Dark Nova Illustrations

Reaper Digital Graphic Novel Illustration ~ Nightfrost Studios

I was unfortunate to go through a really bad stage of depression that made me question life in general, trying to find meaning and reason as to why we are here. I've felt like a speck of paint on a large canvas. If I ceased to exist will anyone notice or remember me? Will my artwork fade away into the background till one day everything gets deleted? We all go through that stage of depression and it's hard to get out. We imagine the worst in us but we never question who's there to take our soul. Some believe you will see the reapers, others think you will go either straight to heaven or hell, or you see nothing but emptiness, perhaps even roam around lonely in this world.


I started to imagine what death would look like if he came to collect my soul. I wanted something more than a skull behind a black cloak, I wanted to give it personality and meaning behind the terror of what awaits for us. I started to play around with the horn, I thought death should be seen as a king like a ruler of life and death. I wanted something that would make him divine so I thought about the all-seeing eye like the Greek mythology Fates. I wanted to show death fading slowly through the wind like sand to give the feel of sands of time. I played with the idea of the soul of how it would look to him that we cannot see.


Originally I was planning to turn this into cover art, and once I was done with the inking I was planning to leave it like a tattoo but a part of me wasn't satisfied with it, I wanted to bring something different and so I was looking into comics and came up with the idea of turning this into a graphic novel. I went with a dark cold pallet as I wanted to have that chilling sensation when death knocks upon your chamber doors.

The Creative Art Depression

The Soul Collector

The Viking God ODI

Viking Illustration

I was heavily influenced by the Tv show "Vikings." The Viking culture and characters really caught my attention and it was fascinating to me that I started to watch other Viking Tv Shows and movies like the "The Last Kingdom"  and "The 13th Warrior" in which there was a speech that brought chills down my spine. 

"What would you do if you had Godly powers? It gives me great honor to present to you the true god Odin! Lo there do I see my father; Lo there do I see my mother, my sisters, and my brothers; Lo there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning. Lo, they do call me, they bid me take my place among them, in the halls of Valhalla, where the brave may live forever."

If I was going to draw a Viking I wanted to step it up, and so I decided to draw Odin because I seriously love the character and his background, he was perfect for my style. 

Viking God Odin Digital Illustration ~ Nightfrost
Timless Dark Ink tatoo wolf Illustration ~ Nightfrost Studios


Dark Symbolic Illustration

Riddle me this... I make you weak at the worst of all times. I keep you safe, I keep you fine. I make your hands sweat, and your heart grows cold, I visit the weak, but seldom the bold.


What am I?


A friend of mine said they were thinking of getting a tattoo, and told me they were having a wolf done on their arm and showed me some pictures which I thought it looked rather cool. I've personally never attempted to draw a tattoo before but it was something that I was willing to give a try. 

I started to think about all the things they like and bring out their personality at the same time adding my own twist to the design. Considering I've never done anything like this, I did try to simplify the design but I just kept on complicating things because at the end of the day it's how I am and secondly if someone was going to get a tattoo of one of my designs surely the tattoo artist would change it up. 

To my surprise, they did like the illustration and wanted to get it done on their back. It also surprised me that it made a lot of T-Shirt Sales.

Jester Of Diamonds

Carnival of Venice Mask Parade Illustration

I appear to be a most-fragile thing, The coveted prize of any great king; And still, there’s little that can break me. All that pressure but serves to make me; The weight of the world upon me lies, buried in the dark, far from men’s eyes. My old self-nothing but blackest coal, Yet here to remain, be not the goal.


Worthy am I of the toil in finding, The symbol of love made true and binding. When I am pulled from the belly of the night. None can equal my reflection of light. Steel bars I can cut. Jail doors stay not shut, for I was made, to prove love’s greatest might.


What am I?

Jester Carnival Ink Tatoo Illustration ~ Nightfrost Studios
Goddess of the night art nouveau Ink Tatoo Illustration ~ Nightfrost Studios

Goddess Of The Night

Art Nouveau Illustration

I was inspired by Art Nouveau, I found the shapes and style rather appealing and so for the first time I wanted to try it out myself but with my own twist, to give it a more modern look.​ ​


To do this I looked at Surrealism as I was aiming to bring out the illusion of beauty alongside the darkness and the madness. I am interested in Greek mythology and one of the characters that caught my attention was the goddess Nix as she represents the darkness, so I wanted to draw my own representation of her.

Valley Of Shadows

Sinister Illustration

This subjective design depicts a number of elements; characters, setting, emotion, etc. and this is because I wanted the viewer to come up with their own story. ​​I was exploring the idea of Art Deco with a Gothic theme and have given it my own twist of comic inking. I was also exploring the worlds of surrealism and fantasy too.


I wanted to create something modern with a hint of vintage/retro styling to make it more interesting, I think it works really well together.

Valley of Shadows Vampire Ink Tatoo Illustration ~ Nightfrost Studios

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