Archive for the ‘Halloween Props’ Category
First things first… I must apologize for not posting about Deadspiders site long ago. My head must be so far into creation land that I could not see clearly. :::bows::: Me apologies Angie and good spooky vibes are still being sent your way in getting your health reigned in.
Deadspider is another prop/dark artist that I have admired from a distance. Most of us Home Haunters and fledgling dark artists tend to lurk in the shadows of the artists that inspire us. We watch, immitate, criticize our own work because it doesn’t compare to theirs, then we start to blossom. We slowly realize it isn’t about having our art look exactly like someone else’s but about finding ourselves in our own art. We never forget who inspires us though, even if we forget to thank them, and most of all we keep watching. Think of it like never forgetting your first grade teacher that you had the crush on.
Now Deadspider, beyond being utterly imaginative with a jar and a label, she is also an incredible prop artist. The first prop that I saw of hers was the Halloween Tree then there was the Winged Demons which I still want to create a version of. The one prop that got me creating was Mr. Hemlock Dench. I actually created a prop that I named Morimal Von Hearsestein, and still use in the cemetery haunt, that was inspired totally by Mr Dench.
Treat yourself and check out her sites, it’s no trick!
Here are a few pictures that were mentioned:
Mr Hemlock Dench
Witch Potion jars
I have watched Kurt, aka Krough, aka Grim create for a couple of years now. I have secretly oogled over his creations and when I saw Dolly for the first time I knew I would have to secretly stalk him.
Then there was Mr. Lo Pan, this prop was the ::: insert Angel chorus here ::: of prop building. He was so thought out and so complete. Not just your typical single standing prop, oh no. He had crates, and a flute, plus that hat! He took it to the next level and showed that it doesn’t need to be just a single creature standing on his own. The creature can and should have their own props to really stand out from the rest, and Mr. Lo Pan does that.
Since then Kurt has created many other prop heads and smaller bookshelf centerpieces. His mummy heads are something to check out. They could fool you if they were sitting in a museum!
I’ll show you a tidbit of his stuff, then you must jump on over to his site. He recently has done a few how-to’s on technique and products used, that are immensely helpful to the new comers and the long timers alike. He has also breathed life back onto some old props by re-blogging them. Don’t miss out, go check them out!
Dolly, click on her picture to go to her new blog entry.
Peruvian Mummy for sale at Grimvisions Etsy shop
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Krough (Grim) over at Grimvisions is giving away a OOAK Grim made Skull Book via a contest. To join the contest run right on over to Grimvisions Skull Book Giveaway blog entry. While you are checking out the blog entry you MUST check out the his Etsy site.
This is what Grim had to say about the contest and the picture of said skull book:
The item is one of my Skull Book Lights: What arcane tome is this? Perfect for a cluttered spell crafter’s desk or witches bookshelf, this ancient tome with a aged skull and battery operated flickering tea light candle is nice for anytime or your Halloween display. Each one is OOAK and may look slightly different than the picture shown here. Each one is crafted with great attention to detail.
Contest Ends: Sept 13th 2009, 12 Midnight PST
Dave has created another for the Grim Parade. This one is named Acolyte…
The man just does not slow down!!! I have got to sneak into his garage/basement/evil creature lab and find out his secret!! Honestly…I think he has created minions to help him out. Yup…that has to be it.
Here is Acolyte, click on the pictures to go to his blog entry.
Ophelia is absolutly gorgeous, if you can say that about an old hag. Heh!
Here is what Laurie’s comments were on creating her:
I finally finished this old gal. She was fun and challenging, but I really enjoyed every aspect of this build.
Her head and arms/hands were made using styrofoam, Celluclay, and Paperclay. Her body was made using wadded up newspaper, fiberfill stuffing, and quilt batting. Her stand is made of 3/4″ galvanized pipe and a 24″ round plywood base with castors.
The eyes are handpainted over a downloaded iris print after being glued onto a 1″ wooden ball. Eyelashes were applied using fake ones trimmed and inserted into tiny holes with super glue.
The outfit is a combination of vintage textiles (shawl, apron, and skirt) as well as newer fabric. I used both fabric dye and acrylic paint to dirty her up.
Her hair is made up of very small pieces of an acrylic wig and glued on. She stands 5’6″ tall.Here are a couple of photos of Ophelia. Clicking on the picture will take you to the photo album of Ophelia.
I ran across these how-to’s over on Pumpkin Rots blog a while ago and decided I had to have a few of these. I’ve started the heads, which I’m not going to leave as just wig heads. Plus, I’m going to make a few that look like they are coming out of a wall, so some will have 1/2 bodies, some 1/4 bodies, etc.
Here is the link to the how to at www.Oct31st.org.
I finally start working on props this last weekend. You know, its funny about me making props and art. It is all I think about during my waking hours… ok yes, there is an occasional ‘other’ thought that pops into me head here and there.
::: giggles ::: But for the most part…it’s art.
The problem lies in getting started. Getting started is the largest step…no leap that I have to take. I’m not exactly sure why… laziness? procrastination? fear of failure or disappointment? all of the above? I’m not sure…maybe its a tinge of all of them, including the ‘all of the above’. Heh…
So I did take the leap this last weekend and had actually looked forward to it over the week. Beside Cucur… which I have named this particular Pumpkin Rot style prop, at least for now that is his name, I started on the heads for the ghosts I’m going to make.
Here are a couple of shots, from my Blackberry again, of Cucur. He isn’t complete by any means…
Dave of the Dead over at The Shadow Farm has graced us once again with one more of his brilliantly imaginative creations.
I wish I could peel open his head and steal his talent. He leaves me stunned everytime I look at his props. No matter how many times I’ve seen them, I find some detail I didn’t notice before and the awe starts yet again.
He both inspires and intimitates at the same time.
His newest creation is The Flagbearer… Dave states on the Flagbearer blog entry:
“A new character for the Shadow Farm Graveyard, the Flagbearer is the leader of a morbid procession. Keep an eye out for future members of this grim parade.”
Here are a couple of photos. Click on the picture to go straight to the blog entry.