Scylla & Charybdis

This one was inspired by the Greek myths of Scylla and Charybdis, a couple of sea monsters that lived on either side of a narrow strait. Ships that tried to avoid one would be caught and wrecked by the other. It’s available for sale. If you’re interested, email me.


Master study of Frank Frazetta’s Madame Derringer

Frank Frazetta painted Madame Derringer in 1976. I don’t know what medium he used for it, but I know he often painted in gouache, so that’s how I chose to do mine. Gouache is similar to watercolors, but unlike watercolors, you can choose to apply it in opaque layers if you want. I started with a pencil sketch, then I redrew it from scratch on watercolor paper with a few corrections and improvements. Next I applied a thin coloring of gouache, and built up the painting in thicker layers. I also removed paint for highlights using just water on the brush, and then dabbing the wet spots with a paper towel. I used a butcher’s pan to hold and mix my palette, but I forgot to put down a damp paper towel first to keep the paint from drying out, so I had to keep rewetting it. I am very pleased with how it turned out, and it was nice to spend time walking in a master’s shoes, trying to figure out how and why he made each choice.