I thought I’d try my hand at one of the smaller varieties of monsters from D.M.Cornish’s most excellent Monster Blood Tattoo series.

Sepia, brown and white ink on cartridge paper.


  • matthewdunnart
    matthewdunnartalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic work man. The inked tones add so much life to the piece.

  • Thanks man. It really came together when I added that brown :)

    – Sturstein

  • Michael Lee
    Michael Leealmost 5 years ago

    You’re monster hands/ paws are always a delight.

  • Thanks Michael. Hands are always fun to draw; even if they’re often infuriating ;)
    I’ve learnt the value of always having a mirror handy (no pun intended).

    – Sturstein

  • Stephanie Smith
    Stephanie Smithalmost 5 years ago

    Very cool, love the gesture! Not familiar with the book but it looks like it’s been very inspiring.

  • Thanks Stephanie! Yeah, I don’t get super excited about many literary series, but MBT is great stuff. It even has pictures :D

    – Sturstein

  • Trystan  Mitchell
    Trystan Mitchellalmost 5 years ago

    This is door kickingly good your Steinship! Love the colourwork too…seemingly simple but sooooooooooooo effective!

  • LOL, thanks Trystan! I’ve come to really appreciate simplicity, particularly in terms of colour use, so I’ve fallen into the habit of approaching my work that way. I love the idea that one can suggest colour without actually using any :)

    – Sturstein

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Anita!

    – Sturstein

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingover 4 years ago

    this is great, the black works really well

  • Thanks Soxy. I’m trying to introduce heavier shadows into my work to get stronger contrast.

    – Sturstein

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingover 4 years ago

    line work and simplicity is so good…I often don’t want to go any further…you manage to do so much with so little, either with or without the shadows it’s good. I’m enjoying looking at your work : )

  • Chalk it up to years of studying guys like Mike Mignola and Ashley Wood ;)
    Thanks Soxy :)

    – Sturstein

  • Tenguzame
    Tenguzameover 3 years ago

    Very cool, man! Reminds me of “Where the Wild Things Are.”

  • The greatest book ever published. Thanks Michael :)

    – Sturstein

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