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.

A Wicked Ink Experiment

>> Saturday, March 24, 2012

Dermoids Got Guts inked with a  hint of 1950's Horror Comic style.
The ink art was completed with a brush-tipped Pitt Artist Pen from Faber-Castell on a vellum overlay. The sweeping curve of the horizontal hatching and black pools of shadow give the rendering an open airy feel for such a tight, close shot.
Dermoids Wicked Progeny © and TM Tom Hicke.


A Dermoids Deviation

>> Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dermoids Got Guts pencil art with a retro comics spin.
Most of the sketches shown here are experiments playing off a variety of metamorphosis themes. This concept features a lumbering Quasimodo-type Dermoid emerging from an quivering tent of entrails. It's a  blend of a quasi-human marsupial with larval development. Crazy ideas can make for cool art, especially in horror fiction.
 My sketching process tends to include exploration of  technique and visual context to shape a design. The style for this sketch is unusually open and cartoony compared to others in the Dermoids Wicked Progeny series. All those great influences just keep surfacing. I love the comic art of Darwin Cook, Bruce Timm, Carmine Infantino and Steve Ditko; it really shows in this sketch.
Following an artistic urge away from the established approach can be a good move, if time allows. Most anything that leads to previously unconsidered creative solutions, can lead to better work. 
 Dermoids Wicked Progeny © and TM Tom Hicke.


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