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Ghostintheprotocol by DavidKalver Ghostintheprotocol :icondavidkalver:DavidKalver 1 0 PopLunar by DavidKalver PopLunar :icondavidkalver:DavidKalver 0 0 The Watercolour dead. by DavidKalver The Watercolour dead. :icondavidkalver:DavidKalver 2 0 Bipolar by DavidKalver Bipolar :icondavidkalver:DavidKalver 1 0 Autumn Coffee stains by DavidKalver Autumn Coffee stains :icondavidkalver:DavidKalver 3 3 Kiss by DavidKalver Kiss :icondavidkalver:DavidKalver 0 0 Brain In A Vat by DavidKalver Brain In A Vat :icondavidkalver:DavidKalver 0 0 Promo Art For 'Eye Behind The Fore' by DavidKalver Promo Art For 'Eye Behind The Fore' :icondavidkalver:DavidKalver 2 0 Coffee Connection by DavidKalver Coffee Connection :icondavidkalver:DavidKalver 0 0 Entertainment Gluttony, Imagination Starvation. by DavidKalver Entertainment Gluttony, Imagination Starvation. :icondavidkalver:DavidKalver 2 0 Bruce Lee 'Game of Death' characterization by DavidKalver Bruce Lee 'Game of Death' characterization :icondavidkalver:DavidKalver 0 0 SpiderJackson by DavidKalver SpiderJackson :icondavidkalver:DavidKalver 1 0


Forest Hills by SatyaSaruchi Forest Hills :iconsatyasaruchi:SatyaSaruchi 33 19 KenshiroDW8E by Kyotita KenshiroDW8E :iconkyotita:Kyotita 4 0 Darkrai -Nightmare form- by Esepibe Darkrai -Nightmare form- :iconesepibe:Esepibe 1,475 518 Blinding Heart by C1nderellaMan Blinding Heart :iconc1nderellaman:C1nderellaMan 13 8 Shutter Island by ittehgapSeiddE Shutter Island :iconittehgapseidde:ittehgapSeiddE 16 2 [Silent Hill 2] Bed room by shprops4xnalara [Silent Hill 2] Bed room :iconshprops4xnalara:shprops4xnalara 100 5 Clawfinger or Mumbler by kramwartap Clawfinger or Mumbler :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 61 10 Eileen Galvin by lys2313 Eileen Galvin :iconlys2313:lys2313 54 12 Welcome to Silent Hill by lys2313 Welcome to Silent Hill :iconlys2313:lys2313 147 39 10 Years of Silent Hill 2 by ZerachielAmora 10 Years of Silent Hill 2 :iconzerachielamora:ZerachielAmora 248 62 Silent Hill Dog by Autopsyrotica-Art Silent Hill Dog :iconautopsyrotica-art:Autopsyrotica-Art 172 34 Silent Hill 3 Closer by kramwartap Silent Hill 3 Closer :iconkramwartap:kramwartap 420 87 Mary Shepard-Sunderland by LMJWorks Mary Shepard-Sunderland :iconlmjworks:LMJWorks 319 46 Silent Hill 2 - Restless Dream by Aileine Silent Hill 2 - Restless Dream :iconaileine:Aileine 827 140 Silent Hill 2 by iangoudelock Silent Hill 2 :iconiangoudelock:iangoudelock 806 121 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Kitty-Grimm The Tenant of Wildfell Hall :iconkitty-grimm:Kitty-Grimm 41 20




Growing up I think I was a better artist - or at least I did more often yet thought about it less. I loved characterizations and highly detailed artwork, they didn't require meaning they just had to be photo-realistic. Not that I required the patience to see it through to that much detail. As As a youngin', one thing I could never understand at that age was Abstract art, surrealism or anything subjective rather than literal. They seemed to me at the time to be nothing more than lazy and unfinished works of art.

Fast forward through to my adult life, and after studying the philosophy of horror and Screenwriting I've become very obsessed with the 'suggestive' and the 'unknown'; that what you don't see [to an extent] is more interesting than what you do see. Something that is dying in cinema. 

That art or film can bridge that gap, rather than feed the audience every last detail. That's the hot-spot.

That mystery and uncertainty play an important role in 'Horror'. Once something 'seems' tangible and is seen in its full form, it may continue to entertain or frighten but looses a significant portion of the audiences imagination -- which is vital to their experience. To quote an unfinished essay I wrote a while back..

'When imagining a 'monster', seemingly limitless possibilities occur in our minds eye. Even when building one from a given description, various forms intrude and influence it's form, often making alterations as we progress in the narrative. It's in the oven but it's not fully cooked. It is in what we call a 'superposition'. It's eveything and nothing at once. When we finally see the monster on screen, we open the lid on 'Schrödinger's Cat' , forcing reality to collapse to one, solitary option. Fear may remain but a sufficient amount of anxiety and wanderlust evaporate. The forgotten backbone of the horror genre.'

It's often why in some of the most critically acclaimed horror films that even when the 'monster' is physically shown, it is stilled somewhat obscured by the chosen format for which it is displayed eg. A sepia photography; 16mm Film stock; 8mm Film Stock; a children's sketch; Low-fi found footage etc

Of course this may all seem silly or obvious, but mainstream horror enthusiasts would likely call this a cop-out. Movies that fail to display their 'monster' until the bitter end often only disappoint audiences and I understand that. However, there is no denying that mystery and the 'withholding of information' from an audience either visually or contextually plays an important role in the genre.

Which has strangely led me back into Art -- a hobby I've neglected for quite some time.
Uneasy, imperfect brush strokes and unclear distorted forms provoke the imagination in the same way. Watercolor is great for this, it's unforgiving at times and you have to keep moving forward. Suggesting shadows and forms rather than committing to too much detail as the canvas and paint remain wet. I love that. It's often why in cinema, that even when the 'monster' is physically shown

As always, less can be more...

Perhaps it's pretentious, and I still love photo-realistic artwork but through studying horror I finally 'get' what I failed to 'get' when I was younger...Less can be more.


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David Kalver
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
I'm an hobbyist artist and experimental filmmaker from the UK.

I like to explore shapeless, unknown forms; the abstract; the surreal and Mental Health issues.


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KaijuX Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :)
C1nderellaMan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you David for the +watch :) 
KaijuX Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Heyo! Just dropped in to say Happy (Early) Birthday! Not sure if I'll remember tomorrow, as I have work that needs to be finished, so yeah. :) Hope you have a good one!
KaijuX Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the watch! Also, welcome to DeviantART! You have some very impressive artwork at your hand, so I hope you continue to expand and post more as time comes along! :)
DavidKalver Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you KaijuX, means a lot. Hoping to branch out into much more 'geeky' territory hahah, time will tell DeviantArt 
KaijuX Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, haha. ;)
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