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.

Into the Dark Wood_part 02

>> Saturday, February 18, 2012

Note the change in posture as well as the bulk of the cloak.
Here is new version of the clergyman, looking very much alarmed  to be in the forest at witching hour. His character's been tightened up with more careful rendering. A few things were added or removed to improve the drama. [to be continued.]
Into the Dark Wood © 2009 Tom Hicke.


Into The Dark Wood_part 01

>> Saturday, February 4, 2012

Ichabod Crane inspired this first pencil sketch
This sketch was drawn loosely over an enlarged thumbnail, fastened under a sheet of vellum. I like to keep it loose initially, relying mainly on imagination. Here a reference was used for some of the detail and lighting.
A little creative exaggeration is far more interesting to me than straight ahead realism. Albert Dorne and Norman Rockwell are two excellent artists who put the idea to practice very effectively. A great deal can be gleaned from the many fine magazine illustrators of the 1940's and 50's.
Later in the day, I took a second look to see it with a fresh eye. Seems to be going in the right direction but the figure still needed work.
The nice thing about overlays is that a new beginning is easy as taping a new sheet of vellum over the layout for further exploration. I enjoy using multiple methods for developing sketch ideas; it helps to keep the process as interesting and fun as it should be efficient.  [continued next post]
Into the Dark Wood © 2009 Tom Hicke.


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