Background sketch and monsters

3 Dec

Okay, these worked out a bit better. I’m trying to figure out cover paintings for a couple of vampire stories, and been sketching ugly ones – I started writing that series of stories in a moment when I had gotten tired of reading about sexy ideal boyfriend hero vampires and felt like going back to the roots a bit. Meaning the folklore versions, who weren’t usually particularly attractive, often resembling the modern movie zombies more than what we now get in vampire stories. Hence this guy who seems to have found his clothes dumpster diving and should actually look like he is starting to decay a bit, but I think I will try to do that, in the painting, by giving him a thoroughly unhealthy skin color.

And since I had been doing vampires I figured I’d try a werewolf too.

The colored rock formation is musings about what would make a nice background for another painting I’m planning, an explorer on an alien planet. I think I will go the easy way and use a desert landscape, maybe with just a hint of plant life in some cracks, and with the suited up individual standing looking at the scene with her back towards the viewer. Or not. We’ll see.

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3 Responses to “Background sketch and monsters”

  1. Sailor Barsoom December 8, 2012 at 17:40 #

    I certainly prefer scary vampires to the sparkling, romantic ‘hunk’ vampires. And I like Dracula, though in truth he started the sexy vampire trend. Ah well, just shows a good thing can be taken too far. I think you’re doing alright here, though I’ll be interested in seeing these guys in color.

    • pohjalainen December 8, 2012 at 22:38 #

      Thanks. The first paintings will probably be ready to show sometime towards the end of next January or during the February, I have one almost ready and have started two, but even after they are finished I’ll have to wait a month or so before they are dry enough to scan. I could try to take a photo, though scanning will probably be easier.

      • Sailor Barsoom December 10, 2012 at 04:54 #

        Take whatever time you need. It’s better to do well than to do it fast.

        OK, in some circumstances maybe you need to be fast, but nah, this ain’t it.

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