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The Honorable Archibald Fitzhugh by nicholaskole The Honorable Archibald Fitzhugh by nicholaskole
I've been listening to Neil Gaiman's 'The Graveyard Book' while I drive...and I love it so far!

The Ghouls in particular, for whatever reason, captured my imagination- their absurd names and the way they were written...I somehow felt like I had to draw one.
So I took a little break and I did!

It's just a simple monstery doodle- more of an exercise in technique than anything. I added my other color version because I still like it- I was working on the bottom one first, but then knocked it back to the top one because it felt more in-tone with the feeling from the book to me. Still- I like both versions.

Hope you guys dig it!
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Cra-ZShaker Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Filmographer
LOVE that book, it's in my top 3. The part with that 3 headed snake thing, I think it was called the Sleer? was super creepy. 
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thebigjb Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Artist
It's a pretty good book. The goth version of the Jungle Book. I always pictured the ghouls representing the monkeys from Jungle Book that take Mowgli.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Totally- I didn't catch the similarity until after I read it- I'm kinda glad...I think I enjoyed it just as-is!
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thebigjb Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Artist
I believe that Gaiman deliberately used the Jungle Book as his inspiration and adapted it to graveyard-type characters. You can find parallel characters for almost every Jungle Book character. But still enjoyable as-is. :)
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Gimaldinov Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing! Love this book.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
right? I miss it- I think I'll read it again.
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MarshallPlex Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
really nice color study! It's like the both have a very similar feel but just a slightly nuanced different take! Diggin the character design too!
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tommybane Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I really like this and all the previous ones you've been posting these last days--they're great! I miss your beautiful lines though, and would love to see some more of that as well. Keep up the amazing work Nick!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well thanks for saying so- I'm glad you like the new work. I'm trying to take on a new direction- I hope you don't miss the lines too badly! For the time being, I'm giving myself a break from lineart and trying to learn some new things and follow what is fun for me right now! Inking just isn't fun, after a point :/
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tommybane Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I totally get that, rock on sir!
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aedifico Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Heehee, super-fun. I dig it!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ya, kindly!
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CAMartin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is great. I loved The Graveyard Book!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm really digging it, too :)
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fabiolagarza Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The colors are just lovely.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, lady! that means a lot- there's even more of them now!
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I dig it. Great shape, and great color gradients.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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Eminina Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ahh, awesome! That's one of my favourite bits of the book :D
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
For whatever reason, it really captured my imagination! thanks for watching :)
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Eminina Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
No problem! And I know what you mean, I can't get the Sleer out of my head.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha- the sleer protect the treaaasurreessss!
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KIRKparrish Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nobody is a bad mother
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
True story.
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trimcoast Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student General Artist
please know that you are one of the greatest artists to grace this site with your work; this (as every thing else you do) is phenominal :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awwww, shucks! Thanks so much- I'm glad you think so! Sheesh!
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MischiefofRats Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that book, and I love how you did this. The Ghouls are fantastic.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They're super fun and playful- I'm still reading, and I'm still enjoying it!
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