For the Love of October

October is a dark little month. Is it any wonder that those born in October (like myself) have a bit of a dark side? With the whole month dedicated to one of the most beloved of holidays, #Halloween, it seems to be the month where darkness shines.

From horror movies to music to art, let's face it, October is a month made to indulge in dark themes. And far be it from an #artist born in #October to pass up an opportunity. Such as my recently finished piece titled 'Murder Within Murder', one of three pieces I've created especially for that October vibe.

As with all of my #digital works, I create the line art in #Illustrator and then transfer the art in stages to #Photoshop where I add the #effects. This is where the fun begins! These effects range from numerous textures to gallery filters to layer effects that manipulate color, hue and saturation. I go through several takes, adding and tossing layers at whim, to get a piece to satisfactory even by my own critique.

As an artist, I realize that darker themed subjects don't have a broad appeal to the average art buyer. Often times I create it for my own enjoyment although I'm by no means morbid. Some family and friends joke about my being disgustingly sunny-natured. But when it comes to art, that's where I let my cynical, jaded and often gloomy side emerge.

In this crazy world, this is my therapy.

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#Octoberart #Murderwithinmurder #digitalartist #digitaltherapy