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Tips for creating dark art

Tue Mar 11, 2014, 2:00 PM



Tips for creating dark art



I have heard many people's opinions about dark art. What defines it? What's it's main features? There is many who think they create dark art, but others who tell them THAT isn't what dark art is. But is that fair? Is it up to us to decide what dark art is OR is it something we need to feel. Something that comes to every human in need and offers a cold a dark reality of comfort. Here are the opinions of some dark artists...

The Raven by MachiavelliCro

"Go beyond the cliché and open your mind. People think creating something dark means you have to stick to cemeteries, goth chicks, and muted tones, which is false! Embrace colour in your dark work. Use your emotions and use your art to explore the darker side of your soul. I have found some of my darkest pieces came from me sitting outside in the sunshine and simply remembering something. Such as how the sun no longer can be felt by my departed loved ones. That simple moment of remembrance and emotion sparks many ideas and none of them end with muted tones, a cemetery, or a cliché." - breerothman


Spectres by mirandaadria

"Try different things and experiment. Take clichés and revolutionize them. More than anything I believe "dark" is a feeling, not a certain look. It's an uneasy, or sinister feeling. A feeling like something is very wrong. Try and convey that feeling, or create something that will make the viewer feel that feeling. Don't get caught up on certain colours, or other things like that. You'll only limit yourself, and your art." - AbbeyMarie


The Secret by Kryseis-Art

" I can teach anybody how to draw, I can even teach you to draw a scull. But the emotion you give to that scull needs to come from within you. What I am trying to say is that dark art is something you need to feel. We can tell you for hours about what dark art is, but in the end it's something only some see the beauty in. If you can see the beauty being dark and horror and macabre things, you have what it takes to create dark art." - TriZiana

"Before starting an artwork do some conceptual research, for eg. who is the character?, where does her/his/its journey begin? where will it end? what does she/he/it feel at the moment? And so on, the more questions the better, it helps to understand your character better, to find something special about your artwork, that may draw viewers attention." - LadyEvilArts



Mad Tea Party by Autonoe

"Give your art purpose. This isn't specific to dark art, but I think it's incredibly important for dark art since there are so many shallow cliches and possible questionable/disturbing visuals being used. Tell a story, portray a subject, just give it meaning and a reason to exist. Don't worry about it being the most original meaning yet, just give it some substance." - AbbeyMarie




Now it's time to hear from you guys!! Please tell us:


- What's your tip for creating dark art?
- Is there something you think defines dark art?
- Show me art works you think are great examples of dark art.







Project Educate: Dark Photomanip presents "Tips for creating dark art"
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:iconthedarkhead:
TheDarkHead Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2017
How do I create my own dark art? What application must I use?
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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there, sorry for the late reply... do you still want some advice?
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mirandaadria Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for featuring my artwork! :D Lovely article, and I agree with what was said. Dark art is only limited by one's imagination.
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zummerfish Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the feature Mippie :la: !!

I always thought that dark art needs to appeal to our darker side and conjure up a wide range of darker feelings: fears, phobias, anger, emptiness. Probably all of us have some sort of visual triggers for these emotions, either symbolic or physical, like certain colors for instance.
I also do believe that dark art, more than any other type, represents entropy. If any other type of art to relevant extent shows creation or balance of things, dark art must depict decay/entropy of some sort. But again this decay is not altogether horrifying as in macabre art, but something that shows that it is a natural order of things (creation, balance, destruction).
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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I fully agree with you!! I also do feel that dark art needs to feel somehow creepy/eerie. I think there needs to be an element of comfortability....

Welcome for the feature!
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TarynNefdt Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014   Digital Artist
As a dark art appreciator rather than a creator - its the feelings and emotions that dark art evokes - that makes it dark art for me.

Its like a combination of the "creepy chill down your spine feeling" mixed with a feeling of awe and wonder - like feeling happy and scared at the same time.

The fight or flight response in one artwork/photo.

The two key things for me in terms of dark art is that:

1) It (the artwork/photo) must have a sense of loneliness about the artwork - i.e a central theme and then emptiness surrounding this central theme

2) Also a sense of powerlessness - either the main character in the artwork must be powerless or I must feel powerless in response to the artwork


Good examples for me are:
www.flickr.com/photos/37690108…

www.flickr.com/photos/brookesh…

www.flickr.com/photos/brooke_d…


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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I think the concept of loneliness and powerlessness creates more of a emotional artwork, rather than a dark artwork. But I do agree that there needs to be an element of 'chills down your spine' I think it needs to consist of something that makes the average viewer uncomfortable...

Thanks for sharing!!
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TarynNefdt Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   Digital Artist
No problem - thanks for writing the article - it was very thought provoking. I've decided I'm going to create a Dark Art gallery on flickr and specifically look for some of the elements in photos - that we've been discussing here. I think it will be very popular - Dark art seems to resonate a lot with the community on dA and flickr.
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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
OH that's awesome. Will you be featuring art from dA? Just remember to ask permission, lol. And please link me to it when you have it up, I would love to see it!!
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TarynNefdt Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Will do :-). There is a deviantArt group on flickr so I could add some of the work from there - but I will also be looking via the tags.
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laurentiusmark93 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Great one mippieArt
I learn very much from this one!
Gotta try!
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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very welcome. Thank you!!
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AppleRay Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
  I'm lovin it MippieArt!!! Dark art is like the soft instrumental parts of death metal, it's where the beauty rests.
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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh now you are talking my language!! It's like the faint screams during the creepy instrumental parts of black metal... Yeah see, I didn't say this in the article, but I think dark art isn't something that can be taught. You either love the beauty of darkness or you don't. So many people when they first meet me expect me to be this very creepy depressed person (thank you emos, grrrr) but I'm not. Take the darkness away from me and then I'll be depressed. but the darkness of art and the beauty of black metal is where I love hiding when real life gets to be too much.

Thanks for taking part in the discussion!!
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AppleRay Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome
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PercyPo Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
1.) Think in abstract terms. Construe the strangest of things into works of intriguing stories. Use a variety of lines: harsh bold ones, thinly scribbled ones, and smooth/graceful ones.

2.) Yes; concepts that make you feel desolate, sick, or curious. Pictures that open the mind to others views on certain topics are the best.

3.) Here are some of my favorites: The Death by Olivier-Villoingt Gestation by bbyoung1971 ravenskin by GunnerRomantic Boyhood by kumpan thinking2 by Skirill
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bbyoung1971 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for including me!
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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for participating in the discussion. 

I fully agree with your tips, great tips. Although I think you missed that this is specifically to Photo Manipulation. I'm not saying your opinions are invalid, I really agree with them. Number two yes, very true for all art forms. The first one I think is mostly applicable to traditional and digital paintings and drawings. 

The artworks are amazing. The last thumb is one of the works I have previously suggested for a DD actually, didn't get it, but I think that's a brilliant artist that!!!

Thank you very much for sharing!!!!
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:iconpercypo:
PercyPo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Filmographer
No problem! :)

And whoops! Sorry, I did miss that fact. :XD:

Thank you for writing such a great journal!
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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, no prob!! And thank you very much!! I am very glad you enjoyed it!
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:iconyukuii:
Yukuii Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014   Digital Artist
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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you and yes, those two are very beautiful!!!
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:iconyukuii:
Yukuii Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Your welcome :)
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Kinglorshi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student Writer
Wow, this was a nice find. Very thought provoking and educational!

I think I agree most with the statements regarding darkness being "an emotion" and "not needing a specific set of colours to be dark". I find people miss those two. While this relates to music and writing moreso than images, (or I feel that way because I don't draw), some of the darkest stuff I remember not because it was horrifying but because it was incredibly eerie. Sometimes they're colourful and buoyant, but behind all that joy lies a dark tone which makes it memorable and truly dark. I fall into this trap a lot too, for some things I created lie too heavily on a lack of colour which is something I need to work on.

if darkness consists purely of scary imagery instead of eerie and subtle imagery.... Something may be wrong, but that's my opinion. Explicit darkness has it's place I'm sure. Maybe I'm not getting the idea.
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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes I agree! I think suggestively dark work work is much more impressive than work that is explicitly dark. Yes Horror and Macabre works have their place and I love those just as much. But for pure dark artworks, suggestive themes are better. I think this is because most dark art lovers like thinking about things, we don't like to be spoon fed. And suggestive artworks allow you to create entire scenarios around the artwork. I always find it fascinating how a suggestive artwork can be something different to every person who sees it. 

Thank you very much for joining in on the discussion!!
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Kinglorshi Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Writer
Sorry for late response!

Absolutely. I like to think there must be a contrast, and if it's too dark it's just silly and uninteresting to me. There's graphic stuff, there's horror, and then there's dark.
I'd make an attempt at writing something intelligent and creative to state how darkness should not be completely consuming the entire work (whether it'd be music or whatnot), and that going for an entire extreme is bad, but that'd be pretentious...

So I'll just say that there must be a contrast. I agree strongly that dark works that are suggestive are generally better because it provokes thought, which creates depth. Explicit darkness is obnoxious.

No problem! I wish there was more for me to say, but not now... Again, a good read!
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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!!

Yes I think also a contrast is good, whether it be between black and white or between good and evil... 

Once again thank you for the participation!! And thanks for the compliment!!
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nitchwarmer Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful article, keep up the great work.
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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug: 
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Mtn-Man Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014   General Artist
This was such a wonderful article! I tend to be a bit of a darker minded artist myself and while I mainly do black and white, the "dark" in my art is more of my feeling the my choice in colour. I'm the happy go lucky pessimist, always laughing and having fun, while maintaining a jaded view on life. This is something that I personally use to convey my darker themed pieces.

Mood and expressionism I think is a much more important element in dark art than say a particular colour or certain 'stereotyped' set of images. In often cases I find too that an 'implied' dread or doom help push an image over to the dark side. What I mean by this is that sometimes the REAL terror or dark element in a piece is that thing just off screen. Right outside of the viewers field of vision, implied by the artist but not really there. Sometimes that uneasiness created can be the biggest impact you can have while trying to create dark art.

Again this was a wonderful article, thanks for this. :w00t:
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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I fully agree with you. And with with that said, I think it dark art is something that comes from within. You need to feel it to portray it. In my opinion it is an art genre that carries a lot of emotion and passion. And a range of it.

Thank you very much telling us what your opinion on this is, very much appreciated!!
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BramLeegwater Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014   Digital Artist
Wow great feature!
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:icontriziana:
TriZiana Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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