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Dark Art Evolution

Sat Mar 15, 2014, 1:30 AM by LadyEvilArts:iconladyevilarts:


This article is about development of dark art as artistic style and changes in this style during last 10 years. To show how far we've come, and to challenge artists to keep experimenting.


First deviations submitted to dark category, really few per month, artworks evidently related to gothic subculture, pale-coloured, characteristic for that period equal sharpness of foreground an background.

In your grave by StygianDeath Queen Of Zodiac by cyberkorn In The Garden by ThisYearsGirl Suspended in Time by Nawheera



Very close to the previous period, also mostly pale-coloured art that has obvious gothic elements in it, but with much better blending, painted elements start to appear.

don't tell me it's over by WCS-Wildcat winter's cry by WCS-Wildcat :Death the Whore: by StygianDeath


Digital tablets became more popular during this time, which led to an increase in experimenting with painted elements. This year is also when the experiments began - artists tried new colours, worked harder on the concept and details.

...Chaos Queen... by MorbidiaMorthel An Erotic Alchemy by Cosmopavone ...Cursed Beauty... by MorbidiaMorthel Bat stories by THZ  


Year, when painted elements were extremely popular, seemed everybody wanted to achieve painted look, with or without a tablet. Artists started to use much more saturated colours for dark art. Also, the usage of back light was a very popular characteristic during this time.

Pool OF FearS by intano ...Gothic Angel... by MorbidiaMorthel La celda by ElenaDudina ..::Slight Hope::.. by Yosia82


The trend of painting elements decreased and thus led to a balance between realistic and painted dark manipulations. Artists also begin to loosen up in terms of colour choice and the use of Gothic elements returned in unique ways.

On that side of reality by sasha-fantom Beauty of the Beast by Lady-Symphonia Black Fire Upon Us by ErikShoemaker


Artists continued with the amazing techniques seen in 2010 while pushing forward with being more mindful of detailing and composition.

A Ride with Penny Farthing by JoeDiamondD Demoiselle Fledermaus by Lyssiana Dark Age Rising by whitewinged


Dark art is in bloom. Fantastic variety of different approaches to the style, much attention to details and technical components of the image, more evident mixes with other genres, and the results are incredible!

Humanity 2012 by ilona-veresk Mandrake potion for Valentine's day by LiliaOsipova Time To Revive by 3mmI Hunting by lombrascura


2013 marks the year when realism gained in popularity and the quality of stock photos increased. It was also during 2013 the overall quality of manipulations increased with a surge in the usage of textures and special effects. Throughout this year artists realize technique alone will not captivate viewers and thus focus more on the message of their individual pieces.

In Pulverem Reverteris by cunene Little Red and her Grandmother by PerlaMarina Wrap by BigBad-Red
Swan Queen by J-u-d-a-s VIGILANTES MORTUIS by streetX222 Fallen From the Sky by MirellaSantana

2014 ... to be continued

Only few months of the year have passed, I'm sure lots of great stuff is coming!

Forgotten Melody by obereg Queen of the Damned by StarsColdNight A Storm Is Comming by Aegils



:bulletpurple: What do you think the dark art trends will be for 2014?
:bulletpurple: Do you like the changes in the style like mixes with other genres, or you would prefer to keep it clean?
:bulletpurple: Do you feel changes in your own way of creating dark art?

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Aegils Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014   Digital Artist
This is quite interesting especially because I was here to watch most of it! ;)
Thank you so much for including my work!
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow cool, thank you for the feature! It is a nice development indeed!
MirellaSantana Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Very interesting, I liked it!
Thank you for including me! :hug: :aww:
PerlaMarina Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful article!Really tremendous changes and progression within last 10 years!Thanks so much for choosing my work ! Hug
LadyEvilArts Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes, progress is impressive, and we're not going to stop! :blackrose:
DemansMidasTouch Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant, nice work.
LadyEvilArts Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
J-u-d-a-s Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Great article! interesting read.. thanks for the inclusion! <3 
LadyEvilArts Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Glad you liked it! And welcome :hug:
J-u-d-a-s Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
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