Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The Horror at Redhook
I was invited to participate in a group art show by an old friend of mine, Sam Heimer, of works influence by H.P. Lovecraft. The piece that was chosen for me was "The Horror at Red hook" which is basically a story about a cop who is afraid of Big buildings and foreigners, because in the story they gather in them to perform arcane rituals and bring a reclusive weirdo youth again, and summon some glowing god of evil. The story is somewhat infamous for some of its content, but I went for it anyway, starting with some sketches.
With the above I was focusing on the creepy old man, and for some reason I thought that that was too narrow a focus? I do very much enjoy drawing craggy, creepy old men for some reason, but I wanted to capture the feel of the story a bit more. I went off on one of my wild tangents and eventually worked up something to almost finished levels...
I am really liking how the character in the foreground, but not enough reference and just kind of a boring background made me not really like this piece. On the advice of some artist friends, I decided I wanted to capture more aspects of the story, the strange orgies, the paranoid cop, and the reverse aging of the evil old man.
I started with this...and ended up with: