Oh, I had a link to it on Tumblr, but I guess it didn't make it over here!
I could have gone a lot more gory for this, but I liked the idea of exactly what you described: the combo of sweet smiling expression and something obviously unsettling or horror-based.
He would have been that kid if anyone could have seen him.
I'm really glad they're being helpful for you , too! I obviously tried to describe how I feel about it all in the description, but it still feels like I can't quite convey how much of a release it is at the same time that it is playing with some tension that sticks in my ribs. There's this kind of line that if either of them cross, something is broken forever, and it fascinates me and makes me feel not quite so sick and tense about my own things.
Fun Fact: Trying to reply to things on dA on mobile Closes Your Keyboard After EVERY WORD. I have come to my laptop to type this.
I had a very strange emotion rooted in this one, so I'm really glad to see it pull at something in someone else. I don't know what I was feeling about it, but it was a lot, and it was kind of tense? Which I think is reflected here. I was interested in like a razor's edge of intimacy or something. I guess this is somewhat literal in that Johnny has a thumb on Edgar's face, but is loosely holding a knife with the rest of that same hand. I liked it being perilously close and a bit unknown. Edgar's eyes are unreadable, so how does he feel about holding a Freezie while being equally close to be kissed or sliced open, we don't know. Maybe he's already *been* kissed or stabbed and this is the second before he falls down dead on the sidewalk from the impact of either! It's this kind of shit that makes my heart all twisted and desperately screamy about these two.
Funny, talking about the feelings just brings it back up, the same tight kind of anxiety tension in my chest. It's a good vibe for them.
Also the realization that it was CMYK left me absolutely struck dumb, haha.