Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Halloween!

It's that time! Get out there and haunt the neighborhood!

I'll be busy setting things up and running around all day, but I plan to update this blog throughout the festivities. Really hoping to do some recording before the night is through.

In the meantime, I've been testing out They host video, audio, photos, etc, for free and without ads or creepy tracking. I foresee this being a game-changer for the internet. Social media functions best when it is providing what the user needs, not working for advertisers. I've been fretting about Youtube the past few years, and there didn't seem to be any alternative.

Anyway, here is one of my Halloween labels: Lady Luminessa's Full Moon Spell Enhancer

From what I've seen, there's no way to link to the image and have it show up here. I'd have to upload it to the blog itself, and that defeats the purpose of having it hosted elsewhere. Oh well.

The Bumble: Goth & Halloween

It's time for the Bumble! So far, Sunday seems like the best day for it, so check it out then!


Goth Coloring Book - I'm a huge fan of the coloring books craze. I was using coloring books for stress relief before it was cool for grown-ups to do so, and I always felt like other people would get a lot out of it too. And now there's something for goths. Yay!

On the decline of Tim Burton - The last Tim Burton movie I remember being excited about was The Corpse Bride. It was so disappointing, especially as a long-time Burton and claymation fan. I hope he is able to bounce back again. He has an interesting mind, and it would be a shame not to be able to see more of his good work.

Beach Goth: A Music Festival - I've never heard of this festival before, but I love that they invite bands they want even if those bands aren't great moneymakers.

Halloween Movie & Music Recommendations

Tomorrow is the perfect time for a spooky movie! Here's some that I think are great:

  • Trick 'r Treat - This movie is indeed a treat! I have trouble with a lot of slasher-type horror films, but this one satisfies in a way the others don't. Everyone who dies deserves it, and the film maintains that 'it's all silly, nothing has consequence' atmosphere of cartoons without actually being cartoonish. Additionally, it doesn't rely on jump scares (as far as I recall. It's been a few years.)
The Golem - This classic silent film is part of a series of 1920s Jewish horror films. It's a bit similar to Frankenstein, so if you like that, you may enjoy this one. I particularly like the effect brought on by the limited use of color.

 Plan 9 From Outer Space - Ed Wood was no genious, but he was determined! This movie is super bad and obviously very cheaply made. It's good nonsense, though, and something I love to watch every year. Vampires from space!

 The Adventures of Mark Twain - In theory, this is a funny kid's claymation movie about the adventures of Mark Twain's characters meeting him aboard some kind of air/space ship. In reality it's got a lot of uncanny creepiness that lends itself well to Halloween - including an unsettling scene involving the devil and sculpting clay. It's usually available on Youtube for free.

Welcome to Weirdsville - And now the music! This is a wonderful old streaming radio service put on by a collector of Halloween music and records. A lot of his collection was destroyed a few years ago, so alas! He isn't adding any more of the weird old stuff. But he does regularly add music from other sources (Most recently Lacuna Coil.) I recommend it on Halloween and any time throughout the year you need a Halloween boost.

Alright, now I'm off to prepare for the big night.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Idea: Doll-sized dress forms with adjustable proportions

I love having access to a dress form. It's not really adjustable, but just having something to put what I'm working on over makes it so much easier to have accurate results. I think I could learn and do a lot more if I had access to dress forms in every body type - but they costs hundreds of dollars, and I don't have space for that many dress forms.

There are inexpensive ways to make your own dress form. Put on an old t-shirt, get a friend to wrap you up in duct-tape, then sew and stuff it. Voila! Dress form! These are great things, but as far as I can see, having access to a personalized dress form will only teach you to make clothes for yourself.

Something I think that would be really valuable for folks who can't afford a range of body type dress forms would be miniature adjustable dress forms. I'm assuming that, once research and development was done, something like that could be made for a $20 price point.

I'm going to brainstorm ways this could be done.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Fantastic cheap vector app

I have access to a laser cutter, and it is a wonderful thing! However, I've long been unable to use it because I have a difficult time turning my art files into proper vector files. I know people do this every day, but for me any step between completing the projects I'm excited about and actually completing them means I run the risk of not doing anything at all! So while I could do exciting things with a drawing tablet and freely available software, I really needed something I could use on my iPad mini. It's just simpler and it's always with me.

After much research, I discovered that Inkpad would probably fit my needs. I had already tried it out via other very similar copies of the app that were free. All I need is a pen tool and an eraser! The important thing is that it can export files as either svg (vector for the engraving) or as PDFs (For the outer cut lines.) At $3.00, this is the cheapest working app I've found that offers that.

A few hours after downloading it, I had converted my celtic talking board design into a smooth vector file with no pixelation. Besides some technical difficulties involving the computer itself, I was pretty much able to just pull the file up and hit print. It was amazing, compared to the usual frustrating experience with pixelated results!

If you need access to a simple, reliable app that will let you make vector files, I highly recommend Inkpad.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Bumble: Halloween, Goth

I love doing news round-ups, so I've decided to try implementing that feature on this blog. The Bumble is about whatever is catching my interest this week. It's likely to center around Halloween most of the time, but that news does run dry sometimes.


40 years of goth in under 4 minutes - I'm fine confessing that I don't know much about goth music. I was always into old dusty books and the goth look. Now that I'm older and all that lovely goth black seems to be fading in the culture, I feel like I should learn more about it. This is a handy starter guide.

A night at Bran Castle (AKA Castle Dracula)! - Dacre Stoker, descendent of the famous Bram Stoker, will be hosting a night at this famous castle for two lucky contest winners.

Some more about the Teal Pumpkin Project - I love the recent push to provide treats for kids with allergies! With the decline in trick or treating, I think we need to do everything we can to make it fun for everyone who continues to carry on the tradition.

Goth Make-up:

Goth make-up tutorials - I certainly would have appreciated the millions of make-up tutorials that are around now when I was trying this stuff out in my late teens. I ended up more clown than goth - except not the cool, creepy kind of clown.

Goth lipstick - Personally, I'm on a quest for more colors of lipstick than just red or 'almost' purple. It's getting near impossible to find black these days, and blue, actual purple, green, or orange - forget about it!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hiatus explained

I had attempted to set up several Halloween related blogs and social media accounts. That was too much for me to deal with. So now I am back here as my primary blogging space. I've got a much clearer focus for what I'm doing - both in my art and my blog. Yay!

Expect to see art shortly!