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About Varied / Professional Senior Member Ian Struckhoff (Ian X.)36/Male/United States Groups :iconblacklabelcomics: BlackLabelComics
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A few of the images which I have nominated, that were chosen as Daily Deviations. (There have been quite a few, all listed in this collection.)

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You may recognize these images, but the copies here were posted by the models, not by me. Go check out their lovely galleries!


A friend is organizing a fund to commemorate the Good Will Hunting bench in Boston Common in the name of Robin Williams, and you can chip in! (Or at least help spread the word!)

Go Help!
  • Drinking: Iced Tea
I have been posting recently about having a number of comics projects ready for artists.

First up is "The Witchwood".

The entire script for a 128 page graphic novel is written, and I'm looking for an artist to work with me on it as a creator owned project. The concept here is that the forest itself is more our protagonist than the young hunter trying to claim it as his hunting ground.

The setting is in the Dark Ages (or earlier) in a mysterious forest, long forbidden, with standing stones and other mysteries under centuries of growth. The only human characters are a young hunter, a mysterious ghostly girl, and an old farmer. Aside from the forest, the other characters include a savage badger, a timid doe, a fearsome stag, ravens and crows, a bear, and a pack of skinny wolves.

Here's the non-spoily part of the pitch:

THE WITCHWOOD: In a tale of the Dark Ages, a long-forbidden forest
struggles to keep a young hunter from taming and claiming it.

The premise of The Witchwood is that the forest trying to remain wild, rather than the young man coming of age and trying to set out and claim his own hunting grounds, is the protagonist. The story plays out as a quiet one, showing the interplay between the two observed by a ghostly girl. (The script was completed, aside from a post-art narration pass, as a NaNoWriMo project.)

The Witchwood has been unclaimed by man for countless centuries, though signs like standing stones suggest that it wasn’t always so. Faced with a young hunter, to inexperienced to heed such tradition, it uses everything from roots, to flocking birds, to its few predators to defend itself. The cycle begins with the energy of summer, proceeds through fading autumn to bitter winter, and concludes in the hope of spring.

The story is told in four 32-page acts, designed to be published either as issues or an original graphic novel. It is planned to have a square, prestige-size format.
  • Drinking: Iced Tea
I've been gradually getting back into writing, after far too much time away. Creating makes me feel more alive.

Today, I turned my one-shot FAILSAFE into a series outline and pitch for a series.

From there, I read through my existing materials, and realized two things:

First, I have at least four series ready for me to script a first issue. (Not including many ideas that haven't been outlined yet.) On any given day, I can work on whichever one suits my mood, until an artists is available and then I can focus on having scripts ready for them.

Second, I have three series that are completely ready for an artist to begin work. Outlines, scripts, and in some cases even pitch letters, are written and waiting. Someone could start drawing the comics today.

This makes me realize that more than anything, I don't just need to spend time writing (though I do!)-- I need to find collaborators for these projects. There's no use sitting on scripts.
A friend is organizing a fund to commemorate the Good Will Hunting bench in Boston Common in the name of Robin Williams, and you can chip in! (Or at least help spread the word!)

Go Help!
  • Drinking: Iced Tea


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Ian Struckhoff (Ian X.)
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States

Ian Struckhoff began writing his first graphic novel "The Deathlings: Anne's Story" on July 22nd, 2009. Since then, he has produced the first issues of that series, of an anthology of his comics short stories "Black Label Comics," and of the series "The Dark Age".

He is also currently working on the first issue of "Huginn & Muninn: Blood Brothers," a one-shot comic "Failsafe," and developing numerous series including "Rooftop Lily".

:iconthedeathlings: :iconblacklabelcomics:

Ian X. is a self-taught fine art portrait photographer, who began his work at the turn of the Millenium while a student in the United Kingdom. He studied Philosophy at Reed College in Oregon, the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and the University of Sheffield in England. Born in New Hampshire, he now works out of a studio in Lawrence, MA and resides in Cambridge, MA.

When asked to describe his work, Ian responds, "I mostly take strange portraits of beautiful girls, or maybe it's the other way 'round. My constant themes have been contrast (both visual and conceptual), beauty, darkness, personality, and the unnatural or supernatural. The same character, whether it's the subject herself or a fictional creation, should be seen as both powerful and vulnerable-- either predator or prey-- within an instant."

For information on portrait rates, visit . Clients should contact Ian to discuss terms and rates.


Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
`ian-x is a fantastic photographer & comic writer who has shone through our community thanks to his outstanding efforts in forming Black Label Comics. Ian has sourced all his artists for the project through deviantART, which is a great testament to the talent that lives and breathes within our community. We're highly honored to be part of such an exciting collaborative effort, and could not be happier to bestow the Deviousness Award for September 2011 to `ian-x. Congratulations!
-awarded September 2011

Becoming productive again after an extended lull... 

5 deviants said Comment with your advice, tricks, or experiences!

As an artist, do you believe in the concept of the Muse? (Individual, rather than mythical.) 

59 deviants said Yes - Please comment with your thoughts
10 deviants said No - Why not?



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Lexi247 Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Just stopping by to say hello :hug: Have a wonderful day~!
voya Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
I know it's been a while, but thank you for the FAV! I truly appreciate it! :D
augustustodopoderoso Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch, Ian :)
Cheers, man!
IanStruckhoff Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I really love your work.
augustustodopoderoso Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, cause my work loves you back :)
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