The Raft by Nick Ford

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My entry for the 24hr Challenge: 1 Paragraph over at A Tshirt Revolution.

I went to bookcase and grabbed the old beaten n battered copy of Skeleton Crew, a collection of Stephen King’s short stories. Upon opening i found myself reading an old favourite …….. The Raft.

Here’s the paragraph …
“Randy was halfway to the raft when he saw the black patch on the water. It was beyond the raft and to the left of it, more out toward the middle of the lake. Five minutes later the light would have failed too much for him to tell it was anything more than a shadow … if he had seen it at all. Oil slick? he thought, still pulling hard through the water, faintly aware of the girls splashing behind him. But what would an oil slick be doing on an October deserted lake?

Anybody who’s read it (or seen the short movie in Creepshow 2) will know this ain’t no oil slick.

Ink pen sketch on some halftone action


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  • Scott Robinson
    Scott Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Damn, that`s cool NIck, Creeeeeppyyy… Could pick the story straight away.

  • Thanks mate! Quickie i did tis morning ……… bit of fun. Now back to the real deal!

    – Nick Ford

  • rubyred
    rubyredover 5 years ago

    Nice sketchy style nick. Still rocking the halftones to great effect!

  • Thanks mate! Bit of an experiment. Would have been nicer if i had time to sketch the water, but alas its a speed challenge so i went for the halftonage (again!) :). … i think i’m addicted!!!

    – Nick Ford

  • Natalie Tyler
    Natalie Tylerover 5 years ago

    That’s the beauty of speed tee challenges. They can trigger an idea that’s worth revisiting later. Stephen King scares the bejesus out of me … as does that shadow.

  • Hahaa … yeah, have you read the story? Scary, gorey stuff with a bit of raunch + short n sweet = a great read.

    – Nick Ford

  • Naf4d
    Naf4dover 5 years ago

    Nice one Nick – and yeah, you’ve certainly managed to get the creepy..ness into it!

  • Cheers Naf4d ………………… it’s a damn creepy story, so thanks!

    – Nick Ford

  • Stephen Rowsell
    Stephen Rowsellover 5 years ago

    awesome halftone!

  • Grigoris Kalivas
    Grigoris Kalivasover 5 years ago

    this is great mate

  • Thanks Grigoris!!! I do my best!!!!!!

    – Nick Ford

  • famousdeath
    famousdeathover 5 years ago

    bad azz, i love that film . great shirt

  • yeah the flicks good ……………… but the story is way better!!!! Pick up Skeleton Crew at your local 2nd hand book store, it’s worth it!!! Thanks.

    – Nick Ford

  • Pip Gerard
    Pip Gerardover 5 years ago

    fantastic. love the colours you’ve used for the “slick”. :D

  • CapturedByKylie
    CapturedByKylieover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the home page feature (April 4th 2009)

  • ululate
    ululateover 5 years ago

    i know this,

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