The Creature From The Black Lagoon (Inktober 2017, Day Four)

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I think the hashtags pretty much sum up everything about this drawing. The proposed theme for Day Four of the Inktober challenge was, “underwater.” The first thing that ran through my head was Aquaman. However, I felt that doing a comic book-y drawing after a few days of attempting to do more photorealistic ink drawings seemed a little non-sequitur. I thought about drawing Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, but there aren’t many images of him out yet that are actually underwater, so it felt like a bit of a cheat. I thought about doing the album cover to Nirvana’s Nevermind album, but, honestly, that album never spoke to me as much as Unplugged In New York did. So, finally, I settled on The Creature From The Black Lagoon. I always liked the Universal movie monsters, even as a kid, and I would watch them whenever they came on AMC. Of those classics, I thought The Creature From The Black Lagoon was especially cool for a few reasons: 1.) The title. Total classic horror movie camp. 2.) It wasn’t taken from other source materials. Dracula came from Bram Stoker, Frankenstein came from Mary Shelley. Not Creature. 3.) The villain wasn’t an outright villain, more just misunderstood. As a kid, I loved this film. Looking at it now, yeah, the mask and suit look kinda hokey. Still creepy, but…hokey. The scariest thing about it now is what a pain it was to draw. Nonetheless, I kinda like how this came out. It will be really interesting to see what Guillermo Del Toro does with the concept in The Shape of Water.

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