Carl Rustung

Rainforest ruins, Mayan sculpture, a Victorian mansion and a Chinese dragon. (Where in the World is Carl - in San Diego?)

Yet another vertical town, this one in ruins. (Still the same “backgroundy” feel to this, I’ve got to start thinking about foreground and give these drawings some focus.) Looked up some ancient “new world” architecture and art, since I had no idea what I was doing, and tried to copy some Mayan stone heads.

Good couple of weeks for the sketchbook, filled another pair of pages, too:

The victorian gothic house is a 15 min. doodle I made while looking at a Google images, it’s almost how I pictured Hill House when I read the novel.

Interesting how the Victorian style has become synonymous with “haunted house”:

After World War I, America turned its back on Victorian design even more vehemently. Returning soldiers saw death in the once uplifting factories and bright dreams of their Victorian fathers, and began to portray Victorian houses as ghostly remnants of a corrupt past.


In the 1920s, writes Burns, Victorian structures became a kind of shorthand for fear as artists began incorporating them in literature and theater. Murder mysteries were set in empty Victorians—and as more and more were torn down in real life to make room for modernity, they took root in the imagination instead.

For the dragon, I used a photo by Zhang Kechun as reference. (Check out his website, the photos are amazing.)