Spitting Image: Yours Cruelly

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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………

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“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.ldgnelvirajoy1

cassandra-peterson-2.61Ever 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”……..

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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!

Stay Spooky!
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LDG Nicole

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Slasher Sale: Bloody Valentine Savings!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. So I am here to help you find the perfect gift for that boil or ghoul of your nightmares! Use coupon code BLOODYVALENTINE in my Etsy shop now through February 10th and receive 14% off your order!

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All ready to ship items will ship out right away. However, it is highly suggested if you are interested in gifting a t-shirt that you order ASAP. Each one is made to order and takes approximately 2 weeks to be printed and shipped. Custom requests are welcome if you contact me now. This assures I have enough time to order any supplies I may need to make your vision come to life.

Don’t forget I also offer gift certificates. They are not eligible for the discount code but they make great gifts (especially for last-minute shoppers). When purchased from my shop a digital certificate will be emailed directly to you (so you can print it out) or it can be emailed directly to the recipient.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Life Of A Dark Artist: 2017 Milestones

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wp_20170610_13_07_41_proI just wanted to thank all of you for supporting my work. 2017 has been a year of many milestones for me as an artist. Even though I have health setbacks I keep trucking along and your support helps to keep me doing what I love.

Here are just a few milestones I am grateful for in 2017…..

  • I marked a TON of Art Bucket List items off my list this year. I created so many things that I have put off for way too long. Knowing this makes me feel so accomplished as an artist. Thank you to those who always give me feedback on my work and inspire me to keep creating!
  • I enjoyed creating custom and commission pieces from both return and new clients this year! Thank you for believing that I could make your visions come to life! Thank you for all of your Freaky Fanatic photo submissions and reviews! You guys have no idea how much happiness I get from receiving these and being able to share them with the world!
  • I participated again in Woman of Horror Month which helps bring awareness and supports the woman that make the horror genre what it is today!
  • I started selling my portraits as Ghoulish Garments which have been a hit. I have been wanting to do this for years and finally found a DTG Printer that fit all of my needs. To know that you guys want to display my art is one thing. Knowing you want to wear it is a compliment on a whole new level. Thank you for all of your t-shirt orders. 2018 may open doors to even more products so stay tuned!
  • I got to meet the very talented and fun Kelly Doty at the Villain Arts Chicago Tattoo Convention and give her a Dead Girl Decay Barrette inspired by her. While I was there I was able to network with other artists. I also got my Captain Spaulding tattoo done by my very talented friend Dave Togtman of Black Devil Tattoo.
  • My “What Nightmares Are Made Of” Tim Burton and Jack art piece was selected to be put on display at the new Beetle House Tim Burton Bar in California. As scary as it was to mail off my original work, it made it there in one piece and is on display in their dining room! I am still in awe of this and hope one day I am able to travel there to finally see it on display in person. Thank you to those of you who have shared photos with me of it on display. I love living vicariously through all of you!
  • I got to finally meet Art Alexakis and the rest of the Everclear band. Even though this doesn’t directly have to do with my art it was a dream of my since the 90’s and their music has inspired me in so many ways!
  • I vended again with my fellow hearse collectors at the big Hardcore Hearse Club Show and sold double the amount I did last year! For those of you that were not able to buy something but visited my table, you are important too! You took a business card to spread the word, ordered from me online later or even just gave me positive feedback to keep me doing what I am doing! Thank you for bearing the heat with me again this year. And to my husband and my friends and family that help me each year with set up, watching my items when I need a break or making sure the weather doesn’t destroy anything.. you are my rocks and I couldn’t do this without you!
  • Thanks to helping out the hearse club, I was able to attend Days of the Dead in Indy where I was able to do more networking. I also was able to give more of my work to my dear friend Sid Haig for his birthday and catch up with him over dinner and drinks. Sid is not just a guest and not just a friend but a true inspiration to me.
  • I was “crowned” Best Horror Shop by Morbidly Beautiful Horror due to the massive support of my Freaky Fanatics who voted, posted and did everything the could to see me outbeat the big guys! I am still in awe of this and in all of you! This also allowed me to give back by teaming up with Morbidly Beautiful to give away my work to one lucky winner. And that winner didn’t just win the item. They proudly posted photos and video of what they received! Including their logo pin displayed on their bad ass vest!
  • You helped me raise money for the S.O.P.H.I.E Lancaster Foundation. The limited edition 10 year anniversary barrettes I made were sold out in only a couple of days!!! I even had a friend of Sophie’s contact me directly to reserve one so she could wear it for her wedding day!
  • I painted the 3 largest canvases of my life after being in the ER and out of work for a couple of weeks. This technically falls in the above category of commission pieces but I feel it stands alone as it was a big artistic milestone for me. They were not just large canvases but they were of a landscape which is not something I do on a regular basis. Thank you, Uncle Lou, for believing in me. Thank you to my husband for putting the canvases together, putting up with me and all the basement space I hogged up to get it done. Thank you to my Dad for all his advice and my brother and friends who kept telling me “you got this!”
  • I finally accepted Amazon’s invite for me to start selling on Amazon Handmade. I was nervous about doing this and knew it would take me forever to get my items all set up in my shop. However, my cousin Pat who is also my Accountant gave me the advice to push me forward and I am so glad I did. Since opening my shop I have had consistent orders coming through including return clients. During the weeks up to Christmas, I was packaging up orders every night after work to the point I had to stop and post a thank you. I am so happy to be able to reach more Freaky Fanatics through another outlet.
  • I entered the Rick and Morty Hot Topic T-Shirt Contest, and even though I did not win, I am still in awe of all of you that took the time to vote and comment on my submission. Some of you even followed up asking when it will be a shirt so you could buy it. I threw together a quick sketch so I could enter before the deadline. It was a vision I had for quite some time and I am glad I was able to participate. Stay tuned as I have plans for that design in 2018!
  • Frank and I did a lot of networking at Days of the Dead Chicago!! I was also able to give Sid Ghoulish Garments for him and his wife Suzie. I was also honored to give my work to Felissa Rose, Fairuza Balk, and Lisa Marie. To top it off I was able to finally meet the Soska Sisters (Jen and Sylvia Soska AKA The Twisted Twins) who remembered me from the American Mary barrettes I made them.
  • Frank upgraded my printer/scanner for my art studio for Christmas. This was something I wanted but also needed. With me getting more print orders it just made sense for me to be able to do more of them from home vs going to a printer all the time. The much larger scanner also saves me from going to a printer to scan larger art pieces. Next goal… a DTG printer of my own (a girl can dream)!

With 2017 being such a great year for me artistically I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. One of the gifts my goddaughter Ava got me for Christmas is a really nice hardcover notebook that says “Enjoy The Little Things”. I plan to use it to jot down all creative ideas. So get ready Freaky Fanatics and……… Happy New Year!

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Dead Girl Decay: Custom Star Wars Greedo Barrette

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I love return customers who ask me to make custom themed pieces of wearable art. I can’t name the client here due to gift giving for the holidays but he has given me permission to post it so I can share it with all of you.

The client contacted me asking me to make a barrette for a Star Wars fan who loves the character Greedo. My creative mind went from super excited, to brainstorming, to ordering supplies and then to creating. This was the end result…

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The client and I were very happy with how it came out. Now he has a one of a kind gift to give during the holidays that you can’t find at any store. The person receiving the gift will have a unique piece of wearable art that no one else will have (because even if I am commissioned to make another one… no 2 will ever be exactly alike).

If you are looking to have a custom themed barrette made please contact me. You can see more examples of my Dead Girl Decay creations on my portfolio site. Feel free to also browse pre-made ready to ship items in my Etsy shop! Lots to choose from for gifting!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: VOTED BEST HORROR SHOP!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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LDG Nicole

 

Creature Feature: Beetle House LA

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Could not be more excited or honored. Boxed up my ORIGINAL “What Nightmares Are Made Of” charcoal and pencil drawing to be shipped off to the new Beetle House Bar/Restaurant opening in Los Angeles next month. Their first location opened in New York and was such a success they are opening up a 2nd location. My piece will be displayed on the walls with other Tim Burton inspired art.

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I was skeptical to send off my original at first because it’s a very meaningful piece and I worked really hard on it. However the more I thought about it the more I realized it needed to be a part of this amazing project instead of tucked away in my portfolio for no one to appreciate. Yes I was dreaming of one day giving it to Tim Burton himself. But let’s be honest.. the chances of that happening (even though I am a dreamer) are not very likely. The whole point of the piece was to express how much Tim Burton has inspired me as a artist and a person. Which is the exact vision behind Beetle House. I feel it will be at home there and who knows maybe some how Tim himself might finally get to see it.

Speaking of seeing it… if you live in the area or travel there make sure to visit Beetle House and snap a photo of yourself with the piece on display! I would love to collect photos of people enjoying the piece in person there. They are currently already taking reservations online!  I myself hope to one day travel there so I can see it on display and also take in how incredible Beetle House is. My only fear is I may never want to leave 😉

Love this piece? Then check out the prints and shirts available in my Etsy shop! want to see more of my portrait work? Then check out the Spitting Image page of my portfolio site.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Dead Girl Decay: Bridesmaid Freakshow

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This has been quite the creative weekend. I have been in such an artsy mood. After completing my LeeLoo and Angelique portraits I have been itching to put down the pencil (temporarily) and get my hands dirty and full of glue gun burns.

My husband, Frank knows the way to my heart and how to talk me into going somewhere….. art supplies! So on Saturday he dragged me to the hobby store while we were out running errands so he could get Traxxas parts. While we were there he bought me a nice fresh v__287fbottle of liquid latex!  While I did start some new undead creations with it already, I am unable to show them to you just yet. They go through stages and are not finished. I am excited about them though and will post them as soon as they are done!

Frank and I are standing up in his brother’s wedding in April. I have been debating what I plan to do with my hair so that it doesn’t cost too much and decided to do what I do best.. make a hair piece! So we also stopped at another store and I got really lucky and found flowers that match the dress perfectly. Which I thought I would have more difficulty with because the dress is “guava” (not typically a color in my wardrobe or in my supply stash). Since there is no yellow in the wedding colors I kept to the colors of guava tones and white and hid any yellow tones in the lilies with layering. I topped it off with a beautiful silver and coral vintage cameo that I had in my supply stash (thanks to my Mother In Law who always knows when to spot the best stuff at garage sales). I am really happy with the way it came out. I texted a photo of it to the bride to be and she approves and loves it.

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I am also excited because I commissioned Frank’s Aunt Bonnie to make me earrings for the big event. She makes jewelry and I own a couple pairs of her gorgeous chandelier earrings. Since I don’t normally wear guava/coral she made them in beautiful AB crystals! Look how beautiful they came out!

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And the rest of the flowers didn’t go to waste. Not only do I now have stash supplies but it dawned on me that I could make a barrette to rock with my Sourpuss Clothing Sideshow dress!!wp_20170205_11_42_55_pro

Now this is a dress that I still have not warn yet. I got it on a steal thanks to my fashionista- deal finding friend, Heather. She saw it on sale and immediately thought of me. As some of you know already, I have quite the obsession with all things Freakshow/Sideshow/Carni/Circus and Sourpuss Clothing is by far my favorite clothing line. I love the dress but there are a few reasons why I have not worn it yet.

1.) My hair has been every unnatural color of the rainbow and all of them have been ones that have clashed with this dress ha ha

2.)  I didn’t really have any events to rock it to this past summer and when I did it was disgusting out.. muggy and gross.

3.) I don’t normally rock bright pastels so I don’t have much to wear with it and didn’t want to put the expense into buying say shoes I can only wear with 1 dress in my wardrobe. Everything I usually wear is either black, grey, lime green, purple, orange, fuschia, red etc. I have quite the macabre wardrobe ha ha.

Well my hair is black again, so I decided to take the first step by making myself a barrette that I could wear with this dress. I am now hoping I might be able to find a way to wear it to the bridal shower at the end of the month. Maybe my black Mary Janes will bring some of the black out in it. And with some tights and the right cover up I might be able to winterize it and pull it off. The trouble finding the right cardi or cover up is the way the top is cut. Hmmm…. Heather’s Pants Blog! Help! 😉

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Want to see more of my Dead Girl Decay barrettes? Check them out here in my portfolio site or visit my Etsy shop! If you have a dress you want a custom piece made to match.. Contact me! I love doing custom orders!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole