Darkness 2016


The good people at Surly Brewing Co have chosen me to be their 2016 artist, which means I get to make illustrations for Darkness, Surlyfest, and this year’s anniversary beer, Eleven.

Now that the art for Darkness has been leaked, I am allowed to share the design. I’ve included some process images as well, for those that are in to that sort of thing.


1. I made a bunch of thumbnails in my notebook, different creatures, demons, etc. Cerberus was the best idea out of the group, and this little thumb has a lot of the things that made it into the final piece. Snake tail, three heads, and the gates of Hell.


2. Modeling this fella in ZBrush was very useful, as it allowed me to play around with different compositions, poses, and perspectives. It is also therapeutic.


3. The rough ZBrush sculpt only went so far, so I still needed to do a couple of paint overs in Photoshop to make things come together.


4. I took all of those things into Illustrator, pressed the Make Art button, and that was it.

Darkness is coming.