Distractions can lead to the truth

Last week, I was doing a free-flowing session of ideas, whatever popped into my head. I started sketching an idea of someone running across a high bridge, with the zombies in heavy pursuit.

Now, the thing about being an artist, especially an illustrator, is that you have to come up with lots of interesting ideas for things that simply never happen. All of the things that are considered fantastic, like monsters, dragons, even zombies, simply don’t exist. You have to pull the right images in the right ways out of your head, and hope that the ideas work.… Read the rest

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Showtalk: The Blair Witch Project

Since it popped up on Netflix, and I hadn’t seen the film since it was in the theater, I thought we should talk about The Blair Witch Project.

When I saw it in the theater, way back in 1999, there were only two of us in the theater. Now, with a movie that’s actually scary, that would have meant turning around quite a few times to make sure the world is okay. But I didn’t get that vibe from The Blair Witch Project.

To be fair, though, I thought that revisiting it might be a good idea.… Read the rest

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Night Terrors: Something to avoid

This article popped up on iO9 today (check it out here), all about “night terrors”. Go ahead and read it, and come on back. 

My turn? Well, to start off, here’s a gif from the comments in that article that might perfectly tell you what night terrors are:

 Grudge

Yeah, they really are just like that.

That’s from one of the Grudge movies (#3, I think), and that feeling of creepiness you feel looking at it is magnified by a billion when you actually have a night terror.

For the uninitiated (lucky bastards), night terrors also go by the name “sleep paralysis”.… Read the rest

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Of sketches and such

I was in a pretty good habit, a couple of years back, of posting the sketches that I do all the time. Posting them is good for me, because I can go back and review the things I’ve done. Posting is good for others, so I’m told by other artists, in that they can get a sense of how another artist approaches sketching.

I’d like to get back to posting about my sketches. Hopefully, each month I can show the latest items in my sketchbook (and Moleskine), and you can tell me what you think.… Read the rest

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New Ink Art and Alphabeast: O is for Onryō

The second Alphabeast ink of the day is a Japanese mythological creature known as the onryō.

If you’ve seen The Ring (or Ringu), even maybe The Grudge, you probably have a pretty good idea what a onryō is. An onryō is a vengeful ghost, seeking retribution for some wrong that happened to it during life.

The most famous onryō is probably Oiwa, from the Japanese ghost story Yotsuya Kaidan. Oiwa, before she dies, was given a poison creme that left her face, especially her left eye, drooped down.… Read the rest

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Alphabeasts: B is for Brundlefly

I missed the opening couple of rounds of Alphabeasts this time, so I’m gradually catching up with “A” and “B”. Today, I managed to get “B” out of the way, with an ink I’ve wanted to do for some time.

One of the films that has always inspired me (from a twisted direction at least) is the 80’s remake of The Fly, directed by David Cronenberg and starring Jeff Goldblum as the unfortunate scientist. I liked the film quite a lot, especially as it’s still the very definition of “body horror”.… Read the rest

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