The Black Rose Gallery

Now, if you were with us last week when we took a tantalising trip through a prescient preternatural portal that lay deep within the bowels of this malefic mansion of mystery known as Precinct1313, then you may recount that I, my colleague Pete and our psychic carrion crow of woe – Eldritch are currently being held within a small padded room in a Sanitarium, watched over by the beguiling yet utterly bewildering Dr Rose Black. Luckily I managed to smuggle in (don’t ask me where I hid it!) my trusty laptop, so in preparation for our upcoming odyssey through the ‘Chronicles Of Cassandra Vala’  a visual novel we shall be presenting right here in the Precinct, we thought we’d share a few more images of the story’s main antagonist – Black Rose.

The Cassandra Vala idea, world and characters are something that I have been living and ruminating for the past decade. The tale has gone through many, many revisions, I have experimented with different styles of writing for the narrative – comic-book, visual novel, even a choose your own adventure setting akin to the classic Fighting Fantasy books of yore.

The finished product (it’s never really finished though…) actually combines all of the above narrative divergence (yep, the choose your own adventure portions will also be present!) the one constant of all the different takes on storyline and characters though was the antagonist Black Rose. I’ve been on/off drawing this character for longer than the actual novel itself, I love the character and enjoy drawing her at every opportunity (consequently the titular star of the novel – Cassandra Vala herself, I have much fewer pieces of!) 

b r 1313

Just ahead of the upcoming novels debut I thought it would be fun to share some of said images of Rose with you, fellow agents. Some of these pieces I drew over a decade ago, others… just last week! and it’s interesting how little visually the character hasn’t changed… “Shhhhh, I must go now, it sounds like Dr Black is back,  making her rounds, we’ll sneak another post out real soon… enjoy ”

br sketch 2This was one of the first sketches I did of the character from way back when. There were a myriad influences for Rose’s look, but absolutely the two biggest were James O’Barr’s undead vigilante – ‘The Crow’ and the creepy character Sadako from the original Japanese movie ‘Ring’.

br sketch 1.jpgAnother earlier piece, I’ve always enjoyed sitting in a coffee shop reading comics and sketching pics of Rose and her extended family… I have produced some of my best pieces at the local Caffe Nero.

br sk 3As the years passed, technology and easier usage art software became a lot more affordable, which subsequently opened up a whole new world of computer aided inking and colouring, helping my lowly sketches emerge into a explosion of almost artistic professionalism!!

br sk 5

br sk 7The above piece is one of my most recent and portrays Rose and her sisters, aka – The Trinity of Thorns. At this point I had finally come to grips with the art software to the point that only the barest minimum of physical sketching is needed.

Black Rose pop art 2 - Edited.jpgAnd last, but most certainly not least, this is my most recent piece, through which I set out to pay homage to my favourite Warhol painting – his classic Marilyn Monroe pop art pic. (it also turned out to be my personal fave drawing of the rambunctious Rose!)

Thanks for stopping by fellow fans of fantastic fiction…

 

All images are copyright: Precinct1313. I am more than happy for people to share my art as long as credit is given – to Bruce @ Precinct1313.

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About ArcaneHalloween

Fanatical about comics, gaming and horror movies....but then isn't everyone?

Posted on June 28, 2019, in Comics, Horror, Other stuff... and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Those are brilliant. Good to see some more Black Rose! I can see what you mean when you mention The Crow and Sadako. She has a somewhat goth/punk/New Wave edge to her, a bit David Bowie too I think.

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    • Thanks! 🙂 yeah the Sadako influence on that first one was extremely intentional, I love the original Ring movie and must admit Sadako scared the crap out of me! so perfect choice for an inspiration for my supernatural baddie Rose. Goth/Punk is my jam, so there’s loads of inspiration I get from that quarter. Thanks for visiting the Precinct, keep an eye on it till I get break out from the Sanitarium would you? many thanks!! 🙂

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      • Goth, punk, New Wave I love. And yes, Sadako creeped the hell out of me too!
        Hope you break out soon… I did send you a cake (a DC Hostess Fruit Pie one) with a file in it! But it may have been intercepted by spies!!

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      • You sir have awesome taste in music (and vintage toys… of course!) thanks for attempting to break us out of our perilous predicament, that dastardly doctor probably scoffed the pie (and, gulp, found the file!) 🙂

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  2. Cool post! 😀 Looking forward to seeing more in the future!

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