Posted at 12PM on Nov 25, 2014 by Benjamin Paulus
They Came From Beneath The Sea
Havoc! Terror! Destruction!
If there would be someone to thank for my believe in monsters, it would be Ray Harryhausen (1920 – 2013).
The first time I was introduced to his work was when I saw the colossal Cyclops in the classic Clash of the Titans. My real appreciation however, came after seeing the movie ‘It came from beneath the Sea(1955)’. I mean, a city in terror of an unknown creature of biblical proportions- Awesome! need I say more?! I got instantly obsessed with monster movies. It was like love at first sight. It eventually inspired me to write and illustrate my comic book ‘It only eats the brave’.
Watch the trailer and be amazed! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nmOjIUR9kA
I will be making more of these for they are so much fun to do!
It’s easy to see that this, and many of Rays movies have had a lot of influence in my work. Enormous octopuses, or Krakens, have been recurring characters in many of my paintings.
A few years ago I made an illustration to remember the sinking of Steamship ‘SS Arctic’ in 1854. It was said to be swallowed by the sea after colliding with the French SS Vesta.
In 2013, the kraken reached land and destroyed one of The Hague’s landmarks on several posters for music festival ‘Haagse Pop Week’.
Keep your eyes peeled! As you never know when the Kraken will strike again!