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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

Online Flicks for an Uninspired Monday

on February 2, 2009 - 12:12pm

I thought I would share a few videos with you to help fight off the Monday blahs.

First it's the Happy Tree Friends in "Remains to Be Seen". In this episode, the furry creatures deal with the disaster of zombies.

I think my favourite moment is when the manual lawn mower comes out.

You can see more episodes (including some with a Halloween theme) on the official website.

The second flick (below) is a music video brought to my attention by Eve Noir who thought I might like it. And I will admit, it has grown on me.

New Props Drying By an Open Fire

on January 31, 2009 - 6:30pm

Monax by the fire
It's been a cold Saturday spent working on props.

Marmota Monax is coming along slowly. Though I don't plan on having his body be visible, he's gotten a sloppy clay covering over his torso. I've been experimenting with a new clay recipe and thought this was a safe opportunity to test it.

More Casket Furniture

on January 30, 2009 - 8:03am

casket poker table
When you start a business, it's important to know your target audience and the positioning of the product you're selling (a basic decision of who it's for, what it does, and how to appeal to your target group). With this in mind, I think the folks over at Casket Furniture need to work on their selling angle. Or at the very least, reorganize their website. I get the feeling they didn't want to miss out on either crowd - people mourning a loss and people who look at coffins as entertainment.

For example, the second menu item on their website after 'Casket Furniture' is 'Casket Gaming' where you can find items like this Coffin Poker Table.

Are you now in a fun and fancy free mood? Totally on board with how coffins aren't just for funerals? Goooood! Because the third menu item is 'Casket Plans' where we switch gears from fun and games. Suddenly the messages take on a sombre tone to discuss how hard it is to lose a loved one, and the products aren't for fun, but for eternal peace.

More X-Rays of Moi

on January 29, 2009 - 10:31am

my skull profile
Recently I posted a bone scan of myself I'd had taken a while ago. I'd remembered I had it because I was getting x-rays done. Turns out the x-rays were useless to the doctor, but they're a welcome addition to my growing collection (nice profile, don't you think?).

It's all rather fitting, since there's been a blogging frenzy this week covering an x-ray lamp made by Sture Pallarp (shown right), and I'm thinking of making my own sometime.

While I've seen 'how-to's online that get people to attach their x-rays to existing paper lampshades, I think I'll pick up a plastic shade made for DIY stained glass projects.

Playgrounds Can be Tough

on January 28, 2009 - 8:39am

I'm sure most of us can remember a time in childhood when our parents nudged us out the door to play, even though something - be it the local bully or the crazy neighbour's dog that's always loose - was waiting for us. I can remember many a battle taking place at the local park. Though I will admit, I never had to fight zombies (not real ones, anyway).

This corner snapshot from Jason Chan's "Zombie Playground" sums up a metaphor of what it was like to battle those foes way back when.

Gives a whole new spin on "King of the Castle", doesn't it?

That's What I Call a Pumpkin

on January 27, 2009 - 8:06am

Ray Villafane is a professional artist and sculptor. He's done work for Sideshow Collectibles, Reflex Publications, DC Direct, McFarlane Toys, and Bowen Designs.

Apparently in his spare time, he'll carve a pumpkin or two.

I found these on a flickr account after reading a post by Ray's brother who was bragging (justly) about Ray's talent as a pumpkin carver. I did a little google detective work and found Ray's website.

To see all of the pumpkins and a 'how to' (ha ha ha...right), check out Ray's pumpkin page on his website.

Scaring Ourselves More than the Monsters Do

on January 26, 2009 - 12:42pm

black hand and pumpkinface
While there are many things to legitimately fear in the world, I find that human beings have a tendency to heighten these fears to the point where we lose scope of what we should actually be afraid of; what the original source of fear was, and how to act in order to protect ourselves. If you lose sight of what the original source was, then any action you take to prevent it from happening again is fairly useless.

I just read a news story from last October about a town in Pennsylvania who, after 16 years, lifted a ban on trick or treating after dark. The ban was put in place in October of 1992, after an 11-year-old girl, Shauna Howe, was abducted and murdered by two men.

Death is tragic. Murder of children is devastating. The people who commit these acts are the source of fear, and have nothing to do with a holiday.

I decided to do a bit of digging on the original story, and what I found illustrates my point of displacing fear.

The girl wasn't taken on Halloween. She was actually attacked on October 27th, while walking home from a girl scout Halloween party. On her own.

New Content

on January 25, 2009 - 4:55pm

New propNothing terribly exciting to report today, but I thought I would mention a couple of extra bits of content on the site.

There is a simple article on black lights and materials that glow in the dark for those of you who know little about it.

I've finally started putting together a tutorial on different clays available/commonly used. I only have three written up so far, but will be adding to it in the coming weeks. Next material will be Celluclay.

I've been working on the website for far too long this weekend, so I'm off to work on the first prop of 2009. He's not very impressive yet, but I suppose I wouldn't be either if I didn't have a face.

Aaron Blecha and His Cartoon Monstrosities

on January 24, 2009 - 7:57am

Blecha alien
You may have seen his work on the Cartoon Network or through Warner Brothers. If you haven't, come sit by me and get to know Wisconsin-born Aaron Blecha.

It's the editorial work he's done while living in London that caught my eye (for example, the images posted below).

While I enjoy animated shows, there's something that changes just beneath the surface of a cartoon when you take the same animation artist and apply their skill in a different medium for an older audience: the corners are a little darker; the characters are a little edgier; there is a commentary to the unspoken story.

Rotting Hills: Shea Halloween

on January 23, 2009 - 8:20am

Dubbax3 is the username behind the work over at Rotting Hills: Shea Halloween. He does beautiful sculptural art and some gruesome corpses, along with cuter looking creepers.

blue girl zombie

Besides having obvious talent, I think the reason his pieces are so wonderful is because of the attention to detail regardless of scale; you see it in his small sculptures and you see it in his large corpses/zombies. I especially like the look of the hands in the image below.