I recently blasted out a quick, fun bust of Wilbur Whateley, one of the boogeymen from H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror. Dunwich is my favorite Lovecraft story, despite my fondness for many others. The sense of rural decay, the intimations of cosmic entities, and the academic heroes all strike a chord with me.
I tried to work as much mysterious color into the shadow area as possible, and to sort of smear the bright light into the shadows. In my mind Wilbur is creeping through Orne Library at Miskatonic, hoping to lay illicit hands on the Necronomicon which was denied to him by the administrator of the special collection. A light shining through one of the library windows catches him for a moment, illuminating the swirl of his emotions.
My friend Alessandro Natale put me up to this one. He had me pick a model I was not attached to, then paint it while focusing on a single element of the piece. I had chosen ‘humanity’ as that central element, which was funny when I selected the semi-human Wilbur as my subject! In any event, I had a fun time trying to capture the feelings and character of the villain.
The sculpt is by Oleksandr Bilibov, released by Polaris Minor, and can be purchased at Mr. Lee’s.