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 ūüôā¬†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!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

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Spitting Image: Kindred Spirits

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So even though I have already drawn Winona Ryder (as Mina Harker) and Christina Ricci (as herself and in tribute to us sharing the same birthday) I still have had them on my art bucket list because they have portrayed so many of my favorite characters and are two of my favorite actresses. There are two characters though that stand out from the rest and I have related to both of them and have loved them since I was younger…. Lydia Deetz and Wednesday Addams.

My original plan was to draw two separate portraits but after searching for reference photos I kept finding the same photos and so many of them had already been drawn. Some multiple times. I really wanted to do something to challenge myself as well as create something unique. I decided that since both characters have very similar qualities and traits why not try to combine them into one of my split face portraits.

So I present to you you my latest piece called “Kindred Spirits”….

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The entire time drawing it I knew I wanted to call it this because I feel like if these characters crossed paths they would be dressing up as homicidal maniacs together, rummaging the cemeteries, trying to join the dead in the nether world and capturing sheets with no feet on film . And on top of it I secretly wish I could be a part of it.

For those of you who also dreamt of the day these two would became friends and you could join them on their spooky adventures, I have prints and t-shirts of this piece now in my Etsy Shop! See more of my portrait work on the Spitting Image page of my portfolio site!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Freaky Fanatics: Emily at Beetle House LA

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The beautiful Emily and my “What Nightmares Are Made Of” original Tim Burton and Jack Skellington art piece on display at Beetle House LA!

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This picture actually brought a tear to my eye. So much pride but also knowing Emily went out of her way to take this photo means the world to me. Especially since I am not able to travel there to see it in person.

Don’t forget to take a photo with my art piece at Beetle House LA to be featured like Emily (also in my Freaky Fanatic slideshow) and get a special coupon code for anything in my Etsy shop!

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LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: #BeetleHouse

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I was on¬†Instagram stalking the hash tag #BeetleHouse to try and live vicariously through all the people lucky enough to be on the West Coast enjoying Beetle House LA. I won’t lie the photos made me uber jealous ha ha. But, by doing so, I discovered some¬†(public) photos that you can see my “What Nightmares Are Made Of” original portrait on display. They make¬†my creepy little heart skip a beat so I had to share them with all my Freaky Fanatics and followers.

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Look at all the other amazing pieces around it. It really makes me so thrilled that Beetle House worked with artists to use their original fan art for the decor of their place vs just buying random commercialized posters for the walls. I really think Tim Burton himself would also admire them for doing this.

Read more about my collaboration with Beetle House in my previous posts and don’t forget if you are in LA to pay them a visit and get a photo with my piece on display! Everyone that submits a photo gets a unique coupon code to be used in my Etsy Shop¬†and will be featured here on my Eulogy Blog as well as in the Freaky Fanatics slideshow on my website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Beetle House LA is officially open!

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The Beetle House LA location officially opened this weekend. So if you live or visit the West Coast please make sure to stop in there and support them for featuring my work and others in this creative collaboration. For those of you who may have just discovered my Eulogy Blog you can read more about the piece and it being chosen for this incredible project here. If you are looking for something fun to wear when you go there make sure to  snatch up one of my t-shirts that feature the piece!

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Don’t forget to snap a photo of yourself with my piece on display at Beetle House LA to be featured on my website! I have been told it’s hanging in the main dining area! Anyone that sends in a photo will get a special discount code off their next purchase for anything in my Etsy shop! If you fall in love with the piece while you are there don’t worry. I have¬†prints¬†for sale and you can use your coupon for that as well.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Beetle House LA

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Could not be more excited or honored. Boxed up my ORIGINAL “What Nightmares Are Made Of” charcoal and pencil drawing to be shipped off to the¬†new¬†Beetle House Bar/Restaurant opening in Los Angeles next month. Their first location opened in New York and was such a success they are opening up a 2nd location. My piece¬†will be displayed on the walls with other Tim Burton inspired art.

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I was skeptical to send off my original at first because it’s a very meaningful piece and I worked really hard on it. However the more I thought about it the more I realized it needed to be a part of this amazing project¬†instead of tucked away in my portfolio for no one to appreciate. Yes I was dreaming of one day giving it to Tim Burton himself. But let’s be honest.. the chances of that happening (even though I am a dreamer) are not very likely. The whole point of the piece was to express how much Tim Burton has inspired me as a artist and a person. Which is the exact vision¬†behind Beetle House. I feel it will be at home there and who knows maybe some how Tim himself might finally get to see it.

Speaking of seeing it… if you live in the area or travel there make sure to visit Beetle House and snap a photo of yourself with the piece on display! I would love to collect photos of people enjoying the piece in person there. They are currently already taking reservations online! ¬†I myself hope to one day travel there so I can see it on display and also take in how incredible Beetle House is. My only fear is I may never want to leave ūüėČ

Love this piece? Then check out the prints and shirts available in my Etsy shop! want to see more of my portrait work? Then check out the Spitting Image page of my portfolio site.

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‚ÄĚ 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?” ūüôā

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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