Space Reaper by skaryliska delivers a skeleton (and his handy scythe) in space, or at least in a space suit. Something about the dark, cold and empty of space, as well as the danger, lends itself really well to death imagery. The blue glow coming out of his mouth, though, doesn’t quite work for me. While some might interpret it as cold breath or as a representation of souls, to me it just feels like a particularly weird Lysterine commercial. It’s a bit too odd to be scary. That said, the space suit is really well drawn and I appreciate the way the handle of the scythe is broken off.
Do you want a cookie? by castello is one of those rare-for-DBH pop culture pieces. Cookie Monster gets a lot of t-shirt tributes these days, but not many make him the villain so this spooky take certainly stands out in that crowd. Cookie’s fur is represented will, messy and with a creepy glow. Those pins of white in the eyes make him seem possessed. And yet I’m not as convinced by the cookie as I am by the monster, it feels like it’s from a different world than the rest. I’m not sure that there’s a way around this, since the cookie has to be drawn in a different style than the fur is. But it does take me out of the scene a bit.
WaterSKULLor by Studio8Works is seriously the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen done in watercolor style. I mean, yes, it’s a skull. But can we also agree that it’s totally a clown skull? I feel like with all those bright colors and the exaggerated cheekbones, it’s definitely channeling scary clowns at least in spirit if not in actual fact. So I’m too creeped out to consider wearing this, but on the other hand I also love that the style is out there for a potentially new audience that is more into the scary stuff.
Whitespot by Artemple is definitely my favorite this week- I’m a sucker for a huge print, and this is done in an interesting way that helps to set it apart a bit from DBH’s big-head-on-a-shirt trend. There’s a really artistic sense to the way the color has been applied, feeling somewhere between warpaint and painterly. It shows how something so aggressive and dangerous can also be quite beautiful. For the most part, the details are really nicely done as well- I especially love how full of life that eye is. The one thing that I see as room for improvement is the stubby, squared-off way the whiskers end. I’d have loved to see those a little sharper and crisper, tapering to a point like the real thing.
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