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Horror, Morbid and Mystic Art Pictures

It is true that art communicates what words can not and art is the language that communicates with the soul. Morbid art stands for works that illustrate a very deathly and deathlike mood. It has many variations starting from its gore scenes to its dark and depressed atmosphere – and sometimes its daydreams, night screams, corpses and horrifying imagery.

As such, it has some similarties with the mystic art that is also quite “charismatic” in terms of its themes and motifs. The beauty of mystic art is the simple fact that it captures your attention at the very first glance, provides you with the imagery of something that doesn’t exist, looks surreal or even bizarre and hence impresses you in a very mystifying way.

In this post we present some amazing examples of morbid and mystic art. Hopefully, you’ll love some of them or at least will find them creative or inspirational. Please explore the further works of the artists linked below and also feel free to suggest other artworks in the comments to this post.

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Morbid Art Link

Following Death

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Bloodbath

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Free with the Wind

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Love2

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Love Is Dead In Metropolis4

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The Collector6

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Dead8

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The Amended10

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A Lack of Confidence12

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One dead for one survive14

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Voices of the Dead16

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Feeling Morbid18

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Could I Please Come With You 20

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The Brighter Side of Suffering22

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Sometimes even angels feel worthless…24

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Morbid ECCENTRIC Beauty

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Dead Tree

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The Morbid Machine26

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Morbid World28

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Til Death

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Psycho30

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Morbid Desire32

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Down The Drain34

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I will play for you, a last lullaby36

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Sea Monster38

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DEAD TREE in a DEAD MIND in a DEAD HEAD in a DEAD WORLD40

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Death is an Angel42
Death is an angel with two faces: To us he turns / A face of terror, blighting all things fair; / The other burns / With glory of the stars, and love is there.

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Mystic Art Link

Shaman44

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Guilty

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ILLUMINATION

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Mystic Serenity46

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Mystic Calamity48

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The Amethyst Mystic50

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Mystic Cave52

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Mystic54

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The dragons maid 56

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Faith of the Heart58

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This is not my Way60

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Shining Moon, Mystic Island62

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The Mysterious Disappearance64

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Mysterious Moon66

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Stairway to Heaven

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Queen of wind68

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As if the life70

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Bread of Shame72

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Mystic Sorceress

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The Mystic 74

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Mystic wood 76

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Into the Mystic 78

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Spirit of the Mist

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Mystic80

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/20/30-beautiful-surreal-and-dark-art-pictures/
  2. 2 http://mindsiphon.deviantart.com/art/love-7232699
  3. 3 http://mindsiphon.deviantart.com/art/love-7232699
  4. 4 http://poerti.deviantart.com/art/Love-Is-Dead-In-Metropolis-61922264
  5. 5 http://poerti.deviantart.com/art/Love-Is-Dead-In-Metropolis-61922264
  6. 6 http://wilderwein77.deviantart.com/art/The-Collector-59779207
  7. 7 http://wilderwein77.deviantart.com/art/The-Collector-59779207
  8. 8 http://mredgar.deviantart.com/art/dead-79400802
  9. 9 http://mredgar.deviantart.com/art/dead-79400802
  10. 10 http://kris-wilson.deviantart.com/art/The-Amended-55496216
  11. 11 http://kris-wilson.deviantart.com/art/The-Amended-55496216
  12. 12 http://thorcx.deviantart.com/art/A-Lack-of-Confidence-102328851
  13. 13 http://thorcx.deviantart.com/art/A-Lack-of-Confidence-102328851
  14. 14 http://vic-mon.deviantart.com/art/one-dead-for-one-survive-71277207
  15. 15 http://vic-mon.deviantart.com/art/one-dead-for-one-survive-71277207
  16. 16 http://vvbornofdesirevv.deviantart.com/art/Voices-of-the-Dead-18855693
  17. 17 http://vvbornofdesirevv.deviantart.com/art/Voices-of-the-Dead-18855693
  18. 18 http://kuu-ish.deviantart.com/art/Feeling-Morbid-ty-39650642
  19. 19 http://kuu-ish.deviantart.com/art/Feeling-Morbid-ty-39650642
  20. 20 http://kheelan.deviantart.com/art/Could-I-Please-Come-With-You-1693216
  21. 21 http://kheelan.deviantart.com/art/Could-I-Please-Come-With-You-1693216
  22. 22 http://headz.deviantart.com/art/The-Brighter-Side-of-Suffering-104192959
  23. 23 http://headz.deviantart.com/art/The-Brighter-Side-of-Suffering-104192959
  24. 24 http://fallnangeltears.deviantart.com/art/Worthless-35211693
  25. 25 http://fallnangeltears.deviantart.com/art/Worthless-35211693
  26. 26 http://skatefreak14.deviantart.com/art/The-Morbid-Machine-70926407
  27. 27 http://skatefreak14.deviantart.com/art/The-Morbid-Machine-70926407
  28. 28 http://goregath.deviantart.com/art/Morbid-World-48320545
  29. 29 http://goregath.deviantart.com/art/Morbid-World-48320545
  30. 30 http://aftab318.deviantart.com/art/Psycho-38813115
  31. 31 http://aftab318.deviantart.com/art/Psycho-38813115
  32. 32 http://15fathoms-counting.deviantart.com/art/morbid-desire-115577326
  33. 33 http://15fathoms-counting.deviantart.com/art/morbid-desire-115577326
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ditocujo/2481487678/sizes/l/in/pool-1011857@N21/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ditocujo/2481487678/sizes/l/in/pool-1011857@N21/
  36. 36 http://misslyka.deviantart.com/art/Lullaby-48244022
  37. 37 http://misslyka.deviantart.com/art/Lullaby-48244022
  38. 38 http://kittiquin.deviantart.com/art/Sea-Monster-116359147
  39. 39 http://kittiquin.deviantart.com/art/Sea-Monster-116359147
  40. 40 http://vileation.deviantart.com/art/DEAD-85536756
  41. 41 http://vileation.deviantart.com/art/DEAD-85536756
  42. 42 http://sya.deviantart.com/art/Death-is-an-Angel-10040558
  43. 43 http://sya.deviantart.com/art/Death-is-an-Angel-10040558
  44. 44 http://engelszorn.deviantart.com/art/Shaman-90904717
  45. 45 http://engelszorn.deviantart.com/art/Shaman-90904717
  46. 46 http://kayla-ki.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-Serenity-32050374
  47. 47 http://kayla-ki.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-Serenity-32050374
  48. 48 http://hybridgothica.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-Calamity-100680311
  49. 49 http://hybridgothica.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-Calamity-100680311
  50. 50 http://arien.deviantart.com/art/The-Amethyst-Mystic-104975695
  51. 51 http://arien.deviantart.com/art/The-Amethyst-Mystic-104975695
  52. 52 http://shaggy6963.deviantart.com/art/mystic-cave-109929444
  53. 53 http://shaggy6963.deviantart.com/art/mystic-cave-109929444
  54. 54 http://shinybinary.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-89107451
  55. 55 http://shinybinary.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-89107451
  56. 56 http://greenfeed.deviantart.com/art/the-dragons-maid-73600108
  57. 57 http://greenfeed.deviantart.com/art/the-dragons-maid-73600108
  58. 58 http://iardacil.deviantart.com/art/Faith-of-the-Heart-78903691
  59. 59 http://iardacil.deviantart.com/art/Faith-of-the-Heart-78903691
  60. 60 http://mysweetdarkness.deviantart.com/art/This-is-not-my-Way-42813816
  61. 61 http://mysweetdarkness.deviantart.com/art/This-is-not-my-Way-42813816
  62. 62 http://jjcheddar77.deviantart.com/art/Shining-Moon-Mystic-Island-93637200
  63. 63 http://jjcheddar77.deviantart.com/art/Shining-Moon-Mystic-Island-93637200
  64. 64 http://temporary-peace.deviantart.com/art/The-Mysterious-Disappearance-56046565
  65. 65 http://temporary-peace.deviantart.com/art/The-Mysterious-Disappearance-56046565
  66. 66 http://christel-b.deviantart.com/art/Mysterious-Moon-71406735
  67. 67 http://christel-b.deviantart.com/art/Mysterious-Moon-71406735
  68. 68 http://adunio.deviantart.com/art/Queen-of-wind-75645657
  69. 69 http://adunio.deviantart.com/art/Queen-of-wind-75645657
  70. 70 http://drezdany.deviantart.com/art/As-if-the-life-65695382
  71. 71 http://drezdany.deviantart.com/art/As-if-the-life-65695382
  72. 72 http://wolfmorphine.deviantart.com/art/Bread-of-Shame-92192794
  73. 73 http://wolfmorphine.deviantart.com/art/Bread-of-Shame-92192794
  74. 74 http://xxwarbladexx.deviantart.com/art/The-Mystic-47199678
  75. 75 http://xxwarbladexx.deviantart.com/art/The-Mystic-47199678
  76. 76 http://moonchild-ljilja.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-wood-110223185
  77. 77 http://moonchild-ljilja.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-wood-110223185
  78. 78 http://nighty.deviantart.com/art/Into-the-Mystic-4079312
  79. 79 http://nighty.deviantart.com/art/Into-the-Mystic-4079312
  80. 80 http://fevereon.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-22283378
  81. 81 http://fevereon.deviantart.com/art/Mystic-22283378
  82. 82 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/20/30-beautiful-surreal-and-dark-art-pictures/
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Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

  1. 1

    STOP. DOING. THIS. SHIT.

    I hate these pointless “gallery” posts where all you do is find a shitload of vaguely related JPG’s, slap three vague adjectives to the front, and call it content. Who do you think you’re helping with this? You don’t actually post any tutorials with it, so it’s not helping anyone become a better designer/illustrator. The worst part is, some of these are just fucking AWFUL.

    What happened to this site? It’s just “inspiration” post after “inspiration” post. That’s not what SM is supposed to be; there are a lot of other websites that designers use for inspiration like FFFFOUND and DYT, and they all do a much better job than just posting shit they found on Deviant Art. This site was about supplying you with resources and information to “make your life easier”, not supplying us with lousy lookbooks.

    Please, take this site back to the days when it was about helping people become better designers and developers instead of these lazy, horse shit gallery posts.

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  2. 2

    You guys above need to seriously relax. Let’s see you guys maintain a site of this magnitude. I am sure that you wouldn’t find it that easy to do everything the public expects. After all though, smashing magazine is also known for its inspiration posts. If you don’t want to become inspired by dark imagery then you have no business wasting your time in this post and complaining about it.

    Who cares if its two inspirational posts in a row…honestly…

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  3. 3

    Agreed. This is really not up to par with even mediocre posts of the past. The majority of these samples are cliche and hardly thought provoking or inspirational.

    This post might have been salvageable if some time and work had gone into picking the handful of pieces that were passable and explaining why they might be considered inspirational or at least worth noting/not flipping by.

    On whether or not this is laziness… It sure seems like it. I speculate that it’s merely an idea for a semi-regular installment that just doesn’t fit with the overall concept/focus of the site. I hope it either gets tightened up or discarded. As some of the other other new additions (Ask Smashing Magazine) are great additions. Thanks for the great work otherwise everyone. I do love hitting this site up for the great tutorials, tips, and inspiration.

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  4. 4

    In an evil world, evil is attractive. Attractive enough to grace the pages of the mainstream SM. This is just an example of how complacent the world is with evil. It is so irresistible isn’t it? So was the fruit which Eve ate in the Garden.

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  5. 5

    Awesome post.
    Hey UGH (post 5) Get out of here you wuss!

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  6. 6

    Jasper Kennis

    April 5, 2009 11:00 pm

    Worst smashing post ever!

    99 % Cheap photoshop effects used to create corny images… Most suck horribly… Get back to the quality Smashing had one year ago; do one great great great post a weak instead of three of these horrible posts a day!

    -1
  7. 7

    Dan Almaral

    April 5, 2009 3:39 pm

    SCARY!!!! But brilliant!
    Nice list, indeed!

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    • 8

      hey guys, those pictures were gorgeous. i love them. i have never seen so many emotions in one image, some of those pictures just made me happy as hell because now i know im not that only one with those intrests. but i have too go to class now. so thanks

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  8. 9

    Leland Clemmons

    April 5, 2009 4:27 pm

    Meh. Some of them are truly outstanding, but the majority seems to follow the usual pattern of “horror” art.

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  9. 10

    I think that the art is both macabre and beautiful. People that have the ability to express their emotions with this kind of work are lucky and gifted. Some very poignant works.

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  10. 11

    Aquí faltan Dave McKean y Sergey Belov.

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  11. 12

    I pretty much agree with the guy above I’m afraid… some of the art is good, granted, but some of it’s really weak and cliched, and these posts do come across as lazy.

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  12. 13

    Bread of Shame that’s a nice one I like it. I like them all

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  13. 14

    Someone needs to flip-horizontal that “Last Lullaby” picture. The violin is in the wrong hand.

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  14. 15

    Love it! some cool stuff on here

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  15. 16

    honestly, i’m also agree with UGH

    most of the content this time is not that impressive.
    Instead why don’t you post horror style website such as corpse bride, gothica, hellboy and so on.

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  16. 17

    One word, “LAZY”.

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  17. 18

    Anyone with any sense of creativity or imagination will find this gallery of images inspirational or at least thought provoking in some manner. If you don’t feel that this kind of post is to your liking, fine, but at least say so in a manner that is constructive and foregoes all of the negativity and disparaging language. If you can’t manage that, why bother visiting the site at all or spending the time to make such a post? This is obviously aimed at the “Ugh” post – I can relate to disliking something or being frustrated with a lack of content, but take what you can and move on, allowing others to enjoy such things.

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  18. 19

    I like to go to websites that I usually frequent and complain when they do not tell me how to better my life, even though I will only use that knowledge to try and impress people at parties who will most certainly go unimpressed if I am not present. I am a designer and need a website to tell me how to become a better designer because I am terrible. When you guys don’t tell me these things, it makes me look awful and it is all your fault. I hate smashing magazine and any website that brings peoples awesome looking art (but not as good as mine) to a wider audience so they can be appreciated. Where’s my appreciation?! HUH?! LOOK AT ME! somebody….please…

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  19. 20

    Repeat of comment #5, more or less. Please stop these kinds of posts. Once a month maybe.

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  20. 21

    yeah, unfortunately very weak !!! Would be better if you put a bit effort and look for related artist portfolios – not just deviantart links

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