Dark Art

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Théodore Géricault Dois justiçados

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Dark Art

In the world of dark art, if one can create a surreal piece of artwork that is creepy enough to have some or any degree of interest to their audience, then they should feel a sense of accomplishment indeed.  In modern times, with the advent of internet, mass media and advertising dedicated to showcasing and selling art in all its forms, it may seem like an impossible task to make a living or even to have a recognizable name in the world of art.

Art that gives us the feelings of foreboding or dread, or what I will call “dark art”, is meant to have the same effect upon people as it’s originators, although the theme is commonplace and the ability to turn heads and captivate people has become something of a miracle.  The underlying feeling that the artist is attempting to portray in this form of art is fear.  Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger.  If we didn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats.  But often we fear situations that are far from life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason.  Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell.  Yet exposing ourselves to our personal demons is the best way to move past them.  Therefore, dark art can be used in therapeutic ways.

In an attempt to induce the feeling of fear, the dark artist transmits his thoughts in a very mysterious way and, occasionally, combining surrealist elements.  These horrible acts and macabre scenes make us stop and think about ourselves and this unpleasant, yet often overpowering side of the human mind that still arises in all of us from time to time.  But in order to create truly inspiring works it often becomes essential to have some instruction as well as inspiration to set as the foundation of the artist’s motif.

It is good to be inspired by historical artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Francisco Goya, Bouguereau, Caravaggio, Théodore Géricault, Salvator Rosa, Francis Bacon, Henry Fuseli, Salvador Dalí, Zdzisław Beksiński or H.R. Giger, among many others.  I have included above a photoshop tutorial on how to create a morphed image of a skull and a woman’s face along with some other dark elements included.  It is not particularly necessary to have or use photoshop in order to be inspired by this video.  My underlying goal is to show my audience some tools and tricks of the trade in order for aspiring dark artists like yourselves to begin or continue to create your own delightfully macabre creations.  So, please take some time out of your busy day and enjoy these morbid little tidbits to your bloody hearts content!  To the darkness!

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