Sometimes I lose patience with a piece due to the detail because it can take so long. (sometimes months) I need to take a break from some of my drawings and come back to them in a few weeks or even over a year. I usually have 10 or more pieces on the go these days so I don't get too sick of looking at just one of them.
I kind of discovered using the blue and red by accident when playing around. When I noticed the psychadelic effect I could get, I thought I'd try it. Jimi Hendrix posters used to have the same kind of effects with his hair.
I can't decide if I'm astonished or just plain terrified...
Firstly, the color choices are unnerving in and of themselves; it's as though I'm looking at a photo negative, an inversion of what things are supposed to be. It's jarring on the senses, a feeling that should be evoked from a work with such a title. Similarly, putting the vasculature on the outside switches up the conventional view of creatures, emphasizing the fantastical nature of what we're looking at.
Next, there's the "creature" concept-- an ethereal floating head-thing. The fact that it's just a head in the middle of what appears to be an endless expanse makes me wonder where the rest of it is, or worse, where the rest of Them are. Unfortunately, the red part of the beard takes away from this aspect somewhat, as it resembles a neck; however, without it the beard would be just white space, so it does at least serves a purpose. It's not immediately apparent where the dripping blood came from; did the creature just rise out of the sanguine sea, or is it the source thereof? And what is the source of that wind? Either way, it's a strange yet unique way of connecting the creature with its environment.
Also, there's the form of the creature. While large objects may appear imposing or threatening, an emanciated creature like this lies more on the creepy side, by its nature incorrect, but for no obvious reason. It tapers well from the crown down to the face, drawing attention to that region. Meanwhile, the crown shows the viewer that the creature is dangerous-- what might those horns be used for, how is the deed done, how painful will the impact be?
Lastly, there's the facial features. The eyes are the first thing I notice, being pointed at different directions; looking in completely opposite directions, yet somehow you know it's watching you. Or maybe not! Maybe you've intruded upon the creature's home, and all you can think of of how long you have before it notices? The cheek horns add width to the face, keeping it from being overwhelmed by the beard, but they also don't detract attention from the eyes, or more importantly the mouth. The mouth must be my favorite feature in this peace-- narrow, formed by jaws not visibly connected, physically unable to smile or frown, all it could do is open, which I do NOT want...
A truly wonderful piece, a picturesque example of the macabre, and I feel enriched having seen it. Thank you.