Artist's Spotlight: Corey Nyhus

Process Notes:

I take great care to give my monsters sympathetic characteristics. I’d explored “Misfortune” in tons of different ways in my sketchbook before arriving at a handful of tighter thumbnails. I intended the drama of this piece to come, not from this creature’s innate alien or demonic qualities, but rather from the misfortune befalling him. I feel a strong kinship with the imagery of struggling monsters. As someone who has battled psychosis and body dysmorphia, it is cathartic for me to restage that struggle in a cosmic setting.

COREY NYHUS is a narrative artist currently living and drawing in New York. An avid lover of fantasy and occult horror, his work is full of stark inks, eldritch dreamscapes and sympathetic monsters. Corey is currently earning his MFA in illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. His forthcoming dark fantasy comic, Bloombreather, is slated for release in the spring of 2020. His work can be seen on Instagram @coma.nydus and on his website at