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Happy halloween all!

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Here is a doggy celebrating Day of the Dead.

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On October 31, spirits of the dead visit their families for a full day, then return to the cemetery on November 2

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that is very special. It takes a somber note and turns it into a joyful celebration through a show of decorations and offerings of delicious food. All the gifts of love surround a photograph of the dearly departed on an alter.

Food and decorations can come in the form of skulls or skeletons, adorned by flowers and brilliant colors, for the Mexicans embrace death as a part of life.

Drawing and painting my turtle was a pleasure to do. It was actually therapeutic! I must say the Mexicans have the right idea.

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On another subject, New York Comic Con begins this weekend. I will post some pics of the event, next time. So stay tuned.

Oh, and The Walking Dead series returns on Sunday night. Ahh, I’ve got that spooky feeling again. Don’t you?

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8-bit: Dia de los Muertos

October 29, 2011

For Dia de los Muertos, I wanted to do something different graphically, this year. I always loved the simplicity of 8-bit art, so I sat down at the computer for this little guy. Happy Halloween to all you ghoulish geeks out there!

zombie girl

October 23, 2010

The zombies are coming! Zombies do not discriminate. Some are guys, some are gals. They are an equal opportunity destroyer! (ha. i just thought that up now.)

So here’s a female zombie to compliment my zombie guy. I draw them in honor of All Hallows Eve. So beware! More zombies are coming!

zombie guy

October 20, 2010

I sketched a zombie, today, because I’m groggy this morning. Plus, I’m in a zombie mood.

Who doesn’t love zombies? They are literally taking over.

Look at the mashup story of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Young ladies seek eligible well-to-do suitors, and all the while, fight off the undead. The thought of that makes me giggle.

A new AMC channel series, called the Walking Dead, based on the popular comic book, begins on Halloween. Nice to see a continuous saga on surviving the zombie plague. Lets face it, its a story without an end, and provides a bountiful adventure.

In videogames, zombies make for a great enemy to kill off without consequence. There are no human rights groups for zombies, right? Left 4 Dead, by Valve, is a cooperative first-person shooter that is pure fun to play with friends against the oncoming horde. Other game franchises are adding zombies, even though they are not relevant to the main campaign story. For instance, Rockstar Games is providing an expansion pack for multiplayer action to their cowboy western Red Dead Redemption. Plus, a zombie mode is confirmed for Call of Duty: Black Ops, turning a war title into a horror of a different sort.

By the way, for a movie recommendation, I’d like to point out Zombieland. I won’t spoil the story, but it’s humorous take on survival with a little romance.

Yes, they are taking over. So let’s give them a hand! Have you hugged a zombie today?

flaming skull

October 16, 2010

As the autumn air brings a chill and the daylight grows shorter, all that we fear, emerges from the dark corners. Demons, ghosts and the undead lurk among us.

This is a larger skull than my King of the Dead skull. Almost human-sized. I decorated it with flames as if to show it rising from the ashes. Because the Day of the Dead is about celebrating our passed loved ones. They live on in our memories. And they watch over us in spirit.

For Halloween, enter my store to see ghoulish items for sale!

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