Around Valentine’s Day last month I got invited to participate in a group art showing at Lovecraft NYC in the East Village. It’s a bar with a dark, lovecraftian décor and the theme of the event was “fashion, horror, and creepy”. I created this piece specifically for the event.
Horror is a challenge for me because I don’t do a lot of work in that genre. After doodling in my sketchbook I hit upon an idea that I think fit with the event’s key words. My concept was a mother and child on a walk through a snowy forest. From behind, they might look human, but once they turn their heads they are revealed to be… deer skeletons! The mother puts out a hand as if to usher the child away from the viewer. The green balloon I feel adds a pop of color while also highlighting the child’s innocence.
I used a digital collage approach because I’ve been inspired by certain artists online recently and wanted to capture that lineless look. After creating all the main shapes, I added in textures that I had created with traditional media and scanned in. The end result came out a bit pinker than I had envisioned, so I tried to tone it down with a sepia filter. Still, I think the spirit of Valentine’s Day was upon me as I made this piece. :)
While hanging my piece at the Lovecraft, I got to meet the other artists showing their work. I found a diversity of pieces, from realistic pen and ink to abstract acrylic work. My photos don’t show it, but as the night got started, the event was packed! I had a lot of fun and am looking forward to doing it again.