutely adore H. P. Lovecraft and “The Call of Cthulhu” is a magnificent story.

I need to illustrate more of his works, there are so many I love. So far I’ve tried drawing the High Priest of Leng from The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, Nyarlathotep’s form from The Beast, a Fungi from Yuggoth, the Colour Out of Space, and Walter de la Poer from The Rats in the Walls. I’ve made a little one-inch Re-animator pinback button too! There are many more things I want to try.

Cthulhu here is available as a print, iPad/laptop case, and other things on Society6||Redbubble.