This infamous resident from the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland is named the Hatbox Ghost. His special talent is to make his head disappear from his body and reappear in the hatbox as you pass by him. He is a new member of the 999 happy haunts that fill the mansion but, this is not his first time there. Part of fame comes from the fact that he was an original character when the ride opened. He was there for just a few days and just like you would expect from a ghost, he disappeared completely. In, fact, the animatronic of the character was completely lost!
For the fans, he was that character that we had to know more about. We would crave those photos that surfaced to try and imagine what the Mansion would be like with him in it. I believe that old video footage of him has recently surfaced. Thanks to Disney we no longer have to imagine what the Hatbox Ghost was like because they have made a new version of him and he currently is haunting the attic of the Mansion in Disneyland.
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This is a 6″x8″ ink and watercolor painting
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30 Paintings in 30 Paintings day 3
Today’s painting almost did not happen which would be disappointing since it’s only the third day. But as my Bay Area friends know, it’s been stupidly hot these last few days. And being in a house with no air conditioning sitting under lights and painting does not come easy. But, I’m forcing myself to work tonight.
This painting is another Madballs painting. This lovely is named Aargh. It is a 5″x7″ ink, watercolor and oil painting on a gesso board. #madballs #aargh #30paintingsin30days #oil #painting #watercolor #ink #art #artist #painter #illustration #1980s #ilovethe80s #toys #80stoys
What I was worried about happening with day 1 came true. My Moleskin painting project hit a snag when it comes to drying times. So, it looks like I will have to pepper those in throughout the month along with other paintings.
That brings us to today. I love the 1980’s and a lot of the things that I draw and paint have a tie to that time period. Growing up in the 80’s has exposed me to many things that have stuck with me and I still enjoy today. One of those things are toys and this painting is based on one of those toy lines, The Madballs. Screamin’ Meemie is the name of this character. He is the second character from the toy line that I have recently painted.
I have plans to do a series of art and posts detailing the history of several 1980’s toy lines and I will go into the Madballs toys and histories then. This will begin in January and I plan to run this for all of 2018.
This piece started as a ink drawing on a gessoed panel. The under painting was in watercolor paint and then glazed with oil paint.
These are last batch of drawings that I did for the Inktober challenge. As if doing the drawings themselves was not hard enough, posting on my site became a problem too. But, even if I did not post them all daily here, they were completed one for each day. And I did make 31 ink drawings this week, one each day. For this batch I was trying to just do some portraits. Day 26 are the two Han Solo drawings(top row-middle and right). I wanted to try out 2 different styles off the same photo reference. The middle was completed with using very few ink lines and the shading was achieved with markers. The Han on the right was all line work going for a more comic book version. the top left drawing was day 27’s piece of Alice Cooper. This one was completed quickly on my lunch break, that left me enough time to lay in the solid blacks and to tone it with pencil. Bottom left is a drawing of Vincent Price for Day 28. This another marker drawing but I went in with some more ink line work than I did on the Han drawing. I am trying to hit that happy medium. Bela Lugosi on the bottom right is for day 29. Very scratchy and another quick drawing for that day.
Day 30 is another little portrait with markers of Boris Karloff from The Mummy.
And this leads us to the last drawing of Inktober, from the fantastic Vincent Price movie, The Abominable Dr Phibes. It is a ink and ink wash drawing.
This was another month straight of daily artwork and it has been grueling doing this along with working my day job. I feel like I need to keep the momentum going and do more daily drawing but I’m pretty sure I can’t keep it up. I will be trying to complete some more complex work this month. I want to take some more time with my art. I also want to get back to some of the fundamentals and work on some anatomy studies. I also plan on some painting time. I will be posting most of these studies on Facebook and Instagram and cherry picking some of the drawings for this blog.
I am going to see Alice Cooper in concert in San Francisco tomorrow and this is my warm up for the show. Alice has been one of my favorites for a while now and some of he best concerts I have been to were Alice shows. This is a moment from his show where he is put into a straight jacket and sings, one of my favorite songs, Ballad of Dwight Fry.