In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s 202nd birthday on January 19th, I present this week’s Spooky Sketch Sunday!

Once again, I wanted to try something a little different with my sketching. I did this piece by first sketching in my usual fashion with a Prismacolor Verithin pencil, peacock blue in this case. I then overlaid a piece of marker paper and rendered the final sketch with various shades of cool grey Prismacolor markers.

Here’s a look at the original pencils:

Click to enlarge.

As a special extra treat, I wanted to share a video I came across this past Halloween. It’s Poe’s famous poem,the Raven, read by John De Lancie, otherwise known as Q from Star Trek: the Next Generation. Prepare to be chilled to the bone!

Discussion (5) ¬

  1. Silent Knight

    I was looking back through your old spooky sunday sketches to modern day and I must say that you have gotten much better. Keep it up!

    I must say Poe with his dark colors and spookily large forehead qualifies for a spooky sunday. Now that I’ve listen to “The Raven” I think I’ll go and try to de-ice my spine.

  2. Debbie D

    I like the marker overlay as it adds a lot more depth to the piece and really makes him more definitive. Very happy to see one of my favorite classic author honored this weekend. Great job! Thanks also for sharing the link with DeLancie reading The Raven. It was wonderful watching his face as he read the piece.

  3. Andy

    Man, I love Poe. And I really like these Spooky Sketch Sundays! I wish I had thought of them first.

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