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Monsters Inspired by Everyday Humans

on March 30, 2009 - 9:14am


The world can never have enough monsters. Especially custom made ones.

Today I will be posting about two different sites that focus on finding inspiration from the masses.

First is The Monster Engine. Dave Devries, a comic book and Universal Studio monster artist, made the observation that his niece's drawings of monsters were far more interesting and unique than many of the creatures created by adults. From this, the Monster Engine Book project was born.

Dave Devries and his Monster Engine book

Coraline Fun Still to Be Had

on March 29, 2009 - 11:54am

Ghoul Friday as Coraline
On a gloomy, rainy Sunday morning, I can't think of a way to spend my time than playing in the magical world of Coraline.

For weeks I've been planning on posting about Coraline the Musical which runs from May 7 to June 20, 2009 at the MCC Theatre in New York. It kept slipping my mind because I've found so many ghoulish topics to blog about lately.

Luckily, a post from Would You Like to See Something Strange showcasing Coraline collector cards also mentioned the Coraline Website. It prompted me to stop and finally blog about it (right after I created my picture of Ghoul Friday with buttons for eyes. You can make your own on the website).

Other highlights include free desktop wallpapers, movie poster postcards and of course watching the circus mice perform. Speaking of which...

Someone Chose Brains

on March 28, 2009 - 9:26am

Brains on Toast mock adDiane, a faithful visitor and friend to this website, has started a new blog called
Wouldn't You Like to See Something Strange.

Yes. Yes I would. I always do.

She found this image showing that not all of us are still debating between brains and coffee.

Gorgeous Skeleton Sculptures by Saúl Hernández

on March 27, 2009 - 11:36am


No time to chat about it, but really there's not much I can say about the sculptures of Saúl Hernández besides stunning, breath taking and truly amazing.

See and learn more through the link above.

Sketch Theatre

on March 27, 2009 - 8:58am

Sketch Theatre
Gather round, my little ghouligans, and watch the equivalent of an online artist sideshow.

I've recently discovered a website called Sketch Theatre where you can watch some of your favourite artists create a sketch from start to finish.

A camera is positioned above the artist as they draw. The video is then played back at high speed for all to watch.

I was happy to see Greg Craola Simkins is the newest addition to their featured artist list. I've
blogged about Greg in the past. Worth a look for anyone who isn't familiar with his work.

But don't stop there. Check out their whole catalogue of artists. You'll find people like Travis Louie and Michael Broom as well.

Enjoy!

Resurrection vs Reanimation

on March 26, 2009 - 12:09pm

Jesus Zombie by www.killmargot.com
I love zombies. I love zombie walks. I love being tongue-in-cheek when it comes to Jesus (I expect he has a wonderful sense of humour). With that in mind, you might think I would automatically support the Boston Zombie Outbreak scheduled to take place on Easter. But let's talk about this.

A little birdie by the name of zombiehorde tweeted today about the Boston event and I thought I'd check out what the hubbub was all about.

According to a couple of sources online, 2 years ago the zombie lovers had their march on a Saturday. Crowds of people dressed in zombie gear took to the streets in all their reanimated glory, converging at a main square in the evening hours. On that occasion, organizer Alli Auldridge pointed out there was no meaning behind the zombie walk except to have fun.

So what's changed?

It seems they decided 'with the mythology of the holiday in mind' to have this year's march on Easter Sunday between 12 pm and 4 pm. I would think a time slot like that increases their chance to cross paths with church goers and little Easter egg hunters. Was this intentional as well?

Glenn Liddell who is an organizer behind this year's event had this to say in a statement to a local news source:

Mini Monsters: Experimenting with Super Sculpey

on March 26, 2009 - 9:18am

Sculpey Monsters

Yesterday afternoon I did some experimenting with Super Sculpey. I've only used Sculpey once before, so most of my time yesterday was spent getting to know the medium. As I experimented, a new face appeared in front of me, and I couldn't bare to squish him back into oblivion.

This pattern repeated itself until I had a small army of unfinished mini-monsters. I call them The Underbiters.

I haven't given them hands yet (I kind of like them without hands, but I think they need some) and the bodies need some touch ups, but I'm pretty happy with how my first real session went.

I'll be adding a tutorial as I learn more about this product.

p.s. Thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes!

Birthday Brains

on March 25, 2009 - 9:21am

Birthday Brains for Ghoul Friday
Total self-indulgent blog today. Fellow haunter Dave was kind enough to sketch me up some birthday gruesomeness.

He must have done it while taking a break from the anchor and sign making happening over in his monster workshop. Made me smile. I love the half-crazed, half-delighted expression on the character's face.

I'm off to start my day. First will be a stop to get my license renewed (boo), but then I plan to hit the art store and stock up on some Super Sculpey. I've neglected this medium in the past, and decided it was time to play around with it. We'll see what little critters come of it.

Besides, I can't think of a nicer way to spend some time on your birthday than making monsters.

Early Birthday Present: Lenore

on March 24, 2009 - 10:58am

Vinyl figure of Lenore, the Cute Little Dead GirlTomorrow, March 25th, is the birthday of the woman whose head I live in. An early birthday gift was presented which has brought me much delight.

This is Lenore, the Cute Little Dead Girl and she is sitting on the desk as I type this. The poor soul in the snake's belly is Ragamuffin, her sidekick.

Roman Dirge is the artist. He's created both a comic strip and short animations of Lenore and friends.

I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to Lenore. I really enjoy the illustrations, but the online impressions of the artist leave much to be desired. I'd actually given up completely as a fan of this character because I couldn't find any good leads on new projects or even merchandise.

The big bad Sony copyright machine closed the only decent site where you could get a good sense of Dirge's work (speaking of which, not sure how long that link I posted above will be of any use). I can understand wanting to control how your work is promoted, but the webmaster wasn't making any money off the fan site. More importantly, the artist himself is but a scattered presence on the Web.

Chairs of a Feather Sit Together

on March 24, 2009 - 9:17am


Keeping with yesterday's furniture theme, I'd like to share another chair with you. This one comes from FiveTen Studio and will set you back $7500.

It's completely covered in black feathers. I can't imagine you could sit on it without harming the delicate plumes, but it is nice to look at.

I first spotted this on Badder Homes and Gardens, a designer blog with an edge.

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