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Nightmares of the Fall
work by Aleksey Saburov

Friday, October 17th, 2014 Published in: 2014 Archives

As the leaves begin to change color, and the days become shorter and cooler, many people around the world start to think about Halloween. It's a time for frights, thrills, fun — and fantastic, imaginative engraving.

Nightmares of the Fall took Saburov by surprise, but not in the way some pranking youngster might on Halloween night. "The truth is, this idea started off with a doodle," mentioned Saburov, a native Russian who currently lives in New Jersey, USA. "I was sketching an eyeball with scary veins and a Halloween feel to it — an embossed, detailed shape without much thought or concept."

Holding a pen during a phone conversation allowed his hand to wander about, and the resulting sketch appealed to Saburov. "I felt that this semi-accidental doodle had an intriguing potential!"

He refined the the drawing, changing what were originally maple leaves into a cracked pumpkin to better suit the composition and theme. Now translated from paper to metal, Saburov's design is absolutely crawling with sinewy details and sinister texture. Fine silver, 24K gold, and copper inlays emphasize the colors of the season. "I enjoy highly saturated, detailed images that can take hours to examine," Saburov noted. If ever an engraving were needed to capture the creepy allure of Halloween, this one might just win the whole night's candy stash. Thanks for sharing, Aleksey!

To see more of Aleksey Saburov's hand engraving work, visit his website, www.saburovart.com.

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