Engraved Victorian tentacle-horrors from Dan Hillier


11 Responses to “Engraved Victorian tentacle-horrors from Dan Hillier”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The engravings aren’t Dan’s work he’s just scanned them and made a collage in Photoshop. I’d like to see something original.

  2. anthony says:

    These are cool, but props must be given to Max Ernst, especially his book of surreal victorian engraving collages : “100 headless woman” or “A Week of Kindness” (circa 1920′s)


  3. Machiavellism says:

    I love the artwork and his online gallery is incredible! I’m going to London in April as part of a class trip, whats the location of his gallery there?

  4. erindipity says:

    I really dig this one. Strangely, it reminds me of some photos I took recently. Weird!

  5. Beanolini says:

    A quick question- is this print actually produced by engraving (i.e. printed from an engraved plate), or does the ‘engraving’ just refer to the source of the non-tentacled parts of the image?

    The term ‘engraving’ is sometimes used to cover a number of printing techniques other than true engraving- I was under the impression that most Victorian mass-market illustrations were etched rather than engraved (though I’d be delighted to be corrected if someone knows better).

  6. Anonymous says:

    this reminds me a lot of the art of claudia drake, who uses vintage drawings and engravings in collage.


  7. Cory Doctorow says:

    Machiavellism@4: I found him in a Sunday market stall in Brick Lane, not a gallery. You might email him the week you’re coming to find out where he’s setting up shop.

  8. Ben says:

    I’m pretty sure these images aren’t Dan’s “drawings” as much as they are collages/reworks of existing engravings. I recognize most of the elements from the Dover Pictoral Archives (as organized in some great-and-cheap paperbacks by Jim Harter).

    This is also the same source from which O’Reilly culls the animal images used for the covers of their books.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This reminds me of a William Gibson short story “The Belonging Kind”.

  10. Moniker says:

    Those are great! While I’ve been able to find the occasional Lovecraftian tentacle horror, I haven’t yet seen an artist try to represent the strange, non-euclidean monsters and objects that drive men mad by their mere interaction with our dimension. Maybe something like the Hounds of Tindalos?

    I picture here some strange chimera that is a cross between the creatures in Carpenter’s The Thing and those animations I’ve seen of quaternion fractals changing over time.

  11. D3 says:

    This illustration goes wonderfully with a great Robyn Hitchcock song called “Victorian Squid” on the album “You and Oblivion”.

    If you don’t know Robyn, you should check him out!

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