31 Nightmares 2016: The 13th

Grip
Grip

Has someone ever grabbed you? Did it send a shock through your system? This early concept is inspired by a nightmare where some—thing did just that.

…and it didn’t let go until I woke up.


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These two completely different warped views have an even more otherworldly story. They came from a very deep part of my mind, a terrifying place where this nightmare once lived. It was one of those hellish nightmares where the place you are trapped in seems endless and things repeat themselves infinitely. You fear never awakening. I’m grateful I no longer have this recurring nightmare. Though I’m also filled with gratitude for the countless art it has brought about.

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Rear View Lens
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31 Nightmares 2016: The 8th

Zones
Zones

Horror art has a way of creeping into my designs as early as September. I usually do this in preparation for any custom greeting cards I’d like to send out. (Usually if I decide to make them printable.) This is one of those that was inspired by a series of nightmares I had one night after watching a Twilight Zone marathon, and lack of sleep.

The light in the dream had a strong magnetic effect and seemed to pull you (willingly or unwillingly) toward it. It was a cold, damp, large area of nothingness and terror. This is not a place I wish to return to.

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31 Nightmares 2016: The 5th

Ripped Through
Ripped Through

The sometimes vivid corners that manifest in our nightmares have always fascinated me. These two hideous creatures were behind a “gateway”/door once opened in a nightmare.

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31 Nightmares: The 30th

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Another Realm
Another Realm
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The place pictured above is from an interesting nightmare once had during a snowstorm/power outage. I was about eleven years old the first time this setting entered my dreams. It’s been used in a few stories of mine and more than one painting or digital piece. I’m adding it to my artist collection over at the gallery.

Happy Haunts!

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*Join me tomorrow for a special outro during our final nightmare, Day 31, Halloween.

Everyone’s invited.

All are welcome.” 😉

31 Nightmares: The 14th

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Spearheaded
Spearheaded
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The last few days have been of the strange sort. One of the perks of doing what I do is I get to work all of that madness into my art. Two nights ago, Nightmare On Elm Street 3 came on TV, it being the Halloween season and all. I was reminded of why I started 31 Nightmares to begin with. I’m paying tribute to a man that has influenced my life and love of horror in such a titanic way.

The subtitle for that movie is The Dream Warriors. When we first moved into this apartment, that’s what we named our WiFi. People in our building still ask about that. It still has that name to this day. So I got to thinking, about exactly how much this man has meant and still means to me. I sketched away while I thought and this character started to form. The experience was almost trance-like. This is not the first piece in my arsenal where I felt like I channeled someone or something. In fact, you may remember the last time I described having this feeling.

Whatever the force behind it, mind or matter, I’m proud to add this to the collection.

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31 Nightmares: The 13th

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Shrill(Click image to view larger version.)
Shrill
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Today I’m rolling out another piece from the horror art series. I’m tucking these into a little section of the my gallery that you can reach by clicking my Artwork page in the CardCastles main menu.

The character captured above is a hybrid of many nightmares rolled into one. I later put “her” into my sketchbook and always planned on writing a story about her. In my mind, she’s a screamer, a very loud, eardrum-shattering screamer that never quite attacks, just taunts her victims ultimately driving them insane.

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