“Alive in the Darkness”
A sexy necromancer surveys the area outside the Temple of Death, readying her skull gargoyle for patrol. Her "living" gown consists of demons and lost souls swirling around her body. This drawing was an interesting exercise in pareidolia; the gown began as just a bunch of scribbles. From there, faces, hands, skulls, dragons, and a bunch of other weird things emerged in a Where's Waldo of the damned. Where's Slenderman? Cthulhu is somewhere in there. Note the party of harpies in the loin area leading into what looks like Metroid's Ridley. I particularly like the skull dragon on her left breast. A lot of this is whatever you see, which is what pareidolia is all about.
In 2016, I entered the graphite draft of this piece into the Maine Open Juried Art Show. She was accepted, but her exhibition was short-lived. One Thursday afternoon, sick with the flu, I got the call that the piece was stolen from the gallery. Our town's number-one reporter asked for an image of the piece, so imagine this sexy medieval pin-up on the front page of the Waterville PD web site! This was newsworthy enough to circulate throughout New England; I was seeing headlines posted from the Massachusetts framing world. Then Huffington Post got wind of it in this article titled "One Man's Masterpiece".
...for every theft involving a big name from the art world, dozens of other works by lesser known artists are stolen each year. Paintings like Brian Vigue's Alive in the Darkness, a graphite depiction of a woman holding a gargoyle, which was stolen from a juried art show at the Waterville Public Library in Maine. Vigue's piece, valued at $300, was taken from a grouping of more than 100 works on display at the library for the show. And while the price tag doesn't quite match that of the Warhols, the artistic value is just as important to Vigue, who was "disheartened" to hear of the theft.
Thanks to witnesses and the police, they got the drawing back quickly, and I did sell it for the original asking price. That money went on to fund my downtown mural project.