Festival of Fear '09: Ghoulish Gary Pullin
My favourite part of the weekend is having access to art that appeals to me. The bonus is meeting the artists in person. I came away with 4 prints this weekend. The first is from local artist Ghoulish Gary Pullin.
Wondering why the artwork looks familiar? Gary does illustrations for Rue Morgue.
What I really wanted was a copy of his Fido print. Alas, there were none available. Instead, I picked up a rockin' rendition of Frankenstein's monster. Normally me and Mr. Big-Bad-and-Green don't have an instant connection (I blame overexposure to his image), but how can you say no to that face when he's so wonderfully captured on paper?
I had time to chat with the man behind the monster, and Gary is one of those people you get an immediate good vibe from. He's the guy you want to have a beer with, and maybe even pick up the round for him. And his stylin' fiancée (soon to be wife) with her fabulous look (she is always stunning at the convention in a rockabilly-esque/vintage inspired outfit) is equally as endearing.
They are so friendly, in fact, that I caught myself making the type of jokes I generally save for people I know well (because I can sometimes frighten strangers with my humour). Of course, when I tried to NOT share the jokes aloud, I was still laughing at them, and then I ended up being the weird chick laughing to herself at nothing. When I catch myself doing this (it happens more often than I'd like it to), I then blush and shake my head a lot, only adding to the awkwardness. Good times.
Gary is apparently on Etsy now, but I don't have the link at the moment. You can also get some of his work through his website. Hey, if Gary's art is good enough for Udo Kier (I was at the booth when Mr. Kier came over to get one of Gary's pictures), it's good enough for the rest of us.