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« on: July 05, 2009 11:15:17 AM »

These are some older pieces, but as I apparently haven't posted them here, I figured now was as good a time as any.

Growing up, I lived in a giant old Victorian home that my parents bought for a song in the 80s. The house was supposed to be a fixer-upper, but as I'm sure many of you Craftsters are aware, those kinds of projects tend to take much longer than anticipated. In the meantime, I lived in a rather spooky home with beautiful old torn wallpaper and finicky plaster ceilings. There was even an extra room in the basement that I didn't discover until I was 16.

These are the ghosts that a little girl in a spooky home imagines:







And just so I don't feel like I'm cheating by using old illustrations for this challenge, here are three brand new illustrations I just finished this morning:





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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2009 11:16:40 AM »

I love your work! These pictures are wonderful as always!!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2009 11:33:28 AM »

Awesone- these are so cool!  I love your ghost girls!  and the back drops are gorgeous.
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2009 01:55:06 PM »

I'd so love to see those hanging on the wall, but at least ten times as big.
And my son, almost six, asked: Are they ghosts?
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2009 02:33:24 PM »

WOW! I cannot say how much I love them. I would love to have one on my wall!
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2009 04:27:51 PM »

I love the ghosts... and the house. I wish I had grown up in a creepy old Victorian house. There were a bunch in the town I grew up in that had been floated around Cape Horn during the victorian era for officers from the nearby naval and army bases and Camel training center (the US Army was going to use camels to do the work of horses and mules and such before wide spread use of mechanical vehicles... apparently they are more cost efficient than other pack animals, but of course the mechanized revolution happened and it never really came to be... except a little in WWII in Africa). I always wanted to live in one of those houses. They are just so neat looking...
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2009 06:52:32 PM »

These are lovely!!! Is this actually your parents home or backgrounds that you found similar to the house?  Those stained glass windows are beyond beautiful!  I love the creepy feeling, I know exactly what you mean.
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2009 07:14:30 PM »

I love your entry! This is so neat. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2009 07:20:16 PM »

I love your illustrations!  And they are perfect with the backgrounds.
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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2009 07:53:21 PM »

ooh very cool!!!!


btw..what was in the hidden room?
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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2009 08:21:21 PM »

Thanks, all!

Living in a creepy old home is certainly fun, but I did lose a fair bit of sleep as a kid. Ha ha!

These are all photos that I took in my parents' home. I want to continue the series, but I have moved 2000 away from that house, and it'll be a while before I get back.

The stained glass windows are in a little dimly lit hidden spot in the front hall of the house, so I generally never even look at them. The house next door is also built too close for much sunlight to come through them. The only reason they look so bright is a verrry slooow shutter speed. Of course, I was spoiled in that respect. My best friend growing up also lived in an old Victorian home, but her mom was a stained glass artist. (Definitely a big influence on my desire to become an artist.)

The secret room was completely empty except for an unreasonable number of cobwebs. Of course, that just made it even creepier.
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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2009 08:43:40 PM »

great pictures - I love the hand coming through the doorway!  I'd give my right arm to have an old house to fix up - ghosts and all!  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2009 02:02:47 AM »

The bees knees indeed! FANTASIC, so good I can't even decide which one I love the most! Awesome concept & gorgeous images!!
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« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2009 05:16:21 AM »

this is a really cool idea! my fav entry for sure!
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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2009 07:07:05 AM »

Your stuff is so cool and really does give me the creeps!!  Great job!
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« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2009 11:39:55 AM »

WOW! These are just amazing! I love how simple the illustrations are, but they convey so much emotion.My fav has to be the ghost turning off the light. Great Job!
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« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2009 02:59:10 PM »

these are pretty!  definitly getting the ghost vibe off them.  I like how you made the ghosts transparent, but have no idea what technique you used.
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This is so great! Great pictures!
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« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2009 06:55:38 PM »

The house and the art kind of reminds me of the Coraline movie!
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« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2009 07:07:43 PM »

those are really cool (:
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« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2009 07:39:19 PM »

Very Edward Gorey!
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« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2009 08:28:43 AM »

Thank you all very much! I'm honored to remind people of Coraline and Gorey. What a great compliment!

I did neglect to mention how I make them. First, I took photos around the house. Next, I sketched directly onto printouts of the photos to figure out what sorts of ghosts to make. I then drew the ghosts onto blank illustration board and scanned them into Photoshop. I copied and pasted the ghost illustrations onto the digital photos and set the layer the "multiply" setting, then created another layer underneath to add the white under the ghost, set that white layer to a low opacity, then used a layer mask on the white layer and ghost layer to put the ghost "behind" objects in the photo (like weaving the ghost into the banister or making the arm come from behind the door). I'm always happy to share tutorials, so if anyone wants to know more, just ask me.
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« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2009 10:57:13 AM »

What fun. It reminds me of Coraline. These illustrations should be made into a book. Very cool.
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« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2009 12:48:56 PM »

Really ghoul pictures!
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« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2009 02:34:15 PM »

Those are really neat.  I love how the opaqueness of the ghosts vary.
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« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2009 06:06:05 AM »

Oh my goodness!!  I love those so much!!  I agree with all the others, I would LOVE to have a huge version of one of those on my wall.  Wow!  Awesome frickin job!
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« Reply #26 on: July 08, 2009 11:19:29 AM »

  So awesome. That house looks AMAZING! I love your illustrations.
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« Reply #27 on: July 13, 2009 11:09:45 AM »

That is my dream home!  Shocked The wallpaper in the 2nd pic is the coolest ever! The stained glass....what can I say!?? The beautiful little ghosts I would love too!
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« Reply #28 on: July 13, 2009 12:04:38 PM »

Thank you!

I've decided to go ahead an make these into a book, which is an idea I've been tossing around for a while. It'll be something along the same lines as Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy book, I think. We'll just have to see where it goes. Either way, I can't wait to share more ghosts with all of you. Thank you so much for all the encouragement!
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« Reply #29 on: July 13, 2009 07:50:51 PM »

This is really cool!
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« Reply #30 on: July 17, 2009 04:21:47 PM »

these just really creeped me out...
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« Reply #31 on: July 19, 2009 10:23:45 PM »

Oh! You should let us know when you're done with the book!
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« Reply #32 on: July 24, 2009 03:52:36 PM »

These are beautiful! They fit their background perfectly. Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: July 26, 2009 08:29:06 AM »

Thank you! I'll definitely keep posting my progress in the "More Art, Less Craft" board. I just need to find a way to get back to St. Louis so I can take more photos of their house.
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