Day two, and here is some more art that was created recently and shown at the first convention I have shown at. First up is a drawing of the Hitch Hiking Ghosts who are trying to find their way out of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. It is a marker and ink drawing. And this is a piece that sold at the show.
This is a color version of the piece that I did.
Muppets are and have always been important to me. The photo this is based on is just perfect. It is a 5″x7″ watercolor and ink piece and is for sale for $20.
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
This painting has been sold
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This is one job that most of us would not want! He is the originally named, Caretaker. We run into these two just after escaping the attic of the Haunted Mansion, right before we make our way into the cemetery, They are like the Shaggy and Scooby Do of the Mansion.
This is the original drawing in ink and marker before the color job in Photoshop.
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.