Digitally colored update of an old drawing of mine from 2008.
This was always one of my favorite drawings.
Hugo is a character that I don't really draw very often, based on my old "German Shepherd" frame. He's older (about 60 years old) and works as a teacher. I usually imagined him as an elementary teacher who used to teach at a high school. He's intellectual but a bit absent-minded and aloof, prone to becoming overwhelmed and flustered when there is too much work to do or too many distractions, sometimes forgetful or a touch clumsy, and somewhat unsocial (not antisocial or hostile, just very awkward and preferring to spend his free time reading or writing rather than going out). Given that he is older and a bit overweight he moves a bit slowly at times and has the typical aches and pains one would expect an older character to have. However, despite all that he enjoys teaching the youngsters and sharing his knowledge so he takes it all in stride.
Here we see Hugo in the library late at night, looking for an interesting read. The strange old book that caught his attention might be a bit more than he bargained for, though!
(Yes, I copied the description of Hugo's character and the description of the scene from my artist comment on the original. Why reinvent the wheel?)
For this version I decided to experiment with making the evil spirit more transparent and shadowlike, while keeping the eyes and teeth very bright so they stand out. I decided to cut out some of the "dark and edgy" elements like the blade arm and the impractical bat-wing ears on the ghost as well, as I felt they were just a bit too extravagant for what is supposed to be a spooky shadow creature that vaguely resembles just about all of my animal characters (much the way that a "shadow person" ghost is a vague human form). I also decided not to put a bunch of random symbols on the books because I felt that they were more of a distraction than a detail.