Lovecraft Project: One Year On, revise and revisit

Last May, I began my first post grad personal illustration project, illustrating the fiction of horror author HP Lovecraft, one story at a time. It started strong out of the gate, allowed me to devour many stories which were new to me, and eventually I hit upon a respectable pace and output. As of today, I have completed something close to 25 (of a total of 68) illustrations. True, I have not shared every single one. Some are better than others, though all of them have been important learning experiences.

With an eye on the one year anniversary of the project, I have decided to revisit and re-do some of the earlier pieces. This is a handy way to compare my growth in the last year. 

The first story (and the first piece I created for the project) is "The Beast in the Cave", my completed original below...

 copyright 2016 Jason Filler

copyright 2016 Jason Filler

...and the finished inks for the upcoming revision.

 

Here is the completed piece for third story "The Tomb", from May 2016...

 copyright Jason Filler 2016

copyright Jason Filler 2016

...and the first pencil sketch for what will become the revised version.

As always, feel free to contact me and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading! -JF

New Year's Blues

For myself and a lot of my colleagues, 2016 has been a bit of a mixed bag. The year has taken an ominous tone for the deaths of so many beloved entertainers alone, that by the tail end of the year there was a grim "who's next?" mentality. 

Additionally, the geopolitical events of 2016 will have future historians scratching their heads in wonder. The peak of the civil war in Syria and the ensuing refugee crisis, the "Brexit" of Great Britain from the EU, and the victory of Donald Trump to become the next president of the (increasingly less) United States are just a few among the many baffling, unexpected and dangerous turns the world has taken within the year. 

These events are not contained within a designated 365 day cycle. Celebrities we love will continue to die, wars will rage on, and the wounds and divisions in western superpowers will continue to fester. More problems will arise and more dangers will threaten us. 

However, when great adversities appear, we also see the rise of righteous and brave individuals (and groups) who oppose and engage them. The world that has seemingly gone insane will be evaluated, studied and hopefully we can begin to make some sense out of everything going on around us.

Communication is essential to knowledge and understanding, and while I am in no way putting myself and my fellow artists in the same category as the truly brave social justice warriors (the real ones), I do feel that artists will have ample opportunity (and even a grave responsibility) to help speak truth to power, expose injustice, and most importantly to communicate ideas in an attempt to understand, heal and enlighten. 

Hopefully we can entertain a little bit, too... Happy New Year, everybody. Let's get to work.

Many styles, one voice

Two new pieces for the Lovecraft Project Phase 2.

 "Old Bugs"

"Old Bugs"

For the story "Old Bugs", written at the onset of prohibition, and set in a future where prohibition is still the law. An old drunk in a speakeasy/drug den occasionally has flashes of clarity about his former life. These moments increase as a young student finds his way to the establishment and attempts to have his first drink.

 "The White Ship"

"The White Ship"

"The White Ship" is an allegory about a man who discovers new, magic lands on a white ship, culminating in a mystical island existing outside of time with no suffering or death. Not satisfied, he ventures further and falls over a waterfall. Instead of dying, he wakes up back where he started, and never sees the magic white ship again.