I forget what this guy's actual name is, but the title gives you the gist. Another fella I drew for the Midgard Bestiary published by Open Design. He was entirely too much fun to draw. Too much fun indeed.
GWAH, now this guy's just horrifying! The starkly defined muscles give him a really cadaverous quality, like something you'd see at an autopsy in a Renaissance surgical theatre...The big hands and spade-like nails really reinforce his ponderous weight and coarse brutality--Frankenstein kinda quality, almost. In fact, there's a kind of "molded clay" look to the abdominal muscles especially that puts me in mind of a golem or some other "constructed" being...I think it's the modelling and striations, they give the impression of visible tool marks. And the creepy pinhole "eye lights"...!
Weird question, but were you going for a slight asymmetry here in the limbs? It seems like the right side ("our" right) is a little more heavily developed, but maybe that's just the way those body parts are angled towards us.
I was going for the limbs being equal, and the different shapes being due to just their different orientations. I'm totally intuitive when it comes to drawing that sort of thing, though, so there could well be inconsistencies.
Again, the dark shadows offset by nice marker lighting is a really powerful look. I honestly didn't even realize it was an ink piece until I looked at your technique. This is a new thing you've learned, I take it?
I find it really interesting that the kind of undead look is not something you immediately think of when looking at this, but it takes on a whole new dimension after you read the name ... you really pay attention to the stringy muscles and the shadowed glowing eye-sockets. It's a nice kind of interplay, glancing back and forth between the title and the name.
Thank you, sir! The technique is one I'd been practicing on some of my pieces. I used a similar technique on my kirin. And yeah, it seems that ghouls are a more gaunt and leathery flavor of undead, rather that rotting and gory. It was certainly a fun look to draw!