Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New ACEO! (Trigger Warning: Suicide Scars)

Like many of my characters, Spencer struggled with anxiety and depression as a human, and even attempted to take his own life once. Needless to say, he didn’t succeed…

"Still Alive" | October 2017

Spencer’s scars are usually covered up, but I do have a few pieces of art where they’re hiding in plain sight, so no, I don’t consider this a spoiler.

Prefer ACEOs that are less melancholy? Click here to see Spencer as an adorably irritated kid! More ACEOs for my Undeath of Me series are on the way, as well…

Tools Used to Create This ACEO:
Bristol Paper | Faber-Castell Aquarelle Pencils | ShinHan Touch Liners | ShinHan Touch Twin Markers

16 comments:

  1. Poor Spencer. Depression and anxiety are tough. I wonder if he's happier as a vampire (at least when Jay is not annoying him--LOL!).

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    1. Killing brings him lots of joy now. Does that count? LOL.

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  2. I'd give Spencer a hug, but I'm not sure he'd like it. He's not like Nicholas!

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    1. LOL, yeah, probably best not to do that, since he has issues about being touched. He might glomp you when spooked, though, so you could sneak in a hug that way! XD

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  3. Black and white definitely fits the mood.

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    1. I really enjoy creating ACEOs in grayscale. Might just be me, but I can't help but feel like my traditional art looks better that way than in color...

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  4. I agree with Alex, black and white....perfect.

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  5. Hang in there, Spencer! Depression sucks, but help is a phone call away. ***hugs***

    Hi Heather! Powerful scene!

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    1. Don't worry, Spencer learns to enjoy life a little more once he becomes a vampire, LOL. And thank you!

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  6. I like your color choice, too, because it does a great job capturing the mood you want. I've done a couple oil paintings in various shades of Payne's gray, and they have a whole different "feel" than if they were in technicolor. I've toyed with the idea of doing paintings in gray, but with a single item in crimson, but I haven't tried it yet. (But they look GREAT in my mind!)

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    1. Thank you! I actually didn't color in grayscale to set a mood. I just happen to like the look of it, even for my happier pieces. Also, good luck mixing some crimson with your grayscale paintings! I once did an ACEO that had some shades of purple amidst the gray, and it turned out surprisingly well. Hope you have fun with that technique once you try it!

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  7. I agree with Susan about the color choice. It sets the mood nicely. That's probably exactly as he sees his world. Shades of gray. And definitely not technicolor.

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    1. Spencer's anxiety is so intense that he probably does see the world in technicolor sometimes...but not in a good way, LOL.

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  8. Not sure that there's anything really I can say. Trying to think of something non-incriminating and complimentary to say, but nothing comes to mind.

    Good piece. :)

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    1. Yeah, I knew from the get-go that this ACEO would be an awkward one to comment on. It's one of the reasons why it took me so long to share it here. Less melancholy art is coming soon! (Some of them will be re-posts from my old blog, but others are going to be new...)

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