Today’s foray into the Haunted Mansion brings to the end of The Ballroom where we get to see a room filled with dancers and a huge dining table where a birthday party is taking place. The music for the party is being played for us by this ghostly character. And, as he plays, skulls fly out of the pipes of the organ. But, this is not the end of our trip through the Haunted Mansion, we will be looking at the views from outside, in the cemetery.
This piece was done with ink and markers and colored in Photoshop.
“Madame Leota, the medium who was chanting the plaintive incantations, was quite unique. She was truly a disembodied spirit; a mere talking head inside a misty crystal ball. As she invoked the spirits, objects floated about the room in response to her supplications.”
Madame Leota is our second piece of art for this week and she too is a resident of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. This drawing was originally done in ink and markers and colored in Photoshop. It was created for the video of a Haunted Mansion collectable unboxing video series:
Serpents, and spiders; tail of a rat; call in the spirits, wherever they’re at! Rap on a table, it’s time to respond; send us a message, from somewhere beyond! Goblins and ghoulies, from last Halloween, awaken the spirits with your tambourines! Creepies, and crawlies; toads in a pond; let there be music from regions beyond! Wizards and witches, wherever you dwell, give us a hint, by ringing a bell!
“Have you ever seen a haunted house? You know the kind I mean. That old, dark house that’s usually at the end of a dimly lit street. The owners haven’t been seen for years; no one really knows why. The windows are broken and boarded, and the shutters hang loose on their hinges. The trees have grown wild; their branches brush against the sides of the weathering house, making strange noises in the night. There’s a high, vine-covered fence around the property… is it there to keep somebody out? Or is it there to keep some… THING inside? It’s a house that people avoid walking past at night. Strange sounds come from within the walls, and it’s said that eerie lights have been seen both in the attic windows, and in the graveyard at the side of the house.”
That is a description of the eerie mansion that is the home of 999 happy haunts, as described on the record, The Story and Song of the Haunted Mansion. And anyone who has made a trip to visit this Mansion at night would probably agree with the description. This is the view you get as you enter the queue and pass the horseless hearse, snaking in front of the mansion as you are on your way to the porch and into the Mansion.
The drawing was completed with ink and markers and colored in Photoshop.
Day 11 out of 30 brings us to the outside of the line for the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. We are standing inside of the pet cemetery that leads to do the front door of the mansion. This is not my first time doing paintings from this area. But, before we get into that here is a little behind the scenes drawing before the paint was splattered onto it.
And here is a video process of another Haunted Mansion Graveyard queue painting I did:
Day 9 brings us back to the Haunted Mansion. Specifically, the hallway that leads from the Stretching Portrait Elevator to the Doombuggy loading area. This little guy is the topper to the poles that are chained together to help lead the way to your vehicle. The thing I love about the Haunted Mansion and Disneyland itself are the details. There is always something to discover when you are there. Something like the bat stanchion could easily go unnoticed. But, it’s these things that help create the atmosphere perfect for a haunted mansion.
Even though I started working on paintings ahead of time for this challenge, these last 2 day’s posts are of pieces that I finished just in time for the challenge. Today we make a trip back to Disneyland. More specifically the Haunted Mansion.
Horntoads and lizards, fiddle and strum. Please answer the role by beating a drum!
Ghost fiends and furies, old friends and new! Blow in a horn, so we’ll know whether it’s you!
Serpents and spiders, tail of a rat; call in the spirits, wherever they’re at.
Rap on a table; it’s time to respond. Send us a message from somewhere beyond.
Goblins and ghoulies from last Halloween. Awaken the spirits with your tambourine.
Creepies and crawlies, toads in a pond; let there be music, from regions beyond!
Wizards and witches, wherever you dwell, give us a hint, by ringing a bell!
Madame Leota is the dismembered head that speaks to the spirits to have them appear for all to see. One of many classic moments on this ride. This is actually a painting from the old version of the ride. Now the crystal ball containing her head floats around the room as she speaks to you. It’s a great effect but not as exciting for my painting. It would be the ball floating in the darkness. I like the visual of the ball on the table with candles flanking her along with playing cards on the table.
Still not sure what day 7 will bring yet but I think it will involve a Muppet.
6″x6″ water color and acrylic ink on illustration board
Today’s painting brings us to a spot by the moat of the castle at Disneyland. There are a few statues that surround the moat and this is one of them. I took this photo on one of my trips to DLand. This was completed before I had fully decided to go with the acrylic ink/colored pencil/oil paint style that I did on the last 2 paintings. I thought this one came out pretty good and when I showed people these 3 paintings everyone really liked the Fozzie Bear painting and not this one. That made me think I should stick with that process and not this watercolor style. The life of an artist haha.