This design was inspired by a nightmare I had a few years ago about the wind having a loud sound and then later a voice. It was quite frightening and happened around winter season. The thoughts stirred up after the dream have brought out more then one of my designs and I’ve worked them into a collection.
This weekend we are wrapping up our journey into the surreal. We’ve traveled along many roads of tribute, and the unexplored. We’ve nodded towards the greats while highlighting the up-&-comers. This coming week we’ll be celebrating the last bits of our event in a sort of horror stew. We look forward to doing it all with you.
This week we’ll be grazing over all things “Behind the Scenes” within the horror genre.
Surely the blood and bones of this genre is the people whose names you rarely hear. The set people, the crews, the special effects teams, the concept artists (wink), the stunt departments, the writers, and sometimes even the people behind the camera, barely get recognition at all.
One of the reasons I love following Greg Nicotero on social media (aside from the fact that I’ve been a nerdy fan of his since forever, and he was a friend to the man behind the reason this 31Nightmares thing got started) is he posts a lot of really interesting behind the scenes treasures from the movies and TV he’s worked on.
One of the coolest bits of all that this year (for me) was this:
One thing we haven’t dived right into here yet during this year’s #31Nightmares is horror in sound, or soundtracks, and even in special effects.
Sound effects have been a hobby of mine since early childhood so this is also another subject right up my alleyways.
The composers that took on the horror genre in film & tv have always taught me quite a bit along my work and training in music over the years. This soundtrack sampling I uploaded to SoundCloud earlier this year (The first few tracks on the soundtrack) featured above was heavily influenced by techniques I’ve learned & experimented with over the years.
If 2017 has taught me anything, it’s to not make hasty announcements. Things can always change down the line, especially when collaborating with others. Alicia in the Woods, announced here last year was supposed to be just that, a collaborative effort, but things change.
People change and life changes.
I have however had fun working on this project because I got to take a stab at designing a soundtrack and working with sound fx. Later on through the months spent working on this endeavor, aimed at a teen to adult (family-oriented) audience, I got to experiment and learn a lot about a lane that has always interested me—stop motion.
The project is not canceled completely. We’re just not sure when it will be releasing due to changes with cast & crew. Stop-motion has been a hell of a lot of fun (& work) though and I’ve been happy to work on this storyline and animation/character design as a side project.
The horror genre has influenced me deeply throughout my career as an artist and it helped lead me to the field of concept art.
Have you ever heard it reported that stars can generate sound? I remember hearing it on an astronomy-related science program late one night and the possibility fascinated me. Space always has. My son is no different. We often talk about outer space but yet somehow the conversation always turns back into superheroes. While reading about more science-related topics about our skies over the weekend my mind couldn’t help but wander from paperwork. I created this sci-fi character with all of those thoughts in mind. We haven’t given her a name yet, but her first appearance it titled Star Song, and I imagine her to be a singer from some other planet far away. 🙂
Do you watch the skies? Ever see anything strange?
Sound is a powerful force. Our memories tend to hold onto it. When I first laid eyes on this young lady it was her sound that caught my attention first.
This woman appeared in about three nightmares of mine for no reason at all. She was often crying. So much so, that I never recall seeing her actual eyes. She was huddled up in a corner with nothing but a sheet covering her naked body. This marks the second piece of art she’s inspired.