My work depicts a deep sea diver being lured to his certain death by the light from a mysterious glowing humanoid. The hint of long, luminous teeth are shown at the edge of the piece, foreshadowing the danger of the situation. The theme of my concentration is “a risky situation” and I tried to show that by making the angler fish’s teeth bright and in high contrast to its background and through making the angler fish’s “lure” in a humanoid form. The humanoid but strangely long and skinny limbs emphasize the alien like aspect of the glowing lure and suggest the danger of the strange unknown. The craggy rocks and diagonal ray of light frame the piece, leading the viewer’s eye across the central subjects of the piece – from the long teeth to the glowing light to the small scuba diver. The contrast in size between the first subject, the long teeth, to the last subject, the scuba diver, emphasizes the helplessness of the tiny human in a dangerous, supernatural situation. The most obvious art elements of this work is color and value because the most important subjects in the piece – the diver, fish, and the lure – are illuminated by a ray of blue light. I painted this in Photoshop CS6. Originally, my idea for the lighting was to have a ray of light shining down on the fish from above with a bright glow coming from the lure, but I changed it to a vertical shaft of light because it would direct the viewer’s eyes in order from the fish to the lure to the scuba diver.
The title of this piece is The Terror of Skyhorse Fury. It depicts a scared man running from an angry alicorn. The most important element of Art in this piece is color because I used color to convey the emotion of this piece. The sickly blue red color emphasizes the man’s feeling of terror and the pale blue glow in the unicorn’s eyes and around the mane emphasizes its supernatural power. I painted this in Photoshop CS6.
The title of this piece is Bus Stop. I painted this in Photoshop CS6. It shows a schoolgirl at a bus stop with a long necked woman beside her. Bloody handprints dot her dress and even her own hand is red with blood. I was inspired by the French foreign animation film Peurs du Noir (Fears of the Dark). One of the animation segments in the film contained an animation of a rokurokubi – a long necked Japanese demon that is occasionally described to drink the blood of humans. The most important element of art in this work is color and form because the green dress color of the rokurokubi stretches into the tops of the trees, which suggests that she is everywhere at once, that she surrounds the schoolgirl. The form of the rokurokubi is long and thin because I wanted her to seem snakelike.
Artem Cheboha Rhads does surreal paintings of the natural world.
The title of this piece is Lava Surfer. I painted this in Photoshop CS6. The most important element of art in this piece is color. I tried to use a vibrant blue against the red of the wave so the subject would stand out. My concentration theme is “a risky situation,” which this surfer is in because he is surfing on a wave of lava. I struggled with placing the volcano. In the future, I could shift it back so it seems farther in the distance. I could also add more textures to the volcano.
The title of this piece is The Aquarium. My concentration theme is “a risky/dangerous situation” and this piece shows the dangerous situation of angry swordfish breaking the glass at an aquarium while the audience watches on, clueless about the danger that an angry swordfish poses. The most important element of art in this is color because the brighter blue color in this piece highlights the main subject, the swordfish. I painted this in Photoshop CS6.