You will probably recognize that face. “Contortions of Fortune” was a bit Babylonian / ancient Egyptian inspired. It’s really intended to be translated into colour, but it doesn’t look bad as black and white.
I had a dream once as a child about a group of women outside of a torch-lit temple preparing for some sort of occult ritual, and this drawing reminds me of that dream. For some reason it’s stuck with me a long time. Maybe it’s a remnant of a past life. Or a twisted memory of a film, more likely. Her oddly decrepit hands I thought were a result of magic. Perhaps she is really much older than she looks, and only the hands reveal the truth.
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Incredibly ironic considering the rather ocular focus this piece has, I sustained a mild eye injury while in the stages of completing this drawing. Hence, the sketch was actually finished like, in January, but it didn’t get cleaned up until April. Annoying, but I guess those kind of sneaky inconveniences come with the territory.
This is one of the more interesting ones featuring my signature “ghouls”. Here a few of the face-thieving variety are pictured in one of their natural habitats, the hotel lobby. Don’t be fooled by their exquisite lack of eyelids or matching grin-grimaces – – – they have zero table manners, and tend towards illegal facial feature harvesting as a career path. Of course, even though I invented them (a semi-secret concoction of human DNA, ghost DNA and various fruits and vegetables, but you didn’t hear that), I shouldn’t make such brash generalizations about them as a species. There are sure to be exceptions.
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“Had Matter” ©SM Shuford 2017-2018
Had matter, will fly
Dead rabbits give forth power
Mad dreams spawn sane fruit
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“Dreampuff Wonderland” © S. M. Shuford 2017-2018
Yet more illustration roll-over that is actually from last fall, a psycho-delic Alice interpretation. There seems to be some sort of unspoken rule amongst artists and mangaka that necessitates at least one Alice re-imagining before you can be “official”. :p I kid, but Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourites.
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⌈腐ったロマンス⌋ © 2017-2018
I don’t know the meaning of this. “Kusatta Romansu” early on became a drawing that was completely out of my control.
“The Peppermint Marquis (Line Art)” © 2017-2018
I intended to colour this for Valentine’s Day, but that little poetry monster has been a glutton of my time, and anyway I don’t like this holiday enough to rush out a coloured version especially for it. They take hours, and that’s effort I’d rather save for Halloween. 😉 Has a bit of an Alice vibe – though the Queen of Hearts is looking a bit ill these days.
“Me and My Young Soul” ©SM Shuford 2018
I don’t know that this, em… exactly counts as romantic, but Happy Valentine’s nonetheless. ❤
“Plastic Ogress” © 2017-2018
Loosely inspired by a film still I had seen in a book from, I think a psychological horror film. The woman in it had this massive elaborate hairstyle and this strange masklike expression which I tried to recapture.