Sunday, October 17, 2010

Illustration Friday - Spooky

Those of you who have been following this blog, may recall seeing this image before. It's an image that I created this past spring and wrote about on this blog as a work in progress. My working title for it was 'Spooky' and since that is the word for this week's "Illustration Friday," I thought it would be appropriate to re-post it. My original idea for this piece came while reading "The Dark Secret of Weatherend," one of John Bellairs' spooky books for kids. It was my attempt to create a picture filled with atmosphere and mysterious details. I'm still trying to think of a narrative to go with this story. So far I have the germ of an idea, but I need to develop it. As a side note, I did get this piece into a show here in Bloomington at the Paper Crane gallery. It's part of their opening show, the theme of which is monsters.

Here is the original pen and ink thumbnail sketch that I did before I began on this piece. You can see it is quite rough. I used it to establish a basic layout and a few lights and darks.

For those of you who missed the original posting of this image, where I talked about its development, here are a few of the work in progress shots.


  1. I really like your illo!! And to see all the process to get to the final is always sooo much fun!! Is this done in "Painter"? You are very good at what you do!

  2. This illustration is filled with mystery and story possibilities. When I look at it I wonder if the boy has broken into the monster's house and discovered a box which he has opened. Inside there is a sculpture of the monster's long lost dad. A secret journal filled with maps and drawings holds the answer to a big spooky secret sits on the desk. The stuffed fox is a part of the story too. Lots for the imagination to play with. Kids would love it. What fun! And thanks for the process sharing.

  3. Glad to see it finished Vincent. You really knocked it out of the park! Great detail, mood and expression! NICE!!

  4. wow that's really cool, love the fox up in the corner!