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01-29-2006, 11:49 AM


Title: God Forgive
Year Created: 2006
Medium: Mixed-Media
Surface: Board
Dimension: 19
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This illustration(s) is for a short horror story I wrote titled "God Forgive". It's already been contracted to be the feature story in a magazine coming up next month. To help understsnd the illustration it might be good to know a little about the story. The story goes... The mother went away for the weekend for work, while she was gone the father barried the children in the backyard under the shed. When she came home he told her they were abducted. He keeps them alive in the ground secretly for over 20 years by sneaking them food and water. On his death bed, he decides to tell his wife while also asking God for forgiveness. I'll stop here because I don't want to give away anymore of the story.... but you should have the idea. The first is the bw version which was done in acrylics. The second is the color version with oils over the acrylics.

My question is this. This is a very dark horror story. Which of the 2 illustrations looks more shocking to you and why. Also, what could've made them look more horrific in your opinion? I've been illustrating horror stories for some time now but am always looking for new ideas.

01-29-2006, 12:35 PM
I am finding that this figure does not look human to me. Humanoid yes, but sort of alienish. I think you could do a really great illustration for this story but that this is not it. For darkness, this is too cimical feeling an image for the depths of darkness and horror to this story. Just my honest opinion.

01-29-2006, 02:44 PM
Maybe it kind of looks alien like because I used a picture of an actual dead child for my reference. The pictured child had been in the ground for some time and had decayed somewhat. It had been one of those bodies that due to being burried in a clay type soil and or different chemicals in the dirt, the body's decaying had been slowed down and warped somewhat. I imagined that spending 20+ years underground without direct sunlight or exercise might have the same such effect on a living body so I went from there when painting this.

01-29-2006, 02:49 PM
Here's the reference I used:


01-29-2006, 03:16 PM
Would it not look better to have the child looking up and looking sad and hopeless? rather than evil? I guess they end up getting revenge don't they lol...It's cool though..the second one is definately more effective..I like it better