Horrorwood is Jack Hankins, a British illustrator and paper toy designer currently living in Japan.
Jack likes to draw nasty beasts of all varieties.
A more detailed profile can be found here

You can contact the artist at info(at)horrorwood.info or through the contact page.

Posts tagged "Illustration"

WIP: Ouroboros



At the end of last year I got an unexpected call from a good friend of mine back home.
He said he wanted to enlist my help in drawing his family crest.
I was very happy to accept as I thought it would be a fun little project and a good way to repay my friend for all his help and support over the years. On top of that I have always been a big fan of the images involved in heraldry.

My friend had done all the research about what symbols and colours were needed and all I had to do was slot it together. Along the way I also learnt a few new bits of heraldic vocabulary such as ‘mascle’ and ‘torse’.
I am pretty pleased with the result and got the thumbs up from my friend too.
He is currently threatening to make polo shirts using the crest for all his family…


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Far Away Photos

Last weekend our show “Far Away So Close” came to an end.
I wasn’t able to participate as fully as I would have liked to, but according to reports we had a lot of positive feedback.
Hopefully our group will continue to exhibit in various forms from now on.
Here are a few pictures to give you a taste of the show.



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Far Away So Close

Apologies for the lack of activity recently.
We returned to England for a month and since then work and family business has kept me very busy.
On top of that my computer died taking some of my artwork along with it…

Anyway, here at last is the finished colour version of “Tatargami” that I introduced a few months ago.
I am currently exhibiting this piece and a few others here in Takamatsu as part of a group art show entitled “Far Away So Close”. It features the work of foreign artists living in my area as well some of our Japanese friends. Many diciplines are represented and I think it makes for a very interesting show.

The exhibition is being held at Salon De Rubis from October 24th until November 27th.
If you happen to be in the area please pop in. Details can be found on the postcards below.


今回の展示会は香川県に住んでいる外国人と知り合いの日本人アーティストによるもので、タイトルは「Far Away So Close」。色んな分野の作品が展示されているので凄く面白いショーになると思う。
ルビー商会の「Salon De Rubis」で10月24日~11月27日まで開催されています。もし機会があれば是非寄ってください。詳細は以下のポストカードに。

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WIP – Tatarigami

My latest illustration is taking so long to complete that I thought I would show a work-in-progress image to prove I am actually doing some artwork this year!
Here is the line work and I am currently working on the colouring.
The working title is “Tatarigami”.


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Death Mask 4

Here at last is the forth illustration in my Death Mask series.
This one took forever not only because I tried to make it more detailed but also because I was pushing my computer too hard.
I suffered several corrupted files and working with the file near the end was like slow motion torture.
Anyway I learnt a lot and hope it was worth the effort.

Death Maskシリーズの最新作がやっと完成!

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I Want Your Skull 9

Firstly I must apologise to anyone who tried to visit my site over the last 3 weeks and found that it had been
listed as an attack site by Google. Some kind hacker found their way into my blog.
Thanks to the efforts of a computer literate friend of my mine things are finally back to normal.
Again, many apologies for the inconvenience.

Back to the case in hand. I returned from my holiday in the UK to find a very welcome package from America. It was also however tinged with much sadness as I received a stack of the latest I Want Your Skull magazines. This was the last issue of the magazine made before Ryan August passed away and the package also included a very kind note from his wife Sarah.

Issue 9 is as always of the highest quality and includes art from some real heavy hitters such as Brian Morris and Hydro74. I think that it is a fitting tribute to all the hard work and passion that Ryan put into this project. My humble contribution can be seen above. The brief was to create something on the theme of “Rebellion” and my piece is called “The Endless Struggle”. I was working again with symmetry and esoteric symbolism.

R.I.P. Ryan.


その中身は「I Want Your Skull」雑誌の最新版。もちろん頂くのは嬉しかったけど、同時にとても悲しい気持ちも感じて。
というのも編集者のRyan Augustさんが亡くなる前の最後の一冊だったから。

今回の雑誌も相変わらずレベルが高く、Brian MorrisHydro74などのアート界の大物も参加している。


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Salty Tom

Here is another recent custom piece – my version of Thomas Hamlyn-Harris’ “Ship’s Cat”, which I named “Salty Tom”. I spent a bit of time researching old sailors’ tattoos and decided to cover him in them.

As well as paper toys Thomas also produces the wonderful online magazine “Inavatof”. Invatof is an inovative blend of puzzles, fun facts and artwork (amongst other things) that can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike. Thomas was kind enough to interview me for the latest symmetry-themed issue and Salty Tom is also featured.

You can get my model from the magazine or as a stand alone PDF directly from my site. I highly recommend Inavatof, so please take a look.

今回のベースはThomas Hamlyn-Harrisさんの「Ship’s Cat」で、名前は「Salty Tom」。

最新版のテーマは「シンメトリー」で、Salty Tomと共に僕のインタビューやアート集もフィーチャーされている。


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I Don’t Think You’re Ready for This Jelly

Here is my latest illustration called “I Don’t Think You’re Ready for This Jelly”.
I have always found this phrase (originally from the Destiny’s Child song “Bootylicious”) very amusing and wanted to create a jelly that people really weren’t ready for.
I get influences from some strange places, but I am pleased with the end result on this one.

最新のイラスト「I Don’t Think You’re Ready for This Jelly」を紹介します。
このタイトルはDestiny’s Childの歌「Bootylicious」から頂いた。このフレーズは昔から面白いと思って、言葉をこのイラストに直訳した。


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Doom, Death and Beasts

Here is my latest bunch of illustrations.
As you can see they are all quite different as I am still trying out new styles/techniques.

First up is “Death Mask 3”, my first mask in full colour.
With this one I was trying to go in a wackier, more esoteric direction.

Next is “Beast Feast”, an attempt at a looser, brush work style.
The piece was spawned by the title and the beasts naturally followed.

Finally we have “Doomsday”, a black and white graphic piece.
I really just wanted to draw an elephant, but it ended up as this occult book plate.

I recently found a very nice set of Illustrator brushes that are really helping me out.
Each piece is taking me a lot longer these days, but I guess that shows I’m putting more effort and detail in.


1枚目は「Death Mask 3」。このシリーズの初めてのフルカラー作品。

次の「Beast Feast」ではもっと柔らかい筆のタッチを使って見た。



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Some of you may recognize this illustration from a while back.
I originally did this cactus character by hand but decided to go back and see how it would look if I coloured it up in Illustrator.

This was the first time that I have really tried to convert a hand done piece into a digital one and was an interesting experience.

In the end I did 2 versions – one the same as the original sketch and one in a plant pot.
I have named him “Cacto”, which I’m hoping is the Spanish for cactus.


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Here is my latest illustration entitled “Oddomatic”.
Some of you may remember that this is the same title as my friend’s band Eenik‘s debut album.

Though this piece was not done directly for the band, I ran with the word Oddomatic to see where it would take me. As you can see the result is a rather messy box of cereal, spilling muck and free gifts onto the breakfast table.

This one took me quite a long time, but I am very pleased with the result.
Hopefully this one will also turn into a poster or appear on a T-shirt at some point.


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