Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday the 13th!

Jenny, from Memoirs of a Scream Queen blog, is hosting a blog festival entitled: "Legacy: His Name Was Jason". Now, I have to confess, I have never seen any of the movies from the Friday the 13th franchise. I suppose I'm just more of a gothic horror girl, and with the exception of A Nightmare on Elm Street, I seem to have missed many of the '80s slasher flicks. However, despite having never seen the films, I'm completely familiar with the imagery of Jason's hockey mask, which is quite a testament to the impact Friday the 13th has had on popular culture.

As I can't really offer anything authoritative on the subject of Jason Voorhees, I thought instead I would share a cool Friday the 13th poster I discovered on Etsy, by Team Welser (pictured above left). I have also included a still from the upcoming stop-motion animated film, ParaNorman (pictured above right), due for release in September. Friday the 13th is parodied in a scene where Neil, Norman's chubby friend, is wearing a hockey mask, which I'd say is pretty strong evidence of Jason's enduring legacy!

To see all the other bloggers participating in this event, head on over to Memoirs of a Scream Queen.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Delightfully Dark Art

Lately, I have been making some wonderfully unexpected art discoveries during google searches. First, it was the work of Arnaud de Vallois while googling dark fairy tales, then, a few days ago, I stumbled upon the illustrations of Ken Turner during a search for Tim Burton's upcoming film, Dark Shadows. As you can see above, his blog has the coolest banner, incorporating elements from Beetlejuice, Georges Melies', Le Voyage dans la lune, Frankenstein, and Dracula. There's even a Jack-o'-Lantern for good measure.

Dark Shadows

Anyway, it was my google search that led me, serendipitously, to a series of fabulous caricatures which Ken had produced based on some of the characters from the Dark Shadows movie. I've shared them above and they include, from left to right, Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr Julia Hoffman, Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins, and Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard.

Catwoman and Penguin

Not only was I immediately taken with Ken's illustrative style from the moment I set eyes upon his work, but after taking a quick peek at his Twitter bio (below), I discovered that we share the same creative heroes:
Filmmaker/Animator/Illustrator - Inspirations: Tim Burton, Ronald Searle, Edward Gorey and Charles Addams.

Vincent Price and Peter Lorre

I have only featured just a few of my favourite illustrations here, but there's plenty more to see if you visit the Ken Turner blog.