Sad Vampire: American Gothic

Way back towards the first of the year I received the honor of being awarded FIRST PLACE in the 2017 Evil Squirrel’s Nest Contest of Whatever. My entry was the story of a horror adventure told by Vlad, King of the Vampires (yes, cute Vlad from Vampire Diary, click here to see it.)

As a prize I was able to pick out something from The Evil Squirrel’s Cafe Press shop. Oh I can’t tell you how delighted I was to receive my American Gothic Bag a few weeks later. I LOVE THIS. I’ll be taking it on my cross country trip from Orangevale, CA to Lincoln, NE this summer. I’ll be taking it to a coffee shop this morning. I’ll be taking it everywhere.

I love this version of “American Gothic.” Oh my goodness have you EVER seen anything so cute? Love love love this. Thank you ES.

To get your own Evil Squirrel’s Nest Bling click HERE.

The first time I saw the Grant Wood painting “American Gothic” at the Art Institute in Chicago I was surprised at how small it is.  It is only 30¾ in × 25¾ inches. I remember walking around a corner and seeing it sort of an afterthought. I thought it would have a larger presence. But in real life it is absolutely stunning. Thank you Grant Wood, for that and ALL of your art. Grant Wood Rocked. Check out the faces in “Daughter’s of the Revolution.” You can’t get better than that.

And more from Grand Wood…

So in my rush to attempt to be clever and creative I took out a pen and pencil and did a quick sketch of “Vampire Gothic.” It took me all of five minutes. I believe Mr. Wood spent more time on the original version than I did on my sad Vampire version.

 

Seriously, I can draw when I want to. No, really, I can. Well, um…

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Sad Vampire is a semi-regular feature on vampiremaman.com featuring somewhat quick and somewhat sad sketches, but sketches non the less. 

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

Gothic Tiles and Silly Sketches

Fine art.

I have the ability to create masterpieces that rival the paintings in great museums however, what I love to draw little bits and pieces on the fly. Fast images that capture an idea or a feeling or a moment or, more oftener not, a message. It makes me happy. And frankly it doesn’t take much to entertain me.

Last Friday I sketched out a birthday card in about 15 minutes for a friend to another friend. It was just fun. Nothing but silly fun. Ball point pen on paper sort of fun. Josh likes horror films and stories, and cats.

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I was thinking about tiles a few weeks ago and tasked my alter ego from the parallel universe to make some.

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The tiles are now listed for sale on Etsy. Click here to go to the page. 

 

So I guess the message today would be: Do what makes you happy.

Do it.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

Color & Cut-out Modern Vampire Paper Dolls

Color and Cut-out Modern Vampire Paper Dolls

Set #1: Juliette and Clara

What could be more fun than paper dolls to get you started over the long weekend? Maybe a nice glass of wine and a good looking Vampire stud, but…

Tell Mr. Tall Dark & Handsome Vampire Stud to come back in a few hours – it is time to cut and color and have some creative fun! Crayons, pens, glitter, colored pencil all works great. Put tracing paper over the dolls and make your own make-to-fit outfits and design your own Halloween dresses and Fabulous Fall outfits!

Since my pens seemed to vanish into some sort of time warp or black hole or kid’s room – I’m just giving you quick pencil sketches today. And it will work fine after you get done with your fabulous coloring and embellishment!  You can draw in the faces too.

This is the first of several sets of Modern Vampire Paper Dolls featuring your favorite characters in my blog. Collect the entire set for hours of pre-Halloween fun!

My goal is to have more polished, stylized and a lot more “Gothic” designs in the future as part of Vampire Maman’s Countdown to Halloween.

So cut, color and PLAY!

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

Juliette and Clara Paper Dolls: Print, color and cut-out fun!

Juliette and Clara Paper Dolls: Print, color and cut-out fun!

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I’m no tattoo artist but…this is pretty HOT

I’m no tattoo artist but this is pretty HOT and pretty SILLY.

Last week I had fun playing around with my kids and husband discussing tattoos and decided to do a little quick sketching. A lot of you saw my design (but some of you missed it so click HERE). I’m not tattoo artist but it was a fun game.

So anyway I wondered “What would my little sketch look like on someone.” I asked my husband to pose and did a little work on the computer. I told him looks like one of those guys off the cover of a romance novel now.

What do you think?

Life is too short for bad ink (so don’t hire me)…More on tattoos and Vampires..

After almost 300 posts in 8 months I think I have the right to get a little silly here. Back to parenting, poetry and the meaning of life (as only a Modern Vampire Mom can write it.)

Illustrating One’s Self – Vampire Maman Logo Sketches Round One

Last night my daughter said “Why don’t you make some Vampire Maman logos, you know like bands do.”

Good idea. What have I gotten myself into.

Fast Designs. Rule ONE – don’t spend too much time on anything or over think it. NEVER OVER THINK ANYTHING CREATIVE.

I made one quick sketch and outlined it with a fine point Sharpie. The Sharpie tip with thicker than I would have wanted and it wasn’t even the sketch I wanted but it was a start. The kids are too young and there are other assorted problems. Since I have NO attention span for anything that takes more than 10 minutes (make that 5 minutes) – I quickly scanned the drawing and took it into PhotoShop where I colored and tweeked it a bit into several different versions – a work in progress. I know how to use Illustrator but I don’t find it fun so I’m going to keep drawing by hand.

I tried a few fonts. This is far from done and not well thought out but like I said, it is a start. I’m not sure I like the image, but it is growing on me. Not loving the kid faces, but I can fix that and redo it and start over. No problem starting over on something I’ve only spent 3 minutes on (on the pencil sketches, add two minutes for the PhotoShop work etc).

I thought I’d better stop for now until I can get some paper with a decent finish, the right pens and do this up proper. I also should not do my drawings on the kitchen counter where water and other unidentified substances are on the counter and being soaked up by the paper.

 
But this is how I work and how the creative process, or at least my version of the creative process makes things happen.

 
When you are a mom, especially when you are a working mom, you have to make things happen FAST. FAST is the key or nothing will get done. OK not all of that is true – I use the kids as an excuse – it’s really my husband who eats up all my time (HA HA HA just kidding – they all do).

 

So I’ll keep you updated on my Vampire Maman logo ideas. By the way…I love to draw. More than almost anything. I just don’t spend enough time doing it.

The moral of this story…find time, have fun, that’s all.

Vampire Masquerade! Costume Sketches – round one!

As you all know the Vampire Masquerade Ball is coming up in August. I am so jazzed.

Teddy said he’d wear a suit and a plain black mask. That is what he SAID, but it isn’t what is going to happen.

In the meantime Garrett and his pals (age 15-17) are going as the Three Musketeers – Vampire Style. They’ve asked me to help them with their costumes. I told them to go see my mom. She was actually alive at the time, but they insisted I help.

So that leaves Clara and I. Clara will turn 13 in July so this is sort of like a coming out party to her. We decided on a fancy princes fantasy ball look for both of us. That may change. I did a few 5 minute sketches. We’re still looking through old books and photographs for ideas.

In the meantime I thought I’d share what we have so far. Just some quick stuff with a Sharpie on paper.

Let me know what you’re wearing. Of course if you want to keep it a secret I’ll understand.

~ Juliette