Another art challenge by , , and For each challenge we interchangeably give ourselves an idea or topic to illustrate and a short, specified time to execute it in whatever shape or form... of course, without knowing what the others are going to come up with.
This week's topic is `daekazu's idea: Interpretation of The Nightmare by Johann Heinrich Füssli >>> [link].
I like the art, don't get me wrong. It's beautiful and follows the theme of the challenge--but...
It's not actually scary. One of the reasons why the 'The Nightmare' to me at least, is so famous is that it is actually unnerving and upsetting. Mr. Johann made terribly creepy paintings and painted pictures that evoked a real sense of dread. This image here is gorgeous with awesome colors and brilliant brushwork but it isn't something that will keep me awake at night like The Nightmare did for a little after I first saw it.
I find it interesting how your three fellow artists used women to interpret the oil painting. To me the original painting seems to say that only women are susceptible to what darkest fears are made of. Your using a man as the subject breaks with tradition. Men have MANY of these same demons but no one thinks to remark on it. It definitely makes you think. LOVE IT!