I'm sure many of us have shared the same fears. Walking down dark hallways at night and washing my face in the sink with the fear that I'll open my eyes and come face-to-face with some kind of mirror demon are things that have instilled fear in me since I was a kid.
While I do absolutely nothing productive with my irrational fears, the Philippines-based artist Jerameel Lu (Leemarej) plays on these fears by creating 3D pieces inspired by what terrified him in the past. In an interview with A Plus, Lu discusses his embossing technique and how he came up with the ideas for this haunting drawings.
Back when I was a kid, I really [was] scared of those movies with ghosts trying to pull out of the wall, the carpet, the curtain and even skin.
I'm sure we all know the ones...
According to his interview with A Plus, Lu has been passionate about drawing from a very young age:
As long as I [can] remember, even before I went to preschool, drawing has been my habit.
And while he gets to express himself as an artist in his free-time, he mainly works as an engineer:
Engineer might have been my profession, but doing art is still my passion. I think that's the reason why I am doing this.
While he may feel somewhat stifled by his non-artistic work, he uses that feeling as a source of creative inspiration:
Maybe that was the reason why I have made some artworks that create the illusion of some images [appearing] to be pushing out of the page. Maybe those images are my passion, trapped by my situation, trying to get free.
Believe it or not, Lu is self-taught and has a message for all of you aspiring artists out there:
If you're an amateur artist like me, try to live out your passion if ever possible. But if you really can't, still, find time. We artists must believe in our own saying that 'a drawing a day keeps the stress away.'
It doesn't just have to be creepy work, either! Sometimes you just need to draw an image of Monsters, Inc.'s Mike Wazowski coming out of a sheet of paper just to even things out.
To see more of Jerameel Lu's work check out his Facebook page HERE.