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May 17, 2012 10:23 AM Subscribe
Art technique filter: How did Stephen Gammell (the original illustrator of the haunting book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
) accomplish his nightmare-inducing style
posted by halseyaa to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have vivid memories of reading this book series as a child; nauseous with fear but so enthralled by these gruesome images that I would occasionally cover the illustrations with my hand as I read. Now as an art-hobbyist I would love to try my hand at a similar style, so any tips/tutorials/suggestions would be interesting to me.
My poking around has not uncovered any confirmed information, though I have seen suggestions that his art was done with pencils and a lot of smudging. I am not completely convinced pencils alone would account for the range in values. To me the artworks have a watercolor look to them, with possibly some inking. I am especially interested in his unsettling, wispy lines (sometimes used to depict hair, spiderwebs or long grass, sometimes not representative at all) that branch out from most of the illustrations. Of course his own personal style, imagination and distortion of shapes/perspective plays a huge role in the outcome, but I am looking more for information about the tools used to accomplish the texture.