Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

This is Tate, played be Evan Peters, from American Horror Story. Only thought it appropriate to end the month with how it started. Check out my thoughts on the month challenge and my process of drawing him below!

What a month! 31 days ago, I thought I'd give the Drawlloween Drawing Challenge a go, but was very pessimistic about it all. I didn't think I'd be inspired to draw something each day, didn't think I'd like what I was able to put out each day, and I just didn't know if I could work on something each day. Boy, oh boy, did I prove myself wrong. I worked almost every day either drawing, painting, or digitally working with vectors/cutouts/textures. I found inspiration in great exciting things, like classic horror movies and stories or American Horror Story seasons, all of which were binge watched as preparation, which really helped my enthusiasm for the project. There were many times that I surprised myself with what I was capable of making, which in itself pushed me to work harder on the next project. I had a lot of fun doing this, so much so that I want to continue pumping out some art, but now I just have to shift my inspiration to something that isn't Halloween (or not; probably not). I hope you had fun on this journey with me and I hope you enjoyed some spooky art.

On the real, though, I need to thank Chelsea. She was my biggest cheerleader and supporter during this entire month. She bounced around ideas, critiqued my work during the process to help me improve, and shared my work with her friends to help me find a supportive crowd. It also made it so such better having a fellow artist to draw and be creative all month along side me. Not everyone could sit in one spot for five hours working on a piece with idle chit chat, but together it was great. 

Thank you, everyone, once again for your clicks, likes, comments, and support. It was a killer time. Now let's go veg out on some Halloween candy.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

He'll be the man of your dreams tonight!

Freddy Krueger.
I've always loved Freddy's humor and creative ways of killing. Makes the movies a thrill to watch!  
This piece was the last of my classic horror trio collection, with Tuesday's Jason and yesterday's Michael.
Check out the process of making this guy below!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It's the Boogeyman!

Michael Myers.
He is by far my favorite horror movie villain. Such a classic. The expressionless mask, the slow walk, the dead eyes, the silence. The music sends chills down my spine. It can evoke terror within the first few seconds. It's all so terrifying.

I first was introduced to Michael at a sleepover via H20 when someone got a hockey blade shoved into their face. Ever since that moment, he has been the haunter of an occasional dream. 
As I've gotten older, I've come to fully appreciate the Halloween series and would argue that the original Halloween is the best horror movie out there. 

Check out the process below!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My special, special boy.

Jason Voorhees. 
Friday the 13th was one of the first memories I have about horror movies. I remember being a wee little one and it being Friday the 13th and having all the whispers at school about how Friday the 13th was a bad day and something about a movie. That evening, the movie just so happened to be playing on tv and my dad turned it on to the dismay of my mom. The only scene I remember watching is the one where Kevin Bacon's character gets killed while laying in bed by Pamela shoving an arrow head through the bed and out from his throat. I had a fear of being killed from someone, or something, under my bed for quite some time after that. 

Check out the process of making Jason below!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sleep No More

Sleep No More is an immersive, interactive off-broadway production in New York City.
You arrive at the McKittrick Hotel and are transported back to the 1940s and are given a playing card and a mask. You are required to wear the mask throughout the evening and cannot speak for the entirety of the night. During the 3 hour production, you wander through 6 floors of elaborately designed rooms and environments and try to do as much as you can. You can follow the actors from room to room who have interactions with both other actors and your fellow masked voyeurs. You want to see as much action as you can to piece together the story they are telling. Words can not do this event justice. It was definitely one of the most exciting and unforgettable things I've ever done. 
Check out progress shots of making this piece below!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Come and play with us, Jimmy.

Forever... and ever... and ever.

It's a cosplay of sorts. The Grady Twins from the Shining played by Bette and Dot from American Horror Story: Freakshow played by Sarah Paulson.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

HBD, Halloween.

36 years ago today, the Boogeyman was unleashed upon us.
In celebration, I recreated the original movie poster using digital cutout.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary.

One of the spookiest urban legends out there. I wouldn't call her name in a dark mirror.
Check out details and progress shots below!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Muscles McGee

Because, you know, sometimes people just don't have skin.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus.

Everyone's three favorite witches. 
Sarah, Winifred, & Mary.

This is the best thing I've ever made. 
Easily spent more than 20 hours working on this.
It has 335 layers of different textures, colors, shadows, highlights, opacities, etc.
Check out the progress shots below and click the above image for a bigger, more detailed view!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Only by entering will you learn its secrets.

The category for Drawlloween was Devil, so it gave me the chance to bust out another American Horror Story inspired piece. This is the entrance to see the Freakshow. Check out a more simple, flat style of this piece below!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

That's a real person... underneath?

Chelsea and I recently watched House of Wax, so that served as my inspiration for the category of Gore. [SPOILER ALERT] They turn people into wax statues. And you can't just peel the wax off to save your friend. It just doesn't work that way. Check out some progress shots below!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Two weeks until Halloween!

Then there is no hiding from the Boogeyman.
Ask Laurie.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scarecrow stalkin'.

Just a spooky scarecrow skulking in the stalks.

I'm really excited about this piece because I drew it from my head, and that is something that I am usually terrible at. I can see great things in my head, but the transition to paper often leaves something askew. But I am super happy with the way this one turned out! Check out the progress shots below!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I come when I'm called. That's what I do.

The Angel of Death, Shachath, played by Frances Conroy, from American Horror Story: Asylum.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Is there Life on Mars?

Elsa Mars, played by Jessica Lange, singing Life on Mars? from the premiere of American Horror Story: Freakshow.

Chelsea Kirchoff and I both made an Elsa Mars piece using the same reference photo and same technique (digital cutout), but it is amazing how different our final pieces are.

See the progress shots from my piece below and check out Chelsea's version on her blog!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Si(ni)ster Mary Eunice.

Sister Mary Eunice possessed by a demon in American Horror Story: Asylum. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Banana fana fo fana.

Come on everybody!
I say now let's play a game.
I betcha I can make a rhyme out of anybody's name.
Comment if you want me to make a rhyme out of YOUR name!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Team Spike.

Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 
So much better than Angel. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Madame LaLaurie

This is Madame Delphine LaLaurie, played by Kathy Bates, from American Horror Story: Coven! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wir sind alle freaks.

American Horror Story: Freakshow starts tonight! 
This is me screaming because I'm so excited.
Check out the process of creating this beast...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Second sight.

Cordelia Foxx from American Horror Story: Coven, played by Sarah Paulson. I like her.
She's got the second sight.

Monday, October 6, 2014

You're going to die in there.

The Murder House from American Horror Story.
It's my first time drawing a house since, you know, like fifth grade.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

I want to play a game.

Nice little sketch of Amanda Young from the Saw franchise. She's my favorite character from the series; a real tragic soul.

Friday, October 3, 2014

What day is it?

October 3rd a.k.a. National Mean Girls day!
To celebrate, I drew Cady Heron as a zombie bride... wait no... an "ex-wife."

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pepper


Pepper is another character from American Horror Story: Asylum. She is also going to be the first character to be in more than one season, so look out for her at the Freakshow!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Meet Kit. My magnum opus.

Chelsea and I just recently binge watched American Horror Story: Asylum to prepare for the upcoming Freakshow. It was pretty fantastic. I had low expectations due to the bad word-of-mouth reviews but I loved it. I was inspired to draw some of the characters so here is Kit Walker covered in blood.