A response to the theme of ‘Nightmare’ on Pop My Mind. This piece is based on my own fear of open water, and what might lurk beneath it.
There’s this band I like called Lordi – you might have heard of them, they won Eurovision several years ago and they’re all dressed as monsters. I love them a lot, and have wanted to make some work inspired by them for a long time. So, I’ve started a series called ‘Lordi Girls’, and so far I’ve made two images, each one inspired by the descriptions of various women and girls in different Lordi songs.
The first image is called ‘Girl Next Door’ and is based off of various lines from the song ‘Deadite Girls Gone Wild’, specifically:
“She lures you in with intention
Looks like the girl next door
But it’s blood and sticky floors
That really turn her on”
The second image is titled after the song that it takes inspiration from, ‘Girls Go Chopping’. This one was a more literal interpretation of the concept of the song than Girl Next Door, but I still like it. I’ve got plans to make more of these, as there are plenty of ‘Lordi Girls’ to choose from to make into illustrations. I also made a process gif of how I created ‘Girls Go Chopping’, which you can see at the bottom of the post if you’re interested.
While there will be another interview going up later this week, I thought I’d return to posting my own work this Tuesday, since hand-in is mere days away, and thus I have finished many things. The thing I have finished for this post is a collection of demons for the modern age, the Nova Daemonia. (Which is latin for ‘new demons’. I know. I’m incredibly clever and witty, it’s part of my charm). Contained in this post are just some of the demons I illustrated for the collection, along with their descriptions.
And I want to tentatively say that eventually the whole collection will be available as an e-book. But that’s going to have to wait until after hand-in.
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This weeks offering is a portrait of a friends character, the warlord Hurd. It’s one of the biggest paintings I’ve done to date, and my poor laptop barely handled working on the file but we powered through and I’m pleased with the results. As an extra bonus, I saved various stages of the work seperately, and have put together a process gif which you can watch below if you’re at all interested in seeing how I get from the messiest sketch it’s possible for a human hand to make to something that looks like the above.
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These illustrations were all created to be paired with the Angela Carter short story ‘Wolf Alice’, about a girl raised by wolves. Once again my love for red/black/white comes through, but it worked for the tone of the story. It was an enjoyable difficulty to make these, as there is a lot of visual language in Angela Carters work, and the story has a lot of gorgeous detail in the words it uses. Still, if you’ve read the story then I hope these images make sense to you, and if you haven’t read it, then maybe they will inspire you to.
All are done with ink, and tweaked in photoshop.
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These are the end result of my first 3rd year university brief – a series of four illustrations based around the myth of the ‘Erl King’, a ghostly figure who steals the souls of children (among other things). These illustrations are actually my second pass, as the first ones I created I was really not happy with. But these revisits are much better, and much more suited to the mood I wanted to convey.
All are done with ink washes on hot press watercolour paper, touched up a little in photoshop to better match the colours of the real-life paintings.
I’m working on some illustrations on the theme/word ‘Erl King’, and I quite liked this test image that I made, so that is todays post. And now as always when I start something new, I must go and create several hundred thumbnails to come up with some compositions, designs and narratives that I like.
As an interesting side note, my digital inking abilities seem to have come a long way since I started. At the very least I understand the concept of line weight now.