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

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.

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.

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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