2008: Don’t Breathe

2008 (7)
Illustration of Isaac dragging the Mystic Sword through the forest, from Curse of the Mystic Sword, formerly known as Mystic Travels. Micky drew the line-art, and I coloured it. 😺

Edit – August 21st, 2021 – I found this description from my old art blog:

After seeing the trailer for Don’t Breathe so many times, which is a horror film about three thieves breaking into an old blind man’s home with the old blind man fighting back – fiercely – we couldn’t help but be reminded of Isaac from our old graphic novel, Mystic Travels, which was also known as ‘Curse of the Mystic Sword’. Isaac was a blind, deaf, and mute old man, inspired from Voldo in the Soul Calibur games, whom is the deadly, spidery guardian of the Money Pit, and defends it against thieves {including my sensei, Yoshi-san ~ aka Puck-sensei in my Soul series}.

Our stories could be really dark, so our Mother actually used to call them, “your Gothic novels” back then, with us eventually switching between referring to them as “Graphic novels” and “Gothic novels” interchangeably. Almost as dark as Don’t Breathe, at times, too.

@octobernocturne did the sketch of Isaac {seen below} carrying the Devil’s Sword behind him in early 2007, whereas I eventually coloured it spontaneously sometime in 2008 {seen above}, during the same time period I was colouring my sketches of Amy Belle Florel, and her adoptive mother, Dr. Carnation Lily – who clashed often with Amy’s foster father, Lord Leopold Florel, not only because they were both doctors; her being a feminist, and him being a misogynist, but because they had different ideas of how to raise Amy.

Even so, the two weren’t ever truly romantically involved, nor were they ever Amy’s collective parents either – how Carnation came to adopt Amy as a single mother was due to believing that the young girl was an orphan and that her father, Leopold, was dead {when, in fact, he can’t die – he’s a vampyre, although the doctor was never to learn this}, but I digress.

By the time they became a family, Carnation had already met and taken in Isaac, insisting he come with her to the Florel estate, much to the Dark Lord’s disgust, for the young doctor had a compassionate heart, and strong will; perhaps being the only person to truly stand up to Leopold. Isaac was another source of conflict between the two opposites.

I felt inspired to post this due to having just watched ‘Don’t Breathe’ – my adrenaline is still making me light-headed, and sick from the fear that the film brought me. I see now why it is being referred to as the most original horror film in decades. Terrifying. ;_;


@octobernocturne‘s original sketch:

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