These Artists are a few of the reasons why Deviant Art is my favorite place to Haunt.
Art. That most subjective of all pleasures. Question whether the moon will rise each night and you will be branded an imbecile. Question opinion on a piece of art and you may be branded a Genius at best, or an opinionated Loudmouth at worst.
Facts are Objective, opinions are Subjective. Facts are many, and for better or worse, so are opinions. But, knowing that fact about opinions, and living in a civilized society, we must not kill the messenger. Let opinions thrive. Art demands it. So, go ahead. Criticize your local museum for their presentation of a traveling collection of Monets, while admiring your own deftly manicured lawn unicorn. Marvel at your co-workers collection of edible Elvis Presley cookies, while bathing in the boredom of the Sistine Chapel. You may empty your savings account to purchase your first Picasso, but for God's sake don't forget to systematically dust your arrangement of unopened Boba Fett figurines. Art is for every one of us and it welcomes us to be Loudmouths.
I don't know what day it was I stumbled across DeviantArt, but I'm glad I did. Founded in August of 2000, DeviantArt is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts. It is a platform for established and emerging artists, writers and poets to exhibit, promote and share their work with us: the willing and hungry public. Now, I don't know about you, but I'm always ravenous for the unusual, the monstrous, the creepy and the supernatural. If those are on the menu, I'm sitting at the table. So, on that first stumbling day with DeviantArt the very first thing I typed into its blinking search bar was, you guessed it: Horror. And alas, I was fed.
So, go on, visit DeviantArt and take a bite. In the meantime, I'll serve some of my favorites.
Before I begin, let me state I do not personally know any of these artists. I worship from afar and share their talents with only the best of intentions. Many of them have prints for sale and/or other publications where their work is presented. So, please peruse, visit and and share. I command you.
4GottenLore: This Jim Perez gets me. His striking takes on the Universal Horror classics capture the original essence of the films, while updating them in vibrant fashion. He has even paid homage to earlier horror, with a gorgeous collection of prints showcasing silent-era films such as Nosferatu, Golem and The Hypnotist; the latter well known as London After Midnight, a now lost silent classic starring Lon Chaney and written and directed by Tod Browning of Dracula and Freaks fame. Looking at this artists simplistic take on such iconic works as Batman, Blade Runner and Mad Max makes one wish studios would embrace the "less is more" approach to feature film posters.
Valzonline: Werewolves, the X-Men, Boba Fett, Hellboy, The X-Files, Zombies; I'd take bets that this cat--Chilean Artist, Carlos Valenzuela--broke into my mind and decorated my den. Any artist who can beautifully capture Marilyn Monroe and place her in the cheap seats at a Horror movie deserves your attention. His combinations of pin-up girl meets horror and science fiction are truly treats for the teenage boy in all of us. Visit his Teepublic page for your next decorative body adornment. Buen trabajo, Carlos.
Tedakin: Someone buy artist, Ted Bracewell a beer for not only the gorgeous and scalp-less Jazz bar insanity above, but his Hollywood Horror, a superb black and white take on that most beautiful of marriages: Hollywood and Horror. His work with movies pays tribute to, among others, Insidious, Halloween and The Lost Boys. In fact, if his pencil piece on The Shining doesn't make you want to watch it again, then all work and no play has made you a very dull boy.
Well, that's it for now. As I swim through the talented and turbulent waters of DeviantArt, I'll be sure to share more of the frights and freaks that catch my eye. I hope you do too. Until then, cheers from @DrunkDracula.