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Hello! It's been quite some time since I've posted anything here. I hope to see some of you at Scarefest X in Lexington, KY (September 29-October 1 2017). Prints of one of my newest charcoal drawings 'Sadako' will be made available at the event for the first time anywhere. I'll be posting much more in the near future.
Prints of my charcoal drawing "Daughter of Dagon" (and many others) will be available at Scarefest 7 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, KY September 12-14. Stop by booth #138 and say hello! 

STRIGOI   (polymer clay mini- bust , in progress)

“Strigoi, my sword sings of silver.”

-Abraham  Setrakian

From ‘The Strain’ by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

 

As most of you know, I work primarily in charcoal. Lately however, I’ve been doing some sculpting. 

 I’ve been reading /obsessing over 'The Strain' trilogy as of late; it’s been a tremendous source of inspiration so, naturally, I had to sculpt this strigoi (vampire of Romanian folklore). Can’t wait for the new TV series!

As you can see, it’s still rough---(fingerprints and all!) but I thought you may be interested in seeing this project through all its various stages. The ‘stinger’ is going be sharper, and I’m still doing some ‘carving out’ around the jaw, etc., etc. 

I’ll be painting him, too, so check back frequently for new pics! Enjoy!

It has been a very,very long time since I last visited DA, but I thought I'd post one of my latest charcoal drawings, 'Werewolf'! I'll be selling prints of this and many others at the upcoming Lexington Comic & Toy Convention www.lexingtoncomiccon.com/ , March 14-16, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky! Hope to see you there!       

PRIESTESS OF THANATOS  is yet another of my explorations in what I like to call  "Lovecraftian surrealism."

 I had prints made of this image for a comic con back in March, but just realized I hadn't posted it here on DA. Enjoy!   

Just posted a couple of new images here on DA. I hope you enjoy them. Also wanted to let you guys know that we'll be at the LEXINGTON COMIC & TOY CON MARCH 16 and 17 at the Lexington Civic Center's Heritage Hall. Check out their website for a complete list of celebrity guests, vendors and, of course, art exhibitors like yours truly:

www.lexingtoncomiccon.com  www.lexingtoncomiccon.com/inde…

Looking forward to seeing you there!

As always, there are many more drawings on the way! Stay tuned...
Scarefest 2012 was a great show for us! I got some leads on new projects, some commissioned work, sold a bunch of prints, and had the opportunity to meet Dee Wallace (star of Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes, Joe Dante's The Howling, Steven Spielberg's E.T., Peter Jackson's The Frighteners, and the upcoming Lords of Salem, directed by Rob Zombie). I had her sign my special edition DVD of The Howling, one of the best werewolf films ever made. I've been a fan of her films since my early teens; it was a pleasure finally getting to meet her and a highlight of the convention for me.

Ultimately, it's the people that make these kinds of shows so great; getting to talk with kindred spirits about horror films and art is always a joy. My sincerest thanks to all of you who stopped by our booth. Your kind words and your enthusiasm for my work and my craft are very much appreciated.

Check out the new Scarefest 2012 photos on my Facebook page and on my official site. Stay tuned for news concerning upcoming events, new projects and, of course, new charcoal drawings!  Thanks again to friends old and new for your support. See you at the next convention…
I am very excited to be participating in the Scarefest Horror and Paranormal Convention which will be held at  the Lexington Center the weekend of September 28-30,  2012  in Lexington, KY. We have attended the last two Scarefest events; Scarefest 2010 was our first convention ever, and we have fond memories of it.
Sheryl and I will once again be selling prints and originals of my drawings; Please stop by our booth and check out six of my brand new limited edition prints and postcards, several of which were commissioned pieces that are being offered to the public for the first time anywhere. The decidedly Lovecraftian pieces Dreaming of the Deep, An Offering to Elder Gods and The Crawling Chaos are among my newest offerings.
We look forward to seeing you at Scarefest V!  
Check out the official Scarefest website scarefestcon.com/  f… a complete list of guests and events…
Please enjoy my latest commissioned piece which also happens to be my most recent exploration into the dead world of Trocaria, a world that, quite frankly, I'm making up as I go!
As always, more drawings are on the way; I'm currently working on three new charcoal drawings. Stay tuned...

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Thanks to everyone here at DA for your kind words of encouragement and support! I'm hard at work on new charcoal drawings, so stay tuned...

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I have been busy working on both personal and commissioned projects for the last few months and wanted to post a new piece entitled An Offering to Elder Gods, the latest in an ongoing series of explorations into the Lovecraftian mythos. I hope you enjoy it.

Also, I am pleased to announce that we will be attending this year's Fright Night Film Fest Horror Weekend, June 29-July 1, 2012! The event will be held at The Galt House Hotel and Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Lots of great guests (including The Evil Dead trilogy's Bruce Campbell) and vendors will be there. We hope to see you at our booth. Check out their official site for details: www.frightnightfilmfest.com/

Please stay tuned for some other exciting developments looming on the horizon!
The Lexington Comic & Toy Con on Saturday, March 24th was a tremendous success!
I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who stopped by our booth. It's only been a year and a half since we began offering prints of my art, and I am amazed and humbled by your response to my work. We are already signed up for next year's show (March 2013) and look forward to seeing you there! New drawings are on the way...
This is my first DA posting in quite some time;  I've been busy working on commissions and personal projects since September. I will be posting several new pieces over the next few months, including my Trocarian Corpse Hound (which is very close to completion).
I hope you enjoy my most recent personal charcoal piece---I have always been obsessed with the mythology of the werewolf, and I never tire of exploring this fascinating creature.  Prints of Full Wolf Moon will be available for the first time anywhere this coming Saturday, March 24th at the Lexington Comic and Toy Convention where we will be exhibiting my work. Please go check out their website: www.lexingtoncomiccon.com/inde…
To all those who have who have purchased my prints or originals or simply left so many kind words here on DA, I would  like to take this opportunity to thank you.  We hope to see you at our booth on Saturday!
Scarefest 2011 in Lexington, KY is under a week away! Check out the Scarefest link here:thescarefest.com/horrorguests.…
We'll be there selling prints and originals of my work and unveiling limited edition prints of The Queen of Halloween, a new piece which sold to a private collector at the end of July.
Please stop by our booth next weekend, September 23-25!


Trocaria is a haunted world. Draped in a pall of perpetual night, it is a veritable factory of nightmares, the progenitor of every bad dream ever to plague humankind. It is inhabited only by the restless spirits of the enslaved dead and the Nis, the undead Shadow-Priests who hold dominion over them.     
The Queen of Halloween, She Whose Promise is Oblivion, surveys her kingdom beneath its bloated, ever-present moon, her ghastly mask serving as a conduit for the spectral energy that must sustain her. She breathes deeply.  Along the Plutonian shores of an oily sea we spy a procession of her devoted disciples, desperate and twisted shades known as Beggar-Kind. These nomadic wraiths seek an audience with their beloved queen hoping, if for only the briefest of moments, that they may bask in the dark glory of her benediction…and her "gift" of spiritual annihilation.

This work inspired me to begin a new series of drawings devoted to a world of my own making called Trocaria.  The Queen of Halloween, blind yet possessed of powerful psychic vision, wears a ceremonial headpiece which has been magically implanted by the Nis. This sentient mask is composed of the faces of the ancient dead, whose eyes must now serve as her own, stitched together with gossamer thread and necromancy.
The second drawing in this series, a Trocarian Corpse-Hound, is already underway. Expect more of the queen and other characters as well.

Charcoal on paper, July 2011.  



I am currently accepting commissions. Please feel free to contact me here on DA, via Facebook, or e-mail: brettgrayart@gmail.com
July has already proven to be an exciting month.  The Days of the Dead horror convention in Indianapolis on the weekend of the 1st-3rd was a good time; the show, my second convention, provided the opportunity to show my work to a new city and a new audience.  I would like to sincerely thank everyone who stopped by our booth and purchased prints.  Hope to see you all at Scarefest 2011 in Lexington, KY this September!!  It's going to be awesome…

I am currently putting the finishing touches on a commissioned piece, The Queen of Halloween, which I will be posting here on DA very soon.
Those of you who saw me at Days of the Dead have already seen the work in progress.

The Mad Poet, my latest posting, is  an example of the kind of "Lovecraftian  surrealism" which has pervaded my work as of late. It's a very exciting style of drawing that has, at least from a stylistic perspective, taken me to dark and wondrous places. I felt like I was going mad while working on this piece! This drawing, depicting the infamous Abdul Alhazred, has been quite well-received; again, I thank all those who have taken the time to comment, as well as those who have purchased prints.  
I am currently accepting commissions. Please feel free to contact me here on DA, via Facebook, or e-mail: brettgrayart@gmail.com
I love werewolf mythology and the whole concept of animal possession/transformation. One thing that has always intrigued me most about werewolves is the transformation itself; the actual physical process by which man changes into beast has always been an endless source of fascination for me.  It really doesn't matter if it's a "lap dissolve" scene from an old black-and-white film (e.g., Universal's 1941 film The Wolfman starring Lon Chaney, Jr.), a bone-crunching Rick Baker or Rob Bottin latex lycanthropic metamorphosis, or an Underworld -esque  CGI shapeshifting sequence.   I love them all.
With Curse of the Manitou  I wanted to explore the somewhat less prevalent process of man-to-animal transformation: the type where beast breaks free of man. The scene from The Company of Wolves was clearly a source of inspiration for me, but I also drew from a vastly underrated season one episode of The X-Files called "Shapes" in which we see the shedding- of- human-skin concept explored. It is from this episode that I drew the title of my latest work. "Shapes" is steeped in Native American mythology, and there are numerous references to a dark animal spirit, or Manitou, which also served to inform my drawing.
I learned a lot of interesting things while working on this piece. The Manitou of Native American mythology was originally used as a term for "Great Spirit" or to describe the supernatural world in general. No "good" or "bad" connotations were originally ascribed to it.  It was not until Christian missionaries sought to "enlighten" native peoples that the concept took on its dual nature---"good" Manitou and "evil" Manitou.  The Native American belief/practice of shapeshifting was considered to be a profound and powerful spiritual experience, to which the polarization of "evil" or "good" did not apply.  That said, I discovered while working on this drawing that when someone sees a picture of a slavering werewolf snout bursting from a human mouth, it tends to freak them out.