Watercolor on paper.
With his best friend in hand, a young boy musters enough courage to make sure there are no monsters in his closet, only to stumble upon a much more insidious danger...
While the colors may be a bit vibrant considering the subject matter, I really wanted to go in a different direction than I felt most folks would go (really dark images with lots of heavy shadows and hard to see subjects), and make a kind of horror-themed children's storybook illustration. I definitely feel that I achieved a certain level of "creep" without being predictable. The fact that the poster hung in the closet looks vaguely like the poster for "Mama" is not an accident.
I have been an avid fan of Guillermo del Toro's work since I saw "Cronos" during a film festival at our local museum of fine art when I was... 13, I think. I've seen almost every project he's been involved in since. His ability to portray childhood as such a wonderfully dark, and beautifully scary experience has always resonated with me. I ardently hope I am chosen as one of the semi-finalists. It would be a high point in my career to know that an artist whom I so admire and respect viewed my artwork, even if it's only for ten seconds before he moves on to the next.