Just a quick word to let you know where you can see my work around halloween!
First of all, beginning on october 19th and running until christmas, my latest oils will be on show at the art gallery "Le Mur Insolite", which I mentionned a few times until today. The gallery was an old convenience store that has been transformed in a dark artist's haven and now works hard to bring the unusual and the bizarre to the general population.
I was just busy, y’know, selling shoes. Painting. Stuff like
THAT BEING SAID, here I am again, with something that might
be useful for you, in these days prefacing halloween. (Prefacing? Is that even
a word? Or is that a francisism or
something like that?) In any case, I’m gonna show you guys how I usually proceed
to give an antique patina to 3D objects. In this case, a sparkling new bust of
It's my second solo art show's opening tonight at the Temps Partiel. Lots of fun to be had and beer to be drunk. If you come by Quebec City, stop by the bar and take a look! My paintings will be hung on their walls for the whole month of july.
Last friday, I had the chance to share the stage with my friend and incredibly talented artist Marie-Pier Lapointe at the Temps Partiel, painting a large, 30" x 60" canvas in front of the bar patrons, in under 3 hours.
That night at the bar was actually a fundraiser for Le Mur Insolite, the darkest, friendliest, most bizarre gallery in the province of Quebec. While we tried to give something to watch with our painting, DJ Kronos was spinning great industrial music, tickets to win two gorgeous pendants by local artist Rottenz were sold and the gallery kept about 15% of all sales of alcohol, courtesy of the bar.
While the evening started with the bar almost empty with the worst thunderstorm I've seen in years raging outside, it ended up being a success, bringing about 400$ to the gallery, and an invitation from the Temps Partiel to do that again every three months.
The finished canvas is now on sale at the Mur Insolite.
For the last few months, I had been working here and there on the design and illustrations of a concept album, produced by a talented, passionate local progressive metal band called Dead Citizen.
The lyrics from the album tell a story, and it was my job to create the universe around it. I'm very grateful towards the band members for giving me a chance to make their work come to life, so to speak, and I've designed every element, from the band's new logo, to the humongous bio-mechanical antenna towering over the city in which the story takes place, including an illustration for each single song.
Now, the album will finally be released. If by any chance, some of you are around Quebec City on the 8th of June, stop by the Temps Partiel, a friendly local alternative bar, at around 21pm, to attend the release party.
The band will play the album live for you guys, with Mire doing the opening.
I'll be there, enjoying the show while downing a few cold ones with a couple of friends, and the album will be on sale, though I don't know at which price.
I just finished setting up a page on facebook on which I'll post my creative work. On there I'll post work in progress shots, some insight about my work, interesting events and whatever artsy stuff I found on the net that tickled my fancy.
You can also see what I have to offer on sale, often at prices lower than on my etsy shop.
Please take a look, and if you like what I do, follow me! I'll try not to disappoint ;)
Born in 1964 in Southern California, Michael Hussar is an american oil painter who works in a style reminiscent of the work of the old masters, with the talent to go with it.
Self Portrait, Oil on Canvas, 2001
Trained at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, he taught portraiture for almost 10 years at his alma mater some time following his graduation. He possess a great mastery of alla prima portraiture, but still, his best work lies in the grandiose, opulent canvases, in which he depicts in a voyeuristic approach a grotesque menagerie of freaks and libertines.
The folks at tested.com made this video with Adam Savage of mythbuster fame, where he shows tips and tricks for weathering a wooden box, based on his many years of experience in the model making and special effects industry.
Today, I put a few watercolors, heads, and the hand of glory for sale on etsy, at as reasonable a price as I could. If you'd like to help a dirt-poor college student afford art supplies and beer, go take a look!
Gotta love him. German then Flemish painter of the 15th century, he painted mostly religious and biblical scenes, like many of his peers. He was perhaps a tad bit more creepy though.
"Hans Memling (Memlinc) (c. 1430 - 11 August 1494) was an Early Netherlandish painter, born in Seligenstadt/Germany, who was the last major fifteenth century artist in the Low Countries, the successor to Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, whose tradition he continued with little innovation.
Born in Seligenstadt, near Frankfurt in the Middle Rhein region, it is believed that Memling served his apprenticeship at Mainz or Cologne, and later worked in the Netherlands under Rogier van der Weyden (c. 1455-1460). He then went to Bruges around 1465."
Triptych of the Last Judgment
A common subject for painters of this era, which allowed many delightfully creepy
Set in a small, god fearing community in the dust bowl during the 30's, The Backwater Gospel is the bachelor project of 8 students from the Animation Workshop.
Featuring a sinister undertaker who's presence is an omen of death, a one-legged, guitar playing tramp, and a preacher seeking to manipulate his parishioners, this short presents a delightfully creepy story with raw, gritty graphics which fits perfectly over a soundtrack on which Sons of Perdition performed.
A truly enjoyable 9min32, which I'm sure you'll love.
As you probably know by now, I enjoy dabbling in "fine" arts now and then. Nothing works better to boost up one's mood than a solvent high. I recently made a quick little painting of Cthulhu, and I thought I'd show you how I usually paint.
My art studio, AKA the floor of my 1 bedroom flat.
Following the jump, I'll show you pictures from each step/sitting with an explanation for what I'm doing. Keep in mind though that it is in no way intended to be a tutorial, but simply a way for me to present the methods I've developed through trial and error in order to achieve somewhat satisfying results. Oils are still a mysterious and frustrating medium for me, though, but y'know, practice makes perfect.
I still have lots of practice to go, that being said!
The good folks at V Sauce present a very interesting short video in which they explains different ways by which a human corpse could be preserved, and the legal and technical reasons preventing the taxidermy of human beings.
It is a must watch for anyone interested in what happens post death. Also, if you go on youtube, in the description of the videos, there is a cornucopia of links about the different subjects addressed in the video.
Carim Nahaboo, Illustrator and all around great artist, shared on his blog these pictures of what looks like ancient insect specimens preserved in amber.
However, he created those beautiful things by the much simpler (and quicker) method of casting the insects in tinted polyester.
This method should probably be quite simple to replicate with a little resin casting know-how, and has the potential to produce quite convincing fakes; right now, I imagine mixing this process with Shadow Manor's mummified fairy tutorial I covered before.
First off, let me introduce you to something I want to implement in this blog.
When you take a look of my posting history, you can see it is very sporadic. If we take the year 2011 for example, we could even say "non existent". This is something that I need to remedy, so I started wondering why posts didn't happen more often.
The reason I came through was that although I am quite passionate about the content that comes into this blog, I simply have to broad a range of interests to cater exclusively to this niche of which my blog is part. Thus, when you see months that are busier than others, it's simply that in these periods, instead of sharpening my woefully poor animation skills, or perhaps painting a few canvases, I crafted something nifty that I wanted to share with you, and thus dove right back into this creepy crafting niche.
Thus, I believe if I want to make my posting more regular, I should broaden a bit the range of topics I discuss over here, and perhaps talk about other things I'm passionate about. One such interests is art history, and visual arts in general.
In this mindset, I thought about featuring now and then artists whose works I enjoy, and which would fit in the general thematic of my blog (i.e.: no kittens and cute little cherubs!). Sometimes, it'll be artists with an historical importance, artists whom everyone and their mothers know about, but whose work I believe should continue being celebrated. Other times, it shall be more underground artists, folks who don't know much fame, but have the talent and creativity to catch my attention. This, I hope, will garnish the pages of my blog, and will be of interest to you guys.
In any case, the first artist I want to present to you is Robert Steven Connett.
HADES, R.S. Connett, ACRYLIC on Canvas - 16" x 16"
From Youtube: "Exploration within the realms of robotic dresses; a spider dress gave birth. A cute little host creature created by fashiontech designer ANOUK WIPPRECHT and hacker & engineer DANIEL SCHATZMAYR - A prototype of a mechanic dress equipped with sensors indicators and controllers, created with the aim to give more power and 'psychological thrills' to the sugar sweet character that performative wearables often have. Sensoric, servo controlled, mechanic, microcontroller based and reacting//attacking upon approach, inspired by the game LIMBO. " Via Neatorama
In the good old days where you could be accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake for the simple act of living past 40 years old (Caveat Lector! I may or may not be making this up.), the european continent was riddled with strange and creepy beliefs.
One of those was the Hand of Glory; the mummified hand of a criminal who died at the gallows. It was believed that lighting a candle, made from the fat of the same man, or each individual finger, depending to whom you ask, would plunge a whole household in a deep sleep, which would last until the flame had been snuffed, either with blood or milk.
This made the Hand of Glory the perfect tool for burglars and other sly folks with crime on their minds.
Following the reading of this post by the good spirit behind Propnomicon (Is it a man? a woman? an unspeakable horror? who knows!), I decided to make myself a mummified hand. Not only that, I was also going to make it with some ghetto-ass materials.
Propnomicon just posted pictures and a very detailed walkthrough of a mummified human finger prop he recently made, using traditional gaff making techniques. The results & presentation are quite impressive, and makes me want to try making a whole hand. That's definitively on my to-do list.
You can go take a look at it and gather all the info you need by clicking HERE.
I'm a canadian multi-disciplinary artist, epicurian and all-around dork, working full-time as a 3D animation teacher in a tiny private college. When I'm not wasting my free time on the internet or gaming, I like to make stuff and learn stuff, with an emphasis on creepy, weird or unusual things.