Have a Dreadful Halloween

I traditionally do a Halloween illustration every year, but this year my time was spent on a different kind of art project.

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My artist friends, The Brians (who are pretty much local celebs in my part of town) have an annual Halloween bash that is truly something to behold. The first time I went I was amazed to see so many fully grown adults in fully realized costumes. Lots of the guests are artists or have creative inclinations and The Brians party is a yearly opportunity to really cut loose.

For some reason I cannot explain, this year I wanted to be a dryad. A forest spirit. I really don’t know why but it was an idea I’d had for months and couldn’t shake. I also had no clue how to make it a reality. About a week before the party I had an inspiration: I’d make dreads to symbolize the autumn tree limbs. Excellent! Alas, I had no idea what was involved in the making of dreads. Quite a bit, as it turns out. Here are a couple of photos of the process:

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But the effort was worth it. I love them! Now I’m thinking about Christmas/Festivus dread falls. Stay tuned. And have a Happy Halloween!

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Tempted by the fruits

I am happy to present my annual Halloween artwork on the first day of October, one of the most glorious months here in Texas. October diminishes, at least a little, the misery of August. Especially the recently past August of 2011. But back to the art. This year’s offering, Tempted by the Fruits, is a one page illustrated story.

“The temptation of proffered fruits trumped caution of feathered familiars.”

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Prints for purchase available here.  Previous years Halloween illustrations: The Witching Hour  and Wicked Halloween.

Witchy

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This year my Halloween offering is a double: the intent, low-flying witch above, and the rather excitable cat pictured further down the page. I think what I like most about The Witching Hour is something I hadn’t planned but that just grew itself as I inked: the lovely living garden she is traveling above. I’ll have to keep it in mind when I have a new art car to paint.

Since I’m on the subject of witches, here is an illustration from a Halloween some years ago that I am still quite fond of:

Halloween Hostess

Eye of newt, anyone? And of course, if you haven’t seen it, check out my wicked witch from 2008. Lovely ladies, all. I may have a coven.

Cat on a hot tin roof

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One of two Halloween offerings this year. Someone pointed out that my “affection for cats was showing” because I seem to have done a lot of cats lately, which is true. But I’m still a dog person, really; cats are just more fun to draw. I don’t think this cat is very affectionate – although it was inspired by my friends The Brians’ cat, variously known as Scabitha and Creature (I call her Slinky), who I am inordinately fond of.