In celebration of the comic’s birthday, I decided a new birthday card design was in order and since Gluck has yet to appear on any he gets to star. I’ll be putting the artwork together and having the new card printed in the next couple of weeks.
So, Spooky Empire’s Horror convention was loads of fun! I’ve never seen so many zombies in one place. There was zombie-gandhi, zombie-amish-couple, zombie-tourists, zombie cheerleaders, zombie jesus, zombie pope and nun, zombie doctor and nurse, zombie kissing couple from the cover of 1940s Time magazine…you name it. There were also fabulous creatures and monsters from various movies that looked like they jumped right off the screen and into the convention. There were so many great vendors and artists, it was a bit overwhelming. The girl next to me ended up being a Darien of Custom Cranium who happens to be a GingerDead fan. Darien is awesome. She works with animal bone to create gorgeous jewelry and crazy dolls that merge plushy and bone. She calls the dolls ‘Snuff Stuffies’
Directly across from me was Terry Cruikshank’s Creations. Terry is super duper sweet and is creations are super duper creepy. He is a self-taught sculptor who specializes in horror film characters, zombie babies, devil babies and very toothy teddy bears! He has a huge body of work and fan base. I got to sit and admire it all. My favorite was this baby hellraiser set.
Terry took time to encourage me about my finger puppets and new art dolls and even give me an impromptu lesson about casting molds, in case I ever want to make my life a bit easier and have more than one sculpt of a particular doll available. Definitely good info to have so a big thank you to Terry for sharing his knowledge with me.
There were loads of other cool vendors but I haven’t got all night so lets move on to some silly business. I met Steve Gonsalves from Ghost Hunters. I saw Tango wandering around too, but chose to harass Steve because i like his quiet nature and fear of spiders. I wasn’t going to groupie out on him and ask for a picture but Jim and I decided that my readers might get a kick out of it, so I stopped him at Terry’s booth and got a photo for you guys:
As you can see, I was pretty excited.
Here’s me looking suspicious of my customers. Probably another zombie lumbering by.
Here’s an amazing monster who is really familiar but I can’t think from what movie. Anyone?
If you haven’t been checking my artist blog (calanree.com/blog) you probably haven’t seen the latest art dolls and finger puppets. I’ve been updating a lot there as I got ready for the convention and will be updating a couple more as I get ready for this weekend’s Abnormal Formal at ArtPool Gallery where I’ll be the featured artist. If you are interested in my sculptural work, keep an eye over there. Here’s a recap…
Offer – the little girl with a juicy heart – clay, natural and found elements, paint
Then there was a how-to on creating your very own zombie bunny –
Close Your Eyes and Think of Carrots
Then there’s the dia de los muertos group shot. I love how this photo came out!
That’s all the new stuff I’ve posted so far. This week I’ll be updating with two new art dolls in the same vein as Offer. This combination of natural elements, found objects and clay is really something I’m excited about right now. I want to make lots and lots of strange friends. There is a satisfaction in this art doll thing that is special…profound even. I think I’ve fallen in love.