Charcoal is one medium that I’m starting to come back around to.
I’ve never really played around with it that much but in the last few weeks I’ve been dabbling with it and I’m really finding it perfect for the usual horror-themed art I create.
The last time I used charcoal was to create some art for the excerpt trailer for my novella, The Noctuary. You can view it below:
I love the rapid fire nature of charcoal, and the boldness of dark and light. Each piece was done in less than an hour. I’m considering doing a very large scale piece. We’ll see how it goes.
A few reveals of my art this week, a book cover, an internal illustration and a little something to get me in the mood for the most wonderful time of the year.
Black Beacon Books yesterday unveiled the digital cover art I created for their upcoming anthology, Lighthouses due out this year. This was a lot of fun to create and I even managed to incorporate one of the skulls I made for Halloween last year.
Also another cover I designed for the Australian Horror Writers Association’s first antho, In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep was also revealed recently.
Lovecraft E-Zine 35 was also published this week and I provided a Japanese-inspired piece for Josh Wagner’s tale, The Changing Things. You can read it for free HERE.
And I also managed to put together this little ditty to inspire me for Halloween. It’s available as a print from Society 6.
A few weeks ago I decided to put the set of aquarelle graphite pencils to the test by doing a portrait of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s Monster.
I really liked how it turned out. Obviously I used a photo as a reference, but I reckon the shadowing turned out rather nicely.
I received a lot of positive feedback from the piece and not long after the great Sir Christopher Lee, of Dracula fame, sadly passed away at the age of 93. Instantly I wanted to do a portrait of him in the same style. It took a lot of concentration getting the likeness as right as I could, but going by the feedback it turned out great.
You can see progress photos of Frankenstein’s Monster and Christopher Lee’s Dracula on my Facebook page.
Both these pieces are available as prints on my Society 6 page.
I now plan on doing portraits of other classic movie monsters but I can’t decide on whether I should do The Wolfman or The Creature From the Black Lagoon next! 🙂
The Australian Horror Writers Association has revealed my book cover art for their first anthology, In Sunshine Bright and Darkness Deep, expected to be released this October.
This anthology will feature stories from renowned Aussie and New Zealand authors such as Jason Nahrung, Dan Rabarts and Marty Young.
This digital piece was inspired by Marty’s story and it was cool to incorporate the skull I made for Halloween last year into the design. Let me know what you think 🙂
Visit www.australianhorror.com for more information on the AHWA.
BULLET BALLERINA, the one-shot crime-noir comic I illustrated for award-winning author Tom Piccirilli and SST Publications is now available.
This comic was a whole lot of fun to bring to life and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
Take a look at this sneak peek video I made of the hardcover edition.
The comic is also available in paperback and digital formats.
To order, or for more information, visit https://www.sstpublications.co.uk/Bullet-Ballerina.php