Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bat Benefit Ball

Welcome, darklings! Before we start partying, 
check out all the ghoul goodies up for grabs:

^v^ A set of 13 5x9 art prints by Christopher Zenga
Including these:

^v^ A set of 5 11x17 art prints by Christopher Zenga
Including these:

^v^ A custom zombie portrait by Christopher Zenga
You'll be transformed into a zombie like me:

^v^ Original Lucy the Bat sketch by Christopher Zenga

^v^ La Mia Bella Morte Necklace from SideshowByTheSea.com

Here's how to enter to win them:

1. Make a Paypal donation to SaveLucyTheBat.org here
(You can donate any amount. Even just a dollar.
Donating $10 or more counts as 2 entries though!)

2. Leave a comment on this post with the following info:
Email Address:
Donation Amount:

Winners will be picked randomly and announced on Aug. 21st.

And if the prizes aren't enough to persuade you to donate,
just look at these faces!
Who can resist the cuteness?!
"Like" Save Lucy on Facebook here to get updates on all the bats.

there didn't seem to be much interest in showing off costumes,
so I guess we'll skip that part of the ball.
(If any of you still want to though, please do! Sign up here.) 

Now let's get Batty with it!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ask The Artist: Christopher Zenga

Christopher Z. with his portrait of Zombie Me

What type of art do you create?

Horror themed art. Mostly (but not exclusively) zombies. 

Where can we admire and purchase your art?

My blog: thedayafterart.blogspot.com
Twitter: @chriszenga
Instagram: chriszenga
Facebook: the day after art

How did you get into the art field?

It was always a part of my life. I was drawing and doodling since I was a kid.
I never thought of it as a business, but as more and more people see your work you start to get commissions for all sorts of stuff. (album covers, murals, canvas paintings for personal collections) and all of a sudden you look around and your an artist!

What was your first creation?

Wow, my first EVER?? How about this, my first public illustration as The Day After
was Buster, the first painting in my Walking Tedd collection.

How long does it take to complete a creation?

It all depends on the size and level of detail.
I can do most custom zombie portraits in a couple of hours. 
Ie. This B-Sol custom zombie portrait (B-Sol is creator of The Vault of Horror)

What was your favorite creation?

Giraffe. He's not the first or the most technical or even the best illustration.
However, he has always spoken to me and to the fans. 
He's cute an creepy and just fun to look at.

I'm currently re-imagining him. Here is a sneak peek:

Who/What inspires you?

To many things to list them all. I will run down a few What's an a few Who's. 


Horror films: Everything from zombies to Godzilla to Thai ghost stories.

Comics: DC, Marvel, Aspen, old Tales from the Crypt.  

Music: I love almost all music. It puts me in moods that help me to create.
And the art is always different depending on those moods. 

I have been inspired in different ways by different people.
To name a few, Robert Kirkman, Michael Turner. George Romero, Tom Savini. Clive Barker,
George Lucas. Maynard Keenan, Buckethead. My wife Michele.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently re-visiting my "The Kitchen" series and creating new, darker illustrations.
The Kitchen is a poem my wife wrote and I am in the process of turning it into a children's book.

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

Draw for you first! Always draw what you love.

If you want to win some of Christopher's awesome artwork,
(including a custom zombie portrait!), stop by the Ball on Tuesday!

Thanks again for your time and generosity, Chris!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Let's break out the booze and have a ball!

I finally own one of them! (No, not Dan Aykroyd, sadly)

First off, sorry for my absence and the short notice, guys.
This will be a belated birthday celebration
and the beginning of a FUNdraiser for savelucythebat.org!
(Note: Attending the ball doesn't obligate you to donate,
but you'll want to when you see the sweet prizes. ;)

To attend, just enter your blog info in the boxes below:

Then on July 31st, post a photo of you in a costume.
(You can use this as an excuse to get dressed up,
or show off a favorite past Halloween costume.)

Please include this batty banner/button in your post too:


That's it. Can't wait to see your costumes! ♥

Sunday, July 1, 2012

What the world needs now is...

Check out my post about Jack-O'-Melon carving here

So, I'll be posting all things Halloweeny throughout July,
AND throwing a virtual Costume Party on the 31st!
(Stay tuned for details on that soon.)

I'm also planning a Batday (Birthday) Giveaway on the 12th,
in conjunction with a fundraiser for the Save Lucy The Bat Campaign.
(If you'd like to donate a bat item for that, please let me know!)

I was pleasantly surprised to find I surpassed 200 followers while I was away!
These songs are dedicated to all of you...

"At first I wondered what hex I was under 
What did I do to be so different 
Then I discovered some others like me
Wonder no longer
Together we're stronger 
It's not so bad to be different 
Be true to yourself 
That's what you must be"