"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness," WildChildxOx
As an artist, I have always had an open mind concerning art styles, art techniques, and various themes in art. Therefore, when I'm browsing deviantArt for hours each week I see a variety of different deviations. Often, as I am skimming the thumbs flashing before me for something specific, it happens. A deviation grips me from within and interferes with my searching. It's often emotive, with an eerie chill to it, and the dark is hiding something I may not want to find. Others are so intense with elements of the unreal that I don't dare enter, and some are emerged in unnatural vibrant light. For me, they are the essence of beauty.
I feel as if I'm not being drawn to them, but that they are drawn to me; it's as if I could step into the scene to become part of it.
At these times, I stop all else to view the gallery that belongs to the artist, hoping that the deviation I found in the search was a not a fluke. I am thrilled when it is not.
I am speaking, of course, about Dark art in Photomanipulation.
Dark art is an art style defined as that being "dark" or unsettling in nature. It is also classified under many names such as Gothic, nightmarish, and disturbing, although it is a culmination of techniques and styles.
Dark art doesn't simply mean "black" or "dark" in tones. It's also related to surrealism, conceptual, and fantasy. One should not dismiss art as being Dark because of the theme or artistic style. Often there is a thin line, and the artist makes up their own mind on which direction they prefer to go.
When I was a new deviant, the category for Dark did not exist as a Photomanipulation choice. That was eight years ago, and there were other deviants besides myself who felt that Macabre & Horror did not truly describe our images of menace, despair, with a nightmarish undertone. A new category was needed, one that was not as horrific a scene as Macabre & Horror, but for one that was the "base" of the other category.
DeviantART defines and categorizes Dark as, "Photomanipulations displaying a dark theme or mood; having a mystical, obscure, sombre, grim or sinister expression." Horror is "Photomanipulations portray or evoke extreme fear, such as represented by blood and gore, or psychological terror." Macabre is really closer to Horror then it is to Dark. Macabre implies death and the disturbing and horrifying depiction of death, with or with blood and gore.
Still, Dark art is not categorized correctly all of the time. Sometimes a deviation is uploaded as Dark, when it is not; as Macabre/Horror, when it is really Dark; and when the image emotes the proper category, it can be completely ignored.
When I'm looking at any deviation to make a decision if it should be classified as Dark or Macabre & Horror, I am always looking for:
2. The amount of blood, if used.
3. How the blood is being used.
4. Is the image more "scary", more "emotional", or is it "unsettling"?
5. Am I smiling inward and outward because I am pleased, or am I staring because I am afraid?
6. How quickly do I divert my eyes?
Of course, the above speaks only for me. Actually, this entire blog speaks specifically for me.
What's your point of view on Dark art in Photomanipulation?