My name is Vaggelis Ntousakis. I was born on the island of Crete, in Greece, where I still live and work. In 1990 I had a diving accident and since then I have been a quadriplegic.
Since a very early age, I have been fascinated by all things horror, weird and creepy. I used to spend hours losing myself in the paintings of Bosch, Goya and Bruegel. When I was eleven, a book of horror stories fell into my hands by chance. I discovered Robert E. Howard, Arthur Machen, August Derleth and others, but my biggest and most amazing discovery was the unique works of H.P. Lovecraft.
I had been drawing long before that but suddenly the bleak environments of Lovecraft’s stories, full of creepy crawly things, started to bleed into my childish pictures. I began to hunt everything fantastic be it in literature, movies, music, graphic novels and art in general. I fell in love with the 70s and 80s genre of splatter B-movies and the gorgeous stories of 2000AD like Slaine, Judge Dredd and the 13th Floor.
Fast forward a decade, I studied Graphics Design in Athens, moved back to Crete and started my own business in 2000. At the same time, all these years, I have been honing my illustration skills, taking on commissions along my personal projects. I have had a few years of traditional training before moving on to the digital medium.