Monday, October 6, 2014

Monster Mountain

I was hired to create this logo for a local haunted attraction this year, It was fun to make and I am going to visit the haunt and get my T-shirt next week. I think it looks nice, it was hard to make all the elements they wanted not look like too much. 


Agatha was my first full size build, the original was rather simple but nice enough for a thief to take her. So I built Agatha 2.0 I had grown a lot as an artist and her design became far more sophisticated. I think she turned out wonderfully.                

She is wearing my aunts wedding dress. 

Her jaw moves and her eyes light up, when I change her batteries. (almost never) 

Agatha loves a walk in the graveyard. 

When I was in school she posed for my drawing class.

Best pals. 

A Little Introduction

For anyone new to my blog, I am a monster maker, an artist, illustrator, animator, and a little bit of a freak. I might get slightly off subject now and then, but for the most part everything you find here will be horror/Halloween/creature related. I love these things and always will. 

I have been making monsters for most of my life on paper or in sculpture form, I have worked on television, film, and in print. My work has been shown on The Martha Stewart Show, and Ancient Aliens. I also work as a freelance illustrator and teach digital media and animation. 

The new plan is to start sharing how to make props with you. I plan to make both written and video tutorials to help you haunt your own house. I am always happy to hear any ideas or opinions on my projects, so talk to me people! 

I think that is all....probably not. 

Zombie Cat

I make monsters, it is what I do. I love animals and I in no way find the death of living things a delight, but I also have a love for the paranormal and horror films are my favorite. I am very polarized I suppose. Undead things are my favorite type of monster. I love vampires, ghosts, zombies, mummies, and all their cousins and kin. When I saw the cat skeleton at Target my mind could see making a monster of it in an instant and it was snatched up and on the slab waiting for new life to come in two shakes of a bat's wing. Then, when I was done I imagined how horrifying it would be to hear scratching at the back door and to look out and see a clearly dead animal clawing to get in. I took the photo out the dining room doors while the paint was still wet.  Undead animals have been a part of myth and legend in many cultures, most are ghosts, or evil spirits in disguise.

Spiders part I

Spiders have always been a source of fear for man. In folklore around the world and modern stories, spiders crawl through our imagination as both subjects of fear and wonder. Anasi in African lore, Arachne in Greek, Shelob of Lord of the Rings, Aragog of Harry Potter, and countless others prey on the heroes of our imagination. Arachnophobia (The fear of spiders) is a common fear to exploit at this time of year. Yard haunts are draped in webs and crawling with a wide range of spiders of many shapes and sizes. I for one think the smaller ones are far more effective at scaring, but the larger ones can be so visually striking and iconic that it is nearly as much of a necessity to a haunt as witches and ghosts. This year I plan to create a nest of giant spiders as well as an egg sack and web-bound victims for my porch, forcing the squeamish to face spiders all shapes and sizes. Some will be store bought, but the stars of my haunt will be my hand made monsters, as always. This red and purple spider is one of five this size that I will make, and later I will include instructions.  Happy Haunting my friends!