31 Nightmares 2018: The 4th

On the 1st during our opener, we highlighted Kevin Yagher and his work in special effects as well as his gorgeous showcasing of some that work online.

Today we’d like to highlight someone in that same realm with an equal number of impressive accomplishments and the skills to match.

Mark Shostrom is the man I’m referring to.

& He also has a really amazing page linked below.

https://www.instagram.com/markshostrom/

I’ve been like a small child in a room full of bright colors ever since I found Mark online. He shares some truly wonderful behind-the-scenes magic on a pretty regular basis. He’s worked on a good number of all the movies I’ve ever loved as well.

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Evil Dead II (1987). My in-progress rough sculpture for Henrietta’s second look, along with one of the finished heads. The initial sculpture block-out was quite symmetrical, then Sam came out for a look and suggested making it a bit lopsided. The only part I couldn’t move was the eyeball placement, otherwise #DaveKindlon’s eye animatronics would not work. I put in a few plastic teeth I had handy for placement, then later sculpted big gnarly ones. Pictured is a stunt head made of Poly Tech 1016, a really tough foam like a soccer ball that Bruce and everyone could kick the shit out of, slam the cellar door on, etc. We also made an animatronic one for the ‘hush little baby’ bit, and #BryantTausek & I made two gelatin heads for Bruce’s shotgun finale. @nealkennemore’s mom Melinda Kennemore made all the Henrietta wigs, including for the Pee-wee head. Incidentally, we called this the Pee-wee Head after Large Marge in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure since the stop-motion by Rick Catizone was going for a similar popping out effect. #markshostrom #EvilDead2 #EvilDeadII #80shorror #BehindTheScenes #FxMakeup #SFX #spfxmakeup #bts #horrorfilms #horrorhistory #horrormovies #practicaleffects #specialeffects #specialmakeupeffects #culthorror #deadbydawn #illswallowyoursoul #someonesinmyfruitcellar #henrietta #cometohenrietta #bookofthedead #deadite #necronomicon #monstersculpture #peeweehead #monsters #moviemonsters

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This is one of my favorite bits of work he’s shared.

There is so much more, though! If you’re on Instagram, please consider giving him a follow. He’s really a treasure and so is his art.


This has been

Day 4

of

31 Nightmares 2017: The 4th

We started on a more somber note. It’s been a somber year, in more than just the genre. We’ve had a lot of losses. There is, however, an up-swing in all this.

The IT remake broke records, and surely raked in some big bucks for Mr. Stephen King. Horror is hitting another wave of creativity right now. The proof is in the lineups, and the projects slated to release in the next few months.

We are a force to be reckoned with, and the mainstream knows it.

We will continue to highlight those working within the genre this week, but I was told by someone close to me, you may want to hear from me as well.

I do, after all, work in this genre from time to time and it has been considered my specialty.

My best advice to someone looking to get into this industry on more full-time terms is simply to “take the leap.”

Trust yourself.

Work as hard as you possibly can toward your goals.

Don’t take in or entertain negativity.

And most importantly, a gem from one of my mentors:

Don’t burn your bridges.

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Fun fact: This banner is one of a set designed specifically for #31Nightmares. Each one is a tribute or reference to a classic or iconic horror film.

Author’s Notes: Tomorrow we begin our tradition of artworks inspired by nightmares in loving memory of Mr. Wes Craven.


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Sleepy Sundays: Light Work

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The running theme for this month among family, friends, and colleagues seems to be that our passions bring us peace of mind. We all go through our trials in life. Some days even harder than the next. Though if you’re working towards or doing something you love, a little light work makes the lights work.

—And not just the lights in the house.

*This custom piece was designed for a friend of mine who’s also a *divine* lady that’s always added a little sparkle to my day.

What brightens your lights lately?

Have a beautiful Sunday!

31 Nightmares 2016: The 12th

My fusion with the horror genre began long ago. The start of it all was the first time taking in A Nightmare On Elm Street. After that, it fast became a passion; one I took with me through all of my schooling. I started writing short stories in grade school. This continued through middle school until I started onto longer compositions.

It was within these years of writing horror, I fell in love with another Master of Horror, Mr. Stephen King.

Aside from Wes, King is probably one of my largest influences.

I guess you could say, Wes inspired me to write and King kept me at it.

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Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep is one of King’s more recent novels—one I was most certainly gripped by. This novel certainly has a place here during 31 Nightmares for its unique approach to psychological horror.

This story is the follow-up for King’s other well-known masterpiece, The Shining. The stories flow together nicely, and yet this one takes on a direction all its own by touching on the occult. I highly recommend this novel to horror lovers. I am without a doubt surprised this has not been made into a full-length movie sequel as well.

Pick this up online or anywhere books are sold. You won’t regret it, unless you need sleep…

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Perfection Culture

white-flowers-pattern.pngLately I’ve seen a decent number of stuffy posts all over the internet by professionals (& Non-professionals. And professionals that shouldn’t be professionals, and non-professionals that think they’re professionals…)

all passing on advice to never show anything but your absolute best work. They go on to insist that no one is going to take you seriously, blah-blah, blah.

Yeah, about that…

I’ve come to learn in my almost 4 years doing this [selling art, rebuilding a company] professionally, that people respect me for sometimes showing my flaws as an artist,

at times even blatantly pointing them out~>Sleepy Sundays: Meditation (From CardCastles Archives, Year: 2014)

In an attempt to help other artists with mistakes we all make sometimes.

—and you still keep coming back.

No one turns away from my site and says, “Oh my goodness, she’s so unprofessional! Did you see that shading mistake she made on that one?” For every mistake, I learn, make adjustments, and the rest of my work becomes better for it. I take things down. I put them back up. Sometimes being an artist is about making improvements.

People actually rather often say “Your have such a unique style! Your work is so detailed! This is gorgeous.”

They can tell I take my time and have learned from years of experience.

Those years included making plenty of mistakes.

There’s a growth there that you can see and a passion I have for my work that you all seem to know off the bat.

I guess what I’m trying to relay is:

It’s not all always about being perfect all the time. I get it about putting your best foot forward and all. But it’s okay to make mistakes too, ya know?

I mean, what are we all doing this for?

(—If not to have fun, learn, grow and pick some things up along the way.)

The same can be translated into writing and many other art forms.

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Perfection is an Illusion

There is no such thing as true 100% perfection. Even the best of things have flaws. In our modern-day society one can admit our culture has become a bit obsessed with the idea of perfection. Plastic surgery, who’s eyebrows are or aren’t “on fleek” (barf) whose contour be slayin’ ” (cringe), whose girlfriend looks better than yours, all of it supposedly determined for us by some post or meme or magazine.

Don’t get me started with the subject of “reality television.” Some other time friends.

It’s all so incredibly fake, and put out there by people desperately seeking attention or validation, or followers, some fill to their void…

Whatever the case is, there is no such thing as true 100% perfection.

Maybe if we accept that first, we can fix our society’s increasingly narcissistic ways.

 

The Erratic Sun: Cover Reveal

I am both pleased and honored to present to you today, the cover for an outstanding recently released book by two authors who have homes in the blogosphere.

This project has been my baby for some time, while being juggled with some other wonderful things that have already come to fruition. So when Matt approached me with some ideas, I couldn’t help but take this on. Sci-Fi is a genre that certainly gets imagination whirling. Together these two authors wrote a beautiful story, that managed to flow so nicely, to where you couldn’t even tell when the writer had changed.

I’m still ecstatic that they asked lil’ ol’ me to do the cover art for this book.

Without further delay, I present to you, the fresh cover of The Erratic Sun.

The Erratic Sun (front cover)
The Erratic Sun cover art by Daydreams © 2016 Snapping Turtle Publishing | cardcastlesinthesky.com

You can find out more about these wonderful authors below:

Matthew Blashill

The Matticus Kingdom

Michael Hansen

33 Grams of Blog

The book is now available!

Click here to purchase The Erratic Sun through Amazon

Add it to your library today!

 

 

Sleepy Sundays: Snowy Sunday

There are many places around the globe that experienced snow this weekend. If you were on the east coast, like I am, you got hit by the storm known as Jonas, or as it’s being captioned in photos across the internet, “Blizzard of 2016.”

Here are some snaps we took while emerging from our cave. Even though we were snowed in, we managed to make fun of it. The coffee and hot chocolate flowed. I was finally able to sit down and get some writing and art requests done. It’s about time too, since I’ve been a bit overwhelmed lately.

What do you enjoy doing during a snow day? Do you get snow where you live?

Have a cozy Sunday!