Black Dahlia Crime Scene

Joe Humphrey

Victoria, Canada

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It’s more of a landscape piece than anything else, though it’s kind of a crappy landscape of an empty field. I just saw the original photograph one night while reading up on Elizabeth Short, and it was one I hadn’t seen before and it appealed to me. Having grown up down there, it just looked like such a Southern California landscape, with the mountains in the background and the weedy empty lot and gnarly beat up sage bushes.

It’s a bit of a departure for me, and I think it turned out pretty decent. I’m particularly fond of that one big telephone pole on the right side. I don’t know why. I just like how it looks. I purposefully the image of her body fairly vague and loose. I wanted it to be there, but I didn’t want it to be the focus of the image. I see it much more as a drawing of those two guys standing there in the desert, trying to figure out what to do next. The body is obviously the focal point of the situation, but not of this vantage point.

Anyway, I’ve been hemming and hawing over whether or not I wanted to draw one of the crime scene photos or autopsy photos. I’ve got such a fascination with this case and those photos in particular, but at the same time, I don’t want to be in a position where I’m staring at them for hours on end. This turned out to be a pretty awesome way I could get that out of my system and still manage to make something that’s not entirely ugly. I like it anyway.

I may still one day draw one of the more graphic images, but not this time.

ink on 11X17 bristol board

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