Tonight is the biggest party night of the year, but I don't party. I mean, I party, but in the way of trivia and sitting in Matt Benyo's basement in a snuggie watching non-Jennifer Lawrence movies. So, in honor of the partying that's going down tonight, I made the lil party robot. I used illustrator and wanted to evoke a sense of fun mixed with childish wonder with the color (and I hope it makes you smile). Remember guys, you can have all the fun you want, but you gotta be safe. Party on, party bot.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
I made a cut out of Lexi the dog (my friend Jiggawatt's), I drew a house while working crazy volunteer hours for the library, and I made a mixed media cut out of Lady Gaga last night during her ARTrave live streaming event via VEVO in celebration of ARTPOP. I've been a little busy, but thought I'd post a big batch of goodness. More to come! Stay tuned!
Posted by Chelsea Kirchoff at 3:09 PM
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Well boys and ghouls, we've reached the end of our trails. Or have we? Well, I have way too many ideas that I didn't get to do so Halloween blog updates have been EXTENDED. I'll post them here and there throughout November. Maybe I'll post 5 days a week instead of 7; we'll see. After completing this piece, I want to die. This took me 13 hours and 185 layers in photoshop. Absolute insanity. I basically use photoshop the same way one would use illustrator except I use paper textures to create my shapes. I like the geometric look. Man, I could've kept nitpicking this, but I just had to let it be. So, without further ado, I present you with the Sanderson Sisters because what would Halloween be without them? No posts until at least Monday. This one took it out of me. Click to enlarge to see the crazy details/layers.
Posted by Chelsea Kirchoff at 11:30 AM
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I absolutely LOVE Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror; the 1922 F.W. Murnau film starring Max Schreck. Nos has always had a special place in my heart. I saw the film at the Detroit Film Theatre 6 or 7 years ago and I am thrilled to say that I will be seeing Nosferatu TONIGHT in Ann Arbor with live organ accompaniment. If anyone is interested in seeing something great and eerie, come join me! In light of these festivities, I spent all day and night making this Nos using Illustrator anddd I love him. Here are some initial sketches I did as well. What do you think? Click to enlarge!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
So, I've been watching Are You Afraid of the Dark cause tis the season. One of the scariest episodes has to be the Night Shift with the Vampire in the hospital. The character is actually one of the better ones from the series. When I was a camp counselor, I used to play that episode every summer. So, I went a little wild and crazy with this one. Maybe I overworked it, but I wanted him to have some of that menace that the character from the show had. Regardless, I had fun making this.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
So this isn't Pennywise the Dancing Clown, but he's kind of creepy (if you don't like clowns). I painted this using watercolor and then when I was messing around with it, I made it look scary so I'm posting both of em. I'm not in love with it, but I also haven't painted in forever and happy birthday to my father, Charlessss!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
He is not a fairy. His name is the Pale Man and he is a child-eating monster according to Wikipedia. He gives me the freak out. I was terrified of him in Pan's Labyrinth. Great movie, by the way; gory and graphic. I like it for its fantastical nature. That aside, blood splatters on everything. Click to enlarge!
Monday, October 21, 2013
FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER. I love The Shining. I've watched it 4 times consecutively. I spent 6 hours on this. I work so slow. I inked this, took it into photoshop, made it a cut out, and had some fun with it. I wanted to show them half alive and then half bloodied up. I am super proud of it; probably because of the amount of time I spent on it and because I felt good about it. Mad props to Matt Benyo for being my art critic and helping me make some crucial decisions. Now I am sick and going to be exhausted tomorrow, but this made it worth it.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
OKAY I am really proud of this. I don't know why. Maybe because it looks finished? There are still things I could tweak (because trust me, I have), but I put a lot of time into this and I realized it doesn't really look like Shawnee Smith. Instead of looking terrified, she looks like a BA. Maybe some killer robot from the future. I don't know, but I dig this and I hope you do too!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Jigsaw hanging out. Jigsaw on the TV. Matt Benyo actually gave me the idea to make the static fuzz over him like he's on TV which I thought was pretty genius. So, I inked it in my moleskin and did everything else in Photoshop. This is part 2 of the 3 part Saw series. I'm wrapping it up with the final Shawnee Smith tomorrow!
Posted by Chelsea Kirchoff at 1:23 PM
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I'm doing 2 Shawnee posts. I drew it with mechanical pencil and then inked the hair and bear trap with Micron pens. I pulled it into photoshop to darken it and give it the grey. I spent a lot of time working on this; especially the details. Next couple posts will be Saw (good guessing, Lindsay)! Click to enlarge!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
I've got this piece I'm posting Wednesday. It took me a solid 8 hours and maybe when I post it you're not going to understand why it took so long, but I'm a little proud of it. Not much because it did get kind of destroyed in the process of being inked, but I'm still smiling. Here's a preview: