As some of you know from my previously shared Axe Man’s Bridge post or from just knowing us personally, we recently lost our close friend Danny T. I wanted to do something special in his memory that I could also gift to his parents. Danny and I shared a love of creating art so what better way to pay tribute to him than to create a piece of art inspired by him.
It was one of the hardest portraits I have ever had to do. Not just because it was done from various photos to create one unique image (I didn’t want to just replicate a photo of him that everyone had seen, I wanted it to be unique just like Danny). There were many times I literally asked Danny to help guide my pencil and there were many breakdowns where I had to walk away from it because it would hit me what I was drawing and why. But in the end, it came out exactly how I had hoped. Danny in his hat that he always wore, a tiny smirk on his face and his favorite Gibson Les Paul Sunburst guitar. A guitar not only that he loved dearly but played many shows with it on stage with Frank. Even up until the week he passed he and Frank were still jamming out for fun and making new music together. So it was important for me to incorporate that.
Yesterday was his “celebration of life” memorial so I brought it to give to his parents and they put it on display surrounded by his own art pieces. Frank and I specifically picked out the frame because it actually reminded us of something Danny would’ve made. He was actively working on a lot of art projects that involved upcycling items and making them cooler than the life they had once before. On Memorial Day weekend he showed me a table he had been working on and he had burned the wood to give it this same effect. So even the frame had meaning behind it.
I am happy to finally be able to share this with the rest of the world. Not just to showcase what I have been working on but to pay tribute to such a great person. I think it was the beginning stages of healing for me and now that I have given it to his parents I feel a sense of closure. Danny T. was an incredible human being and inspired so many of us. Not only to just be better people but to keep creating. I just hope he realizes how many lives he has touched. Yesterday was a huge reminder of that for all of us but I just hope he knows how much he impacted the lives of so many people.
I know my artwork in the past has helped others heal. So if you would like a print of this piece, please feel free to reach out to me. I had been asked by a few people yesterday and I am sorry that I didn’t think to bring prints to the memorial. My main goal was to just get it there safely, in one piece and be able to gift it to Danny’s parents.
In Memory of Danny Thornton May 15, 1980 – June 11, 2018
See more of my portrait work on the Spitting Image page of my portfolio site.
From my previous post, you are already aware of how excited I was to see Kelly Doty in a commercial last week, rocking the barrette I made her on a future episode of Ink Master Angels. Well, last night was Season 2, Episode 2 and she is seen wearing my barrette for a majority of the episode.
If you missed it you can see a few cell phone videos I took and posted to my Freaky Fanatic Playlist on YouTube. You can also see some of it on the official Ink Master Angels Youtube channel or see them all under Viral Videos on the Freaky Fanatics page of my portfolio website. If you log into the Ink Master Angel website they also have some videos on there as well.
And most importantly if you follow Kelly on social media please show her some love for being an artist who supports other artists. I am incredibly grateful that she wore my work on TV. Such a huge compliment. Please tell her know how kick ass you think she is for sharing Living Dead Girl Nicole’s creepy creations with the world!
Want your own Skelefly or Skullerfly barrette? Check out some of the others I have made on the Dead Girl Decay page of my portfolio website. There are a few already pre-made ones in my Etsy and Amazon shops that are ready to ship! Looking for something more custom? Reserve a custom made to order one here!
Last night we were tuned into Ink Master and a commercial for the future episodes of Ink Master Angels came on. I screamed out “HOLY SHIT! THAT’S MY BARRETTE!” My husband then re-winded our DVR and low and behold there was the incredible Kelly Doty on our TV screen, rocking the Dead Girl Skullerfly barrette I made and gave to her at last year’s Villain Arts Chicago Tattoo Convention.
Kelly Doty wearing Living Dead Girl Nicole’s Dead Girl Skelefly Barrette on Ink Master Angels
If you are not familiar with the show, here is a great video used to market the new season. It’s of the tattoo artist hosts/judges being asked about their take on fashion. It really sums up why I wanted to make and give Kelly a custom piece of my Dead Girl Decay line! When I made it I was inspired by who she is. Hence all the fun green tones I used. Not only is she an amazing artist, whose work I admire so much (would be a dream come true to be tattooed by her), but I thought she would really appreciate my creepy cute creations due to her eclectic goth style. This was definitely confirmed by her reaction the day I gave it to her, but seeing her wearing it on TV really makes me honored to know I am a part of what makes her so unique and amazing.
Make sure to tune into this season’s Ink Master Angels so you can see it for yourself! I already watch it every week but am now anticipating it even more!
Want your own Skelefly or Skullerfly barrette? Check out some of the others I have made on the Dead Girl Decay page of my portfolio website. There are a few already pre-made ones in my Etsy and Amazon shops that are ready to ship! Looking for something more custom? Contact me!
10 years ago, I had the honor of meeting my lifelong idol, Elvira. Not only did I get to finally meet her face to face, but I also gave her a portrait I had drawn of her in pencil and charcoal that I called Sinderella. Some of you may recall this story and some of you may even own prints or shirts with the art piece on it.
I even got to tell her how I dressed up like her for Halloween when I was little and she got a kick out of seeing this photo of me………
- “When other little girls wanted to be ballerinas, I wanted to be Elvira” – Living Dead Girl Nicole
Then in 2012 I had the honor of meeting her again and taking a promo photo with her for Final Girl (the sister company of Horror Hound that I was actively working with). I still wish I would’ve thought to take the lipstick out of my pocket before we took this photo. But let’s face it. No one is looking at you when you’re in an Elvira sandwich and I actually got to show her my Elvira tattoo. I hadn’t started my “Pretty Scary” sleeve the first time I met her so that was pretty memorable.
Ever since then she has been back on my art bucket list. I know I am obsessed but it’s a healthy obsession that I am proud of. The one thing I knew was that I wanted to draw Elvira again but I also wanted to draw her as Cassandra too. She is so beautiful in character and out of character that I decided to do a split face portrait to showcase that. I went back and forth contemplating if I should add touches of color here and there to the Elvira side but decided not to. I think the piece speaks for itself without the need for it. I call this new Spitting Image Portrait, “Yours Cruelly”……..
My art skills have changed so much in 10 years that I hope to run into her again one day and give her this new piece. For the rest of you horror host lovers, this piece is available as prints and t-shirts in both my Etsy and Amazon shops!
It’s Throwback Thursday but, more importantly, it’s my Daddio’s Birthday! So this post is in tribute to the man who has supported and believed in me and my craft since I was a young batling.
I know I say I am inspired by so many famous artists, but my Dad has been my biggest inspiration since I picked up my first crayon. He taught me so many of the art skills I use today and I continually grow as an artist and a person because of him. When I doubt myself he pushes me not to give up and even has his own sketch pad full of suggestions ready to help me out.
He never fails to amaze me with his talent and he has also inspired and introduced me to so many things that I still love today which in their own way have shaped me not only into the artist I am today but the woman I am today as well. It was him who had the giant cardboard cut out of Elvira that perked my interest into who she was and started my realization that you don’t have to look like Barbie to be stunning! It was him who took me to the video store every weekend to literally overuse their copy of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. It was him who took me at a young age to see my first Tim Burton movie. It was him who took me to see the Little Mermaid and then afterward when we got home sat down with me and drew all the characters together. It was him who took me to the store to buy all the art supplies I needed to enter every art contest imaginable. It was him who let me listen to his Tom Petty and Aerosmith albums and fall in love with classic rock. I could go on and on.. but to sum it up, you can all thank my Dad for the weirdo I have become and am so proud to be.
Happy Birthday Daddio! Thank you for teaching me to “Fink Differently!”
“You belong among the wildflowers”
Heads up Freaky Fanatics! With the 10 year anniversary of Sophie’s un-deserving death upon us, I have teamed up with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and will be making limited edition Dead Girl Decay Barrettes. For each one that sells I will donate 50% of the proceeds to the foundation. A foundation I have strongly believed in and supported for many years. Stay tuned! As soon as they are available I will announce it here!
To learn about other causes I have supported, visit the Backbone page of my portfolio site!
Wow guys! I am a hot mess of emotions right now. But it’s all in a good way! Morbidly Beautiful Horror announced the winner of their “Who Do You Love – Best Horror Shop Contest” and it’s ME!
That’s right you guys nominated and voted me as the Best Horror Shop and I am honored, shocked, grateful, ecstatic…. in awe! My Freaky Fanatics are truly the best group of clients, followers, friends and family a living dead girl could ask for.
And to top it off look at the way they announced me as the winner. I mean my creepy little heart couldn’t help but skip a beat.
Seriously guys thank you so much! I am giddy and speechless at the same time as I type this. All I want to do is type thank you over and over again. This really means so much to me and I could not have won without your support. The competition was fierce and all the shops that were in the finals are killer (like I said before, I even own a few items from a few of their shops). Not to mention all the amazing horror themed shops that are out there.
Don’t forget to reap in the rewards of this as well. As you see from their post, Morbidly Beautiful Horror will be announcing later today an item in my shop that they plan to purchase and give away to one lucky winner! And since I will be shipping out the prize expect some extra surprises added into the package!!!
UPDATE: Here is the post with the details on the contest! GO WIN!