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I present to you the infamous serial Killer from my great state of Wisconsin, the Butcher of Plainfield...

Ed Gein.

From Wiki:

"Searching the house, authorities found

* severed heads acting as bedposts in the bedroom;
* skin used to make lampshades and upholster chair seats;
* skulls made into soup bowls;
* a human heart (it is disputed where the heart was found; the deputies' reports all claim that the heart was in a saucepan on the stove, with some crime scene photographers claiming it was in a paper bag);
* a face mask made out of real facial skin found in a paper bag;
* a necklace of human lips;
* a waistcoat (which he called a "mammary vest") made up of a vagina and breasts stitched together;
* other items fashioned from the parts of human bodies, including a belt made from nipples."

Given the nature of his life, I censored the female nudity of his woman suit to symbolize the fanatical morals imposed upon him by his strict Christian mother, and tried to pose him in a way that a young boy would stand in shame.

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When it comes to favourite paintings on DA, that are dark and twisted THE MURDERERS ED GEIN by ~ScabbedAngel is right there at the top. ~ScabbedAngel portrays serial killer, analysing his psyche, background, almost to the point where it becomes a fascination. I just cannot get enough of textures of this monochrome work, where the play of light and shadow, colour, broken composition of the triptych, dented in head, and the body suit depict the gruesome actions of the killer, his perversion, and twisted view of the world. ( Featured by SandraPelly )
priestessmikokikyo Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
He was NOT serial killer! he only killed two people! he is a "Psycho" killer" he was a tragic lost soul in need of his mother! Augusta was his "whole world and one True Love". He was a scared child who needed his mother. His story is just so sad!
curtis-macdonald Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, great piece, scary subject though. He was sooooooo crazy.
MAGDAMADDEN Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Really impressive, excellent composition. The subject and the form you give to it are in complete cohesion.
pitch-black-flame Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
i am thoroughly impressed, this is probably the best piece you have so far my good sir, it disturbed and intrigued me, a potent combination, this is amazing, if the inspiration should ever come up again, i'd like to see your rendition of Jack the Ripper, my favorite, and the Blackout Killer
Roslith-Vrutalian Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
I love the expressivity O.O
mhm98 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
I LOVE IT!! So dark and grotesque, it can ONLY be a fave!...
DeathLee28 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist


It looks so cool but just to make a suit? Wow talk about sad...
buriedinadream Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
the tone is what sells this. its awesome.
MANips Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
Love your creation...I think it captures this disturbed, tormented, and misunderstood man perfectly. This case just shows how parents can really screw their kid's up with their beliefs... Let the kids develop naturally without forcing YOUR beliefs onto them. They learn from their own mistakes...
JUA Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009
I have to say this is without a doubt one of the strongest pieces I have seen.
wchild Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional Photographer
Totally fantastic! :wow:
fudaryli Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
hi, your great art has been featured here [link]
lovedragons Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
His expression is perfect, in my opinion. Ed Gein really gives off a young boy vibe -- almost enough to make you think that he didn't commit the murders out of malice.

But really, I wonder how his mind worked.
privatedanser Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
news feature :iconowlplz: [link]
Hasawa Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
great painting,
say hello to our lil' butcher
go on create , i favs your paint
Mow-Your-Damn-Lawn Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Student Artist
Really well done. I love the way you positioned him and the way in which you censured him in the way his mother censured his life. I'm amazed yet again.
darkk-mikky Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008   Photographer
bedpan3 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
too bad eddie wasn't privy to "" or "stitch n' bitch" :)
nice work!
RusholmRuffian Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Student
This is brilliant, very powerful and thought provoking.

I've always been interested in serial killers, from an early age i read in awe about the crimes they committed and Ed was a guy i felt sorry for, he wasn't evil. He was lonely and naive and i personally think he was molded into the killer he became.

You've did him justice in this piece, definitely going into my favourites, there's just something about it that makes me want to look again and again. Well done.
daddy-likes-men11 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This makes me so happy. Ed Gein is so interesting :) and i love how you presented him in this picture. It makes so much sence.
dalexus Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
That's great~!!
revrendwilliam Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
hence, chainsaw massacre,psycho, silence of the lambs were born from his profile as well as albert fish
quoteouttacontext001 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
that's haunting.
karevoyance Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
excellent fractured censorship.
crommo Featured By Owner May 1, 2008   Digital Artist

Thanks for the explanation, it helped me understand the extra "level" within this.

I can't stand serial killers (most people find them gruesomely interesting, where as I CAN'T STAND THEM), but this portrait is beautiful. And mildly grizzly.
KurosakiHisoka Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
This was not only a very interesting piece of art but also a very interesting read. Thanks for taking time to post information and links regarding what you depicted.
gethsemane-butler Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
Absolutely amazing! :worship:
xscarcrowx Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
XxkarixX Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
Wow, i adore the way you portrayed him. Just brilliant. Ed Gein has got to be my fav serial killer. You captured the emotions awesomely. Great job!!
ANTAGONIST-88 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Student General Artist
I love it here in Wisconsin,
We just have some kick ass people don't we, eh? haha.
Pure-nonsense Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
The guy from Silence of the Lamb was based off of Ed Gein...

Very nice, though.
nick7861 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
wasnt this guy was the texas chainsaw massacre dude i think :? :chainsaw: ^^
ZeroAme Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NO! lol
nick7861 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
umm yeah look it up or that movie was based on him DX
ZeroAme Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No... the movie wasnt based on Gein, the killer was based on Gein and only because Gein wore the skin of his victims, and so does "leatherface".
priestessmikokikyo Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Ed only killed two women the rest he got from the cemetery! he was a lost tragic soul!
Cr1mson-King Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
No the movie itself was based slightly on him. While most of it is entirely fictional (Ed Gein never actually owned a chainsaw) some real factors were kept, ie wearing his victim's face, hanging bodys from the rafters via hooks (I don't think he used hooks though), cannibalism, and the bodies being used as furniture parts and other household items.
nick7861 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
so i almost had it you gotta be all smart like....:chainsaw:
Puritanikal Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
omg scary o_O
Quarion113 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008   Writer
nice work *cringes* how could someone do that?? makes my stomach churn :/
fogimages Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
WOW great job!!...
scaryjesus Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is beyond brilliant. love this, definitely a fave for me. :horns:
TerminalBleeding Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
very nice, and creepy...
a belt made of nipples?
covenantfighter Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
brilliant picture
really captures the sick twisted nature of the man

(also im a huge fan of the Slayer song about him)
rea-v-mort Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
So well done.. He was a scary guy. I remember reading that Wikipedia article, actually, heh. Nice portrayal. :)
CorruptedBrilliance Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
Slayer also wrote "Dead Skin Mask" based on him.
concretedandelion Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
this is great, it seems like you probably captured the way he felt/saw himself. fantastic. :)
EMILE334 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
Love your work!
meierholtz Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
The work stands brilliantly alone without the background story. The chilling nature of Gein solidifies the mood and confused emotions portrayed. Beautifully grotesque without being gruesome.
hobocamp82 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
I think you did a great job. I saw a few movies/shows about this guy...and I think it's great! Nice work.
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