Merchant of Venom

Descend into a nightmare world where death soars on ebon wings and hellish beasts torment the damned. Roam the lands of the fantastic and the macabre through the diabolic visions of Craig General, the Merchant of Venom.

Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Craig has been drawing semi-professionally for a decade. He likes to work on big projects, but is willing to work on smaller projects as well. One of his past projects involved the creation of cover artwork for small music labels. He also sells prints and t-shirts on his web site Merchant of Venom.

Craig finds his inspiration from nature (oddly enough, from such things as dead trees) and horror movies. His list of favourite artists includes John Byrne, Bernie Wrightson, Neal Adams, and Richard Kind. In terms of style, Craig says he is trying for something between horror comic-book art and seventeenth-century woodcuts.

4 Responses to “Merchant of Venom”

  • Rhonda says:

    Very nice 🙂

    I suspect I’d like the second image best if I were looking at the originals, the subject matter just cries out to be used as a story prompt. As an image on my computer monitor, however, the first is my favorite. The death image especially makes me nostalgic for when I was *mumble* years old in the 80s 🙂

  • Out of the three, I like the dark-winged death the best. All three are very well done, but I find the composition of the death image to be the most appealing.

    Thinking about it, the image is rather reminiscent of illustrations of the 1980s. Such art made quite an impression on me back then, and I still find the style appealing.

    Yes, I remember those days. I’m not ashamed to admit my age; I was an impressionable teen back in the Eighties.

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