I didn’t intend to go as detailed with this as I ended up going; originally the plan was just a black brush on white background sketch, but as the design started getting more complex I felt I needed to go a bit more refined and bring in some colour in order to clarify some of the ideas I was implementing.
The goal of this piece was to really push the grotesque nature of insects; and I think we can all agree that maggots are up there with yucky things associated with insects. While being adjusted throughout the process, the maggot torso was pretty much the first thing I thought of; “a maggot on legs” is how I described the idea during a discord chat. I liked the idea of that maggot aesthetic being revealed in piece throughout the rest of the body, so that was used to represent the red injections that the Krika leg pieces have.
I do intend to continue this ‘nightmare fuel’ series, but the following pieces definitely won’t all be up to this level of finish - I rarely have the motivation to spend as long as long drawing as something like this takes.