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. Maybe I'll post 5 days a week instead of 7; we'll see. After completing this Hocus Pocus 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.
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!
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:
Saturday, October 12, 2013
I really enjoy The Lost Boys. Kiefer Sutherland was mean in this movie, but he was a vampire so it's justified. I always just remember him being mean in Stand By Me. I will never forgive him for stealing Gordie's hat in Stand By Me. I got ahead of myself with the inking here. Meh.
Friday, October 11, 2013
I've been on a portrait kick. It all started with this one I'll be posting on Wednesday, but for some reason, they keep turning out okay which is strange because portraits have always been a struggle for me. Matt Benyo posted a photo & challenged me to draw it. I said no, but I thought why not? There are a few things off, but BOOM; I DID IT. I've included progress shots which makes me like this a lot. This took me 4 hours and it's smaller than my palm. SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE. The point is that I am getting better and that makes me happy. Click to enlarge!
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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The October Country is a collection of october-themed stories by the great Ray Bradbury. It's a good read and I highly recommend it. I like the opening page (which I've included on the left). It gets me excited for Halloween. I sketched all of these little costumed creatures from my head and colored them with this pen I found that has 10 different colors in it. Which is your favorite character?
Posted by Chelsea Kirchoff at 4:13 PM
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Scream is an absolute classic. Love it. I go through phases with movies where I'll watch them several times a night for like a week. I just did that with Scream. Every single time I watch it, I notice some subtle thing that I missed. It rules. Anyway, here's an inked drawing using a nib of Casey (Drew Barrymore) and Ghost Face. I took it into photoshop, colored it, used some cut outs. I can dig it. Click to enlarge!
Posted by Chelsea Kirchoff at 1:46 PM
Monday, October 7, 2013
Before my Grandma passed away in 08, I drew a picture of The Lil Vampire and told her that I thought the idea of a Vampire sitting down at a table and eating blood for breakfast out of a bowl was funny. I came across that drawing and decided to do some sketches (included below). Also included is the final, which I did illustrator. I had a lot of fun making it and I hope you enjoy looking at it. Click to enlarge!
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
OKAY I know this is underwhelming and amateur, but I was excited about October. Things worth noting: lil Nos and last night while playing trivia, Matt Benyo did a blind contour of me in which, I looked like a witch and he said, "Well, I want to be on the blog." So, I've included his witchy drawing. THE MONTH HAS JUST BEGUN.
Posted by Chelsea Kirchoff at 2:38 PM
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
TIS THE SEASON TO BE SCARY! I am thrilled to begin a 31 day venture into the scary, the spooky, the creepy, and the insane. It is my 2nd favorite time of year (1st being Christmas). There is nothing cooler than October. The crisp autumn chill in the air (though this 78 degree business today is debatable), CIDER MILLS, Haunted Houses, leaves changing, CANDY CORN. I could go on and on, but every day, I will be posting something October related so be sure to check back on the blog everyday! Let's kick it off with this creepy devil creature.