This week features the topic pick of our 3rd Place Winner of the TLDB Scavenger Hunt, Adam Laarsen! Adam's pick: Lord of the Rings Villains.

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Tentacled Brains of Space Station 613

"That IS a moon! AND a space station!"

When the theme of 80's black & white comics explosion was brought up I knew immediately that I wanted to do a piece of art paying tribute to Mike Baron & Steve Rude's "Nexus". For me, Nexus was the coolest indie comic at the time. I still love it!

I didn't expect to get quite as a tied up in the piece as I did. Hopefully you can see that I spent a little time on it and had a great time doing it.

This piece was done with ink, ink wash and liquid watercolor on 11"x17" Strathmore 500 bristol (part of their "sequential" series of papers). This was my first time using that particular paper and I have to say I really like it. There was just enough tooth to get the dry brushing effects that I like and not so much that I couldn't lay down a smooth line too. Hope you enjoy the piece!

Go read some old Nexus comics!


  1. This is so rad. Love the tentacle brain guys!

    1. Thank you so very much, my man! I tried to have some fun with it. Glad you like!

  2. Nice work, sir. Nexus is one I wouldn't have thought of. Glad to see a lot of variation on the theme this time around!

    1. Thank you very much, Patrick! It was a pretty open theme, luckily. :-)