Book Worm – a short comic

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Book Worm, page one/Kevin Hurtack 2022
Book Worm, page two/Kevin Hurtack 2022
Book Worm, page three/Kevin Hurtack 2022
Book Worm, page 4/Kevin Hurtack 2022
Book Worm, page five/Kevin Hurtack 2022
Book Worm, page six/Kevin Hurtack 2022

Book Worm is a short one-shot comic of the Weird Fiction genre. The idea came about from the fact that my wife is constantly ordering household goods via Amazon or elsewhere and we have packages showing up at odd moments of the day, and occasionally the waning hours of the early morning/night. It is also came about from my reading history of weird fiction and episodes of Twilight Zone and such.

My intentions are to build up a short collection of short comics all set within the same ‘world’ and then take on a longer format, probably a two-shot comic of about 40+ pages within the same ‘world’. Doing shorter comics like this not only helps me develop world-building ideas, but also the process of laying out a page and etc that goes into a comic.

I’ve started another that’ll be added to this collection, but with three young kids at home my supposed free time is quite limited to the early morning on weekends.

All of the art and lettering was drawn the old fashioned way. The only digital work was some tidying up of stray pencil lines and such.

Champion of Gaia

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Champion of Gaia, 2022 Kevin Hurtack

Daylight Won’t Save You Now, Fool!(new art).

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Experiment with Japanese watercolor, Dr. Ph Martin watercolor and India ink/pen.

The creature was primarily done in this Japanese watercolor that is called something like shadow set. The colors are black with a tint of color which creates a subdued hue depending on the ratio of water used. The Dr Ph Martin watercolor is super pigmented to create some vibrant hues even when diluting with water.

Using color was an interesting challenge. The limited pallet was on purpose. I did this on heavy weight paper, it worked out well even when I dumped watercolor on it to excess.

I like the contrast between the watercolor and also the idea that this abomination is out in broad daylight rather than waiting for night. I think it makes it more terrifying and bizarre.

The Point of No Return


The Point Of No Return, pens, brush, and inks. 8/2022

Everytime I close my eyes (I see your face)

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Everytime I close my eyes (I see your face).

Abstraction of Self (Or How To Lose Yr Humanity)

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Ever since I started drawing as a kid, and more so during my time spent in academia, the human form has been practically omnipresent in whatever I created. Even though art class in high school put emphasis on drawing mind numbing still life scenarios to teach perspective, shading, etc, (which is necessary but tedious at best), the human form was the upper echelon of anyone daring (or crazy) enough to pick up a pencil or brush.

During my college years I took numerous life drawing classes and even had an artist model pose in my painting classses,) Capturing the human form was the ultimate goal, not just for myself but for the vast majority of living artists (they do exist, trust me) and the curmudgeons of Art history, (dead artists don’t need your money, fyi).

But as I exit my forties and creep closer to my fifties, I find myself not as interested in the human form all that much. Not even the abstraction of such, a la Picasso or some such.

Instead, the abstract representation of emotions, mainly fear or dread or some other ineffable eldritch experience is what percolates in my imagination. It’s something I’ve experimented with in my sketchbook and continue to do so. Expressing something as human as emotions, without any sign of the human form is an interesting challenge.

That doesn’t mean I’ll never scrawl another human form, or a distortion of such things ever again. However, as a creative person the “abstraction of self” provides me with something to aspire to rather than retread the conventional subject of Art.

Gray Matter?

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I picked up a pack of Sakura Micron’s new Light Gray & Cool Gray fineliner. Still playing around but I like the effect created by overlaying the darker gray over the light gray in particular. Adding details this way along with black line work could be fun.

Codex Umbra, My sketchbook tour

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Here’s a short video sketchbook tour of my current one. I liked how it turned out and will do another video or more later in the year as I add more drawing to the book. Enjoy and thank you for checking out.

Sunday Sketch Day: Respect Yr Elder (5/27/22)

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I never liked drawing with graphite pencils, mainly because the end results were this God awful grays and they tended to smudge and they had a glossy sheen.

Then I found these Mars Lumograph black pencils that are a mix of graphite and charcoal. No glossy, darker, but still messy. Rather like them. Still not a fan of blending and shading the traditional way.

Still, interesting experimentation.

Sunday Sketch Day 5/22/22

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A few sketches from this past week ...