Horrorhound Weekend Indy 2019

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Even though Paul Reubens aka Pee Wee Herman cancelled his appearance for Horrorhound we still made the trip to Indy this weekend. It was a nice little getaway for Frank and I to be in our element of horror and we had already purchased our weekend passes and booked our room. The guest list also kept growing including a few celebs I had wanted to gift my art to.

Here are a few highlight moments from the weekend…

This moment of meeting Doug Jones was worth every single wrinkle I had to draw on the Baron’s face ha ha. He has got to be one of the kindest souls we have ever met. He was so fun to talk to and he remembered seeing my Night On the Town art piece online. He even did a Baron impression when I gave it to him. He was so appreciative that he got to keep it and kept giving us thank you hugs. If you get the opportunity to meet him don’t pass it up. He really loves his fans and takes the time with everyone he meets. This photo really sums up how great it was to meet him….

Living Dead Girl Nicole gifting her “Night on the Town” portrait to Doug Jones with her husband Frank

I was reunited with my idol. That’s right Elvira was at the convention and this was the 3rd time I have met her but this time I got to meet her as Cassandra! Which I found to be appropriate for gifting her my Yours Cruelly portrait. I have always found her to be so beautiful in character and out of character. That is why the inspiration behind the piece was Cassandra as herself and then her transformation as Elvira. When I gave it to her she told me I was very talented and when I showed her the photo of us from 2008 with my SINderella portrait she actually remembered me giving it to her.

Living Dead Girl Nicole gifting Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira her Yours Cruelly portrait with her husband Frank

When I found out that Kristy Swanson was added to the guest list I was stoked. As you all know I recently finished my art piece called The Chosen One. As someone who is a supporter of originals over remakes I will always back up the statement that Kristy is the real Buffy. I have been a fan of the movie and the cast all these years. I even had to make it a point to rock my Buffy ’92 tee which she and so many other attendees had never seen and absolutely loved. But she seemed to be even more impressed with my drawing and kept hugging me and saying how talented and sweet I was for making it for her. I showed her how the split face vision works by putting your hand over one side of the face at a time and she was in awe. Even more so that she got to keep it. Not many celebs gift back so I always like to give them a shout out when they do. As a thank you Kristy signed and gave me a free 8×10 Buffy and Pike picture made out to Frank and I.

Living Dead Girl Nicole gifting her The Chosen One portrait to Kristy Swanson with her husband Frank

Some more celeb related highlights included sharing an elevator ride with Tobin Bell aka Jigsaw from the Saw films, getting to see another Henry Rollins show in the 3rd row and meeting Robin Tunney from The Craft and Empire Records which are also two more of my favorite 90s films.

Living Dead Girl Nicole meets Robin Tunney

As I post this High On The Hog photo I would like to say that Sid has been on our mind all weekend long. Yes we made the most of our time having fun at the convention but our minds were also elsewhere at the same time. As we were on our way to Indy we got a message that Sid was put in ICU and Suzie was asking that everyone please pray for him. We have been sending positive healing vibes into the universe ever since. So no matter what higher being you believe in please do the same. As you know I have become close to Sid over the years. What started as a fan/celeb moment when I first met him in 2004 has turned into a friendship that I never expected to grow over the years. I find myself very lucky and grateful to be able to say that. Yes he is an amazing actor and his career is what I have to thank for bringing him and Suzie into our lives but he is so much more than that. At times he has been like a Grandfather figure in my life with his advice, stories and always believing in my talents. And even though we may not talk everyday we always play catch up when he is in town and those moments are ones I really cherish. He is an all around good hearted person and one helluva a fighter but he needs us all right now. So please send those healing vibes and prayers his way!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: The Chosen One

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kristy-swanson-buffyAnother portrait crossed off my art bucket list. This one is inspired by Kristy Swanson because I am a sucker for an original and well as we all know she was the original “Chosen One” as Buffy The Vampire Slayer in the 1992 film.

This one has been done as another one of my split face portraits. The left side representing Buffy’s everyday cheerleader self. The right side being her vampire ass-kicking self! Complete with her high school dance updo and black motorcycle jacket. Which ironically enough Kristy Swanson actually rides motorcycles.

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Are you a lover of originals and all things Buffy The Vampire Slayer too? Then make sure to grab one of my prints and/or t-shirts now available in my Amazon Shop!

And don’t forget to check out more of my portrait work in the Spitting Image section of my portfolio site!

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LDG Nicole

Hardcore Hearse Club Show 2019

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Lily Munster Rain Day.gifSaturday was our Hardcore Hearse Club‘s big annual hearse show at Brauerhouse.  Despite it being a rainy day the show was still a big success with lots of people coming and going throughout the day into the evening hours. But then again storms don’t scare us strange and unusual folks!

It was great to see familiar faces who came out specifically to support us. As you know I have been working endlessly on creating and getting my inventory ready and Frank has been working hard at getting Frankenhearse running smoothly and looking sharp! By the time the show started, we were exhausted. At the show, we were exhausted and after the 2HyvfAfshow, we were even more exhausted ha ha. So to have our friends come out to support us means just as much if not more then the sales I make at my table. It’s like my favorite episode of The Office when Pam decides to do the art show and Michael Scott comes out and supports her. I literally cry EVERY time I watch it. I know exactly what it feels like to be afraid but still, put yourself and your work out there. And how much it means to have people you care about come out and show they believe in you.

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I was vending solo this year (my volunteer partner in crime had to go to a wedding) but I was kept busy with all of the people who visited my table. It was great to hear “oh wow you made this?” or “you drew this?” and to know that so many of you chose to purchase some of my art or handmade creations vs. other things people were selling that you can get retail at the store or online. It speaks volumes! So many of you purchased art prints this year and it has really got me itching to pick up my drawing pencils because when life gets in the way, it’s the people like you that keep me inspired!

Here are a few shots of my table set up. This year I was between 2 other vendors who I befriended.. of corpse!

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The incredible dress I am wearing is from my all-time favorite clothing line Sourpuss Clothing! As soon as I saw they had a GREEN and WHITE HEARSE dress I knew I had to have it. Not just for the show but because it totally matches our Frankenhearse! I even wrote to the company and told them I really wanted to wear it for the show and they made sure it got to me on time! This dress is gonna get a lot of use at future car shows!

And speaking of Frankenhearse.. here are some shots our friends took of our beast outside on display during the show.

And last but not least, here is a great Freaky Fanatic photo posted by Ashley who purchased one of my “Friends Til The End” portrait prints at the show and gifted it.  So awesome to see how much he loved it!

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Did you buy something from me at the show? Let’s see your pictures! I would love to feature you on my site as well! Also, keep an eye out on my Amazon shop as I will be adding some unique items that were left over from the show!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Star Portraits – Portrait of The Day

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It appears my “The Exorcist Was On” split face portrait of Skeet Ulrich as Billy Loomis and Ghostface has been chosen by Star Portraits as yesterday’s featured Portrait of the Day. portrait of the day

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This is the 2nd portrait of mine that has been chosen to be Portrait of the Day on their site. The first one was my “20 Years Queer” split face portrait of Shirley Manson. It is always an honor when your work is chosen amongst millions of amazing portraits! So a big thank you to the people at Star Portraits for seeing the uniqueness of my work.

If you want to see where else my art has been featured go take a gander at the Creature Feature section of my portfolio website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Gore Noir Magazine

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I am super stoked to announce that both myself, my husband Frank and my Sweet Dreams portrait were all chosen to be featured in the Summer 2019 issue of Gore Noir Magazine. The magazine did a tribute to Nightmare on Elm Street and us being huge Robert Englund fans, we could not be more honored to be a part of it.

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Make sure to pick up a copy in their online store and support the horror magazines that support us fans and artists. They also have a lot of other cool horror merch available in their store so go stock up!

What to see more places that my art has been featured? Then check out the Creature Feature page of my portfolio website.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Adopt The Undead: Isn’t She.. Pretty (Deadly) In Pink

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As promised I have completed another undead friend that will be joining my Two-Headed Bride and Evil Queen dolls at the upcoming Hardcore Hearse Club Show. This one, however, is quite the corpsified cutie in her pink floral dress, matching purse on gold chain, fancy sun hat, and pearl necklace.

You can’t help but smile looking at her. I also hope it makes you smile knowing you now have three chances of owning one of my limited edition dolls! Like the other two, this doll will first be available for purchase at my vending booth at the Hardcore Hearse Club show on June 15th. So anyone that comes out to the show will get first dibs! And like the others, she will not be duplicated making her a one-of-a-kind creepy creation! 

See more of my handmade undead friends on the Adopt The Undead section of my online portfolio. Spread the gore!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Adopt The Undead: Here Comes The Brides!

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Since my first two limited edition corpse dolls have been adopted, it was well overdue that I make another one. Since two heads are better than one I decided to take it up a notch after finding some killer supplies that got my creative blood flowing.  These ladies are waiting for their Mr. Right and it appears they have been waiting a long time.

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This limited edition doll will be making its debut at the Hardcore Hearse Club show that I am vending on June 15th. So anyone that comes out to the show will get first dibs on buying it! No two dolls I make are every alike or duplicated. So if you get your hands on one, you are getting a one of a kind creation!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole