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Who loves Monsters?

I do!

So here I am asking for your help to make a Kickstarter happen.

Yes, that’s how I roll; I disappear for months and months, give you a few tiny bits of fun and now I’m asking you for a favor.

Please look at this anyway:

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A Book of Monster Paper Dolls by Chris Seaman of Cameo Creeps. So much more than paper dolls. Literally; there is an illustrated novel and playing cards too.

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It has great monsters. Sidebar: all things shown in pencil are wip (works-in-progress), these lovelies will be full color in the final version.

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Those marvelous monsters have equally marvelous costumes.

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And ghoulish accessories.

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And an add-on Throne Room set.

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There is a creep-tastic novel with pen and ink illustrations.

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Finally, there is a monstrous set of playing cards.

There is a Serious amount of Creepy going on here. I’ve already pledged. Well, actually I’ve already pledged and then raised my pledge. Greedy little me, had to have more than just the paper dolls. Also doing my bit to try to get it to survival level of moneys (not just greedy).

Here are a few of the pledge levels:

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monster novel pledge

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So go have a look and then pledge or don’t. Please spread the word on social media either way. This puppy only has a week to go and it is currently at 70% funded. There are those of us who need our gruesome fix, we need it bad! Please help.

Missing No Longer

Sorry, I was gone FOREVER, wasn’t I?

I’ve been very busy with Lots of things. Which I will show you in coming posts.

But first . . . an Announcement:

The Spoonflower shop is OPEN.

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And just in time for their 50% off fat quarters sale. Which ends August 11th.

I’m concentrating on doll scale fabrics. All the designs are labeled as S (small 8″ to 10″ dolls) M (medium 12″ to 14″ dolls like Blythe) or L (large 16″ to 18″ like Sasha or American Girls). There are a very few labeled T (for tinies like RealPuki or Kiddles). So if you want some small scale fabrics and like what you see above — go shop!

I will be adding new designs and color schemes periodically. Enjoy!

Cosmic Debris

So this is a really great short documentary. No jive!

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Take 15 minutes and go watch it now. Go Now! The link may only work this week; it’s the Documentary of the Week at Shortoftheweek. If you’re at all like me you’ll feel a bit sad, but also all gooshy and warm inside afterwards.

Kickstarter is now LIVE!

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I posted about the first book in this series last year. I supported the Kickstarter, got my awesome book and was Very Happy.

So when I got my email saying book 2 is live, I immediately went and pledged the project. Here’s an overview:

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and an overview of the massive sketchbooks, each weighing in at 600 pages. Wow!

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These are really wonderful books and I’m extremely happy about them. Please let everybody you know that these are out there. The Kickstarter is already lighting up like a bonfire — Really Very Completely Funded and it’s only been live one day.

Take the hint people, these are books you want to own!

This time around I’ve chosen this pledge:

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Shipping to the U.S. is a bit steep but remember that the Sketchbooks are HEAVY! 600 pages of paper does add up.

So please consider pledging yourself to this project. You can learn more about the artist at his blog.

And YES, I know that all the How to Think When You Draw content is there on the blog for free; this guy is giving us a lot, really a whole lot . . . buy the book anyway. Having a hard copy in bound form is BLISS!

If you for some strange reason didn’t get book 1 last year. You have a second chance! There are several choices of pledge that include both book 1 &2.

Hooray!

 

This post is for everyone who needs of bit of cheer on what is a pretty lousy day.

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Right now I feel quite a bit like the white rabbit in this picture. Time just seems to be getting away from me. I can’t seem to catch up.

J’s health situation is finally resolved, with him being mostly his old self. But I’ve lost so much time and momentum over the last year that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.

Sorry to have so shamefully neglected my blog for so very long. I have managed to build up a huge amount of photo/links in pinterest for lots of interesting things. Hope you have been enjoying that in my absence.

So here’s to better times ahead.

Cat Dance

Let’s all do a little cat dance.

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Or perhaps attend a Grand Moonlight Bug Dance. Let’s all think lovely thoughts.

Hugs,      PamV

 

Where have I been?

Crazy times, that’s where I’ve been. Crazy Not Good times. J got really sick in mid-January. REALLY Sick. Like emergency surgery and then repeated surgeries All Year sick. So it’s been an incredibly stressful year. Fortunately this last procedure seems to have worked and we are doing our best to adjust.

So sorry to go missing with no explanation or anything. But I wasn’t ready to share this until now. Now, as in meaning with him being mostly better, I can talk about it.

So despite the horrible year I did manage to do a few things. Last holiday season (before the ugliness began) I managed to update one of my old Fae dolls (remember this).

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I was wrong, she was never a gentle soul and she was never happy about how she looked. So I gave in and gave her what she wanted.

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Now she’s a Pirate and we are both Much Happier. I know, I know; the photo is crap. Better ones will come. She is now a spy in the marketplace, collecting information from local informants and scoping out the various merchants.

Here is the brand new piece I made very early this year:

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Pinoc-enstein! Made for the Stampington Art Doll Quarterly Autumn 2018 issue he is a mash-up of a fairy-tale and a classic horror story. He made the cut and was published in the magazine.

Yes, he does look a bit like Bruce Campbell, who I adore. And No, it was not intentional, I didn’t notice the resemblance until he was 90% done and I was doing the costume. Shades of Bubba Hotep!

Other notes: tuning peg electrodes for a quick energy boost, unequal size eyes ala the Scarecrow from Oz, Wooden shoe on the leg he ripped off a Dutch puppet, large left arm ripped off a different puppet, a built-up shoe so he can walk mostly evenly, and fabulous wood curl pompadour bangs. He has one of my jackets but I made it a sort of Lederhosen-Bolero. I had a Great Deal of fun with this one!

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Lastly, a Little Good-Hearted Alien Holiday Cheer!

Even little green kiddies aren’t so sure about Santa. Good thing Daddy is there to hold his hand.

So, Ho-Ho-Ho and the very best Holidays to everyone. Happy-Happy!

that I just backed on Kickstarter.

First, How to Think When You Draw.

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Which the author politely asked me (and everybody else who backed it) to repost/blog about on social media. I like his style, so I am. I first saw his stuff on Pinterest where people had pinned lots of his drawing tutorials. Very nice, short, to-the-point, purposeful and well thought out one or two panel tutorials.

Then I found out he was making them into a book. Which I promptly got on the email list for. He sent me an email before the launch day asking me to spread the word. Which I am finally doing. Sorry Lorenzo, I was trying to beat a deadline and couldn’t get to this until now. Hey, there are still 20 days left, I’m not that late.

Go to his blog, his deviant art page, and the Kickstarter to find out more. Lorenzo has done multiple book projects; both the regular publisher route and the Kickstarter route, and the book layout is all done and ready to go to the printer. So this is a Kickstarter I feel confident will go off without a hitch. Looking forward to receiving the book in my own little hands, and until then I can placate myself by doodling along to the deviant art/blog stuff.

After I backed How to Think When You Draw, Kickstarter recommended this other drawing book to me: Draw like a Boss . Which I hadn’t previously heard of. So I looked at it and realized that I really liked that book too, soooo I backed it. I like the idea that they gave it a sort of role playing game system to make it less intimidating and more fun to learn to draw.

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This is the “final printing Kickstarter” so I guess a lot of other people liked the game format idea coupled with some pretty heavy duty classic masterworks art techniques. Since they’ve already had multiple printings of this title due to heavy demand, this project should go smoothly as well. I chose the sewn hardcover version for durability.

So go to the link, maybe you’ll like it too. Back the projects, don’t back the projects; it’s up to you. I just know that I’m glad when people let me know about interesting things so I like to do the same.

Oh, Last Word: Don’t go getting all spoiled just because I posted twice this week. If there weren’t time-sensitive things happening you would not have gotten Any posts this week. Remember I was trying to meet a deadline. Which I did. So There!

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you already know I love the Muppets. I mean, really truly, totally, unconditionally, to-the-moon-and-back, saved my life literally, LOVE the Muppets.

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So today J found this interview on Splitsider and immediately came and got me and made me watch the clip and read the interview.

OMG (all of them — Allah to Zeus) there is a new documentary where five of the original muppet performers sit down and talk about the experience of being a Muppet. It’s sort of like Dinner for Five without the dinner but all about Muppets.

Is it just me or is this so totally exciting that you just have to go Squeee! and dance around a bit?

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The documentary goes live tomorrow March 16th at MuppetGuysTalking.com. You can only see it at that site; it is Not Coming to a Theater Near You! You can mark your calendars if you want but since it’s only one day I think you can just remember.

I just got an email from the website saying thank you and giving me some details. It goes live at 6 am Eastern USA time, (10 a.m. in London, 12:00 noon in Cairo, 9 p.m. in Sydney, and VERY early — at 3 a.m. if you’re on U.S. Pacific Time). I don’t know what this is going to cost but there will be two options: 1) the film, 2) the film plus some “really great extras and bonus items” which is called Below Stage Pass, get it, below stage — where the puppeteers are. You can probably guess which one I want.

Hooray!

UPDATE: Film is now live; I went with option 1) film only. Which cost me a whole $9.97, I downloaded it to my computer so even if my internet goes down or is slow I can still watch it. FYI I couldn’t afford option 2 and besides I’m still not even on Facebook and my monitor doesn’t have a camera and I don’t need to be part of a live online audience. Oh well.

But we have Muppets!!!!!

I am perfectly aware that I’ve been gone far, far too long. Life has been exceedingly crazy here for way too many months. Not crazy in a good way, not in a horrible way, just crazy with things like the flu and other icky health stuff and boring life stuff that takes up too much bloody time.

Things are slowly improving and in the last week or so I’ve been working on a new piece of art. Yes, working on it finally because the deadline is looming and it needs to get done no matter how tired I am.

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So here is a link to a really wonderful music video by a Dutch band called Death Van that I saw on the Dangerous Minds blog. Reading their post I do agree that it reminds me of the Brothers Quay’s work, but it also reminds me of sequences in the movie MirrorMask. Very cool, very surreal, very low-brow art,  totally love it! So click and watch, several times maybe even.

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That means it’s time to start thinking about Halloween. As in candy, decorations and the biggie — what is your costume going to be??

Today is all about halloween inspiration.

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Like these totally creepy kids.

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Or this couple. I think they’re kinda sweet, creepy but sweet.

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If I thought I could pull it off I would wear this. Hey, I could be Darth Fairy! Check out the green Death Star on her wand.

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Also there is so much Halloween goodness when it comes to decorations. I made a special pinterest board just for Holiday Decor. Lots and lots of ideas, vintage and otherwise. Mostly it’s Halloween and Christmas with a few bunnies thrown in.

So get into think mode and Go Halloween!

Lack of Imagination

Having no imagination (like having no sense of humor) is a dire situation and can lead to terrible consequences. As is the case in today’s book Upright Hilda.

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Poor tightly wound Hilda just couldn’t abide any fun. Enjoying ones self was beneath her dignity.

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No playing, no singing, no silliness. “Only fools stand on their head. Only fools enjoy such a tumble.”

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That attitude persisted in Hilda as she grew. No birds, no swings, no dogs near Hilda’s tree. Look at those poor Hilda-afficted children across the street.

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Even her wedding was a no nonsense affair.

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Of course her own children led very stiff upright fun-free lives.

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Then Hilda became ill and, well . . . she died. No one was very sad “for if in life one cannot gladden. Then in death one cannot sadden.” The book also tells us: “Her husband thinking of the fee, bought a plot just three-by-three.”

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Not shown is a picture showing that the casket is partly built from the signs from “Hilda’s tree”; No Dogs, No Birds, No Swings.

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With Hilda gone, the family learns to enjoy life, playing in the sunshine. Love the Dad with his yo-yo.

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The final irony; Hilda will spend eternity on her head. How mortifying. giggle

So mind this lesson well: A life without imagination is nearly as bad as no life at all.

I picked this up at a library sale (what a shock) while on vacation a few years ago. Yes, even on vacation I will hit library sales. Oh yeah, we really looooove books. Picked this one up because I really liked both the story and the illustration style. Especially the small symbolic splashes of hot pink. These drawings remind me of Edward Gorey, whose work I am extremely fond of (I hit my love limit for this post).

So remember to practice your imagination, you don’t want it to get all rusty or undeveloped. Go enjoy something!

Yes, I am going to go on as if this fun little imagination series of posts was not Rudely Interrupted by reality. So I’m sorry I’ve been gone but really; in the words of Han Solo “It’s not my fault.”

Imagination is a very powerful tool. So very powerful that it is important to remember to use it mindfully. Not carefully, imagination should be allowed to soar and swoop and go to places never before visited . . . but mindfully.

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Sam, Bangs & Moonshine is the story of a fisherman’s daughter Sam (Samantha) who has a expansive imagination. She tells people her mother is a mermaid, that she owns a kangaroo and she talks to her cat (Bangs) who understands and talks back.

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Sam spends her days riding in her dragon-drawn chariot and telling her friend Thomas to go to different places to search for the kangaroo (who’s always just stepped out).

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Her father tells Sam all the time to “talk real” and “stop all the moonshine”. Sam doesn’t listen much, she’s too busy playing imagining games.

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One day without thinking about it, she tells Thomas that the kangaroo went out to Blue Rock, which is far out in the harbor. A bad storm blows in and puts Thomas in terrible danger.

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Sam feels terrible and scared and tells her Father who rushes out into the storm and saves Thomas. Sam has learned a Valuable lesson about real and not-real. From now on she knows to use imagination in a mindful manner.

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The next day Sam’s father brings her a little animal he found on a banana boat while it was unloading. She says it’s a kangaroo, he says “No, it’s a gerbil.” She takes it over to Thomas who is very sick in bed and gives it to him.

This wonderful book shows us how vital it is to not lose sight of what’s around us while we are indulging in imaginative play. Don’t put yourself or others in danger, don’t forget that something is cooking on the stove, don’t forget to cage up the baby in the playpen so it can’t hurt itself, don’t ignore the baby if it needs a change or snack, and don’t sit on the dog/cat. But also do not forget to play around in your imagination, no matter how busy your everyday life gets. Make some time to play.

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I really like the illustrations in this book. The choice of doing them in pen and ink with ink washes and having only one other color (an olive green) really emphasizes that it’s the mind of the reader/imaginer that is populating this world.

Gosh, this has been a really herky-jerky post. I hope you have enjoyed Sam, Bangs & Moonshine any way. If you liked it enough to want a copy you can find a copy pretty easily on ebay or the net. I got mine years ago at a library sale — don’t you just love the library sales? So many books, so little space to put them in my little house.