Halloween Countdown 2017: Book Review of Ed Emberly’s BIG ORANGE DRAWING BOOK!

Friends, I have something SO special to share with you.

When I was a young and of course very odd little kid,I loved drawing as much as I do now, and I would devour with my eyes any books about drawing that I could get my hands on. And books such as those by Ed Emberly, one of my artistic heroes, were some of the best. Through drawing simple shapes and lines, Mr. Emberly taught us kids to really have fun, use our imaginations and explore once we had mastered the basics of his adorable little drawings. Some of these books featured things that were all one color, such as the Big Green Drawing Book, the Big Red Drawing Book, the Big Purple Drawing Book, and my favorite, the Big Orange Drawing Book.

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The Big Orange Drawing Book shows you how to draw a lot of orange animals, such as tigers and foxes,characters made out of oranges(yes, the fruit!), and–best of all—Halloween characters.

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HAlloween Countdown 2017: RIP, Basil Gogos.

Well,I didn’t intend to have this be part of the countdown, but this man was a master of capturing horror and should be included wherever people are making tributes to classic monsters.

Basil Gogos,American illustrator best known for his portraits of movie monsters  on the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine in the 1960s and 1970s, has died, aged 78.
His art on the covers of¬†Famous Monsters¬† portrayed many, of not most, of the classic horror monsters and creatures ¬†such as¬†¬†Dracula, The Wolf Man,¬†The Mummy,¬†King Kong,¬†Godzilla,Frankenstein’s Monster, The Bride of Frankenstein,The Phantom of the Opera,¬†The Creature from the Black Lagoon¬†and now-legendary horror actors including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff,¬†¬†Lon Chaney,¬†Christopher Lee,¬†Peter Cushing, and¬†Vincent Price.

What a master of color and mood. He could instill dread simply with a monster portrait’s color tone. His portraits are so unusual because they feature their subjects in often unconventional colored light sources. Gogos also strove to portray these characters as both frightening and sympathetic.

I had the pleasure of seeing his work at a couple of horror-related cons but never had a chance to talk to him. What a missed opportunity.

I shall now leave you with some of my favorites of his work. Enjoy.

 

 

Halloween Countdown 2016: Art by my Seniors!

Today I went to one of my senior homes as usual and our project was themed for October– painting pumpkins with acrylic on cardstock. We started with the face in black, and I gave them my usual instructions of using simple lines and shapes. Then we moved on to the orange portions and wow, look at the fun stuff they made!

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This lady used to do a lot of ceramics.
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When I gave them the orange paint(we started with the black), this lady immediately colored her pumpkin’s nose orange.

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Halloween Countdown 2016:Visit to Queen of Hearts.

4XXQueen of Hearts is one of my favorite vintage stores to visit, with aisles and aisles of booths inside what was once a supermarket. I wait on pins and needles for their dealers to bring out their Halloween goods each year, not just to be able to purchase something cool and old but also to see their displays. Although some years have been better, this time around they still did not disappoint. Step in for a look!