Friday, October 31, 2014

My Love of Bad Movies; Special Halloween Edition

To know me is to know that I love bad Science Fiction and Horror movies; the badder the better.
As I write this I am watching "War-Gods of the Deep". Vincent Price is engaged in an underwater battle with some people that he was holding captive in his castle (of course). I'm not exactly sure what's going on because I tuned in in the middle of it, but it doesn't matter, I'm not moving from the sofa until this is over.

As a kid, I loved vampire movies and before I decided on an art career I wanted to be a vampire. I could never understand why a person wouldn't want to be a vampire. You had a rich, handsome vampire husband, you lived forever (in a castle), got to stay up late and you got to wear really stylish clothing. What's not to love? Sure there's that pesky drinking blood thing but I figured if you're rich you could just buy blood. If I remember correctly, my vampiress name was going to be Carlotta.

Fortunately I had a mother who indulged this obsession and would let me stay up late to watch these movies. Come to think of it, she probably liked them as much as I did.

I was also devoted to shows like "The Outer Limits", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Twilight Zone". In a funny way, some of these shows made me think that anything was possible and that has stuck with me to this day.

In honor of Halloween, there are a few channels who are running these movies all day. I'm pretty sure I won't be getting much work done.


Here are a few of my favorites.

"The Brain from Planet Arous"
A battle between two floating brains.

 "The Uninvited"

"The House on Haunted Hill"
or about anything with Vincent Price


and I would be remiss if I didn't give a special shout out to
"The Ghost and Mr. Chicken"



Monday, October 13, 2014

ArtBiz Jam 2014

This years group.

Well another ArtBiz Jam is under our belts and it was just as fantastic as the first, if I may say so myself.

We changed things up a little this year and worked on putting a coastal collection together. After-all, we were at the beach. A separate workspace was added and everyone made artist trading cards to exchange. An ArtBiz Jam theme song was written by some especially talented people (you know who you are) and, thanks to Willie Green-Aldridge, we all learned about Gelli Plates.

Much like last year, the laughter never stopped.

Special thanks to Ingrid Liss from Demdaco for being this years guest speaker. Everyone agreed that her talks about licensing were informative and insightful. There is nothing quite like having someone as talented and creative as Ingrid right at your finger tips for several days.

Having these gatherings always reminds me of what a special, giving, caring and silly group the licensing and illustration community is. Putting something like this together is hard work but being with such a wonderful group of people makes it all worthwhile. We are already talking about what next years will be like.

Thanks to all who attended and made ABJ 2 a success!

 The fearless leaders of ArtBiz Jam.
Me, Ingrid Liss, Phyllis Dobbs, Lori Siebert and Chad Barrett


 Some of the Artist Trading Cards


Willie demonstrating the Gelli Plates.


Chad being, well, Chad.