Self Portrait Post Horror Manga Marathon

July 26, 2008

Microcosm asked for a photo for promotion of BFF and I was inspired to draw something since I don’t really have any decent photos of myself. Or maybe I just wanted to draw myself without eyeballs, I don’t know.

nate beaty self portrait sketch 1


nate beaty self portrait sketch 2

Hair cut and a shave. Creepy eyeballs.

nate beaty self portrait sketch 3

Chopped my conehead.

nate beaty self portrait 4

Not sure about these colors, I used (oft-frustrating) Photo Booth with my iMac camera at night, so I’ve got some odd blue and pink highlights going on, ha. Plus, um, I’m colorblind. Not sure what I colored this for — shits & giggles I guess, ha!

The third one is probably what I’ll hand off to Microcosm — is it too weird without eyeballs?

I’m totally going to start drawing horror comics; it’s something i’ve wanted to do since the Belmont Gang in Brainfag 7. Although it turned out goofy as hell, it was really just me testing the grounds for drawing dark material.

I’ve recently been really into Domu by Katsuhiro Otomo (thanks Albert), Museum of Terror by Junji Ito (thanks Ezra), The Cat-Eyed Boy by Kazuo Umezu (which I didn’t like like at first, but it grew on me), and even Osamu Tezuka’s MW and Apollo’s Song (not necessarily horror but disturbing nonetheless), and also the recent collections of Yoshihiro Tatsumi by Drawn and Quarterly.