The Joy Of… Horror Art

2016 Artwork The Joy Of Horror art sketch

Well, since I still can’t seem to think of an idea for a proper article, I thought that I’d spend a while rambling about one of the most enjoyable types of art to make.

After a few days of artistic uninspiration, I found myself returning to a genre of art that I’ve only really enthusiastically rediscovered within the past year or so. I am, of course, talking about the horror genre. Here are a couple of paintings from the series I was working on at the time of writing.

"Zombie Blues" By C. A. Brown

“Zombie Blues” By C. A. Brown

"The Diabolical Diner" By C. A. Brown

“The Diabolical Diner” By C. A. Brown

One great thing about the horror genre is that is a lot more imaginative and theatrical than many other genres are. It’s a genre that can feature all sorts of bizarre places, melodramatic situations and creepy creatures. It’s a genre where you can make your art as beautiful, striking and/or grotesque as you want… and it still looks cool regardless.

You can draw or paint nightmarish versions of “realistic” settings, or you can invent your own imaginatively creepy locations. Like with the sci-fi and fantasy genres, you have a huge amount of creative freedom when it comes to designing the background for your horror artwork.

You can also combine the horror genre with pretty much any other genre too – giving horror-themed art a lot more versatility than most other genres of art have. For example, if you want to make a funny comic about a zombie apocalypse in a futuristic cyberpunk city, then you can do this…

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Dead Sector - Page 1" By C. A. Brown

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“Dead Sector – Page 1” By C. A. Brown

The horror genre is also a uniquely rebellious genre of art. In fact, it’s one of the few genres of art that was – for a while – pretty much banned in America (and, theoretically, legally restricted in Britain too).

Back in the 1950s, horror comics (with their wonderfully lurid and grotesque artwork) were apparently the violent videogames, heavy metal records etc.. of their time – in terms of the silly moral panics they stirred up amongst boring people.

Most types of art are intended to make people laugh, smile, think and/or use their imagination.

Horror art can do this too but, whilst horror art can disturb people if it’s made well, it isn’t really about scaring your audience senseless. No, it’s about something much deeper and more interesting than that.

It’s about emotional catharsis. It’s about juxtaposing the creepy and the mundane to make a point. It’s about lovingly laughing at the fears of the past (eg: in vintage horror-style art). It’s about a twisted kind of nostalgia for the days when vampires, zombies etc.. could actually scare people. It’s art about life and death.

It’s a type of art that is all about emotions. Whether it’s the emotions it provokes in the audience or whether it’s the emotions involved in making it, horror art is a uniquely emotional type of art.

And, at the same time, it also looks really cool too. One of the great things about horror art is that it’s often gloomier than most types of art are. If, like me, you prefer making and/or looking at gloomy art, then the horror genre is absolutely perfect.

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Sorry for such a short and rambling article, but I hope it was interesting 🙂

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