It’s something we’ve all experienced. When you switch off the light and have to move to the next room, you get the impression that you’re not alone and that someone is watching you from the dark corner. Or when your heart begins to race while wandering alone in the streets late at night, fearful that someone is waiting for you in the bushes.
Brian Coldrick, a Dublin artist, illustrates this in his work (part one). He makes moving visuals that depict a variety of eerie scenarios that are sure to send shivers down your spine.Brian manages to weave a tale, engage the audience, and possibly even make you wonder if someone is standing behind you right now with just one image and a few words.
‘Behind You’ is the name of Brian’s entire project. Here’s some more information on it: “I, Brian Coldrick, am working on a series of pictures called Behind You. (hi!) I’d call it a webcomic, but there aren’t any panels, and each image is effectively its own tale, so that’s a stretch. My foolish goal is to post once every week.”
“My interest in horror films and novels, particularly the reading of frightening internet stories, sparked the whole thing. The real-life account is my favourite form of spooky online storey. These aren’t so much scary scenarios as they are storylines. There are so many holes in the stories that the reader will have plenty of opportunities to fill them in with their own conclusions. This series is essentially my attempt to do so on purpose.”
“Each page consists of one line of text and a character with someone or something behind them. While some of them reference well-worn horror tropes, none are straight adaptations of existing stories; I suppose old and new fairytales and myths are fair game. Hopefully, there will be a combination of humorous oddity and true creepiness.”
Brian explained the main purpose of his illustrations to us: “That depends entirely on what I’m portraying. I’m certainly attempting to give the audience a chill or a laugh with the ‘Behind You’ series, and perhaps pique their interest in the larger unwritten storey. However, I frequently work on projects with a completely other goal in mind. Characters that are cute, concept drawings, or storyboards. It’s always nice to have a little bit of everything!”
The artist explains how he became interested in art: “Comic books, Saturday morning cartoons, movies, and board games are all popular. I assume I drew all the time as a kid, like everyone else, but I’ve just kept it up. When it came time to choose a job, it seemed a lot more enjoyable than the other options!”