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Art: A (Scary) Cardboard Box

Aaah! A box!

You may be asking yourself, “What’s so scary about a cardboard box?” Go see the film Se7en and come back and ask yourself (spoiler alert) why a cardboard box is the scariest thing of all seven scary things in that movie? Because cardboard boxes are just that scary, is why.

What likes cardboard boxes? Cats, the fiercest animal to ever live that hunt vermin and can climb trees and are so badass they sleep two-thirds of the day! It takes just such an animal to enjoy the horror of cardboard.

I rest my case. Scary image. You’re afraid to look at it again.

Art: Skulls

The trick to Halloween art is the light and the dark.

Not very anatomical, but more of a cartoon. I find it interesting that if I look at the teeth it looks scarier, but if I look at the face as a whole, it looks friendlier. Guess it has something to do with how the brain perceives faces as general shapes?

I liked throwing the smaller repetitions on the edges to kind of frame it up and make it less plain, plus it gave some chance for slight variations in the coloration of the skulls without too much variety.

And no Halloween image would be complete without something like that second ghostly skull blended into the background. It’s practically a law of art.

Art: a Jack-o-lantern

Simple and scary.

Ah, Halloween. That day when people eat a lot of candy and watch scary movies. They make little scary pumpkin head lanterns. A mishmash of what sticks. Culture.

The face on this one seems a little mean for my tastes, which is why I went with it. I prefer goofier jack-o-lanterns, but whether it’s the eyes or the grin or the two together, this one looks quite menacing. Given they were made to ward off malice, like scarecrows and such, a goofy one might not be as useful as one like this.