Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Usually flat color takes the shortest time out of all my steps. While that was still the case for this guy, it took wayyyyy longer than usual due to the complexity of this creature. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Here's the completed inked Azathoth scanned and cleaned up. The next step is flat color, which surprisingly took a long time, due to the complex nature of this creep. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


The inking is half done! If you compare the pencils to the inks, you can see I cleaned up some things and added a few more details as I went.

Monday, July 16, 2018


Here are the first steps in inking my massive Azathoth drawing. There is a ton of detail in this one so it took a long time to complete this stage. Definitely longer than the drawing stage which can be loose and experimental. My inking is tight and controlled. 

You can see my technique in this video. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018


So I know it seems like a bit of a jump to go from the thumbnail to the finished drawing but I really didn't do much planning with this one. I got al basic idea of shape and motion and then used stream of consciousness to draw. Like I've stated before this is the largest single monster I've ever drawn. It's on two pieces of 14"x 17" paper taped together. Not the most ideal art situation, I know, but as long as I can scan it and clean it up it works for me. 

I also tried to design my Azathoth to reveal different "faces" depending on how you turn that paper and look at it. So, if flipped horizontally, you may see faces that weren't as apparent when you first looked. I wanted to incorporate all sorts of monstrous elements as well; wings, fangs, fins, claws, scales etc. My thinking was that this creep is the thing at the center of the universe that's possibly dreaming us all, so it'd incorporate all sorts of bits and parts. I'll post some close ups once we get to more advanced stages.

Next up...I start inking!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Here's the very first baby-step towards my version of Azathoth. It's a super quick thumbnail I did in the margins of my sketchbook. It was inspired by a paint spatter on a sidewalk in South Philly. The finished drawing doesn't really look much like this but I really wanted to remember and capture that swirling spatter. 

Monday, July 9, 2018


Hey everyone! I know it's been quiet here since the Hoard Of the Gibbelins went up for sale (only 3 copies remain!) but I haven't been idle. I've been working on the very last Lovecraftian monster I have left to draw....that's right AZATHOTH!!! 

"Outside the ordered universe is that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes."
-H.P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath

If you're wondering why this one is taking so long, it's because it's the most complex and largest creature I've ever drawn for this blog. So, what I'll be doing is posting progress shots. From sketch to pencils, from inked to flat color, all the way to the final rendered piece. 

In other news, I'll have a new zine coming out in August. It'll be Stories From the Borderland II collecting the 6 essays and 7 monsters from my project with Scott Nicolay! 

I'll also have a very exciting item up for sale at the same time.....Seventh Church Ministries t-shirts!!
Stay tuned for more details on both and for progress shots on Azathoth! 

Monday, June 11, 2018



The Hoard Of the Gibbelins
First edition limited to 50. Release date: 5/25/2018

Shipping incl.

Thursday, May 31, 2018


"What was the land of these wanderers none could tell; but it was seen that they were given to strange prayers, and that they had painted on the sides of their wagons strange figures with human bodies and the heads of cats, hawksrams, and lions. And the leader of the caravan wore a head-dress with two horns and a curious disc betwixt the horns."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Cats Of Ulthar

"Bastet was the goddess of the domestic cat, loving and faithful, in contrast to the lion-goddess Sekhmet, who stood for all the fury of which the cat family is capable."
Charles Freeman, The Legacy Of Ancient Egypt

"She was depicted as a woman with a cat's head, carrying a sistrum."
Veronica Ions, Egyptian Mythology

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


"Then we knew that we were done with Saracen Cairo, and that we must taste the deeper mysteries of primal Egypt—the black Khem of Re and Amen, Isis and Osiris."
H.P. Lovecraft & Harry Houdini, Under the Pyramids

"At other times he was seen protecting the deceased (Osiris or others identified with him)with long feathery wings. Most often Isis was represented as a woman with a throne on her head. At other times her headdress was a disk flanked by feathers and cow's horns. "

"Accompanied by seven protective serpents, she took refuge in the swamps of Buto and there gave birth to Horus."
Veronica Ions, Egyptian Mythology

"Snakes of all types are sacred to Isis and were used in Her rites, often being carried processions."
DeTracy Regula, The Mysteries Of Isis

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


"What was the land of these wanderers none could tell; but it was seen that they were given to strange prayers, and that they had painted on the sides of their wagons strange figures with human bodies and the heads of cats, hawksrams, and lions. And the leader of the caravan wore a head-dress with two horns and a curious disc betwixt the horns."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Cats Of Ulthar

"Drinking from it she was eventually lulled to sleep, and the slaughter ceased. The fury lived on in the goddess Sekhmet, the lion goddess, who was always worshiped at the edge of the desert where lions came to find water."
Charles Freeman, The Legacy Of Ancient Egypt

Sekhmet was usually represented as a woman with the head of a lioness wearing the solar disk and the uraeus;"
Veronica Ions, Egyptian Mythology

Thursday, April 12, 2018


"It twitched it’s fat body to indicate the carrying pouch growing on its back between its furry shoulders."

"Then it drew its eyelids up over its oystery eyes and nodded upward, the dorff 
gesture of negation.”

“Their grayish skin had turned a faint blue, and their eyes were more than usually oyster-like.”

“The elder’s pink mouth whiskers were trembling with emotional intensity.”

“At least, half their constitution is, well, you could call it electrical.”
Margaret St.Clair, Marriage Manual

Monday, April 2, 2018


It's time for another dive into the fiction of Wilton Hazzard aka Idris Seabright....or more commonly, Margaret St. Clair!!! As previously stated I fell in love with Margaret St. Clair's work after Scott and I covered Horrer Howce for Stories From the Borderland.

Two months ago my first zine inspired by her work went up for sale and sold out in under 24 hours. Now it's time for Volume II!  There will be aliens, blobs, glorps and mutants...weird mutants!

These have NOT been available anywhere else and will be limited to 35! 

Sunday, April 1, 2018


"Three hundred years ago, Bessie was old Hans' favorite milking cow. One night a desperate Dracula - finding local Swiss village locked tight - feed on Bessie. Unable to bear eating her, Hans buried her instead. Three nights later, Bessie rose as a vampire and began a vengeance-seeking pursuit of Dracula."
Marvel Legacy: The 1970s Handbook

Friday, February 23, 2018


“And today was a good day to take a form he liked.”

"He leaned back against a blade of grass, forming optic lenses and protruding plasm over them.”

“His favorite shape was a rhomboid.”
Margaret St.Clair, Shore Leave

Thursday, February 22, 2018


“Now, as  the ferrets reached it, it seemed to well out, to puff up into a great stringy mass, an exuberance of reddish, blackish hair."

”For a moment Leon thought he saw two tiny blue points, like eyes, glowing in the thing’s blackish heart. Then a long coil of hair, spider-leg thin, shot out at him.”
Margaret St.Clair, Graveyard Shift

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


"The plunp are the oddest of the native peoples of Venus."

“Be that as it may, the plunp are not prepossessing. They have 
exceedingly slick grayish skins, long shallow jaws with ferocious teeth, and
fierce yellow eyes.”

“Then the plunp began to rotate slowly in front of Brian, its tiwggy, slick-skinned arms outstretched expectantly.”
Margaret St.Clair, Thirsty God

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


“Having the flesh sucked from one’s bones by a cerberus‘ corrosive membranes was such a nasty way to pass out of the viewing plate." ”The cerberus was a lifeform from the the deep Venusian swamps.” “The trouble was that the cerberus, in its uncanny, ameboid way, moved extremely fast.”
Margaret St.Clair, Idris’ Pig

Monday, February 19, 2018


"The creature was literally as wide as it was tall. Perhaps it was the fact that it had a series of extra joints along the shoulder girdle and down the upper arm, so that its arms moved with the seemingly boneless flexibility of snakes. Perhaps it was the color of its sleek 
integument, which was a dirty off-white. Perhaps...Anyhow, the slurb was nonhumanoid." “If he hit the slurb on the knee-for some reason they were very sensitive about their knees-it counted fifteen.”
Margaret St.Clair, The Altruists


As you've probably guessed I fell in love with Margaret St. Clair's work after Scott and I covered Horrer Howce for Stories From the Borderland. Well, I'll not only have one zine dedicated to her work....but two! This week I'll be posting five brand new monsters inspired by her work and then 
Horrer Kumpendyum I will go on sale 

FRIDAY MARCH 2ND 11AM EST! These have NOT been available anywhere else and will be limited to 35! 

Monday, January 15, 2018


This year will see a TON of new zines going up for sale starting with the official online release of Stories From The Borderland I on FRIDAY JANUARY 26th 11AM EST!!
This zine was previously only available at NecronomiCon 2017 or as part of a triple pack. It features the first 5 entries into the Stories From the Borderlands project (essays by Scott Nicolay, illustrations by me and edited by Anya Martin).

Also slated for 2017 are
Illustro Obscurum Horrer Kumpendyum I & II (inspired by Margaret St. Clair)
Stories From the Borderland II
The Hoard Of the Gibbelins illustrated by Ketch Wehr inspired by Lord Dunsany
Illustro Obscurum Volume IX

I'll also be reprinting Illustro Obscurum Collection I & II as well as Book Of One Thousand Forms I.

Stay tuned for more updates!!