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

Creature Feature : Creepy Acres

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I have been anticipating this post for quite some time. My husband Frank and I decided to do a little fan art couples project in tribute to one of our favorite online shows.

Anyone that knows me, knows that I have a deep love and appreciation for Jim Henson and when I was a kid I would choose a puppet show over a cartoon any day. I still will. I also blame Jim Henson for my infatuation with faux monster fur which I have on anything I can possibly find. This art project being no different. So top that off with my love of things creepy and unusual and you will see why I fell in love with Creepy Acres.

We first discovered Creepy Acres in 2019 when we attended Horrorhound Weekend. They had this awesome Sci-Fi and Cryptid section at the show featuring tv stars and guests who specialize in or are inspired by them. Of corpse Frank and I had to check it out. Little did we expect to find puppets, let alone cryptid themed puppets! The minute I laid my eyes on Max the vampire I had to have a picture with him and showed the guys behind the show my Count Von Count tattoo. They told us they had a show online and gave us some info on it. In passing we ended up sharing the elevator with some of the crew and got to meet Sam Squatch the star of their show who was on his way to meet and get a photo with none other than my idol Elvira. I knew right away this show was going to be right up our alleys. We streamed all the episodes on Youtube and were hooked. We have been in communication with them and fans ever since.

After re-watching episodes for the millionth time I got a vision that I shared with Frank. We brainstormed it and ironically when we didn’t want to go out and do the usual Valentine’s Day romantic mumbo jumbo he asked if I wanted to go supply shopping instead! Um…Absolutely! He knows the way to my heart. So that’s what we did. We took our time on it. Working on it as we could between other things and not to rush it. He did the hand sawing and sanding and I did the hand painting and fur application. We took it out to the woods to take some good photos of it and then mailed it off to Sam and his cryptid pals. We wanted to wait until they received it before I shared it here with my followers. The wait was worth it though, because I have a treat for you! Sam unboxed it on the show and here it is…

This video was just what we needed. We had been having Creepy Acres withdrawals because Youtube messed up their channel and they are in the process up re-uploading all their episodes. You can see their hilarious reaction to the nightmare they are going through with their recent ScrewTube episode.

Even more reason to go to their unboxing Youtube video and give them mad likes and love in the comments for doing this! It is beyond awesome and we are so incredibly grateful. As you all know I am all about “artists supporting artists” which is what inspired this creative vision to begin with. Ironically as cryptids, “we believe in them!” You can also comment and share their post of the art piece from their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. So share some creepy love!

Here are a few of the photos that we took in the woods before we mailed the package off. We made sure to wear our Creepy Acres and cryptid shirts! I even have a furry monster necklace on because when we do anything we are committed ha ha.

You can also see them on the Remains page of my portfolio website. This video will also be on my Freaky Fanatic Viral Video Playlist and listed on the Creature Feature page. You can also see this screenshot of Sam’s adorable furry face with the art piece in my Freaky Fanatic On Air Talent slideshow!

Stay Spooky, Magical & Creepy!
LDG Nicole

Remains: Monstrous Decor Frames

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Just boxed up and shipped off another custom Etsy order. This time the client requested 3 of my Monstrous Decor Frames in the various colors I usually do for my corpsified creations. What I love about them is that no two are ever a like. Here is how they turned out..

If you’re like me and like a good gothic, oddities type decor in your tomb sweet tomb (aka home) these are the perfect addition and great conversation starters. I find that they make great displays for Halloween, Horror and Gothic wedding photos, zombie walk photos and horror movie convention photos.

See more of my various creepy creations in the Remains section of my portfolio website. Feel free to contact me on my site or through Etsy to have one or more made custom for you!

Stay Spooky & Magical,
LDG Nicole

Adopt The Undead : Chords The Corpsified Clown Music Box

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With it being all virus-like in the world right now and me being stuck in the house for a month I have been getting pretty inspired. It’s been a while since I made any corpsified creations, and I thought…what better time than now! I wanted to give you all something more terrifying to think about other then Corona Virus. So with that I would like you to meet Chords!

He is a Corpsified Clown made from an upcycled music box and is now looking for his new forever home!

Wind up his distressed, bloody silver drum and watch him move as he glares at you (with his one good eye as the other is a bit oozy) and plays you a tune with a drooling bloody smile on his face. Chords is pre-made and ready to ship to his new forever home and measures approximately 8″ tall. Each of my corpsified creations are handcrafted to be one of a kind and no two are ever alike or remade. A unique piece of art only you will own!

See Chords in action….

Please note this is NOT a toy. This is a decoration/collectible for adults and is not intended to be played with by children. Although I really do feel this would work a lot better at getting your kids to behave than that silly Elf you guys put around your homes at Christmas time! Just saying.

Chords is available to adopt in my Amazon shop! You can also see more of my corpsified creations on the Adopt The Undead page of my Portfolio site.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole