This blog was developed in order to showcase some of my more chilling concept work in progress as well as document early influences. These are visions of haunted dreams on darkest nights... distant memories to be relived over and again in fitful slumber:

It is a springtide in time forgotten; with eyes ajar, I can still feel my childish fingers brush lazily against long dry grass in a field that is littered with stones. A hazy sun slips behind the dark cool clouds. I wear cut-offs and squat barefoot on the graying loam. The goblins are here. I can see their dread features hidden in the twisted crags of broken rocks...drawn in shiver lines.

More Fae-Men Designs

>> Sunday, July 17, 2011

Different levels of acuity and focus spark life into each goblins gaze.
Here are some quick sketches of more goblin-like characters for the same project. The final sketches will be selected with a contrast. At this point, I merely searching my imagination with the pencil. At least two of the characters are reminiscent of Rick Veitch. It seems funny because haven't looked at his work for a long time and don't use reference for rough concepts. I love seeing buried bits and pieces of all the pros who've inspired me....more to follow.

Fae-Men Designs © 2011 Tom Hicke. 


Fae-Men Designs

>> Sunday, July 3, 2011

These are a few of my favorites so far.
Fae-Men is the working title for these character designs. The thorns are a motif representing the dangerous, dark magic of these foul forest beings. Sharp-eyed viewers will notice the Stephen Bissette influence. I was first influenced by his Swamp Thing Comics after Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson's seminal run as the original creators of the series.

Fae-Men Designs © 2011 Tom Hicke.  


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