Hellscape: AN Hieronymus Bosch Cover

As I've always been obsessed with super high-detail wimmelbilderbuch illustration, I was immediately drawn to the Dutch Renaissance masters. My favorites are Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Hieronymus Bosch. I went through a weird hell phase at the end of 2017, completely obsessed with classical depictions of hell. I spent a lot of time studying the many hellscapes of Bosch, and even bought myself a shower curtain featuring this one entitled Hell 2. I study it every time I go in my bathroom and always seem to find some extraordinary new detail. 

I loved it so much I decided to draw a "cover illustration" of it. I'm not sure if this is already a thing; I see it as kind of like a cover song, but in the form of a drawing. I used the same general layout and even some of his characters while incorporating some new and modern components. I drew this picture differently than most of my illustrations. Rather than completing a rough draft of the whole image before starting the ink, I began by sketching the bottom portion in pencil and inking it before I had even thought about the rest of the image. I proceeded to draw it in chunks in the same fashion. I approached this drawing far more loosely than most of my other pictures, which made it a thoroughly enjoyable piece to work on. Plus, I love drawing this sort of gnarly gore and torment. It's a cathartic way to decompress after a challenging day! It was drawn with red and yellow Micron pens on 11" x 14" Bristol. Scroll down for process pictures and detail shots. You can purchase prints here!

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 Since working at home all the time gets rather isolating, I often go to local coffee shops to work. This picture was taken at one of my favorites, Carpe Cafe in Smyrna. 

Since working at home all the time gets rather isolating, I often go to local coffee shops to work. This picture was taken at one of my favorites, Carpe Cafe in Smyrna. 

 My cat Bonez, perhaps the most affectionate (needy!) cat in the world, loves to be as close to me as possible at all times, so I usually find myself having to figure out a way to draw around her.

My cat Bonez, perhaps the most affectionate (needy!) cat in the world, loves to be as close to me as possible at all times, so I usually find myself having to figure out a way to draw around her.

 Here is the final drawing. I still have it, so if you're interested in purchasing the original, shoot me an email!

Here is the final drawing. I still have it, so if you're interested in purchasing the original, shoot me an email!

 Here's a black & white version of the drawing, which I actually ended up preferring so I offer these as prints as well.

Here's a black & white version of the drawing, which I actually ended up preferring so I offer these as prints as well.