Brian Luong’s Month-long Halloween-Themed Drawing Marathon

Drawlloween Day 29

Day 29 – Ghoul

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Day 26 – Vampire

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Day 30 – Pumpkin

Let’s face it, sometimes artists need a little extra motivation to keep creating and challenging themselves. Based on the Drawing-a-Day style exercise, Drawlloween (generally hash-tagged so each artist’s daily offering can easily be searched on social media sites) is the month of October equivalent where artists and illustrators test their skills and dedication. Illustrator Brian Luong has taken this challenge, and come out with a completely cohesive and solid body of Halloween-themed work. The Southern California-based Luong has gone beyond mere renderings of each instructional prompt (list below), creating dark narratives that add necessary darkness, mystery and visual heft to each drawing.

Although Luong’s portfolio shows a range of strengths typical of most illustrators, Luong’s muted palate, tight hatching and large areas of shading have become more focused and with the project. On the eve of the project’s culminating date of Halloween, the drawings have developed their own distinct, chalky, monochromatic style. Dark shadows have became longer, and scenes of street stalking vampires, discovered corpses and goblin-carved pumpkins became more imaginative than most other participants. Luong’s final Drawlloween piece should be posted today, Halloween, on his Tumblr. 

Incredible Pumpkin Sculptures At The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Joshua Bousel

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Joshua Bousel

Photo by Joshua Bousel

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze -  Anthony Quintano

Photo by Anthony Quintano

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Joshua Bousel

Photo by Joshua Bousel

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze touts itself as being the Tri-State’s (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) biggest and most exciting Halloween event. Their hubris is deserved; The glowing pumpkins and the elaborate installation of carvings are incredible.

The event features more than 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns, and is set against the backdrop of the historic,18th-century riverside landscape of the Hudson River Valley. All displays are made out of pumpkins, and arranged into the likes of giant sea monsters, dinosaurs, snakes, and shrunken “Little Monsters.” It even features a Tunnel O’ Pumpkin Love. (If you’re wondering how that works, it involves gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around.)

Pumpkin carving has a rich history in the UK. The Instagram blog describes it, writing:

Although only associated with Halloween as we know it today since the late 1800s, the tradition of gourd carving dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries in rural Ireland and England. People created jack o’lanterns for the old holidays of Samhain and All Souls’ Night when spirits were thought to be the most active. Grotesque faces carved into the objects were meant to frighten away any ghouls seeking to do harm.

These sculptural displays sound like heaven for anyone that loves hand-carved pumpkins and Halloween. I’m a bit jealous I’m not able to see the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in person! If you’re like me and unable to make it to the Blaze, fear not. Visitors are not shy to share their photos on Instagram or Flickr. (Via Colossal. Photos via Josh BouselKimberly QuintanoBryan Haeffele, and Jeremy Bernstein.)

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Happy Halloween To The Cult Of Decay!

Happy Halloween from Beautiful/Decay &  Pia Bramley !

Amy Stein’s Photographs: Halloween On the Street and Animals in the Woods

 

These photographs are taken from two series by NYC  photographer Amy Stein: “Domesticated”, and “Halloween in Harlem”. The photos were put together a while ago now, but I’ve always loved them. And, as Ms. Stein seems to be dealing with an issue involving use of her work without permission and $40,000, I figured she deserved some love.

“Domesticated” depicts real stories ivolving animals and humans culled from local news stories. Stein used often used taxidermied animals in her perfectly positioned shots, which include bobcats confused by newfound construction and curious bears checking out backyard pools.

“Halloween in Harlem” is pretty straightforward: Stein’s eye set to run freely capturing the spirit of the holiday and creepy children in masks on the street.

Check out images from both series below.

Halloween Pumkins Of Death!

More spooktacular jack-o-lanterns for all of you B/D ghouls and ghosts to feast your eyes on!

Vintage Horror Movie Posters Of Death!

It’s no surprise that the Cult Of Decay loves gobblins, monsters, and good ol’ fashion gore. In the spirit of Halloween here are some of our favorite vintage horror movie posters!

All Hallows Eve Extreme Pumpkins!

In the spirit of All Hallows Eve, we thought it would be cool to share some of our favorite Halloween memorabilia for all of you B/D ghouls and ghosts. This includes vintage horror movie posters and pumpkin carvings; many of which were created by sculptor extraordinaire Ray Villafane. Enjoy! We did!

Phyllis Galembo

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From Carnival in Haiti to West African Masquerade, Phyllis Galembo has seen it all. Humanity has always had such a fascination with dressing up–with becoming someone else for even a short period of time–that these costumes and the rituals associated with them play an important role in these societies’ cultural textures. Galembo photographs these moments in which people become magical, steeped in the symbolism of their dress. So, what does it say about us if our definition of costume is a sexed up, polyester sailer/nurse/bunny?