I've had the idea for this sketch for at least a year. Every time I tried getting it on paper, it fell flat. This time it finally came out! I am loving my monsters boogeying on down. I want to take this to final-quality so I have work to do, least of all to change the setting, but I look forward to spending more time with these monsters. ;)
When I was younger, I used to make a really simple and fun dessert to bring to parties. I don't remember what it was called exactly, but we'll just call it dirt dessert. All you do is mix chocolate pudding with some crushed up OREO cookies! I used to line a flower pot and fill it with the mixture, then put in fake flowers. For Halloween, you can have a lot of fun with it by adding things like gummy worms or whatever else you can think of!
Why did Frankenstein kill his Bride? Ok- She did reject him with the "OH HELL NO!" look to end all "Hell No!" looks... BUT... little known fact.... a tiny photo slipped from her dress, close to her heart, down to the floor. When Frankie saw this photo - it was a murder suicide of the undead kind.
What Frankie didn't know- was Elsa went abroad for a semester in college to study German Expressionism. While shopping for furniture at The Cabinets of Dr. Caligari - their eyes met over a nice end table. It was love at first fright.
The love they shared burned as hot as a witch at the stake - and was as short lived. Their first passionate weekend away together on the French Riviera, The Count forgot himself and his sunblock. Their future went up in smoke. Elsa vowed over her dead body-she'd never love another. She went thru the rest of her days like a zombie. Heartbreak sucks.
What's more ghoulish and frightening than a witch fattening up a child so she can eat him?!
I love our topics for this month but I am having the hardest time getting pencil to paper, so I thought I'd share this old comic panel. (Note the dot eyes, the overworked watercolor and scanner induced color blow-out-augh!) I'd like to think I've grown significantly since this piece.
"Oh! - fruit loved of boyhood! - the old days recalling,
When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!
When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin,
Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!"
~ John Greenleaf Wittier (1850)
May your Jack-o-lanterns effectively guard against nasty spirits! ~ Kathy : )
I am very grateful for carving out friendships with my fellow illustrators. Thanks Kathy for filling in!
You can see Kathy's Tricks and Treats HERE.
It's amAzing some of the jack-o-lantern designs people come up with! So cleaver and fun. I can't wait to create a jack-o-lantern with my son for the first time. Not to mention, just seeing his expression when he sees one!
In our house, we watch the shelves of Trader Joe's at this time of year. Only in Fall do they carry their pumpkin pancake mix. It is mmm, mmm GOOD! We were so excited to see our old friend again, we bought TWO boxes!
Hmm, I think I'll go and make some now...
Do you have a favorite goodie you like this time of year especially?
When I was thinking about this week's theme, I went on and on listing my favorite parts of my favorite season: Cinnamon, sweaters, baked goods, apples, more baked goods, crisp breezes. Then I had a truly "duh" moment. In Texas, Fall means FOOTBALL!
Football is one sport I do enjoy watching. Hockey is a blast, baseball is okay, basketball is a snooze, but football is wrapped up in so many of my memories of Fall in Texas, that I have a hard time separating the two. In fact, when my husband and I were dating, football games were a significant part of our courtship. (Touchdown= a kiss from your sweetheart) Nowadays we don't go to so many games, but my husband is already looking forward to the day when we can bring our kids are old enough to go seethis in person.