Undercover Artist: Ruth Skrytek of Nottingham Horror Collective

Tell us a bit about yourself…
My name is Ruth – I am an artist, illustrator and design tutor. I trained in architecture and interior design – but have since moved on to more graphic design-based work.

Tell us about some projects you have worked on in the past…
I co-founded and now I design The Nottingham Horror Collective‘s indie zine, an illustrative mini magazine for the morbidly curious. We feature iconic horror media and local Nottingham creatives dealing with darkness. Every zine, art print, poster and piece of media we’ve worked on so far has been a dream come true. We couldn’t do it without Emily (co-founder and editor at TNHC)!

What was the inspiration behind the cover?
I like to create absurd and non-Euclidean universes – in these drawings I can take hyperbolic geometry to another level.

How does it compare to other projects you’ve worked on?
The majority of this coverage is derived from hand-drawn isometric illustrations, so I was working in a full raster canvas, which I don’t often do these days – I’m usually swimming in dozens of layers. I haven’t done anything isometric in a while, so it was really fun to work with that again.

What was the biggest challenge you had to face while creating the piece?
Decide which of the people was going to be designated as the witch! Maybe your readers can find it?

What do you have planned for the future?
Zine V: The High Priestess came out in March for International Women’s Day – we’ll be working on more for the release of this one for a while! But our next zine, The devilwill come Halloween 2022.


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