Friday, October 3, 2014

S.M. Vidaurri - Things That Go Bump

What truly terrifies me about bed bugs is not only that you can pick them up anywhere, or that they are super hard to get rid of, or that they suck your blood while you sleep - no, what really gets to me is that you can't feel them when they bite you. They are vampires which always have an invitation, and when you wake up you have a literal bump to show for the horror which went on last night.

Kristina Carroll - Things that go Bump

18 x 24

When I was very young, my mother brought home a video for me to watch.  It was an animated movie about bunnies, so I am sure she thought it was a good choice. But not too far into the movie the bunnies started getting caught in wires and fighting and.... bleeding. Now I didn't know much about the world but I knew that cartoon bunnies were not supposed to bleed and got very upset. The movie, as you probably know, was Watership Down. It's a classic children's book but the movie really scarred me.  (I mean for goodness sake- look at the movie poster! It's terrifying!) To this day, I still get a little stomach turn when I think about certain scenes.  I am not sure I will ever finish that movie and have avoided what is supposed to be a wonderful book up until this point because of  those bloody bunnies. However, for this week's challenge, I decided to face part of my fear and downloaded the audio book  to listen to while I worked on this drawing. I just finished it today and am happy to report I quite enjoyed it. Even the bloody parts.

Taryn Cozzy - Things that go Bump

"Ladies and Goblins! Boys and Ghouls! We are...THINGS THAT GO BUMP!"

(classical monsters playing classic rock - in which "things that go bump" can imply an all-monster rock band name)

Sarah Gay-O'Neill - Things That Go Bump

I love the ocean...
but find that I usually can not go in further than I can touch...for fear of
'Things That Go Bump"...

Happy Month of Fear everybody!

Shannon Knight - Things That Go Bump in the Night

I still get spooked being alone in the house at night, especially out in the country, thinking someone or something is there with me.

Tim Paul — Things That Go Bump in the Night

When you are young, and in bed, having watched all the horror movie double features on tv that day, the night seems to be filled with eyes, waiting for you. 

Lee Moyer - Things That Go Bump

I was 8. Seeing a matinee movie in the small Colorado town where I grew up.

I've long forgotten that afternoon's featured attraction, but I never forgot that preview of things to come ~ That massive, malific monstrosity - that hallucinogenic horror we Americans knew as:


*The Japanese call it "Hedora"or, in the words of a real Japanese Scientist, "the dirty decaying part of sewage". Apparently, my mind has been in the gutter ever since....

Scott Brundage- Things that go bump

I like that everyone's getting all autobiographical with this one. Seems like we were all properly paranoid as kiddos. 

My family's living room had a couch with large window at it's back facing our backyard. I'd stay up and watch TV and always feel eyes at my back. At first it was crocodiles looking in my window, then simply intruders, then just the idea of something menacing watching. 

The bifocals are completely historically accurate.

Daniel Nyari - Things That Go Bump

"Come Here"

There was never a fictional monster in my childhood. I grew up with an alcoholic, manic, and violent father so he was the ever-present symbolic "monster" growing up.

Reiko Murakami - Things That Go Bump

When I was little, I was obsessed with a horror comic called Ushio to Tora. One of the episodes was about a creature in the sky, attacking an airplane and eating people inside. I remember seeing the face of this creature filling the entire page that made me scream. This is Fusuma, and it's still my favorite creepiest creature of all time.

Ricardo López Ortiz- Things that go Bump

For a period of about 3 weeks when I was about 6 years old, roaches would crawl into my room at night through a crevice in the window. I would wake up in the middle of the night and see 3 or 4 of them just sitting in the corner. 

My big fear though, was that I would later wake up engulfed by them.

My dad fixed the window and that was the end of that.

Michael Manomivibul - Things that go bump!

Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, BLOODY MARY!

Of all the silly things kids told each other the Bloody Mary legend always unnerved me most. Mirrors are strange and eerie objects on the best of days, but Bloody Mary still makes me worry that the reflection I see won't be my own.

Bloody Mary Sketch, 5x7 inches, Sumi ink wash.

Narciso Espiritu - Things That Go Bump

Growing up, my father and I would watch a lot of movies together. They were usually violent movies that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charles Bronson, Bruce Lee, Bruce Willis, etc. I remember watching Terminator, and just getting chills about T-800 crawling towards Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor. I think I was okay with the violence at that point. Or I wasn't paying attention. Just the way the robot was animated gave me spooks for weeks. 

Jorge Mascarenhas - Things That Go Bump

I took the Bride of Frankenstein as my inspiration. In my childhood days I always slept with the covers over my face in fear of coming face to face with something like this.

Iris Compiet - Things that go Bump

-Mr Dyer, 313 Renfrew St., Glasgow-

Mr Dyer, neighbor of Walter and Bessie who live at 213 Renfrew Street in Glasgow. People say he has lost his leg during a frightful accident... not only his leg mind you... ever since the accident mr Dyer has been very odd. He has a great big appetite, especially late at night, Walter and Bessie wake up at odd hours in the night. Mommy says it's just mr Dyer who can't sleep but the scratching noises they hear in between the bumps and clunks at night have Walter and Bessie believe that it's in fact their upstairs neighbor that's responsible for all the children in their building vanishing...

mr Dyer was done in graphite pencil and colored digitally using Photoshop

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Jensine Eckwall- Things that go Bump

aw, she doesn't seem so bad...

Amanda Atkins: Things that Go Bump

Happy Month of Fear! I'm so excited to be here.
Growing up, my sister and I loved anything scary and mysterious. We inherited this love from our mom, who appreciates the fun these feelings bring and always made Halloween amazingly special.
The term "Things that Go Bump" immediately made me think of "Things that go bump in the night," and lying awake in bed being afraid of every small sound and moving shadow.

Travis Lewis: Things That Go Bump WIP

WIP of my Things That Go Bump entry.
Bringing to life one of the only recurring nightmares I have.

Carly Janine Mazur - Things That Go Bump

"Pray the Lord My Soul to Keep" 8"x10" oil and acrylic on board
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
If I shall die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen.

I wasn't brought up in a religious household. I always thought it was pretty deep to drill into a child's mind that some unknown force in the middle of the night could kill them, for no reason, and that you better hope your soul be saved.

Angela Rizza - Things That Go Bump

I wanted to go with a cryptic for my guy and I did the Chupacabra. There's a few humanoid and animals versions of how he looks and I based mine off of a peruvian hairless dog and a bear with mange, two animals that are often mistaken for the creature.

Jacob Sanders - Things That Go Bump

In my hometown Hammond, IN there was a notorious incident that occurred when I was a teenager. A disturbed resident a few blocks away would lure kids my age into his home with an abundance of alcohol and drugs. He was a quiet man that neighbors rarely noticed, although local kids would refer to him as Crazy Dave. 
Apparently he was fighting demons inside, but eventually he gave in to their demands. He had strangled three boys during their incapacitated state, and buried their bodies in concrete in his basement. One of the boys was my classmate, James, a very charismatic and funny young man.

I would have frequent nightmares that Crazy Dave would come to get me next.

Wylie Beckert - Things That Go Bump

The banshee, whose wail heralds impending death.
16 x 21.5" - pencil & digital. 

Jenna Kass - Things that go Bump

It's just a door, right? How could that be so scary?

My dad showed me The Haunting - 1963, black and white - when I was twelve or thirteen years old. I didn't sleep well for a week, and would for years after think of scenes like this one randomly and find myself cold and short of breath.

Jason Cheeseman-Meyer: Things that Go Bump

I loved The Creature from The Black Lagoon for years before I ever saw the movie.

I first saw him in the back of a monster magazine alongside Dracula and Frankenstein.  I saved up and bought an action figure of him that I thought was just awesome.  The other monsters looked hokey as action figures, but the Creature looked absolutely badass.

If you haven't seen the movie -- yeah, it's pretty horrendous about the "monster falls in love with the sexy girl in the bikini" thing.  But forgive it that (oh, you crazy 50's gender norms!), and it's actually a good movie.  The underwater scenes are hypnotically beautiful.

But even if the whole movie had been terrible, I'd still love the Creature for all the mysterious lurking about he did in my imagination these years before I saw the film.

Michael Marsicano - Things That Go Bump

While lying awake in the dead of night, Darkness can often slink it's way into my consciousness filling me with dread, terror & regret.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Marc Scheff - Things That Go Bump

acrylic, ink, gold leaf on canvas

tiiiiiiiiny horror

Brynn Metheney - Things That Go Bump

Monsters! I think werewolves are my favorite. I like to think that Lycanthropy in humans would result in something wolf-like in appearance but the mutation would pull from DNA found in our history.

Kiri Østergaard Leonard - Things that go bump in the night

".. Mum? Dad?"

 Note: Just a sketch for now! I want to render it out later on but I haven't the time today.

Kurt Huggins – Things that go bump

The Watcher, this comes from a feeling I tend to get while driving down moonlit rural roads.

Goñi Montes - Things That Bump

A couple of years ago, my place was broken into several times. Twice, I was actually in the house. It made me very afraid to sleep with my windows open.

Monday, September 29, 2014

2014 Challenge #1 - Things that go Bump

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” 
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Vampires, Zombies, Frankenstein,  Aunt Marge's taxidermied cat... Whether it was watching Nosferatu 20 times in high school or believing that your brother's teddy-ruxpin was going to kill you in your sleep,  we all have a monster that has stuck with us. Do you have a classic monster that you love or are still terrified of? Did you have your own, unique Monster that kept you awake at night and still creeps into your dreams?

To start off the Month of Fear, let's share some Monsters. From October 1-3 we will be posting Monster art. Share yours with us on twitter using #monthoffear.

2014 Artist Spotlight V

Primary Hughes

Tara Jacoby

Taryn Cozzy

Tim Durning

Tim Paul

Travis Lewis

Winona Nelson

Wylie Beckert

Jim Pavelec