New Art: Witch Bane

Witch Bane

I finished this one up the other weekend, but I decided to let it sit for a week or so before scanning it. I am happy with the way it turned out. It’s a slight departure for me, doing something more in the fantasy, albeit dark fantasy, genre. It also combines pen and ink drawing with more of a painterly style in the background with gouache.

The cracked moon in the background is something that seems familiar to me, but I cannot quite place it. Perhaps its derived from Dungeons & Dragons game campaign or setting or something I saw on Netflix. Or maybe it’s just the creation of my own imagination. Either way I like the idea of a broken moon and the ruins.

I have some ideas for the world that Witch Bane inhabits, and hope to develop them over time through various media – visual and written. Not sure what’ll become of it all, but I’m having fun with and that’s the most important part for me.

You can view Witch Bane, along with my other work in my horror, and fantasy portfolios by going to my Home page and clicking on either thumbnail.

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WIP: WitchBane


I started working on this one Saturday morning. It’s based on an old sketch I did in my sketch book earlier in the year as well as some more recent ones. This is the pencil work for the final piece that I’ll probably start inking later on this weekend. It’s more of a fantasy, albeit dark fantasy, idea. I figured it’d be a good idea to expand the genre of my work.  The head that WitchBane is holding is a Medusa. When I was kid I loved the movie ‘The Clash of the Titans’. I think I had the original on VHS back in the day, and it left a big impact on me.  I think they remade it not too long ago, but I don’t think I’ve bothered to watch it, there’s something more pleasing/entertaining about the original with the stop animation and such.

Lately, I’ve been submiting my work to various fantasy/horror/scifi/weird fiction publications in an attemp to get some paying illustration work. Hopefully, something good will come out of it. I figured doing some fantasy orientated drawings will be good for my portfolio and be a fun change of pace. You can view my portfolio simply be clicking on the ‘Home’ page up on top.

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Maggot Head (Enigma of the Worm II)


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This was done with pen&ink, ink&brush, and black gouache.

Man’s Best Fiend


This is a pen and ink drawing I worked on a couple days, maybe 8 hours total, when I had some free time in the early morning. It’s based on a rough sketch I did during my lunch break at my day job.

The idea came about from the numerous walks my family and I go on through the neighborhood. One area has a picket fences along the entire property line of a subdivision of houses. One section of the fences has busted for quite some time, like the drawing. There are also numerous dogs that bark and growl from behind other fences. So, it got me to thinking, ‘What if?’ and this drawing is the end results.

It’s possible this idea/drawing will spawn other projects, but that remains to be determined. Regardless, I enjoyed doing this drawing, it was a lot of fun and I’m happy with the end results. I tried not to get too hyper detailed with everything in order to draw attention to the zombie but not be too Spartan with the rest of the drawing. I’m happy with the end results.

I drew it mainly with the School nib which is a fine point and has a nice stiffness to it which works well for me since I tend to be heavy handed. But it has enough flexiabilty to allow variety to the line thickness depending on the pressure applied. It’s nice to use one pen for an entire drawing rather than having to swap them out for different ones.


Into The Lair: Enigma of the Worm 01


Finished this one up basically last weekend after letting it sit for a few weeks without looking at it. I’m happy with the finished drawing, and it’s part of a planned trilogy of pen&ink drawings I’m working on that have the central ‘worm’ theme to them. Eventually they’ll all be matted and framed for my work space down in our finished basement.

This is a fairly large piece for me, 14″ x 17″. I spent 20+ hours working on it, in between diaper changes and wrangling an onery toddler and dealing with an annoying house cat.


No Evil (See, Hear, Speak)

No Evil (See, Hear, Speak) Kevin Hurtack 2017

Things have been rather hectic on the homefront lately, mainly home repairs a la plumbing issues of various kinds. On top of working full time and raising two kids I haven’t been on the interwebs much. Can’t say that’s necessarily a bad thing, though. I find myself spending less time on ‘social’ media these days and wasting time idly browsing online. Whether it’s cause of the current political bullshit spewing from DC here in the ‘States’, or the general climate of society as whole with its ‘Me! Me! Me!’ mentality. Regardless of the reasons I’ve been doing a lot more sketching, even if only during a brief break at work. I think I have more ideas than time these days, but that’s okay. I think the key is to keep the creativity flowing.

Anways, this here is a small piece I did on smooth Bristol with a School nib pen and a Crow quill nib with Speedball Super Black india ink. Gotta say I’m liking that ink a lot and those pen nibs. I also used gouache and a little bit of watercolor on the background. I am happy with the way it turned out. I recently upgraded my brushes to Winsor&Newton’s Cotman line which are quite wonderful to work with and I was lucky to get them during a sale so they didn’t break the bank.

It’s my spin on the old cliche of ‘speak no evil….etc…etc’, as well as another excuse to render yet another wormy creature writhing through the skulls. Apparently that kind of creature is my latest fixation artistically. Worms are creepy in all their forms and I find them a wonderful source of inspiration.


Punk is DEAD

Punk is Dead – Kevin Hurtack 2017

Scan_20170204The idea for this one originated when I saw a picture of an old church with a ton of different crosses hanging on it and the word ‘Salvation’ painted above them all. It was a very desolate and weathered building in the middle of an overgrown field. It reminded me of something you’d see in some Romero zombie movie, or even The Walking Dead, and that sparked the idea of a zombie and Faith. Romero, in particular, toyed with the idea of religion in his zombie films, at least the good ones – Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead. It’s an idea that always intrigued me, and something I might explore in some fashion later on.  Personally, I felt Romero tackled the idea better than Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.

I used my Pentel Color Brush for this one exclusively. I’ve used other ‘brush’ pens that have nylon or felt tips that try to simulate the feel of a brush but I like the Pentel  Color Brush much more since it actually has bristles and handles like an actual brush. It’s also much easier and convenient and less messy to use than a bottle of ink and brush.I recently found out that they make refills for it, which makes even better since it’ll save me money in the long run. The only thing that’s a negative with it is that for whatever reason mine had no English instruction as to how to get the ink flowing, everything was in Japanese. Fortunately, I was able to find a video online that helped me.


I had this idea for this drawing for a long time. Sometimes ideas come and go, but this one stuck around until I finally put it on paper. I did a rough sketch awhile back in my sketchbook and then it sat there for a bit over the holidays. Still, it called to me and toward the end of the year I started working on it.

I’m glad the idea stuck around.

In part it was influenced by H.P Lovecraft’s Necronomicon as well as Robert Bloch’s short story ‘The Shambler From The Stars’ which features a nefarious tome called ‘The Mysteries of the Worm’. scan_20170115

The Problem with a Bookworm

The Problem with a Bookworm; Kevin Hurtack 2016; gouache an ink on birstol plate.