It’s something that we’ve all experienced. When you have to leave a room and switch off the light, you get the creepy impression that someone is watching you from the dark corner. Or when your pulse quickens as you stroll alone through the streets late at night for fear that someone is waiting in the bushes to pounce.
The artwork of Brian Coldrick, a Dublin-based artist, portrays this exact thing. He makes moving images that depict a wide range of spooky events, all of which are sure to give you the chills. When Brian uses only one image and a few words to tell a story, he captures the attention of the audience and leaves them wondering if someone is watching them.
“Behind You” is the overall project name of Brian’s work. Here’s some more information on it: “Brian Coldrick’s series of pictures titled Behind You is a continuous body of work. (hi!) I’d call it a webcomic, but there aren’t any panels, and each image tells a tale on its own. My primary goal is to make a new post every week.”
It all started with my obsession with horror films and books, and more recently, with the reading of creepy internet stories. Real-life accounts are my favorite kind of scary online tale. These aren’t so much stories as they are nightmare scenarios. Since there are so many gaps in the narratives, the reader is free to fill them in with their own interpretations and conclusions. This series is essentially an attempt on my part to accomplish the same on purpose.”
“Each page consists of a single character with a single line of text below them. While several of them make use of well-worn horror tropes, none of them are direct reprints of previously published works. I’m hoping for a good blend of funny quirkiness and real creepiness.”
Brian explained to us the major purpose of his illustrations, which he stated as follows: “That varies greatly according on the subject matter I’m depicting. With the ‘Behind You’ series, I’m obviously trying to give the viewer a chill or sometimes a giggle, maybe making them curious about the bigger untold story. However, I frequently work on projects with a completely different goal in mind. Cute characters, concept drawings, or storyboards are good additions. It’s great to have a wide range of options!”
The artist explains his journey into the arts: “Comic books, Saturday morning cartoons, movies, and board games are all examples of this. I assume, like everyone else, I drew constantly as a kid, but I simply kept doing it. When it was time to look for a job, it appeared a lot more exciting than the others!”
What are your thoughts on these illustrations? Were you frightened when you saw them? Sends chills down your spine? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below, and don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite image! Also, give a nod to the talented artist Brian, who has gotten much too little credit for his talent. It matters a lot to artists when you follow and like their social media accounts.