Welcome to Haunted MTL‘s “People behind the mask” interview series where readers are introduced to fantastic horror content creators. This week the interview is with artist Cachét Whitman. You can find Cachét Whitman’s incredible work on Instagram.
I was at a convention and I had to do a little cover for a charity auction. I really wanted to draw teeth, so my friend suggested I draw Scarecrow. That picture is really old, but it was a defining moment in how my art would evolve in the years to come. I used Copic markers and ink pens for it.
For the shiny bits and stray threads, I used a white gel pen. I let it dry and went lightly over with Copic markers so there could be some variation in the opacity of the white, otherwise, it would simply be too much white ink everywhere.
That is a crop of a much larger image, which is very explicit. It was for a collaborative artbook about monster erotica. There is a thing, it’s called teratophilia, it basically means sexual attraction to monsters. The book was about that. I painted my lich, Vroscaz, having a pleasant time with his undead friends on his bone throne.
For the image, I used Clip Studio Paint to paint it. I had a lot of fun on the skin, teeth, and gums, which are some of my most favorite things to render. The lighting was also fun to do, but I still have a lot to learn in that area.
Jason Voorhees is my favorite slasher, and I wanted to make something small and postcard-sized of him. It’s a simple picture, really. The messy gradient between him and the water was done with my fingers dipped in ink.
Where did you train as an artist?
I was a lonely kid and spent a lot of time in my room growing up. As a result, I did tons of art. I later found online forums and did free artwork for people in my teenage years. Eventually, as I got better, people started asking about commissions. I started doing commissions and I’ve been doing art full time ever since.
To me, nothing is as fulfilling as drawing for other people. To help their ideas become a little more real makes me feel like my work was worth something. My parents wouldn’t let me go to college for art though, they didn’t take it very seriously.
You have an interest in the skeletal forms, what inspires you about them?
To be blunt, I think they’re really sexy. Skeletons have always been a comforting symbol to me since I was very young. They always look like they’re smiling! I love all of their teeth (the more teeth the better), their hollow eyes, and the holes in their cheeks. They are also very satisfying to draw — so many appealing angles and curves. I think it’s especially fun to try to pull emotions out of a skeleton, the simplest changes in angles can offer a wide range of expressions.
What is your favorite horror story?
You know, I don’t really think I have one. I’m actually not really into horror stories, and I never really found many things to be scary. I’m really only into “horror” things because I find them very attractive instead of frightening. It’s like a guy who paints lots of pinups of women, except I’m the guy and the pinups of women are rotting people.
I’d say if I had to pick something, I really enjoyed the game “ANATOMY” by Kitty Horrorshow. It’s a fantastic, short game. It’s about a house.
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