The Devil Comes At Midnight (Finished Drawing)


The Devil Comes At Midnight
The Devil Comes At Midnight – pen, ink, brush 2018 copyright Kevin Hurtack

Finished this up yesterday morning. I’m pleased with how it turned out, and after reading up and experimenting with GIMP I managed to get the tones just about right. I don’t think it’s possible to make them exact but I’m satisified with how it turned out as a scanned image.  I had a lot of fun doing this one.

My wife was the first one to see it complete and her words were ‘it’s insane, literally insane’. That’s what I was aiming for, so hopefully she’s not alone in her opinon.



WIP: The Devil Comes At Midnight


Started this drawing last weekend with the pencils. This morning I worked on the inking. I’m trying out some new materials this time and enjoying the results.  I’m using Dr.  Ph Martin’s Black Star ink and their Bombay red ink. It’s both terrific stuff. The Black Star is about as matte black as you can get and flows well when used with a crow quill pen.  I despise glossy inks so I am loving Black Star.

I’m also using Strathmore 400 Mixed Media paper which I haven’t used before. It’s made for wet and dry mediums and is supposed to not buckle/warp like other paper can. It’s a lot thicker and stiffer than the bristol plate I normally use. It’ll be interesting to see how well it holds up once I get into applying ink and brush as well as some some ink wash. I will say that it is nowhere near as smooth as the Strathmore 500 Bristol plate I use for most drawings, but it’s been working well enough.

The title ‘The Devil Comes At Midnight’ has been floating around my head for awhile now. The drawing started off as a rough sketch in my sketch book and evolved a bit from there. Actually, I’ve been doing several different sketches of this character in different scenarios. The idea original came about from the fact that the basement of my townhouse had a bunch of spiders in it when I first moved in. Throughout the summer I had to engage in a turf war with them.  Arachnids multiple eyes have always fascinated me, in a creepy way.


Even Death May Die…

Played around with some video editing software this morning and made this quick video featuring some of my artwork for fun. Back when I was in college I took a video production class as an elective. This was back in the early 1990’s when video cameras were the size of brief cases and used VHS tapes. Just writing that makes me feel old. It was a fun class, and learned how to edit in an actual editing suite. Still remember a bit but it’s much easier/quicker doing it on my laptop.

Deep Down (New Art/Poetry)

Deep Down



deep down

below the ground

the Eldritch lay

like forgotten gods

in their antediluvian tombs

calling out to mankind

across aeons of dust & grime

of fortunes untold

luring men fearless & bold

to their doom

in the eternal darkness and cold

Happy Halloween from ‘Eldritch Farms’

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Happy Halloween, to those of you who celebrate it like me. I finished up this drawing yesterday. It came about after my family and I went to a local garden center and bought some pumpkins for making Jack-o-Lanterns. A few days later a local squirrel got the notion that gnawing on them was a good idea. We ended up putting them inside, until Halloween night. But that incident got my imagination going and during my lunch break at work one day I did a sketch which turned into this pen and brush ink drawing.

However you celebrate Halloween this year, be wary of strange farms …

New Fantasy Art: Vengeance

Vengeance, gouache and ink on bristol 2017 copyright Kevin Hurtack



New Fantasy Art: Battle At Broken Arch


This is the latest fantasy piece I finished up the other day. It’s done with ink and pen along with ink wash with brush on bristol plate.

I went into this drawing with the plan of conveying the sense of action/motion in it. A lot of my previous work is rather static, a character posing/standing still. I wanted to challenge myself as well as engage the viewer in a different way rather than repeatedly do the same composition. I’m happy with the way that it turned out in terms of composition and having a sense of action to it.

I used strictly my hawk nib pen for this one, mainly to see how diverse it could be. It is much stiffer and perhaps not quite as super fine as the  more popular crow quill nib, but I found it to handle well and I like the stiffness of it. I didn’t feel like it was too flexiable or fragile like sometimes do when using the crow quill nib.  After using it solely for this drawing I came away confindant that its diverse enough to be used on a regular basis and perhaps become my dip pen of choice.

I also used ink wash, rather than black gouache, in this drawing as an experiment. Overall, I’m happy with the range of values the Speedball Super Black Ink gave me, but the paper did warp a bit too much for my liking due to the excessive watery nature of the wash. Gouache tends to be a bit thicker and doesn’t warp the paper at all, or not nearly as much as the ink wash.  The jet black gouache tends to be a deeper black as well, which I prefer.

For the white energy/lightning in the background around the woman warrior, I used Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleedproof White. It’s a white ink that’s about as thick as white out, but can be thinned down with water. It worked well with a brush, and it was interesting to see how well it worked. Although I may not use in every drawing, I can defintely see the benefits of using it in the future.

Thanks for stopping by and checking it out and don’t forget you can check out my other artwork by going to my home page by clicking on the link up top.

New Art: Witch Bane

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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.

Thanks for stopping by and checking it out.


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.

Thanks for stopping by and checking it out.

Maggot Head (Enigma of the Worm II)


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