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This Artist’s Illustrations Hide Creepy Details That Will Send A Shiver Down Your Spine

Published 2 weeks ago

It’s no secret that some artists like to hide secret little details in their works, like their initials for example. However, American artist Jeff Lee Johnson takes it to a whole different level.

Jeff creates digital illustrations that look innocent at first glance but get gradually creepier the closer you look. You soon begin to notice all sorts of eerie details hidden in his illustrations, such as bloody hand prints and slimy tentacles, and it’s enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

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Under the Boardwalk

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

In a recent interview with Bored Panda, the artist explained that his brother was a fan of sci-fi and horror, and shared his library with him. The two also loved watching classic movies together. “I spent a lot of time either with my nose in her books or watching those old movies, playing the various roles in those stories, and gaining empathy and insight into a wide variety of personalities and situations,” explained Jeff. “Switching from one genre to another in my art is not much harder than switching channels on the TV or picking up a new book.”

Rue The Day

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

The artist is a big fan of the writer H.P. Lovecraft but says he’s a bit more optimistic than him. Jeff really got to explore the Lovecraftian world when he received an assignment by Fantasy Flight Games, the place where he works as an art director, and illustrated a 1920s railcar full of all sorts of shady characters.

“When that painting was finished, I realized I had found a really fun thread to tug on, and began thinking of a series based on that theme,” explained the artist. “In each painting, we take the point of view of someone giving a good first look at new surroundings. Not all of these observers are impartial, which seems natural, and some may not be very nice, though they are all fearless lovers of travel and new experiences.”

Check out more of Jeff’s wonderfully eerie illustrations below!

The Grand International Hotel

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Blue Plate Special

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Image credits: Jeff Lee Johnson

Aušrys Uptas

One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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