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I feel that I've gotten into a period of artsyness, maybe more than that, a period of development and learning, an urge to get to the next level so to speak.
For this to work I really need to start sketching more! And to revive the ol' dream to have a active "Sketch of the Day" thingie here at devart is a good start!

So here's the sketch of t'day! Rawhead Rex in all his splendor! Inspired by the Clive Barker character with same name!

When I read Rawhead Rex some week ago I just thought to myself "This is a monster I really need to draw!". Clive Barker is really a great author to gain inspiration from when it comes to monsters and freaks in general! And his art is a great resource of inspiration as well, so be sure to check him out!

This wont be the last time I take a shot at ol' Rawhead, he's just such a cool and bad-ass character to sketch! What I found really interesting in the description of him was that he has double rows of teeth to devour his victims with, this made me think of sharks right away, so I made his jaw a bit shark-like, which in turn worked good with is almost globe like skull!

Here he's just tasted human flesh for the first time in a couple of centuries and wants more. I really enjoy the thought process going through Rex's head in the story, and Clive really made a good original character by getting in his head and making the reader understand the primal mind of a monster!
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dryan1982 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Not a bad re-imagining actually, looks far closer to the creature described in the story than the movie, but also looks just...er...non-phallic enough that it could have made a decent movie monster. 
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe true that, I got hooked up on the shark like teeth and the fact that he has a head that looked like a moon! I guess I would make him more phallic next time around though. Gotten many comments on the lack of that trait! :)
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JMrBrown Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Almost as I imagined him reading the novel... it's too reptilian though.
I like it!
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SidewaysluvsOblivion Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
I would've liked the character better if he didn't liek to rape. but honestly, when something disturbs you that tends to mean the horror author is doing his job. This is a great design, but he seems more sly and clever than a vicious beast.
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centric-prometheus Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good job on the head especially, really feels like the description of Rawhead given by Clive Barker.
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LizzieLupine Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He actually looks more human but the shark like rictus grin tells it all. The shading and lines really bring out his muscular form. I love this take on Rex, and his rawness does shine through.
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had the fortune not to be contaminated with the movie version of mr Rex when I did this, and I'm pretty happy for that, that version looks more like an shaved gorilla with funky eyes hehe.
I love the way Barker described his teeth's, just made me think of a shark, and I think that really made him a wee bit more scary in the end :D
Glad you enjoys it and many thanx for the comment :dance:
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LizzieLupine Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome, Fagertveit. I must admit that the film does colour my perception of Mr. Rawhead but I can't help having a fondness for the old 'shaven gorilla with funky eyes.' The book is a different beast altogether, if you'll excuse the pun. This is why I like your interpretation. It's come from a purer source where the imagination runs wild. Not unlike, Mr. Rex himself.
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe It's good to hear that the shaven gorilla don't have to be all by himself at least, I couldn't live with the thought and might have to taken him into my home and family and stuff like that :P
And as you say, it's always nice to see different interpretations of a beast like Rex, I loved the short story and I'll be sure to check out the flick in the future as well. Thanx a bunch for the sweet comments :)
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LizzieLupine Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, he certainly isn't something you'd want to bring home with you unless you had unwanted guests, 'Run Free, My pretty!'. Wtahcing gleefully as he rampages through your family's best china. Ah! Those whistful summer days would just fly by.

You're most welcome, Fagerveit. It was good to have something inspiring to comment on.
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe yeah, I could have him outside in a leach, barking and decapitating intruders as they come! Would be a sweet deal, but I don't think there's good enough leaches to hold him down for to long, but the thoughts is vitalizing at least ;)
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LizzieLupine Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a thought, a Guard Rex. Where would you buy a leash for such a beast? I think you'd have to dig a hole and have some sort of trap door that would spring open to unleash him. But then getting him back in would be problematical.
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe yeah, we do have a nice recipe in Norse myth, the leash that the gods used to chains the Fenris Wolf, some of it ingredients were the roots of mountains and breath of fishes and stuff like that, sure worked in the end, but when the Fire Giant comes and Heimdal blows Gjallrahorn the chain will fail, but that is when the world ends so I guess that should do great for good ol' Rex as well! ;)
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ministerfrollo Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
thats very cool and you just gave me an idea for a funny
comic thnx
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe sounds sweet that! Be sure to send me a link if you make it! :D
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EyelessEntity Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Jag har bara sett filmen Rawhead Rex när jag var liten, fick nyligen reda på att Clive Barker själv inte tyckte att filmen hade något med novellen alls att göra. Sedan dess har jag haft en otrolig lust att läsa den :)
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Läste just Books of Blood 1-3 där Rawhead Rex är med i, jävligt bra samling skräck! Midnight Meat Train är ju med i den också som du kanske sett i filmformat? Så jag kan starkt rekommendera den samlingen helt klar! :D
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EyelessEntity Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
jo precis, har sett de flesta clive barker-filmatiseringarna och måste säga att sugen efter Book of Blood 1-3 har varit stort :P Tyvärr är jag typ världens sämsta bokläsare, men när jag åtminstone har böckerna köpta och "har tid" att lägga mig ned och läsa en stund så sliter man sig inte lätt :P
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jag var fett dålig på att läsa böcker tills ett par år sedan då jag började bli en redig bokmal! Nu måste jag läsa för att överleva i praktik! Så det är allt nått man kan lära sig att komma in i!
Just nu är det den årliga omgången av Lovecraft som gäller, så jag har börjat med första av 3 Omnibus böcker! Just nu är det The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" som gäller, en klar klassiker som jag hoppas HPLHS gör film av i framtiden helt klart :D Eller iaf en Radio teater.

Finns många fina storys i Books of Blood 1-3 som man missar såvida man inte läser, mycket som säkert skulle göra sig bra på film men inte finns än!
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EyelessEntity Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
jo det förstår jag, skulle säkert kunna bli en riktig bokmal jag med :)

Mm, har inte läst The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, men min bror har det, enligt honom är det en av de bästa novellerna! Skulle väldigt gärna vilja se fler filmatiseringar av HPLHS, de är bra på att fånga den rätta känslan trots att de har en så låg budget, vilket är väldigt ovanligt i skräckgenren :)

mhm, låter nice! :D
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jo, det är ju en av de få långa Lovecraft verken så man kommer verkligen in i den! Är strax klar med den, sen blir det ett gäng stories från hans Drömvärld, ganska flummiga saker men med mycket Mythos inblandat också, tror nästan dom är mina favoriter (typ "Dream-Quest for Unknown Kadath").
Finns mycket man vill illustrera från dem faktiskt :D
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EyelessEntity Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh sweet! jo jag har ju ett par (tusental) bilder och skisser som ska göras klart, sen tror jag att jag ska återuppta mitt Lovecraft-tecknande :)
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Låter gött det! Man måste vara som i rätt mood för att köra Lovecraft grejor också, men det kommer lite då och då, så då är det bara att fånga stunden å köra på!
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twistedmentality Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
very cool. i like it.
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanx :D
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twistedmentality Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
welcome.
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SolitaireWitch Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
denna gillar jag skarpt :) vore kul att se denna färglagd och med bakgrund ^^ några planer på att göra det?
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tackar tackar, nja jag vetetusan om det blir mer av just denna, är som bara startskottet för mina dagliga skiss övningar så änna! Sitter med dagens skiss just nu som jag hoppas kunna skicka upp mot kvällskanten så änna! Är mer en utvecklings grej helt enkelt så jag kan jobba på mina skillz :P
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SolitaireWitch Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
aha :) jag förstår ^^ men riktiga bra skisser gör du iaf :) blir väldigt inspirerad av att titta på dom ^^
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tackar tackar! Dagens skiss är uppladdad just :D
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The-Hellbound-Web Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
The head shape is pretty good. The name is, of course, something on an innuedno, being raw head, and his head shape is meant to be penis-like, which i think you captured. He's a walking phallus with a desire to devour and a fear of women. This is probably my favourite depiction outside the Nightbreed comics, and the closest I've seen to the original short.

- Scarecrow @ Hellraiser-Cenobites
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! Thats a great comment to get, and I must also thank you for yer site! I've used it many time as a hellraiser resource for both art and music (Killer audio sample archive).
Rawhead Rex is a really strong personification of machismo to say the least! And I love the way Barker writes out Rex's though process during the story!
Glad you liked it! I can promise more Rex sketches in the future, it's a monster made for drawing!
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The-Hellbound-Web Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
You're welcome, and thanks for the kind comments on the site. Rawhead's thoughts are what make the story work, and the lack of same is what helps reduce the film to a badly made monster movie. You should check out Books of Blood volumes 4-6, some of the best stories are in them.

- Scarecrow @ hellraiser-cenobites
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sitting and downloading the Hellbound comix as we speak! I've started writing on a comic strip of my own actually, so it's interesting to see others take on the subject (just got Hellraiser: Collected Best II, so I'm feeling inspired hehe).
As for Rawhead, the story is like made to be a good movie, but as you say, they'll have to incorporate the Rex thought process to make it really work, I have to be glad to say that I haven't seen the 80's movie adaptation yet, and maybe I should stay away and wait for something better to come around hehe.
I've just finished reading Cabal, unfortunately it wasn't the version with the Books of Blood extra shorts in it, but just the Nigthbreed story. A bit of a bummer.
Will purchase volume 4 and 5 soon at least, and later on 6 when I feel that I have the urge for it (theres a lot of Barker books out there that I want to read so...)
Thank you for the invite to the Cenobite club btw! :D
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The-Hellbound-Web Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
I hope you like them. The original hellraiser comic series was fantastic, I hope one day they release all the stories in collections, in order. Barkers books are fantastic, The Damnation Game, his first full novel is worth reading, and Weaveworld and Sacrament are brilliant dark fantasies. I'd love to see your take on some of those characters one day!

- Scarecrow @ hellraiser-Cenobites
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Enjoying them so far. Some of them are really great! Was nice to see the femé fatale from The Hellbound Heart in The Pleasures of the Flesh, actually have planes on doing her as a Sketch of the Day soon :)
I'm pretty hooked on Barkers writings now so I'll be sure to read all the stuff I can get my dirty hands on! And he's really great to have as artistic inspiration so more characters will be sketched out in the future for sure :D
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Lordwormm Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist
Great story, fantastic character and your rendition is awesome! I can never get the damned movie version out of my head! :)
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah! It sure was a Raw story to say the least! And great character personification on the Rex :)
Just checked out some pics from the movie, and it looks more or less like a gorilla getting cancer treatment! :P
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Lordwormm Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist
You are most accurate! :) Here, I have him covered in horror movie icons! --> [link]
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe cool stuff that! Always nice with Horror Tributes like that! Great piece :D
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Lordwormm Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist
Thanks for taking a peek! :)
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AllieHartley Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
"flesh could not keep it's glamour, nor eyes their sheen. they would go to nothing soon. but monsters are forever" -clive barker

he is the master at creating monsters!

i look foward to more sketch of the days! :)

allie
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, and a imaginer of flesh unlike any I've read! I do think that his works have gone through my art all the way, even though I haven't read his writings till now, I checked Hellraiser II when I was 10 yrs old so it made a permanent imprint in me I guess :)

More sketches soon to come! :D
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Bendit1 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
well this is a lot better =)
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally I know how to scan drawings hehe! Thanks for the revisit! glad you enjoyed the piece!
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Bendit1 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
:D well you're welcome =)
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nice work. Great texturing in the face.
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanx man! Just uploaded an updated scan, the first was to light so many details got lost in the scanning process :)
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow, even greater now.
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Fagertveit Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you enjoys it :D
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