At the Door is a surreal piece of creature art, made with illustration pen on sketch paper. As part of the Lest More Navigate art collection, it was paired with a short piece of creative writing by Jeffrey Kranz.
His blood cries upward from the earth and mixes with the mist
And testifies against you in the courtrooms of the deep,
Of the deepest rocks and caves,
Of the loudest ocean waves,
Of the mountain’s mighty claws,
And of Sheol’s open jaws.
And Death, having tasted man’s flesh once, is a ravenous thing.
Not a guardian, not an innkeeper, not a jailor, but a carnivorous eater of the sons of God.
You have awakened his hunger; you have killed us all.
Well done, my good and faithful servant.
I got this rather weird surreal idea when reading the following line in the book of Genesis:
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.
Visualizing abstract concepts as somewhat concrete ones comes fairly easy to me. But actually sitting down and creating the surreal art piece was rather detail-intensive. I experimented with some stippling effects, which you can see in the shading of the monster guy.
I also took my time with the pencil sketch before I laid down the ink. You may notice that there’s a slightly warped perspective for sort of a fish-eye effect. Overall, it took me a good three hours to draw.
That might not sound long, but for a drawing this size (just 9″ x 12″—about the size of a piece of regular printer paper) and by my typical standards, it felt like ages.
See some other work I made in 2011.