Spitting Image: Happy Camper

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As you may recall (from my Days of The Dead Indy Recap) this Summer we finally got to me Felissa Rose who played Angela Baker in Sleepaway Camp. For those who are not familiar, it is an iconic 80’s Slasher Film and Angela herself is the reason it is so iconic. To learn more you have to watch it. Trust me no spoilers here. Go watch it.

Felissa is one of the sweetest scream queens we have had the honor of meeting at a con. If you are a fan of her and then meet her you love her that much more.  Which is why she inspired my latest portrait. I call it “Happy Camper” and it’s a split face portrait of Felissa Rose/Angela Baker. Complete with Camp Arawak blue pastel background. Lucky for me I will see her next weekend and look forward to giving her the original.

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For all you 80’s slasher film junkies….you can get this now as prints and t-shirts in both my Etsy and Amazon shops!  To see more of portrait work visit the Spitting Image page of my portfolio site!

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LDG Nicole

 

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Drippings: Play Dead

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As you know, I love commission pieces and this last request I received was right up my alley. Gaby contacted me looking for a painting of Scraps from the Corpse Bride and Zero from Nightmare Before Christmas. As a fellow Tim Burton geek she knew I was the artist for the job. I finished the piece and sent photos to Gaby for her approval. I could not have been happier with her response…..

“Oh I love it! It’s perfect 🙂 The details are amazing! I can’t wait for it!”

Here are a few photos I took during the painting process…

And here is the completed piece, I call it “Play Dead”…..

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See more of the paintings I have done in the Drippings section of my portfolio website and make sure to contact me if you are interested in your own custom piece of artwork!

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LDG Nicole

 

Drippings: Equinox

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So I haven’t been as active on here for the last past month. Despite having another fun ER scare (those who follow this blog know about my fun health issues) I also have been working on a very large commission piece for my Uncle. And when I say very large… I mean very large. So large that the art supply company I went through wanted to charge me $300 to send the canvases to me on a truck so I had to get canvas kits instead. Three canvas kits to be exact. And I had never stretched a canvas before in my life. Anytime I paint something on canvas it is already pre-stretched.  Lucky for me, when I was “down with the sickness” my husband Frank was awesome enough to take a stab at stretching the canvases and did an incredible job. Thank you Fredrix for you killer tutorial videos!

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But stretching the canvas was not the most of my worries (despite having to re-arrange the living room to make it happen). I was taking on a whole new challenge outside of what I considered my “comfort zone”. I was asked to do a fall landscape piece spread out among the three large canvases to make one large painting that will fill one large wall. The center canvas being 48″W x 60″ L and the 2 side canvases being 36″ W x 60″ L. So like I said.. very large.

The first thing we did was move the canvases to our dungeon (aka basement) where we had to make space for me to paint. My art room is our spare bedroom in our townhome and there was no way this was going to work in there. Then we set the paintings up and I got started.

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I had a sketch and some reference photos but was not sure what I wanted to do first so I started placing things to give me a general idea where I wanted them and started to fill them in for a nice base…

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At one point I kept saying how much I hated brown and tree bark ha ha ha….

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Then that turned into how much I hated green and grass ha ha ha….

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But before long it started to take shape…

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And then I changed my mind and painted over a few things that were just not flowing right for me and then the fun colors started to take over which got me out of my brown and green rut….

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Before I knew it a month had passed and I had put in 62 hours into this project. I even have the back pain to prove it ha ha. I decided to call the piece “Equinox”…..

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As nervous as I was to take this big project on, I am happy that I did. Yah the money is always nice to have but so is the ability to say I stepped out of my comfort zone and made it happen. I hit some definite learning curves along the way but I also learned a lot of new techniques and figured out fun ways to use various brushes I had never used before. I even did a little sponging in there as well. Most of all I am happy that my Uncle believed in me enough to push me to do this. To be told “no monsters or anything scary” was definitely out of my realm but with Autumn being my favorite season I was happy that is what he chose for this.

Also a special shout out to my husband Frank, my Dad and my brother who were my cheer squad during this whole project. They kept me moving forward with all their encouragement.

If you want to see more of my paintings on the Drippings page of my portfolio website! Now off to get some reference photos for another commission painting I am doing for a client on Etsy! Stay tuned!

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LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Blick Wearable Art Contest

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Blick  is running a Wearable Art Contest! Which as we know is right up my alley. The winner receives a nice art supply prize package that I can definitely use as well!

If you have a Facebook account please go here http://bit.ly/2xZwmjO and show my Hellraiser Cenobite Dead Girl Decay Barrette some entry love!

I chose this particular piece because it is still one of the funnest, wearable art commission pieces I have made to date. I am sure I will be one of the few whose entry comes from the dark side, but I hope to make Clive Barker and Doug Bradley proud! Plus, when haven’t my creations stood out from the norms 😉

HellRaiser

This is a commission piece I completed for a Hellraiser horror movie fan. The center symbolizes Doug Bradley as Pinhead. It was made from Fimo Clay and hand painted to give it depth. Small nails were used as “pins”. The flower petals were all artificial flowers in various shades of blues, black and greys that were alternated between pieces of of patent leather snakeskin fabric that I cut to look like petals as well. I took necklace chain to symbolize the torture chains used in the film and of course splattered it with red paint to give that blood effect that all horror fans love! The customer was beyond happy with the end result.

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LDG Nicole

Freaky Fanatics: S.O.P.H.I.E Supporter Nadine

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This is a shout out to Nadine all the way in the UK. She not only gave me a 5 Star Review on Etsy today, but she also submitted this beautiful photo of herself wearing her S.O.P.H.I.E Lancaster Foundation barrette.

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Doesn’t it look perfect in her ravishing red hair. I just love it.

Want to see more photos submitted by my customers? Check out the Freaky Fanatic Slideshow on my official portfolio website! Don’t forget to send in yours! All Freaky Fanatics who submit a photo get a special discount code to use on their future purchases in my Etsy shop! Contact me for more info or shoot me a message on Etsy!

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LDG Nicole

 

Freaky Fanatic: Winner Represents!

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The winner of the Morbidly Beautiful/Artwork By Living Dead Girl Nicole giveaway has not only spread the word about his winnings on Instagram, but has also recently posted some great photos showing off how he rocks his Living Dead Girl Nicole pin! Check out this killer vest and how awesome it looks on it!

Do you have photos of you rocking your Living Dead Girl Nicole creations or merch? Become a part of my Freaky Fanatic slideshow and be featured here! Contact me to submit your photos or send them to me via Etsy!

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LDG Nicole

Back Bone: Made To Order Sophie Barrettes!

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With how quickly I sold out of the 5 limited edition Sophie Fundraiser barrettes (where 50% of the proceeds earned were donated to The Sophie Lancaster Foundation) I have decided to offer these as MADE TO ORDER items in my shop for the remainder of this symbolic year. If you are interested in having one made for yourself please go to the listing that has been set up to order. Please allow additional time for ordering supplies and the creation process.

Sophie Single Barrette

Together we can continue to help the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and what they stand for! Thank you to everyone who bought a barrette. It was incredible to see them all sell out in only a couple of days and the last one be sold yesterday on the 10 year anniversary of Sophie’s passing. If you did purchase a barrette please send me photos of yourself rocking it. I would love to put together a collage of Sophie supporters for my Freaky Fanatic slideshow and share them with the foundation as well.

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Stay Spooky & Supportive,
LDG Nicole