One of Lovecraft's Ghouls. This felt really nostalgic, as when I was a kid I would read Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, adoring the gothic artwork by Stephen Gammell, even though I didn't know at that time what gothic was, and would draw monsters and tombstones over and over again, so this really felt like coming home.
Spurred by a curious person, I decided this week to work on character designs of Joseph Curwen and Charles Dexter Ward from Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.
Sometimes what the writer blithely describes on the page can be difficult or, in some cases, even impossible to actually visualize successfully, and I soon realized while trying to render Charles Dexter Ward and Joseph Curwen, two characters who were supposed to look almost exactly alike, even though the former was in his mid-twenties and the latter looked well into his middle-age, that it would be problematic to translate the work on the page. Even more problematic was the fact that, when I really thought about it, the image I always had in my head of Joseph Curwen and the image always had of Ward were actually completely different from each other, so trying to find the right look between the two while also battling my own original, entirely divergent, interpretations was not easy. The ones on the bottom are close (I think) to the final version I'm going to create for Ward/Curwen, though I may re-render Curwen's colonial hair-do.