TO LAND IN THE UNCANNY VALLEY
By Stephen T.
From my limited research, the uncanny valley is a term used to identify the sensation of revulsion that happens when we as humans see a representation of another human that is too close to real. When this happens, the brain is sent conflicting signals of “person” and “not person” at the same time, creating this effect of confusion and discomfort. In comics, the use of either stylized or hyper-realistic illustration is common, but most artists stay clear of this danger zone.
Today we will explore some illustrators who dare to stand at the edge of this valley and laugh at (or fall into) the abyss.