Ghoulish Garments: Support Art Boutiki

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I felt it only appropriate to support my printing partner Dan Vado aka The Big Kahuna at SLG Art Boutiki whose music hall, gallery and store in San Jose is currently shut down due to the pandemic.

He has designed some new shirts to sell online that will help benefit his small business. This one really spoke to me so I scooped one up to wear proudly. You should too!

Quite a few years ago I researched and looked high and low for a reliable t-shirt printer who would print custom 1 off shirts for me after poor quality control from a bigger manufacturer I was using. I wanted the best for my clients and I was determined to find just that.

I was pleasantly surprised and relieved when I came across Dan’s work online. A small business owner who was also actively supporting the arts and musicians in his community and was very interested in working with me to help me get my art professionally custom printed on garments for my clients. Win Win!

To this day I still love working with Dan and can trust that even across the country that my Ghoulish Garments are each custom made for my clients with special care and the results are top notch!

With that all being said, this also means that whenever you purchase a Ghoulish Garment in my Amazon shop that you are not only supporting myself as an artist but you are also supporting this incredible small business man that gives back to artists and musicians. And as you all know I am a firm believer in artists supporting artists!

Don’t forget if you have a photo of yourself rocking one of my wearable art shirts let’s see it! Share it with me so I can feature you on the Freaky Fanatics slide show of my portfolio site!

Stay Spooky & Supportive,
LDG Nicole

Remains: Volo Auto Museum Coloring Contest Winner!

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The little girl in me that use to enter every coloring contest imaginable is pretty giddy right now. This weekend I was informed that I won the Volo Auto Museum Adult Coloring Contest for the 18 – 65 year old age group. They decided to host the coloring contest to help people pass the time during quarantine while they are closed. The prize being a 1 year paid family membership to their museum when they re-open.

Here is the coloring contest page….

Here is my winning entry that I did in Prismacolor colored pencils and chalk pastels…..

I am so grateful to Volo Auto Museum for hosting this contest. It reminded me of why I loved escaping reality through coloring when I was a kid and it gave me that same escape from everything that is going on in the world while being stuck at home right now. We love their museum and antique mall (yay for treasure hunting)! Winning the contest now gives us even more to look forward to after all of this is over.

Be sure to check out the Remains page of my portfolio website to see some of the other oddball things I have done creatively!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Adopt The Undead : Chords The Corpsified Clown Music Box

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With it being all virus-like in the world right now and me being stuck in the house for a month I have been getting pretty inspired. It’s been a while since I made any corpsified creations, and I thought…what better time than now! I wanted to give you all something more terrifying to think about other then Corona Virus. So with that I would like you to meet Chords!

He is a Corpsified Clown made from an upcycled music box and is now looking for his new forever home!

Wind up his distressed, bloody silver drum and watch him move as he glares at you (with his one good eye as the other is a bit oozy) and plays you a tune with a drooling bloody smile on his face. Chords is pre-made and ready to ship to his new forever home and measures approximately 8″ tall. Each of my corpsified creations are handcrafted to be one of a kind and no two are ever alike or remade. A unique piece of art only you will own!

See Chords in action….

Please note this is NOT a toy. This is a decoration/collectible for adults and is not intended to be played with by children. Although I really do feel this would work a lot better at getting your kids to behave than that silly Elf you guys put around your homes at Christmas time! Just saying.

Chords is available to adopt in my Amazon shop! You can also see more of my corpsified creations on the Adopt The Undead page of my Portfolio site.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: Nothing Is Trivial

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Having a compromised immune system has kept me indoors for weeks now due to the Corona Virus but the positive to this is that it has gotten me inspired to use this time indoors to create! I started a new “magical” line of products that I can not wait to show you. However I find that the best way to photograph and showcase these items will be outdoors. So once I am able to keep social distancing at bay and the weather stays nice enough to give me the opportunity to photograph them I will get them posted. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I do have something I want to share that I just completed this weekend. It is a new Spitting Image portrait that I was able to tick off my art bucket list. As someone who still wishes it was the 90s, had a huge Brandon Lee Rapid Fire poster on her bedroom wall (in high school), and has been in complete awe of the movie The Crow all these years…this was a long time coming.

I was inspired and named this art piece after one of my favorite lines that Eric Draven says to Sgt. Albrecht when he is describing his wife Shelly to him. There are many lines in the movie The Crow that I love (“It Can’t Rain All the Time” being my favorite) but like Shelly, I too tend to notice and appreciate the “silly little” things in life that most people tend to overlook. Eric tells Sgt. Albrecht how trivial he thought her concept of those things were until it was too late. It’s something you can tell he realizes that he appreciated and loved about her but most importantly how right she was. It also makes you as the viewer realize how precious life is and the turmoil of emotions and pain he is going through. The same realization we all felt when Brandon himself died unexpectedly when filming the movie. To me it really encapsulates everything the movie is to me. So I titled it… “Nothing Is Trivial”….

I decided to do this one in my Split Face portrait style as I wanted to capture Eric before and after he becomes “The Crow” not only with his face but also with the use of color. I used pencil, charcoal and chalk pastels to bring my vision to life. I am glad I waited all these years to draw this one. I hope as the 27th anniversary of his passing approaches that this reminds people of Brandon Lee’s legacy, the incredible gift of his talents and how precious life really is.

To see more of my portrait work visit the Spitting Image page of my Portfolio site. If you are interested in purchasing prints or t-shirts of this piece you can do so by visiting my Amazon Shop! Please also note that once Closet Collectibles is re-opened after the Government Shutdown I will drop prints off there so that they are available to purchase in person as well.

Stay Spooky & Safe!
LDG Nicole