Creature Feature: It’s Burton Blog Bash Day!

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Hello subscribers and Burton Blog Bash hoppers! Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog today as we celebrate  the genius that is Tim Burton and the release of Miss Pereguine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Some of you may have learned to like his work later on in life but for me.. his work has effected me since back when it was “weird” to like the types of things he created. Especially for a little girl.

tumblr_mbsz0ro3tu1qepf8yo3_250When I was 7 years old Beetlejuice came out and it instantly drew me in. I remember some kids being scared of Beetlejuice. I was one of those kids yelling his name hoping he would make an appearance. Envious of how cool it would be to live in Lydia Deetz’s shoes. I guess you can say I still admire her. I have her tattoo’d on my arm. My dad even walked me down the aisle to the Beetlejuice intro music because not only did my Dad introduce me to the movie but my husband and I bonded over it when we first started dating (he now has the rest of the cast tattoo’d on his arm). It was a very important part of our ceremony and so symbolic. Who better then Danny Elfman to set the mood for our Halloween Masquerade reception.

When Edward Scissorhands came out, I remember thinking whoever made these films was some sort of genius. When you are younger you really don’t get into who made what when it comes to movies. You just watch them, love them or hate them. However Tim Burton’s films were like nothing I had ever seen and when I found out the same man made Beetljuice it clicked that this man was different. When I found out he did Pee Wee’s Big Adventure my mind was blown. He was talented and he had something no one else had when it came to making movies (I was a smart kid ehh ha ha). When I was really little,  Jim Henson was always my hero as far as fantasy movie makers were concerned. As I was beginning to get older, Tim Burton crept his way into my heart as well. He had this way of bringing macabre visions to life but making them whimsical which amazed me (and still does).

Which brings us to when the previews came out for Nightmare Before Christmas when I was 12 years old. I still have the newspaper clippings I cut out of the newspaper in anticipation for the movie to come out. The fact that it was clay animated completely awed me and the characters seemed so intriguing. I guess you can say I was a little like Jack when I saw the previews… “What’s This?” “What’s This?”🙂

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Not only did I have these clippings because I was excited about the movie, but I used them to draw the characters as well. Stashed away with the clippings are my sketches from back then. They make me smile to look back at. So not only did Tim Burton entertain me, he also inspired me to create!

The great thing is he still does. Over the years all of his movies have continued to draw me in. These are just a glimpse of some of the things I have conjured up over the years inspired by him. Click on any of the images to see them on a larger scale.

I don’t have enough time or space to include all the clothing and home decor I have collected over the years. ha ha. But I can add to your collections. So to give back to all the people following this Burton Blog Bash I want to give you all a coupon code that can be used in my Etsy shop TODAY ONLY! Use code BURTONBASH at check out and get 15% off your order!

Don’t forget to also check out all the other blogs participating in today’s blog bash! All bloggers will be posting about Tim Burton so you know they are worth stopping by and checking out what they are posting! If this is your first time stopping by my blog please follow and subscribe!

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

 

Remains: Mannequin Transformation Part 2

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So yesterday on our way to work we passed up Nearly New Resale and noticed a dress hanging in the window among their other featured Halloween costume items. It caught my eye as something that might work for my current bride of Frankenstein mannequin project. If was a vintage, long sleeved wedding gown. I thought well if I go this route I can skip my original plan of using sheets and gauze and all that fun stuff and just put her in this dress (of course I would decay it and make it look creepy)! My other thought was if she was covered in an actual gown there would be less chance of paint chipping and costume malfunctions when transporting her around all over in the hearse.

So on the way home from work Frank and I decided to stop in and take a look at it. Our biggest debate when looking at it was “will it fit her” and “how much”. Well Frank was certain it would fit and I was pretty sure that if it didn’t I would figure some way to cut it up and do something with it. When they told us only $8 we couldn’t resist.

So we brought it home last night and I could not believe it actually fits the mannequin. It literally JUST fits her but it fits! You can’t see it in the picture but it also has a train on the back of it and it’s long. This will be great when she does not have her legs attached and is sitting on the seat in the hearse. No one will know the difference.

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Too make it look more fitting to her decaying look my next step is to dirty up the dress and make it look worn and tattered. Once she is done I will be sure to post an update… so stay tuned!

Also be sure to check out Nearly New Resale! The shop is really nice and so are the people working there! We will definitely be back.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Features: SeptemBurton Blog Bash

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This month I will be participating in another blog bash! It’s been a long time coming and this one is right up my alley so of course I jumped on board. Anything to celebrate the genius that is Tim Burton I support! Not to mention it’s being hosted by Holly’s Horrorland and Little Gothic Horrors who I adore. It is also taking place on September 30th in celebration of the release of his latest movie, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. I can not wait to see the movie because the books by Ransom Riggs are amazing and I can only imagine someone like Tim Burton bringing them to life on the big screen.

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For those who are not aware, a blog bash is a celebration among bloggers with a theme set in mind. It is not only exposure for the bloggers but allows a really fun time for readers as they get to hop from blog to blog reading what each participate has posted based on the theme. Anytime I participate in one I add it to the Creature Features page of my official portfolio site. If you are interested in participating, be sure to click on the photo above to be taken to the sign up page!

Make sure to check your inboxes on September 30th if you subscribe to my blog to read all the fun Burton themed posts across the web. If you do not subscribe by email, follow my blog via WordPress or get my RSS Feed makes sure you do so now. Don’t miss this fun online event and all of my other killer posts!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Remains: Mannequin Transformation Part 1

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WP_20160731_11_15_32_ProFrom my past posts you all already know that I have an amazing mother in law. Judy is always thinking of me and always supporting my craft. She is a thrifty shopper with a great eye for stuff that I can use for up-cycling into my latest creepy creations!

She  knew I was on the look out for a female mannequin. My goal was to find one in decent shape and paint it to look like the Bride of Frankenstein.  I had multiple visions on how I planned to use it once I got my hands on one and transformed it….

  • Unique eye attention display for my art show vending table
  • Incorporate it into our Frankenhearse display for car shows and events. With our Frankenstein display already in the back of the hearse (yes that is a real body bag he is in) who better to display in the driver seat.
  • When not on display at shows it would be up in our house with all our other horror movie memorabilia.

Well Judy and some of the family were on a flea market travel expedition and she came across a woman who had a “traveling mate” in her trailer and was willing to sell her. She brought her home and I could not have been more thrilled. Not only was she in excellent condition but she was EXACTLY what I was looking for.

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This past weekend I took her apart and got to play Dr. Frankenstein and totally transformed her. She started off looking like this….

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Then once I was done with her she came out looking like this………..

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Goodbye Barbie! Hello Elsa!

The wig and necklace are actually ones I wore when I dressed as the Bride for Halloween a few years back. As you can see in the background I also painted her arms and legs to match. They look hilarious hanging from the ceiling in our basement. Which I guess is not as crazy as all the mannequin body part pieces that were all over the dining room before I finally got the paints I needed to start this project. My next step is wardrobe for her. I already have ideas for doing it on the cheap that are going to still look spooktacular!

Keep an eye here in my Eulogy (blog) for update posts on this project and many more! I got another one in the works and there will be no more Mr. Nice Guys left when I am done with it!😉

See more of my misc. art projects in the Remains section of my official portfolio site!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: 500 To 1 on Sheri Moon Zombie’s Website

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In May I had the honor of having Sheri Moon Zombie post my Tasty portrait on her website and social media pages. I decided to send her my latest 500 To 1 piece that I just finished last night. Woke up this morning to see she has featured it and even referred to me as one of her “fav fans”🙂

Here are screen shots of it on her site and social media pages. Please click on them to be brought to the page and show my work as well as Sheri some love for sharing it with her followers.

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: 500 to 1

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rz31thisAs you all know from my many posts, that I am a big Rob and Sheri Moon Zombie fan. My husband and I were joined by my brother and 2 of our friends on Sept 1st for the special 1 night screening of Rob’s new movie 31. I was immediately inspired to draw Sheri’s character Charly. I was actually anxious to draw her prior to seeing the film but then after I saw it I was determined more then ever.

This is the 3rd portrait I have done of Sheri. I have had the honor of meeting her twice and giving my work to her one of those 2 times. Maybe one day I will run into her again and be able to give her this piece as well. She is not just beautiful and talented. She an overall really sweet person and is very loyal to her fans, making her that much more inspiring to me.

I call this new piece 500 to 1. Anyone else who has seen 31 understands my inspiration for the name of this piece. Anyone who hasn’t seen the movie yet will understand it once they do.

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For all my fellow Zombie Heads out there, prints of this piece are available in my Etsy shop! See more of my portrait work including past pieces I have done inspired by Rob and Sheri at the Spitting Image page of my portfolio site.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: It’s Too Late For Me

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Another one marked off my “art bucket list”! This is a portrait I have been wanting to do for a few years now. Repo the Genetic Opera is one of my all time favorite movies. Really how can you go wrong introducing me to a hard rock/heavy metal, horror musical where Paris Hilton’s face falls off!

bill-moseley-3All kidding aside, the movie is a breath taking. It is artistic and visually beautiful as it is entertaining. It is nothing like anything you have ever watched or heard. In a world full of remakes it is a breath of fresh air.

We first heard about the movie at a horror con where Bill Moseley was there and was telling people about how he had just finished filming it and really got us pumped for it. We never heard much more about it until I came across it when it was available on DVD. Something told me to buy the movie even though I had never seen it. I have been completely hooked ever since the day I brought it home. Thank you “something”!

Frank and I introduced many of our friends, family and even co-workers to the film. We have even gone to live shadow cast performances of the movie as it has often been compared to being a modern day Rocky Horror. I found the live shadow cast to be an absolute blast! I even saved my little zydrate (blue glow stick) as a momento! Anytime someone stops to compliment me on the Geneco patch on my coat or my Blind Mag shirt I can’t help but turn into my giddy, horror geek self knowing that someone else out there knows about this masterpiece.

The character Blind Mag played by Sarah Brightman drew me in from the moment I first saw her on my screen. Not only is she absolutely beautiful and musically talented but her story is intriguing and really pulls you in.

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I admit I had never heard of Sarah Brightman prior to Repo but at the same time after watching the movie I could not imagine anyone else playing her. That is just how breathtaking her performance as Blind Mag really is.

My portrait is my adaptation of Bling Mag before she goes on stage for her “final” performance and I call it’ “It’s Too Late For Me”

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For all you zydrate junkies out there, I have prints available in my Etsy shop!

See more of my portraits on the Spitting Image page of my portfolio website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole