Monday, May 28, 2012

Musick Monday: Memorial Day

Sorry for my absence, guys. Things have been hectic.
I planned to write a wearable weapons post on Friday,
but didn't get a chance. So, Weapons Week is extended!

Anyway, I know I said I'd post a song by ZOMBIE! today,
but instead I'm posting songs about/by these talented men:
Photo from House Of The Long Shadows (1983)

In remembrance/recognition of their recent birthdays. Enjoy!

I don't believe Peter Cushing has sang.
He had a song sung about him though!

Christopher Lee however is a symphonic metal singer. Yes, really!

Vincent Price sang in quite a few films.
This seemed like a fitting song to end this post.

"I've come to believe remembering someone is not the highest compliment - 
it is missing them." - Vincent Price

He is right and truly missed. ♥

Monday, May 21, 2012

Musick Monday: Weapon Of Choice

I hereby decree this to be Weapons Week!

So, what's your weapon of choice to battle The Walken Dead?

Or would you rather join 'em than beat 'em?
If so, here's how you do: 

1. Print this mask:

2. Color it a ghoulish green or blue. Add black around the eyes too.

3. Cut it out, tie a string around it, and put it on.

4. Start talkin' like Walken!

Thanks to ZOMBIE! for posting the mask and inspiring this post!
I'll be featuring their musick next Monday.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Good News, Everyone!

You read that in Professor Farnsworth's voice, didn't you?
I'm proud to announce that I'm working for Sideshow By The Sea!

And I noticed that my blog has had over 25,000 page views! :D
So, as a way to say thank you,
I'll send a code for 15% off a SBTS order to anyone interested.
Just comment with your email address or email me.

I'm also planning to do a giveaway for Zombie Awareness Month.

Speaking of zombies,
check out the drawing I had Mr. Zombs make for my brother:

Godzilla (his favorite monster) VS a giant zombie Rabbat (my made-up monster)

Best birthday gift ever, eh? Well, at least the most unique!
And Zombs was having a sweet sale, so it only cost $5!
Drawings are $40 now, but you can enter to win one here!

Other exciting things I'll be doing soon:

♥ Modeling wigs for Gwen in Stardust Creations

♥ Visiting/Fundraising for my local Bat Sanctuary

♥ Reading/Reviewing The Zombie Tarot and
Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse
(which I'm honored my blog is mentioned in!)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ask The Artist: Brian Blacknick

Brian Blacknick and King Kong having a bite

What type of art do you create? 

I create sculpture using ceramic clay, polymer and Apoxie clay.
Since I was a youngster I've loved monsters and dinosaurs
so these figure prominently as my favorite subjects! 

Where can we admire and purchase your art?

My work can be found on my Etsy shop:

And later this month I'll be having an auction on eBay of my nautical themed artwork.
Twenty five percent of the proceeds will go to The St.Baldrick's Foundation for childhood cancer research. 

I have a participate page on the Foundations website where I've pledged to dye my hair 
and shave it into a mohawk if I can raise $1000. by June 28th:

 I'll be posting details of the upcoming auction and a place where people can vote for
what color I should dye my hair on my Facebook page: 

How did you get into the art field? 
I've always enjoyed creating things with my hands
so in High School I took three years of ceramic sculpture classes.
My parents saw I was really into ceramics so they bought me my own electric kiln!
Soon after I started selling my work at arts & craft fairs then later at galleries.
What was your first creation? 
My first creation was a medieval castle complete with a moat that I sculpted when I was in the 4th grade. The teacher showed it to a friend of hers that owned an antique shop.
The owner bought the castle for her shop and my teacher used the money to buy us a class pet. 
How long does it take to complete a creation? 
Depending on the complexity of the subject it can take anywhere from 3 days
to over a month to finish a piece.

What was your favorite creation? 
Recently I created a diorama of my interpretation of the missing spider pit sequence
from the original King Kong movie.
It was complete with poseable foam rubber puppets of the giant spider, two legged lizard,
crab and tentacled creature that attack the sailors trying to rescue Fay Wray.

An article I wrote about designing the pit and its creatures
was just published in issue 101# of The Prehistoric Times magazine..

Who/What inspires you?
 I've always been fascinated by the work of stop motion animator Willis O'Brien.
It was his imagination and attention to detail in bringing Kong and the other creatures of Skull Island to life that are largely responsible for making King Kong the enduring classic it has become.

What are you currently working on? 
Right now I'm working on a bust of Kong chomping on a native.
It is going to be released as a resin model kit by Gillman Productions later this summer.

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists? 
In a nutshell - keep your word! It will stand you in good stead overtime.

Thanks so much for sharing and good luck with the fundraiser, Brian!

Fellow Artists, if you want to be the next interviewee, just email me!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Wrapping Things Up

For my final MMM post, I present another recent creation,
The Mummy's Tomb Mini Top Hat!
Want to make your own?

Here's all you need: 

A top hat, roll of bandage, super glue,
hair clip, and a scarab beetle cabochon.

(I stained the bandage with a tea bag to give it an aged look,
but you could skip that step.)

Simply wrap some bandage around the hat and tie it in the back.
Then glue the beetle on the front and a hair clip on the bottom.
Let it dry. Then just clip it on and you're good to go, Cleo!

 Check out more of my monstrosities modeled by the gorgeous Justine here!
(Sweet Monstrosities are what I call my creepy creations, by the way.)
And let me know what you like best, please! Trying to decide what to sell.

Now I'll wrap this post up with a fitting/favorite music video from my childhood:

Thanks to Annie, Emma, and Ked for organizing The Madness!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Exorcising Laughs

(I own him! So can you, just click the caption!)

Beetlejuice & I have a lot in common.
Besides being snazzy dressers,
we've seen The Exorcist about 167 times,
and it keeps getting funnier every single time we see it!

I dare you not to laugh at this...

You laughed, didn't you? Admit it! :P

Anyway, Beetlejuice & I are both fond of monster babes too.
I prefer mine mini and made of rubber though.
Like these little ladies:

(I own and love them too, despite their flaws.
Again just click the caption to buy your own!)

Now go visit more monster madness spreaders listed here!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Monkees Mash

My sister Tiffany would've turned 22 today.
I hope she partied in Heaven with our mom 
and her crush, Davy Jones.
In honor of them and for MMM,
I present a Monstrous Monkees Mash-Up!

[Pretend it says Half-O-Ween at the end.
Since we're over halfway to the big day!]

Speaking of monkeys, meet my new baby!
Isn't she a cutie?!
She hasn't arrived yet, but I've already named her Ella.
After the killer helper monkey in Monkey Shines (1988)

She was made for me by Christie/Bastet2329 of Creepy Dolls.
Whom I'm honored has also agreed to do an interview with me.
Stay tuned for that soon!

Now go visit more monster madness spreaders listed here!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Calling All Monsteristas!

May Monster Madness

Are you ready for some monster madness?!

First off, the winner of the April Ghoul's Day Giveaway is...

Andrea of Smudgetastic! Congrats!
The Franky Face Bow, my latest creation (in progress)

Thanks to Philip for the generous giveaway and to everyone who entered!

Now my friend Emilystein (Vanessa) has a challenge for all of you...

I implore you to push aside those skeletons in your closet
and pull out your STRANGEST style!
Now is your chance to let your strange all out and win something for it!
For every 3 unique contestants,
I will add a brand new Emily the Strange item to the grand prize winner’s package. 
The prizes will get bigger, better and STRANGER! How does that sound?
Find out more and enter here!

Visit the blogs below for more monster madness!
I can't get the linky list to work, sorry guys.
Click the MMM pic for links to the other blogs.