|Daisy Pushkin & Claude Graves doing|
The Zombie Stomp
Everyone I know loves Halloween.
For artists especially it is a time to revel in interpreting all the icons of the season in a variety of wild and crazy ways. My former partner and I designed characters complete with costumes and makeup.
But everyone else also becomes super creative while indulging in costumes, makeup, decorations and food like hot apple cider, caramel apples and pumpkin pie.
Halloween has its roots in early religions but has evolved into a time that ushers in the winter months when we want to be cozy, well fed and lifting our spirits with parties and celebrations. Besides all that, this first holiday of the season indulges our need to challenge the things that scare us the most like ghosts and goblins and even death. We meet them head on, enjoying the thrill.
|Tee Shirt Design|
The costumes, decorations and artwork can be scary, downright ghoulish, but also satirical and even funny. Add horror films into the mix and you have covered the whole spectrum. I spent several Halloweens past doing professional makeup and costumes for partygoers. The most popular looks back then were Zombies (still hot I understand) and Cats from the Broadway show. I photographed and sketched a lot of this work and some of it evolved into digital images I created for amusement and sometimes for Tee Shirts and such.
|Claude Graves & Friends for Tee Shirt design|
|Dancing Zombie Bride & Groom for Tee Shirt design|
|Zombie Bride prizewinning costume & makeup|
|Vampire makeup for Tee Shirt design|
|Funny Frankenstein Monster makeup|
So, Halloween for me has always been fun and very creative. One year we spent the evening up in Jerome, Arizona in an abandoned and very spooky old hospital which had been rented out by the city for the night to a group throwing a huge party. My partner and I did makeup on location for everyone attending the celebration and even helped stage some grisley scenes in a couple of the old operating rooms. It was quite a success.
|Daisy Pushkin at the Jerome Hospital Bash|
It is a rather eerie but very expressive season and I hope all of you reading this enjoy it to the fullest!
Al of the images in this post are copyright protected 2010 by Elinor Mavor.