Creature Feature: Be Wise. Be Brave. Be Tricky. – Beautiful Freaks Fest Day 3!

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I knew right away when I came to my blog today what I was going to write about for the final day of the Beautiful Freaks Fest.

As mentioned in yesterday’s post I had planned my day out to work on a commission piece. The client asked me to do a painting for their niece’s birthday present. She has a healthy obsession with the movie Coraline and they immediately thought of me to do the piece. I was told to do what I wanted and am really happy with how it turned out. I also think it fits in quite nicely with the overall theme of the blog festivities.

I call it “Be Wise. Be Brave. Be Tricky”…….

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I love commission pieces. Especially when they have to do with cool themes of things I am into. Coraline is an incredible movie and this piece was right up my alley. The movie has been described as being “a child-friendly premise interlaced with twisted imagery and psychological depth”. The story line in general is often compared to some of my other favorite movies (Labyrinth, Alice In Wonderland and Wizard Of Oz). Even though the client would’ve been happy with a painting that was just a close up of the character I wanted to do a little more because I love the movie so much and had yet to do a piece inspired by it.

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Besides the creepy yet magical feel of the movie its the character of Coraline that I love so much. She’s not your typical girl from Pontiac Michigan. She’s a blue haired girl with an adventurous heart. She tells it how it is and enjoys the little things in life like playing in the rain and making dowsing rods to track ghosts!

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And even though her curiosity causes her some danger she is smart enough to find unique ways to overcome her obstacles.

I am going to see if I can find a place with a large enough scanner so that I can offer prints of this piece. So come check back here soon! Also feel free to check out the Drippings page of my website for other paintings I have done and don’t forget that today is the last day to take advantage of my coupon code! Just put in code BEAUTIFULFREAKS17 at check out in my Etsy shop and watch 13% get slashed off your orders (of $5 or more)!

If you are interested in having a commission piece done by yours cruelly contact me for more info and then go visit the remaining posts for the Beautiful Freaks Fest! Let your curiosity go wild!

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Chase The Morning For Beautiful Freaks Fest Day 2!

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WP_20170624_10_30_40_ProSo I was not sure what or who I would talk about today for Day 2 of the #beautifulfreaksfest2017 and then it hit me. I was getting all my paint supplies together to work on a commission piece and thought hmmm what am I in the mood to listen to…. and of course I pulled out the Repo The Genetic Opera soundtrack.

Now if you have seen this movie you know that it’s filled with tons of beautiful freaks. But if you know me personally then you also know that there is one beautiful freak that pulls on my heart strings …. Blind Mag (played by the stunning and amazing talented Sarah Brightman). So much that she inspired my art piece that I call “It’s Too Late For Me”. Call me a Genco Junkie but I absolutely LOVE this movie. From the dark horror story line, the visual artistry and the heavy rock ballads it’s a sum of so many things I love.

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So I am dedicating this post to the beautiful freak that is Blind Mag and giving a little more background on the scene that inspired the NAME of my art piece. Now if you read my past post when I completed this piece you know that it was drawn inspired by the scene (that kills me every time) of Mag right before her final performance. But the name of the piece comes from a specific scene that goes along with that. So here it goes…..

Mag’s most striking characteristic is of course her eyes, unnaturally blue and marked in a pinwheel pattern. But of course they came with a price. See Mag was born blind and was given her sight back through Rotti Largo owner of GeneCo and also the then fiance of Mag’s best friend Marni. To cure her blindness she received an operation which gives her back her vision in a very unique way. They are capable of not only vision, but projecting things she has seen. However the terms of her operation was she was obligated to work as a singer for GeneCo forever. A small price to pay at first until she starts to feel she is “owned” by them. When Mag is reconnected with her goddaughter Shilo (Marni’s daughter) she tries to warn her to stay away from GeneCo and to not follow the same mistake she made… “It’s Too Late For Me” and to “Chase The Morning”. Here is that very scene…

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If you have not seen the movie I highly recommend it. It’s truly a masterpiece on film and of course the most unique soundtrack you can own. My husband who is not a big fan of musicals even loves this movie. If you are already a GeneCo junkie you can purchase It’s Too Late For Me as prints and on customizable t-shirts. AND don’t forget! As announced in yesterday’s post I am offering a coupon code to celebrate this online freak fest! Just put in code BEAUTIFULFREAKS17 at check out in my Etsy shop and watch 13% get slashed off your orders (of $5 or more)! This code is only good during the Beautiful Freaks Fest so make sure to place your orders before Monday!

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I am now on my way to chase my morning with a smoothie, my Repo soundtrack and a canvas! Don’t forget to visit all the other blogs participating in the Beautiful Freaks Fest this weekend! So many amazing posts yesterday and I can’t wait to go through today’s posts from everyone later today!

Stay Spooky Freaks!
LDG NIcole

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