Wednesday, March 17, 2010

...and B&W All Over

Our friend Marcelo Anciano, the creative force behind Wandering Star Publishing, suggested that we post some of our B&W work here. He feels that seeing an illustration created to appear amid text has an entirely different impact when seen alone, and large. With that in mind, we'll occasionally post some of our ink-wash work. Today, here's a few of our favorites (click on each image to see them larger).


  1. I agree. Love the b&w art. It's stark and jumps out in ways color can't match. That final piece with man and snake eyeballing each other is tops.

  2. Thanks, David. We like working in B&W, too. Unfortunately, there's not much call for B&W illustration these days. The ink-wash technique we use is fairly unforgiving, but satisfying when it works!

  3. Hi!
    I'm a young italian fan of REH and I like your works. Infact, I'll buy the new volume of El Borak soon.

    The first and third drawings are very evocative! I recognized in the first Njord against Satha and in the third the scene of the short story, "The Scarlet Citadel". But who is the lady of the second illustration?

  4. Hi Giovanni!

    Thanks for the compliments. The woman is Kormlada, from the story “The Grey God Passes.” Here’s how Howard described her in that story:

    “A queenly form rose to greet him. Kormlada, whom the Gaels called Gormlaith, was indeed fair, but there was cruelty in her face and in her hard, scintillant eyes. She was of mixed Irish and Danish blood, and looked the part of a barbaric queen, with her pendant ear-rings, her golden armlets and anklets, and her silver breastplates set with jewels.”

    The story and that illustration appear in the 2007 Del Rey volume, The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume One: Crimson Shadows.