Sunday, 17 October 2010

When the moon howls


"Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with scary, spooky, haunted, or forbidden in the title." Shaggy, close friend of Scooby Doo.

Well said my lanky friend, well said. Perhaps I should have heeded such wise words before partaking of a hundred or more Halloween parties yesterday as I rampaged around blogland hotly pursued by ghouls, ghosts and goblins.

If you missed the party of the season at a Fanciful Twist and have a stomach for such things then do hop upon your broomstick and zoom over to follow the cobweb trails and tales... But a word of caution... do so after dark at your own risk...

It seemed perfectly natural that my Sunday sketching this week would be inspired by such gruesome imagery. This was helped along by the Illustration Friday theme 'spooky' and watching my boyfriend playing some zombie shoot 'em up game on the pc sitting next to me. It's a wonder I have managed to remain sane!

This illustration was an experiment. How can you turn a simple sketch of a girl into something far more sinister? Well, you could cast spells and rub her with newt's entrails, but I preferred the contents of my paint box. I oozed, dripped and splodged and sprayed with a ghoulish mist. Rather effective I think? She started out as quite a pretty little thing and now she looks like she's had a run in with the special effects department at Hammer House of Horror.
I always used to think that painting should be such an exact science, but now I've learnt that half the fun can be in the experimentation. When you drip ink over an eye then tilt the paper you lose control, the art makes itself and the story unfolds before you.

"Where there is no imagination, there is no horror."

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

25 comments:

  1. Spooooky - Wonderful to keep the fear alive ;)
    (I'm glad you decided to pass on the newt's entrails hee hee)

    xo
    Kristin

    p.s. Love your quotes!

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  2. Lisa...she is mysterious beauty..wonderfully expressive! love the drippings of colors and energy...a haunting story dripping down..love it!
    Victoria~

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  3. Quite a spooky girl there, Lisa!

    I still haven't gone to all the parties from last night. I got tired and eyes started to hurt. Hope to finish them today.

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  4. She is wonderfully gruesome.

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  5. Perfectly spooky for Halloween!

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  6. Love your experiments with color. Magic happens.

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  7. Hauntingly and howlingly beautiful! I love the new look of your blog!

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  8. ok, now this is totally SPOOKY!!! You really captured the essence of the word. You won with your experimentation. GREAT....I love HER!!!

    xxoo

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  9. fun to see how you had a grand time experimenting with running ink. So perfect for the season. I might have to visit some of the blogs from yesterday, I missed out.

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  10. She is spooky... but i think the colors you used soften the image. I like it!!

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  11. Your experiment turned out creepy cool! I sooo understand what you mean about watching zombie shooting games. My overgrown hubby plays every chance he gets. :)

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  12. I love it! Haunting and creepy but also somehow soft and feminine at the same time!

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  13. Wonderfully well done!! Very spooky and zombie like!

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  14. Extremely well done and the epitome of spookyness!

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  15. Great job!! Spooky girl!! Love the quote...btw!!

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  16. oh very emotive picture...i see a lot of pain...nicely portrayed...

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  17. LOVE this one! What a great picture you should enter this one into Illustration Friday she would be perfect, love the colours and the way you experimented! Brilliant! :0)

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  18. Lisa...this is such a strong piece...great work!!!

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  19. I LOVE SHAGGY!!!! :D

    Great sketch, Lisa. Definitely captures the spirit of Halloween. I really like your combination of colours and style on this one alot! Hugs

    PS Thanks so much for coming by the party a few times last night. It was so much fun!

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  20. Very NiCE! It speaks to me. Great colors.

    Join me on http://twitter.com/ObsessCreative

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  21. Very effective. :) Nice sketch.

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  22. I LOVE her, I love how you can see the line work behind the paint and that she was quite a pretty lady before ghouls (or was it zombies) got to her- and the range of colors you used are perfect!

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  23. So expressive,love all the drips. It looks like this was a fun one.

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  24. Oh Lisa--you have me smiling this morning. I absoluely LOVE this scary time of the year--all the scary and gory movies are my favorite. She suits me just fine!!

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  25. ah, and I love that part about art too . . . you don't know what magic will unfold, but if you show up and just try, it normally does.

    Amelia.x

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