Adopt The Undead: 1950’s Betty

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My Limited Edition Corpsified Dolls are starting to be even more limited. The ones I have in stock have been selling out with spooky season on the horizon. Needless to say this motivated me to make another one to give a lucky boil or ghoul the opportunity to adopt one of these unique and creepy fun creations.

I call this blue eye(d) beauty, Betty and she is my 6th doll in my Undead Doll series. Like my other dolls she is handcrafted to be one of a kind and no two are ever alike or remade. A unique piece of art only you will own!

Betty is a 1950’s inspired Corpse Doll complete with a sparkly sweater/cardigan top, poodle skirt, knee high socks, saddle shoes and a cute blonde high ponytail topped with a pink bow! She’s ready for the sock hop, the drive in or a date to the diner for a bloody good time.. just don’t mind the dirt, decay, blood and drool!

Please note this is NOT a toy. This is an indoor decoration/collectible for adults to display and is not intended to be played with by children etc. The clothes are a part of the artistic vision and are not removable.

Betty is an 18″ doll but with her bouncy high ponytail she is approximately 20″ and comes with 1 metal doll stand.

Betty is currently available to purchase in my Etsy shop online right now and will soon be available to purchase in person at Closet Collectibles in Crete, IL. I have some other creations up my sleeve before I make my next art drop off there so keep your eyes and ears open to my posts for updates.

Stay Spooky & Magical!
LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: “Walk On The Wild Side”

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Now that I am 40 I realize what it means to hear older people say “the good ole days”. As someone that was a child in the 80’s and a pre-teen/teenager in the 90’s where so much creative energy flourished I am grateful to have grown up when I did and experienced so many things that were wildly different and so inspiring. Unlike the kids these days that are stuck being bombarded with remakes, reboots and everything being so PC.

So I decided to check another portrait off my art bucket list inspired by one of my favorite movies from my childhood… Little Monsters.

I was 8 when the movie came out and I have watched it so many times in my lifetime I have lost count. Ironically as sensitive as I am, I was never scared of this movie like most kids my age were. I was always that weird kid who got lost in the story and wanted all these creepy magical adventures to happen to me in real life. Even as adult, I still have hope that there is a world of monsters partying under my bed. So far there’s “SNOT” but a girl can still dream.

So here it is.. my latest split face portrait inspired by none other than actor, comedian, tv show host Howie Mandel as himself and his high energy, baseball collecting, apple juice pissing, homework eating monster Maurice. I call it “Walk On The Wild Side”….

This piece was hand drawn in pencil and chalk pastels. I decided to draw Howie from the 80’s so that it matched the personality and time period of the movie character in 1989.

Maybe one day Howie will make an appearance at a Midwest con and I will be able to gift it to him during one of my real life adventures. Maybe Maurice will finally appear under my bed and I can gift it to him instead. In the mean time the rest of you Howie and Maurice fans you can pick up prints and made to order DTG printed t-shirts of this piece in my Etsy Shop. Prints will also soon be available at Closet Collectibles when I make my next art drop off.

Make sure to check out more of my portrait work on the Spitting Image page of my portfolio site and remember wishes are for “bush league leprechauns” and not monsters! So if you are looking to have a good time and get in a bit of trouble be sure to checking under your beds! I still am!

Stay Spooky & Magical,
LDG Nicole

Freaky Fanatics: Jude and Linda Rock Tilly and Gucci

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You know it’s going to be a great week when you get a Freaky Fanatic photo submission! This one comes from Jude, a long time friend of Jennifer Tilly who found my “Eat Your Heart Out” art piece online and ordered shirts for her and her sister Linda (I threw one in the order for Jennifer as well, which Jude is mailing off to her!!)!

Here is the photo she sent me of them rocking the shirts with the fabulous Gucci sunglasses that Jennifer recently bought her for her birthday! I am absolutely loving how killer they look!

See Jude, Linda and more of my happy art clients rocking and displaying my creations in the Freaky Fanatic slideshow on my portfolio website! Want a shirt or print of this art piece for your very own? Check them out in my Etsy Shop!

Stay Spooky & Magical!
LDG Nicole

Flashback Weekend 2021

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As my blog and bio readers are fully aware, I attend a lot of conventions to network, gift my art and be around like minded people. The first horror con we ever went to was Flashback Weekend in 2004 (where we met Sid for the first time). We have been attending them regularly, every year since. We even travel to them or have mini staycations for the whole weekend to really make the most of them.

Since COVID hit we haven’t been able to attend any conventions and have been having major withdrawals. Most cons were cancelled or dates kept being pushed back for a long period of time. As they started to gradually make a small come back we were still avoiding crowds, not traveling and masks were still mandatory for photos etc. Not to mention they would be planned and then cancelled as restrictions were changing from day to day.

Since things have started to re-open more, Flashback Weekend announced their return. We originally were not going to attend. Wait it out some more but my husband Frank and I discussed it and on a last minute whim decided to go. We figured if they decide to shut the world down again at least we got to get our horror con fix in. Being smart about things still being so unknown we decided to only go one day and on a Sunday which as any convention goer knows, is the quietest and least crowded day to attend.

Here are some highlights from our last minute horror con adventure…

One of the most exciting parts of the day was when we decided to adopt a life size Stripe Gremlin. He enjoyed the convention with us all day long. The best was when a young girl passed us and said “Ohhhhhh.. you broke the 12 O’Clock rule!” Frank and I laughed about it all day….

Stripe Garcia also helped us connect with some new horror fanatic friends. So many people stopped and asked about him or took photos of him. Including the most adorable young cosplayer who goes by The Mini Creep. She saw him and asked if she could take a photo with him. I saw her incredible Sam costume and asked if I could take a photo with her. It made my creepy little soul happy to see someone so young and so excited to dress up and be a real part of things. It made me flash back to the day I was little and dressed like Elvira and how much I would’ve loved events like this when I was a kid.

Then of corpse the main reason we came to the convention was to embrace our inner 80’s child. When we saw the guest list there were 2 main things we wanted to accomplish, and that was having a mogwai play date with Billy Peltzer and finding the shooting star that would lead us to a circus tent from space! Check and check!

We were so glad that we were able to enjoy a horror con again. It was just what we needed. We knew we missed our horror community but after being there again after so long it really hit us how badly we missed it. Oddly enough it was refreshing. I guess if I were to describe it from my witchy point of view I would honestly say it re-grounded me. I was having a bit of a stressful week and I think Frank knew this would lift my spirits (goddess do I love this man).

Thank you again to Flashback Weekend for putting on another fun and safe event for us horror geeks to feel free again!

Stay Spooky & Magical!
LDG Nicole