Orin and the Dead Man’s Sword is a one-off, 24 page, wordless fantasy comic about tripping across a cursed sword while lost in the forest. It was printed in 2014 in a split LP style Weald Comics anthology, and reprinted in 2017 as a risograph book. You can read the whole thing on Wealdcomics.com
This illustration was drawn for Robin Laws’ Yellow King RPG‘s Paris book, featuring a Carcosan take on the Parisian Opera Ghost, sailing on Lake Hali beneath the Garnier Opera House. It was created in watercolour and coloured pencil, and took inspiration from the art of the era, including the symbolist and late romantic painters, as well as sculpture and poster design.
I adored Annihilation’s visual approach (among so much of it, gosh I just adored it overall really!) but as we walked out of the theatre, Matt and I realized we’d seen a similar visual theme at work elsewhere: at the MAC (Musée d’Art Contemporain in Montreal) when we caught a career-spanning solo show of David Altmejd’s work. I’m going to share here with you some images from both, because I think the interplay is really neat!
For the record, the images below are going to flirt with body horror in a big way.
First off, let’s look at some key scenes of Annihilation (click to see the source file larger):
Now, let’s admire some of David Altmejd’s work:
Let’s take a good look at some of his figurative stuff:
And for one final comparison, let me share with you the close-up concepts of the horrifying bear’s head in Annihilation:
And a few final pieces of Altmejd’s that really heck me up:
I’m not crying theft here – I’m just always delighted to find themes, and for anyone who loved the visuals of Annihilation, the art world does actually hold interesting and relevant art for you!
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