Seven Devils – Art Notes and Ruminations

I’m at a state of discontent with my art – most of the ones I’ve posted are actually months old because I just haven’t been able to finish newer things with good time, but that changes this April. It’s got to change.

I have honestly no idea when this project will actually be finished, because it’s on a distant back-burner that’s barely lit and my reviews and other work must come before it. It’s a portrait project based on the idea of the “seven deadly sins” that I’ve always wanted to make. If I’m honest, mostly it’s practice at drawing hyper-grotesque, realistic horror scenes, but it has actual meaning to it as well, I promise. (And it ought to, as much as I’ve preached about designing horror with purpose.)

Anyway, I’ve taken extensive notes on this project which I thought may be of interest to somebody, somewhere. I’ll also repost them on my DeviantArt page with the accompanying artwork.

I have a fascination with the idea of the “seven deadly sins” and their opposites. I think even outside of religion it’s an applicable and frankly genius concept. All evil derives from one of these emotions, and all these emotions derive from each other.

They are kind of like a venemous tree that has its roots in every place in the world, constantly fighting for growth with the tree of goodness and human virtue. One will never outgrow or outreach the other completely, but they will always be fighting for space. The bizarre part is how one root may turn to the other side at any time – an evil feeling can lead to a kind one, or vice versa. It’s a confusing sort of war.

Images like these inspire wonderful art, and I may well do a series of “virtues” later to match them. (And then people can hang prints of these chaotic things on the wall beside each other to truly baffling, brain-numbing effect.)

With these portraits I want to personify these harmful emotions in a raw but provocative light. But above all, I wish to strip the romanticized faces off of them. The beauty they tend to be given is but a mask covering up something tumorous, dangerous and painful.

In short… this horror project’s going to be a lot of fun, and I look forward to sharing it as it develops. 😉

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