I bet you didn’t think that the Hut of Horrors was also transforming into an art blog, did you? Or perhaps you noticed the change in scenery, prompted by me using some of my own artwork as the headers on this little blog.
While I have disparaged gore for gore’s sake in the past, I took on one of many Goretober challenges, specifically the one below:
I chose this one because it is VERY open ended and allowed for more flexibility within the prompts. Some of these are gruesome, some are lacking in gore entirely (fail!). I, however, am proud of myself in the fact that only two of the 31 prompts involve fanart.
Without further delay, here is the first 11 days. And, it should really go without saying, but here’s a BIG FAT WARNING for GORE and BODY HORROR:
1 – Acid (Caasimolar – Demonverse)
Caasimolar, the Hellhound whose entire purpose is to cause as much chaos as he possibly can, was a natural choice for this prompt given his acid-spitting ability. Being able to form skin-dissolving bombs out of your own spit doesn’t mean that you yourself are immune to the effects.
2 – Bone (Murmur – Demonverse)
Hearing the voices of dead people is generally a bad thing unless you are Murmur, the Voice of the Dead. I chose him for “Bones” because his rib cage functions as a telegraph machine between the world of Demons, The Powers that Be, mortals, and the dead.
3 – Decay (Bifrons – Demonverse)
Bifrons, the dual-bodied Grave Tender is the first individual most demons meet upon rebirth. She brings flowers, lights candles, burns sacred incense, and welcomes the new inductee with four open arms. The Keeper of Rot was the perfect choice for Decay. I was inspired by old-timey tattoo ladies and wanted to give one of my favorite female characters a spotlight.
4 – Beaten (Gunnar Argyle – Demonverse)
Vivisecting one of my favorite characters alive was one of the hardest decisions I made as an author, but sometimes, you have to induce the “Worf Effect” in your story to make sure that people know that the enemies are a threat. Officer Argyle was able to beat down abominations with his fists, so it made sense to have him be one of the first characters to die. Of course we all know he comes back as the giant fire-breathing werewolf, Marchosias, but this doesn’t lessen the impact here.
5 – Burn (Louis – Monsterverse)
Burned alive on Halloween Night as a child, only to rise again as a Pride Demon, The Hellfire Boy is one of four beaus that vies for the affections of protagonist Ruth. While looking like a stunner right out of the 1950s, I wanted to show what secrets Louis has burning under his sinister skin.
6 – Phobia (Andras – Demonverse)
Andras quickly skyrocketed to one of my favorite designs and characters when I further refined him as part of this art challenge. A master of weaponizing fear itself, the Dread Talon actually serves as a protagonist in one of the parts of this multi-viewpoint story. He also makes owls scary again.
7 – Chlorine (The Magician (Sean Elroy)- Eldritchverse)
I admittedly slipped up here. There is no gore. How can you make gore with “chlorine” though? That’s alright, The Magician was up for a redesign that works cohesively well with his buddy, The Hanged Man. A master of the slow-cooker bomb and setting whatever he can possibly find on fire, he doesn’t exactly help with the Arcana Gang’s reputation…
8 – Insanity (The Hanged Man (Alexander “Zander” Lazarus) – Eldritchverse)
A Terror Hero is a heroic character that goes out of their way to scare the complete and utter hell out of their enemies, and let’s put it simply; The Hanged Man is a one-man horror show. He’s rude, crude, and lewd, and all too eager to smash cultists’ faces in. This is one of my favorite pieces for Goretober, since the gore is subtle, and his facial expression speaks -volumes- as to just how unstable he is.
9 – Arrows (Barbatos – Demonverse)
One of a couple designs entirely created by this challenge alone, I am really happy with my interpretation of Barbatos the bearded huntsman. I pictured him as a more relaxed ally and battle partner of Byleth, the King of Swordsmen. I quite like his face-beard…beard face…and his blue color scheme in this image.
10 – Plant Growth (Purson – Demonverse)
Female Demonverse characters are always SO hard to design, because unlike the males, I risk getting the “sexism” statement. Hey, nobody is exempt from getting “changed” in the matter that the Powers that Be see fit. Queen Purson, the Beastmaster, is a kind, but fierce woman whose love for the earth’s flora and fauna is only matched by her tenacity in defending them. I really like this design for her.
11 – Dry (Crocell and Decarabia – Demonverse)
Chibis for Goretober? Chibis for Goretober. While the idea is kind of hard to see here, Crocell, the Drowned Angel, helps keep his friend (later partner), Decarabia, the Knavish Star, dry in a rainstorm. Not my best work, but at least I finally drew them together! Please note that these two are of age, and this is just in a chibi style…I shouldn’t have to say this but…y’know.
Stay Tuned for Part 2: Bigger, Better and…is that Kingdom Hearts Fanart??