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Today's journal will be a little bit different - I have a booklet to review!
My buddy Pyramiddhead
, who also loves to horrify his watchers, gave ma a copy of his book How to Create Nightmarishly Original Horror
in exchange of an honest review. You can buy it here:
First, I'll introduce you to the author's art:
I've been watching him for quite a long time because his art disturbs me in a good way.
Now something about the book. You can see an excerpt here:
Technicalities (aka boring stuff):
It's an epub. You can open it in most of the ebook readers. I used a Pocketbook Touch Lux 3 for the test. There were some minor issues like spaces in middle of some words ("Welcom e"), but I can't tell if it's my e-reader's fault or something else. The booklet is 47 pages long (in my reader, if you increase a font, it could be even 100
), so it's a rather quick read. There were also a few spelling mistakes. Artwork included in the booklet was of a good quality.
Introduction - a short one.
1. Inspiration - a very helpful chapter on seeking a source of inspiration, pros and cons (in a nice list) of drawing from a specific inspiration. Also including some tips on how not to get trapped into one
2. What Will Make Your Original Horror Scary part 1 - some nice mental excercises to boost your imagination. I'll definitely use the tips
3. What Will Make Your Original Horror Scary part 2 - introducing the term of "uncanny valley", why do people find some things creepy and how to use that knowledge in your artworks
4. Creating Nightmarish Art - tips on the process of creating artwork, planning, using reference (with pros and cons).
5. Elevating Your Horror - how to make your art more intense, with "before and after" examples from author's portfolio
Links to author's websites.
Was it helpful?
It depends what you're looking for. It's not a step-by-step book which gives you tutorials how to draw a generic vampire or werewolf. It won't give you technical knowledge on what is a HB pencil or basic stuff you probably already know
I think it's not for a very beginner artists, but for people who already know the basics and want to experiment with horror art or are already making horror art and want to improve. It gives you some ways to peek into your soul and search for the answers by yourself, so you can make ORIGINAL art that includes your own fears. It can be also helpful for people who are closely into some horror fandom and want to break out and start creating from their own imagination.
And I'll definitely use some of the tips
Lots of love for all of you
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