Saturday, October 31, 2015

Quick Pic: Sugar Skull Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: Zombie Pumpkin

Zombie Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: Zombie Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: Game of Thrones Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: C3PO and R2-D2 Pumpkin

C3PO and R2-D2 Pumpkins by Pumpkingutter
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Quick Pic: Sugar Skull Pumpkin

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I really admire the skill that went into this one.  It's simple and lovely, and I could stare at it all day. I am itching to take a set of markers to it, though.

Quick Pic: Corpse Bride Pumpkin

Source: Imgur via Reddit
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Quick Pic: Indiana Jones Pumpkin

Indiana Jones pumpkin! #kellystarspangled #autumn #artist #art #pumpkin #pumpkinart #jackolanternspectacular #rogerwilliamszoo #ink #inktober #illustration #indianajones #lucasfilm

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I'm seriously impressed with the artistic ability involved here, but what's the point of decorating a pumpkin if there's no carving involved?  Kelly ought to have drawn this on the side of a canvas bag to hold trick-or-treating loot.

Quick Pic: Invader Zim Pumpkin

Quick Pic: Skeletal Viking Pumpkin

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"My Dad just Lasered this onto a Pumpkin"

Quick Pic: Alien Facehugger Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: Immortan Joe Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: Spider Pumpkin

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Leaving the guts in this pumpkin was a nice touch.

Quick Pic: Oogie Boogie Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: Jack Sparrow Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: Halo 4 Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: Iron Throne Pumpkin

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Halloween is coming!

Video: Rainbow Fire Jack-o-Lantern

aaaand now I know what I'm doing with my pumpkin tomorrow.  Thanks, Youtube!

Quick Pic: Dragon Pumpkin

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Video: Pumpkintrope

The Pumpkintrope by Picturesmith is a creative Halloween-themed zoetrope carved into a pumpkin. The video that features the Pumpkintrope shows each step of the carving and animation process as it goes from a simple pumpkin into a work of art.

Quick Pic: Minecraft Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: Rorschach Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: Dragon Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: Orc-Demon Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: Severed Orc Head Pumpkin

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Quick Pic: Gremlin Pumpkin

Gremlin Pumpkin photographed by Sneekpreview
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Cosplay: First Order Stormtrooper Suit

There’s kitbash, and then there’s kidbash. YouTuber TJ Maggio took apart Jakks Pacific’s 48″ Big Fig First Order Stormtrooper figure and used its parts to make a costume for his 8-year old son. It helped that the huge toy was hollow, though I’m sure they had to make adjustments here and there. TJ says he used Velcro to secure the shoulder, bicep and thigh pieces.

In case you’re interested, Jakks also has a 48″ Darth Vader figure.
"A First Order Stormtrooper Suit. My 8 year old son and I decided we needed to make a suit for the upcoming release of Star Wars 7 The Force Awakens."

Quick Pic: BB-8 Pumpkin

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Unlike the BB-8 Pumpkins by CaptCash and Alan Tudyk that we previously featured, MagneticAttitude's is entirely carved (or is that shaved?) so that its features are picked out in light.  It looks great, but I have to believe it was a lot more work that painting or carving alone would have been. 

Humor: Halloween Treats

"Halloween Treats" by Alex Culang and Raynato Castro of Buttersafe

Cosplay: Mini War Rig

Cory and Jeremy Newton-Smith and their two adorably post-apocalyptic kids, 4-year-old Cooper and his 11-month-old sister Ziggy. This year for Halloween the Newton-Smiths turned a pair of second-hand Power Wheels toys into a fantastic mini War Rig from Mad Max: Fury Road. Cooper is dressed as a diminutive Max and Ziggy makes a tiny but fierce Imperator Furiosa.

Gallery: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

The 2015 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is currently underway in Iroquois Park in Louisville, KY. Once again the master pumpkin carving artists from Passion for Pumpkins have outdone themselves by carving 5,000 awesome jack-o’-lanterns that currently line a ¼-mile walking trail, lit up in spooktacular fashion from dusk to 11pm through November 1st, 2015.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Video Round-Up: October 30, 2015

In a brilliant display of wit and imagination, the JavaZone community-driven conference based in Oslo, Norway, has created a winning video that seamlessly blends the worlds of programming and Game of Thrones. Running against a series of other amazing videos that garnered 100,000 votes altogether, the dramatic, pun-filled video, titled ‘Game of Codes’, shut down the competition with its stunning reimagination of the HBO series.

Baby Gets Adorably Attacked by Hyper Pug Puppies - In this cute video, baby Louie becomes instant best friends with his two new energetic pug puppy siblings. You can see more of Louie and his puppies on their Instagram page.

Baby Tries to Howl Along with Dogs - Larry Woods' two dogs, a yellow and chocolate lab, frequently have howling competitions to determine who is the loudest. They do this so often that Larry's cute baby son has decided to join in the dogs' howling wars.

The Benefit of Taking Your Toddler Trick-or-Treating - The latest video from mom and blogger, Esther Anderson, illustrates the tasty bonus that comes from taking your small kids trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Short Film: Escargore

"Escargore" Directed By Oliver Hilbert of Media Design School

Oliver Hilbert has put a fresh new twist on the old horror chestnut of a group of friends being killed off one by one in this colorful Halloween comedy. 
"This snail horror comedy is so scary, it'll shock your shell off!

Claude and his friends are out of their element and in a whole lot of trouble when they choose the wrong lettuce for lunch. They must now find their way out of this world of horrors before they end up on the menu!

Escargore is the latest third year production from Media Design School's Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and VFX). The project took around four months of intensive work to complete by a group of 22 students."

Short Film: House Inherited

This whole film was shot in a single weekend as part of the first annual Austin 48-Hour Film Horror Project. While nobody's going to mistake it for a major studio production, what Yancey was able to achieve in forty-eight hours is pretty impressive.
"A young couple inherits a run-down farmhouse with some serious baggage."

Short Film: Abaddon

"Abaddon" Written and Directed by Gary Allen & Zakaree Sandberg
"When a late night drive takes a turn for the worst, a man discovers that the world around him isn't what it seems."

Short Film: Sweet Dreams

It's all just a bad dream... isn't it?

Short Film: Tightening Our Belts

Original Screenplay by Michael Voyer
"Suburbanites, Steve and Mary, are great cooks. And they love to show off their skills with sharp kitchen knives. That's unfortunate for the young boy bound and gagged in their bathroom. A few blocks away, Bill, the boy's father, scours their affluent neighborhood in search of his son. It's Halloween - he could be anywhere."

Quick Pic: Luigi’s Mansion Pumpkin

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It's always been my opinion that this game is ridiculously underrated, and I'm glad to see someone showing some Luigi love

Short Film: Bad Moon Rising

Written by Scott Hamilton & Peter J. Hamilton
"Held captive in a basement, a young man is repeatedly beaten. As his torture intensifies, he finally breaks. His captors have won, but they've missed one little, bloody, thing..."

Short Film: The Last Halloween

"The Last Halloween" is a fantastic, eerie horror short that follows four trick-or-treaters going door to door in a post-apocalyptic landscape on Halloween night.  It's one of the most fun Halloween-themed short films I've ever seen.
"The city is quiet; the streets, deserted. It doesn’t much feel like Halloween, and yet four young trick-or-treaters – a Ghost, a Devil, a Grim Reaper and a Witch – make their way through the night, door to door and house by house, gathering up an unlikely harvest of kindness amid the devastated wreckage of society’s collapse.

In a world where the only rule is that there are no rules anymore, it is perhaps a fitting irony that it should all come down to this… a simple choice between two starkly different options.

The Last Halloween is here at last, and the time has come to make your choice.

So, what will it be?

Trick? Or treat?"

Cosplay: Snowspeeder Wheelchair

Geek Dad Ryan Scott Miller converted his son's wheelchair into a Snowspeeder for Halloween.  His son, Jeremy, who has spina bifida will be going trick-or-treating dressed as a rebel pilot (Luke, I'm guessing) from the Battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.
"Jeremy is a pilot in his very own snowspeeder from The Battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back! Working flaps and the guns shoot glowing Nerf darts loaded with glow sticks!"

Cosplay: Pneumatic Feather Wings

Alexis Noriega created this beautiful human-scaled pair of pneumatic articulating feather wings for her Halloween costume. She promised to post a tutorial for people interested in building their own pair. I'm giving it a bookmark in case DC ever gets around to releasing a Hawkman (or Hawkgirl) series.

Sweets: Bloody Brain Cupcakes

This zombielicious Brain Cake, which oozes raspberry jam, was inspired by The Walking Dead premiere earlier this month.

Sweets: Bloody Brain Cupcakes

DIY Brains Cupcakes from The Simple Sweet Life

These DIY Brains Cupcakes with piped frosting are dipped into a bloody syrup. If you don’t have an icing tip, just take a plastic bag and cut a small hole in one of the corners.

Sweets: Coffin Surprise Cookies

I don't have the ambition to create treats this elaborate, but maybe you've got some time to kill or someone to impress.  If so, head on over to Not Martha for step-by-step instructions on making your own.  The plastic sheet used to create this wood texture was bought at a ceramics supply store.  I've seen something similar before, but it never occurred to me to use one to make teeny tiny coffins.

Sweets: Chocolate Skulls

Chocolate Skulls

If I could get these at Walmart, they would be my go-to Halloween hand out.

Sweets: Jason Voorhees Donuts

Psycho Donuts is celebrating Halloween with a Friday the 13th-inspired donuts.  It's a chocolate raised donut filled with raspberry "blood" and is topped with powdered sugar.

Posters: The Great Pumpkin

"It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" by Tim Doyle & Ridge Rooms
Prints available for purchase October 22 from Dark Hall Mansion. US$65

Posters: NBC

The Nightmare Before Christmas by Mainger Germain 

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" by Mainger Germain

Posters: NBC

Nightmare Before Christmas by trythemonkey

"Nightmare Before Christmas" by trythemonkey

Posters: NBC

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" by s2lart
Prints available for purchase from BigCartel. €25

Posters: Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas by Jeff Soto

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" by Jeff Soto

Posters: Simply Meant To Be

"Simply Meant To Be III" by Maxx242
Prints available for purchase from f4d Studios. US$50

Posters: Shadows

Skellington ‘Shadows’ Poster -

"Shadows" by Trends International
Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas
Prints available for purchase from Amazon. US$11.98

Sketches: Jason Lum's Inktober

#inktober 16 📺 #television #hands #horror #creepy #ink #art #artistsoninstagram #sketch   #sketchbook #girl #blackandwhite #limbs #drawlloween

Inktober Sketches by Vancouver, Canada-based Jason Lum
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Sketches: Jon Chan's Drawlloween

Day 25 #inktober x #drawlloween - Mummy
Anubis and his squad lurkin.
#inktober2015 #ink #squad

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Video: Daphne Lage's Inktober

Sketches: 31 Days of Halloween

It’s coming! “31 Days of Halloween” Sketch Series returns October 1, 2015!Upgrade your whispers to a SCREAM.

Sketches: 31 Days of Halloween

31 Days of Halloween Day 2: “Out here, everything hurts.”

Illustration: Guess who’s Knocking

Guess who’s knocking by Neo-Br

"Guess who’s Knocking" by Brazil-based Neo-Br

Infographic: Jason's Body Count

Andrew Barr of Canada’s newspaper National Post collaborated with illustrator Mike Faille to tally up the carnage from antagonist Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th slasher film polylogy which began in the 1980s. This amazing graphic depicts every which way a character has kicked the bucket in the hands of uber-bad-guy hockey-masked Jason, from strangulation to machete-induced amputation.
"Since 1981 Jason Voorhees has been waging a one-man war against the evils of premarital sex, drug use, being a teenager and not being Jason Voorhees."

Humor: Trick for Treats

A Trick for Treats

Comic Round-Up: October 30, 2015

Ghost Rider by Arthur Suydam

"Ghost Rider" by Arthur Suydam

Interview: 10 Questions With Comics Brewmaster Jeremy Bastian

Interview: Christopher Butcher writes about his experiences with Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto, including hosting two interview panels, at New York Comic Con.

Interview: Eleanor Beardsley interviews Riad Sattouf, whose graphic memoir The Arab of the Future has been getting a lot of attention lately.

Interview: Meredith Finch on Wonder Woman’s Vulnerability, Female Friendships, and Defining Strength

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