Spitting Image: Well Shit The Bed!

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I finished an art piece last night that I am not ashamed to say … I am very proud of. I can’t help but look at it and smile because it came out just how I envisioned.  So here is a little background of how this piece was master minded.

The other day I was reminiscing over this specific photo…

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….and more so the moment it was taken.  It is a special photo to me because it was taken by my husband Frank when I was reunited with Sid after years of being M.I.A from horror cons (and pretty much life) because of all my health scares, surgeries, hospital stays and recovery. Sid and Suzie were following my journey on GoFundMe along with the rest of my family and friends so he knew just how happy I was to be out and able to see him. He stopped me in the hall, pointed me out of the crowd and said “you’re out amongst the people!!!” and gave me a big hug. It was such a nice reminder of how far I had come with my health and how I was finally getting back to life and being out doing what I love and seeing the people I admire so much again.

Now as you all know from all my Sid related posts that this photo is not of the first time I met Sid.  I have been blessed with many memorable moments with both him and his wife Suzie and consider them friends.

And as you also know this is not the first time I have been inspired by Sid either.  I even dressed up as a female Captain Spaulding last year for Halloween and also have a Captain Spaulding tattoo. I also drew Sid and Suzie and mailed it out to them as a surprise gift when they got married back in 2007.

sidBut the first time I drew him was back in 2004. Rob Zombie’s old website had a very active message forum and they posted they were looking for House of 1000 Corpses art for a fan based book. I immediately got to work at drawing Sid as Captain Spaulding and Howdy Folks was created. I remember being so pumped that I actually finished it in only a few days! The sad thing is I dropped the piece in the mail and it has never been seen again. The book never happened and despite including a self addressed stamped envelope and a letter saying to please return it if it was not selected… it is still unknown what ever happened to it. There are 2 prints ever made of the piece and Sid and myself are the owner of them. So I guess that makes the prints that much more special. But with gifting out so many of my originals to celebs that I admire and Sid being so much more closer to my heart, I wanted to give him an original to replace the one I was never able to give him.

Since my split face portraits give me more of a challenge and allow me to be more creative, I decided to to do a new one that reflects his fun personality and why I love him and his Captain Spaulding character so much.  I couldn’t help but call it “Well Shit The Bed!” because it’ a fun joke about the first time we met and my screen name on his site.

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I already emailed it to Sid and can not wait to see him again to give it to him and see his reaction.

For those of you that admire Sid as well you can purchase prints and shirts of the piece in my Etsy Shop!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Ghoulish Garments: So Many New Items!

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As most of you know from my past blog announcements,  I am now offering clothing items featuring my artwork in my Etsy shop.  I had also mentioned that it would take me some time to get all the items posted because I needed to make mock up designs for all of them and then get them all added to the shop.

Well…… I am excited to say that there are now close to 30 shirts available!!

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Each shirt is listed as a unisex t-shirt available in S- XL. As the artist, I also chose the color shirt that I felt coincides and brings out the art piece best. This was a lot of work as I would create a mock up to be sure I liked the color and then if it wasn’t good enough would keep creating mock ups until I was happy with the outcome.

However, if you like the design but wish it was in a different colored shirt, style (tank top, womens fitted, long sleeve etc.)  or size (youth, XS, XXL etc.) let me know! I have already customized shirts for customers. This has included making pink shirts black for men. Making them in XS Women’s Fitted style for smaller frames. I have even added the title of the art piece to one of them for a customer! Contact me through Etsy or my website to see how custom we can make one for you (based on product availability). When you rock my work I want it to be as unique as you are!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Freaky Fanatic Paul

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As you all know my Freaky Fanatic (AKA happy customer) photos always make me so happy when I receive them. Today was no exception. I just received this photo from Paul in MO who is proudly holding up the 2 Spitting Image portrait prints he purchased in my Etsy shop. Paul also left me 2 wonderful reviews …

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Thank you Paul!! You rock!!

See Paul along with my other happy customer submissions on the Freaky Fanatic Slideshow! Have photos of yourself with one of my creations? Contact me to submit your photos and be featured here and on my site! All Freaky Fanatics get a special coupon code for all future purchases in my Etsy shop!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: I Am Batman

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071512batman-dngnkSo I have been wanting to do a split face Batman portrait for a long time. I always imagined that if I did draw it I would choose my 2 favorites……Michael Keaton and Adam West. Well the best opportunity presented itself to me and pushed me forward to get this portrait done and off my bucket list. That inspiration was my best friend Regina.

See Regina has been a friend of mine since freshman year of high school. I am the fairy goth mother (aka godmother) of her ava-7th-bday-2016-3daughter Ava Nicole (see that middle name.. its after me).  She was the maid of honor in my wedding.. although she didn’t end up making it down the aisle as she was in the hospital having Ava ha ha. Miles apart or time passes and we are still just as close as we ever were. We have been through so many fun times, got each other through the worse of times and have shared so many milestone moments.

Well, Regina is going through one of those milestone moments right now with the purchase of her very own home. She has been a renter for many years and can finally purchase a house. Knowing her for so long I know what a huge step this is for her and I am super proud of her. I decided to make her the most unique house warming gift I could think of. Seeing she is the biggest Batman fan I know and has been for as long as I have known her, I decided to push myself to do that Batman split portrait for her! All she knew was I was making her something for a housewarming gift but didn’t know of what. That was until I finished it and sent her a photo of it today.

Her reaction “OHHHHHH my god! I LOVE IT!”

I call it “I Am Batman” (as Regina and I both feel these 2 are the real Batmans ha ha). It was done in pencil, charcoal and pastel chalks.

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I am looking forward to giving it to her in person this weekend! Prints and t-shirts will be available in my Etsy Shop for you fellow Batman geeks out there!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Spitting Image Deadly Deal!

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Spitting Image portrait prints have always been $15 a piece but I want to give my Freaky Fanatics the financial opportunity to purchase more then one. I often hear people tell me they can’t decide which one to buy because they like so many of them. Now you don’t have to worry about choosing! Just use this listing and you can purchase 2 prints for only $25!

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: Wind Blows… Fire Burns… Water Falls

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I remember the first time I saw Milla Jovovich. It was the early 90’s and I was watching Dazed and Confused. She played Pickford’s girlfriend… the quiet, artsy hippie chic who made the awesome Kiss props seen through out the film. michelleI also always thought it was interesting how she didn’t even need a speaking role and yet her character was so memorable she made the cover of the VHS and left an impression in our minds. It wasn’t long after that I had learned she had been model since she was a little girl. Go figure right? I mean.. why wouldn’t someone who looked like THAT not be a model!

tumblr_o2xe1gwjbi1u8n0xao1_500It was only a few years later that I got to see another side of her acting skills that would leave me in awe. The movie The Fifth Element came out and even though her speaking role was pretty much in a language all it’s own.. I still loved everything about it and her role as LeeLoo. She then eventually went on to be zombie ass kicking Alice in Resident Evil. A role I can now not imagine anyone else playing.

For many years now I have wanted to draw Milla as LeeLoo. There was just something about that character I loved most over all the others she has portrayed. The wait is now over and another portrait has been checked off my bucket list.

I call this one “Wind Blows… Fire Burns…Water Falls”

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It was done in pencil, Prisma colored pencils and a touch of charcoal. If you are a SciFi, Milla or LeeLoo fan you can own a print of this piece! They are now available in my Etsy Shop. Visit the Spitting Image page of my portfolio website where you can see more portraits like this one, as well as examples of custom commission pieces I have done for clients.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: It’s Burton Blog Bash Day!

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Hello subscribers and Burton Blog Bash hoppers! Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog today as we celebrate  the genius that is Tim Burton and the release of Miss Pereguine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Some of you may have learned to like his work later on in life but for me.. his work has effected me since back when it was “weird” to like the types of things he created. Especially for a little girl.

tumblr_mbsz0ro3tu1qepf8yo3_250When I was 7 years old Beetlejuice came out and it instantly drew me in. I remember some kids being scared of Beetlejuice. I was one of those kids yelling his name hoping he would make an appearance. Envious of how cool it would be to live in Lydia Deetz’s shoes. I guess you can say I still admire her. I have her tattoo’d on my arm. My dad even walked me down the aisle to the Beetlejuice intro music because not only did my Dad introduce me to the movie but my husband and I bonded over it when we first started dating (he now has the rest of the cast tattoo’d on his arm). It was a very important part of our ceremony and so symbolic. Who better then Danny Elfman to set the mood for our Halloween Masquerade reception.

When Edward Scissorhands came out, I remember thinking whoever made these films was some sort of genius. When you are younger you really don’t get into who made what when it comes to movies. You just watch them, love them or hate them. However Tim Burton’s films were like nothing I had ever seen and when I found out the same man made Beetljuice it clicked that this man was different. When I found out he did Pee Wee’s Big Adventure my mind was blown. He was talented and he had something no one else had when it came to making movies (I was a smart kid ehh ha ha). When I was really little,  Jim Henson was always my hero as far as fantasy movie makers were concerned. As I was beginning to get older, Tim Burton crept his way into my heart as well. He had this way of bringing macabre visions to life but making them whimsical which amazed me (and still does).

Which brings us to when the previews came out for Nightmare Before Christmas when I was 12 years old. I still have the newspaper clippings I cut out of the newspaper in anticipation for the movie to come out. The fact that it was clay animated completely awed me and the characters seemed so intriguing. I guess you can say I was a little like Jack when I saw the previews… “What’s This?” “What’s This?” 🙂

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Not only did I have these clippings because I was excited about the movie, but I used them to draw the characters as well. Stashed away with the clippings are my sketches from back then. They make me smile to look back at. So not only did Tim Burton entertain me, he also inspired me to create!

The great thing is he still does. Over the years all of his movies have continued to draw me in. These are just a glimpse of some of the things I have conjured up over the years inspired by him. Click on any of the images to see them on a larger scale.

I don’t have enough time or space to include all the clothing and home decor I have collected over the years. ha ha. But I can add to your collections. So to give back to all the people following this Burton Blog Bash I want to give you all a coupon code that can be used in my Etsy shop TODAY ONLY! Use code BURTONBASH at check out and get 15% off your order!

Don’t forget to also check out all the other blogs participating in today’s blog bash! All bloggers will be posting about Tim Burton so you know they are worth stopping by and checking out what they are posting! If this is your first time stopping by my blog please follow and subscribe!

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole