Spitting Image: The Lovers. The Dreamers. And Me.

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Anyone who knows me or even just follows my artistic journey knows how much Jim Henson has influenced and continues to inspire me. That is why I am very excited to finally share a new art piece that has been on my art bucket list for way too long.

I have always wanted to draw Jim Henson but was not sure how I would come up with what I considered a good enough tribute to someone that has brought so magic into my world. Then last September when his 85th Birthday was upon us, I got a vision of what I wanted to do and I started planning it out. Work, life and filling art orders got in the way but I continued to work on it slowly but surely. I am so happy I did not rush myself to complete it. I took my time because this piece is truly very special to me.

The vision I had for this piece was to pay tribute to the joy he brought into this world from the beginning of his career from the Sam and Friends days to his time on Sesame Street and the Muppet Show. And it was not just Jim’s look I wanted to show that had transitioned over the years but also wanted to incorporate the old and new looks of Kermit. From an abstract lizard made out of his Mother’s coat to the iconic frog we all love and recognize today.

I am so happy to finally be able to share this split face portrait done in pencil and chalk pastels that I call “The Lovers. The Dreamers. And Me.”

You can see this art piece and my other portrait drawings showcased on the Spitting Image page of my portfolio website.

For those who are interested in purchasing prints or wearing this art piece on a shirt, you can find them listed in my Etsy and Amazon shops. Prints will also be made available at at Closet Collectibles in Crete, IL as soon as I make my next art drop to replenish my store shelves.

Stay Spooky & Magical!

LDG Nicole

Yep Yeping It Up At Nightmare On Chicago Street 2017

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Last year was our first time attending Nightmare on Chicago Street. We had a blast but we didn’t dress up because our main focus was to meet Butch Patrick so I could give him my Eddie Munster Vroom! Vroom! portrait. This year we wanted to go back but dressing up was definitely a part of the game plan. Getting everyone on board with the same group costume idea was the hard part ha ha. We came up with so many wonderful ideas but what we ended up being was a big hit with the crowd. We got stopped all night to take photos with people! Needless to say, they were “out of this world” 🙂

One of the first ideas we came up with came around full circle and ended up being what we went as. Originally we had put it on the back burner due to having to make them with time restraints. Then I was searching on Craigslist for caskets (for Frankenhearse) and everything fell right into place. A super sweet lady handmade four Yep Yep Sesame Street alien costumes (the idea we originally came up with) and was selling them for only $20 a piece!! My heart (that beats for all things Jim Henson) skipped a beat. My husband Frank was totally game and urged me to get them. Our friends Mike and Ellie were right on board with us and the rest is history. Here is a photo of us yepping around at the event…

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I am in pink, Ellie is orange, Mike is red and my husband Frank is blue. My favorite photo of the night had to be this selfie of Frank and I. It really sums up how fun the evening was…

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Stay Spooky!

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LDG Nicole

Remains : MOFFINS are here!

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I took my love of Jim Henson creatures (hence the cute monster faces) and mixed it with my love of the macabre (coffin boxes) and created… the MOFFINS!

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They are 6″ coffin boxes made into monsters and come in different colors! Right now the ones in the photo (green, orange, purple and blue) are pre-made/ready to ship to the first person who buys them. I am also taking custom orders where you can specify the color of the monster’s skin, eyes, fur and how many teeth!

Here is a photo of the inside of the boxes…

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Buy them now in my Etsy shop!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Artist Shout Out: True Muppet By Hillary White

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I think it’s time for an Artist Shout Out!
The reason I think it is time is because I do these when I come across a piece by another artist that awes me.
Well I came across this piece online today and I think is TRUEly brilliant!

Shout out to the talented artist Hillary White who created this one. Prints available here!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole