Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Speaking Of Krampus...


Krampus: The Snowmen

A long time ago, director Mike Dougherty asked if I wanted to build some snowmen...  for a film he was developing called KRAMPUS.  The notion of a Christmas horror film made by the guy who created an annual Halloween Tradition and Ritual of ours called Trick 'r Treat was beyond exciting.  And the notion of providing him something outside of my comfort zone was a little terrifying.  Until we spoke and brainstormed about what they should look like, and how they should feel organic and pagan and witchy.  A kindred collaboration.

So I was hired as a concept artist on Legendary's KRAMPUS.  I sketched a bunch of designs and built a small mock-up and took a ton of photos.  The folks of the WETA workshop in New Zealand, who built the props for the Lord of the Rings films, took it from there.  Can't express the pinch-me-I'm-dreaming feelings I've been having as the Christmas season approached.

Then, a few weeks after working on the film, I got an email from a Licensing Manager from Legendary pictures, asking if I'd like to be interviewed for a book called The Art of Krampus.  Who would say no to that?  (Not even this private guy).  So today is the release date for the book, and I'm in there, along with some of the artists who worked on the film.  Really excited about that.  Mike Mallory the author was super nice and made the whole experience a treat, like talking to a good bud over a beer or two.

Anyways, there's my huge news.  And I can't express the gratitude I feel towards Mr. Dougherty for even thinking of my work as he created his Dark Christmas tale.  Working with him was a complete joy.

Just totally thrilled and excited to see his film.  And feeling totally blessed to be a part of it.  Which are pretty cool feelings to have as we head off into the holidays.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Human Scarecrow

Amazing sunset tonight.

Photo by Bean.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Spotty Blogging Followed By A Special Announcement

Won't be blogging much over the next three days.  But definitely swing by on Tuesday for a fun blog post.

Rue Morgue: KRAMPUS

Super cool artwork...looking forward to this issue.

More info here.

Begging For Candy

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Katzper's Haunt 2015

Another wonderful year from Noah Fentz.

More images here.

Sweet Potato Vodka

Sweet potatoes infused with clove, maple syrup, and a touch of salt make this first batch the quintessence of autumn in a glass. Enjoy it after a hearty dinner, or before a long hike in the woods.

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