Mad Monster Party Art Show
Just in time for Halloween, the Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, CA is having a group show tribute to the Rankin/Bass animated classic “The Mad Monster Party”. Address: 13613 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. 1-800-599-3693.
Amazing paintings, sculptures, handmade dolls and an assortment of mixed media creations pack the two galleries and yes, they are all for sale. For those unable to actually attend the show, artwork can be viewed and purchased online, from their gallery website: http://www.vegalleries.com/monsterparty.html
His a sampling of some of the incredible art from one of our favorite animated classics.
October Shadows 2012
October Shadows is celebrating their fifth year of Halloween in Art. And where could such a show be held, you ask? At the Mountain View Mausoleum (where they filmed PHANTASM!) at 2300 N. Marengo Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001.
The top names in the world of fine art, comics, film, tv and animation are showing why they love this time of year in 2d, 3d and mixed media. The show will run each Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm through November 3rd.
Below is a micro sampling of some of the amazing art featured at this annual exhibit.
MONSTERS – COLOR THE CREATURE BOOK
Zombies, mummys, werewolves, vampires, ghouls and of course his legendary Frankenstein monster have made Bernie Wrightson the undisputed household name associated with illustrating the macabre. His brilliant and uncanny knowledge of anatomy is depicted in every illustration, carefully composed and intricately rendered on every page.
The MONSTERS – COLOR THE CREATURE BOOK, released in 1974, feature 16 incredible B/W drawings by Bernie Wrightson. Its this book, along with Wrightson’s “A Look Back” where I became hooked on anatomy. When it came to inventing anatomical form, Bernie Wrightson, just like Michelangelo, made invented forms absolutely real. When I design for films or fun, Wrightson’s illustrations are always near for silent, inspirational guidance.
When I think of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, two things come to mind: the late, GREAT Forry Ackerman and Basil Gogos. It’s hard to think of one without the other – in fact, I refuse to.
In the 1960’s, Basil Gogo’s was an illustrator for New York based publications that produced men’s adventure magazines. His assignments ran the gamut from WWII battlescenes to cheesecake portraits but his true calling, at least from a fan’s perspective, was lurking in the shadows.
Enter Warren publishing. Famous Monsters of Filmland premiered in 1958 with Forrest Ackermann (a.k.a. Ackermonster) in the role of Editor and James Warren steering the Publishing helm. Famous Monsters of Filmland was a festering potpourri of classic horror movie monsters; interviews with its creators and cheesy one liners. It was pure gold. Gogo’s first work for Famous Monsters was the cover of issue #9 in 1960, featuring an extremely colorful and impressionistic portrait of Vincent Price from the House of Usher. Like his subject matter, his paintings were anything but subtle. Hues of crimson red, oxidizing green and slashes of jaundice yellow chiseled the planes of Price’s face, capturing the spirit of its character forever. For more than two decades, Gogo’s created nearly 50 iconic covers for Famous Monsters of Filmland including covers for Warren’s other publications; Creepy and Eerie.
For decades, James Bama’s famous rendition of Doc Savage and incredible illustrations have graced pulp book covers, making him the reigning paperback illustrator during the 1960’s and 1970’s – but his work for Aurora Model Kits on their Monster Model Kit line hold a special, monstrous place in my heart.
The last image of Mr. Hyde was not an Aurora Model kit but it was just too damn cool to leave out!
Presented below are his original paintings and as they appeared in final form on the box or cover. Click the thumbnail below for larger viewing.
Now this guy is AMAZING! I recently stumbled across Erik Gist’s Illustration site and let’s say that he had me at “Kolchak”. All of his illustrations are uniquely his own with a respectful nod to the great Basil Gogos and James Bama, specifically in layout and subject matter. My personal favorite is his high concept designed scene from Planet of the Apes.
Please visit his site at http://www.erikgist.com