Frank Cho - Frankenstein pen and ink preliminary
FRANK CHO Frankenstein pen and ink – click to enlarge

Man, this thing has taken life of its own. Literally. What once was a simple exercise and demonstration on my pen and ink technique has turned into a major illustration.

I wasn’t too happy with the pencil composition and started toying with the figure work. Then it dawned on me. Since my ink style was inspired and influenced by the great Franklin Booth, who also inspired Bernie Wrightson on his masterful Frankenstein adaptation. Why not turn it into a Frankenstein illustration? So I added the Frankenstein figure in the back and the whole piece came together in an instant.

The scene is in the beginning of Chapter 23 where Dr. Frankenstein ‘s wife retires into her room for the night, only to be murdered by the Frankenstein monster awaiting inside.

I’ll start inking tomorrow and will show my inking process step by step.

–Frank Cho