It’s that time of year again where people don their wigs and cloaks in the name of candy and celebration. But don’t think you have to be a vampire, witch, or mummy again. For those of you artistically inclined, here’s nine costumes no one will see coming.

The Mona Lisa

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Feel like semi-smiling this Halloween? Frame yourself as Da Vinci’s famous lady for all those photo ops. It seems like this would be somewhat easy to make.  Get creative and paint your own canvas or foam board, and cut a hole for your debated facial expression. Or just buy one here (but you’ll also need a wig).

Pop Art Come to Life

An ever-popular idea among beauty Youtubers and Pinterest(ers?), this Roy Lichtenstein-inspired look requires a bit of time and know-how. The concept of drawing line art and shading on yourself is a creative one, and I imagine hard to achieve successfully. But if you pull it off, you’ll be the talk of any Halloween party. And if makeup isn’t your thing, you can always terrify everyone around you with this nightmarish version. [Read on for an art makeup that’s not so difficult!]

The Creepy Art Teacher

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For those wanting a subtle artistic presence, you can never go wrong with a graphic tee. Depending on exactly how much effort you want to put in, this simple shirt gives the flexibility of whatever look you’re going for, be it the creepiness of a zombie, ghoul, you name it. The creators of this design have them available for a variety of occupations as well. (Low-key group costumes, perhaps?) There are many variants on this ‘Halloween Art Teacher’ theme, so be sure to look around.

Bob Ross

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Embrace happy little accidents with this rather simple but beloved costume. All you need is the wig/beard combo with a paint set, along with jeans and a button up shirt, and you’re all set to “beat the devil” out of some paintbrushes. Now go paint some happy little trees.

Be the Canvas

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Love Bob Ross but don’t like fake beards? Take things one step further and become his painting. I couldn’t believe this was real when I first saw it, but here it is: the opportunity to be your own happy landscape.

Make One of those Bizarrely Abstract, Artistic Statements No One Really Understands

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Is art separate from the artist, or are they the same? Is the canvas the artist, or the artist the canvas?  …Anyways, among the more, er, odd options, you could go abstract with this “disappearing man” suit. But hey, if spandex and paint are your thing then go for it. If anonymity is something you’re looking for this Halloween, this get-up provides that as well—despite the lack of breathing room.

24 Crayons in a Box

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Go back to kindergarten with this 24 set of crayons. With this costume you rule the box, and show everyone who loved art as a kid. With the rainbow assortment and yellow box, you’re sure to also evoke nostalgia from those around you.

The Crayon of Your Choice

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Individualize yourself as a single Crayola color in this artsy (and dorky in the best way possible) get-up. Going with a group of like-minded friends? This one makes for a fun group costume, as everyone can pick a different color.

A Picasso Original

Morph into an early 20th century painting with some simple makeup.  Picasso is most known for his asymmetrical take on the human form, as well as his eclectic choice of colors. Thankfully for those in costumes, that means it’s not too difficult to pass as one of his paintings come to life. Simply take reference from his great works, or put your own creative spin on it like the girl in this video. And when it comes to mistakes, chances are misplaced or oddly drawn lines will only add to the effect.

 

Take this list as a means of inspiration. There are countless artworks, artists, and art supplies begging to be turned into costumes. Well, maybe not begging, but they’d make for fantastic and memorable looks all the same.  Happy Halloween!

[All of the pictures in this blog post are from Amazon, and belong to their respective owners]

My Art Goals for 2017

As everyone makes their New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve decided to set some goals I would like to achieve when it comes to my art skills (and artist-y things in general).  Being an artist means you are always trying to move forward, improve your skills and creativity.

Creating this list will help keep me going on that forward momentum.  I thought you might be curious to see, too, what I want to accomplish this year in terms of drawing and art.

Draw more, and more often

Like any skill set, the only way to improve is through practice.  Ideally, I’d like to at least sketch every day, but I’m not going to put that kind of pressured expectation on myself.  Instead, I will sketch as often as I can.

As for the subjects, I would like to vary that as well.  So far I am pretty good at deer and moose, and okay at figures.  Increasing my ‘repertoire’, if you will, to include and improve a greater variety of animals, settings, and people is important to me.  I’m going to work to get better at backgrounds in general as well.  Architecture and urban settings have always been daunting to me, and I’d love to be able to draw them much better by the end of this year.

Be more confident in my art, especially online

I want to be comfortable putting myself, and artwork, out there.  Perhaps because I am very aware of my own art shortcomings, I tend to notice those issues in my drawings, without acknowledging my successes.

Overcoming that is essential when it comes to my ambitions for this blog and YouTube Channel.  Besides that, I know it is important for me personally to break out of my comfort zone this way.  Time to say goodbye to that little inner voice of Self-Doubt and hello to Confidence.

Give in to the artistic process

Along a similar vein to the goal above, I can be a perfectionist sometimes when it comes to making art and writing.  My mom would tell you I absolutely am.  It is a bad habit that keeps me rigid when I should just relax and create.

My favorite works, whether drawn, painted, or written, have come from when I got out of my own way and let the inspiration take over.  While I won’t always have inspiration to pull from, I want to allow my ideas to manifest without the interruption of my ‘inner editor’.

This also means not being afraid to experiment and just play with different ideas and mediums.  I’m really excited about this goal, because I look forward to unlocking my somewhat stifled creative self.

Improve at graphite and ink drawings

I’ve always enjoyed just putting pencil to paper and creating an illustration with that tool alone.  It feels traditional yet applicable to any subject matter (dragons, anyone?).  From the bit I’ve dabbled in inked illustrations, there is a similar feeling.  It’s the closest to ‘fine art’ I’ve gotten.

The concept of being able to create many different textures with a single pencil or pen is intriguing to me.  This year I want to go from the occasional loose sketch and Inktober drawing to following tutorials and improved drawings.

Paint more

Last year I bought some acrylics and watercolors.  I love the feel of them, and am excited about creating with paint on both canvas and paper.  But I didn’t make much time for them.  This year I am going to change that.  As I said above, I look forward to playing with a variety of mediums, paint included.  Brace yourself for some paint-y speedpaints!

So there they are: my general art goals for 2017.  I hope you follow me on this journey, where you can see my work-in-progress and finished pictures on Instagram and Twitter.  Also be sure to check out my YouTube to see speedpaints, speeddrawings, art hauls, and more!

I just wanted to pop on here and wish everyone a happy holidays! No matter what or if you celebrate, I hope you are all happy, healthy, and surrounded by good company.

Santa Claus Christmas Sketch

I also wanted to share a quick sketch I did.  A cute little Santa for Christmas.  Merry Christmas!

Happy Jurassic Thanksgiving!

One thing I was thankful for this Thanksgiving was a movie marathon of the series on TV.  Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III are some of my favorite movies (the first book is awesome, too!).  Paired with my family’s roasting turkey, it inspired a sketch today.

I liked the idea of drawing the iconic Jurassic Park T-rex (although Tyrannosauruses are actually from the Late Cretaceous period…oh well).  Let’s hope this turkey outran its mighty ancestor!

Jurassic Park Thanksgiving Sketch

Ghosty Meringues at Last

You know the feeling: you’re waiting in a checkout line, glazing your eyes over the tabloids and cooking magazines placed around the candies and register.  Nothing particular interesting, and all you can do is shake your head at the front pages of celebrity alien babies and other oh-so-realistic scandals.

When I was about nine years old, though, I loved the holiday cooking collections.  Little books of themed recipes, dotted amongst the gossip, their covers always had some cute or intricate design.  I distinctly remember one booklet that featured a haunted chocolate cake and creamy looking ghosts.

After much insisting (and let’s be honest, some begging), it was purchased for me.  The recipes included non-alcoholic cocktails, cupcakes, snacks, and yes, those adorable cookie ghosts.  Although I kept wanting too, my family and I never quite made the time or had the motivation to cook them.  Until now.

Finally, I made the meringue with help from my mom, a good cook and baker.  It was a fairly simple process: make the meringue (perhaps not so simple itself), pipe it into ghost shapes on a floured baking pan, place little chocolate chips for the eyes, and bake.

Only a few of my ghosts looked like those on the cover.  Initially it was a little frustrating, as the meringue didn’t stick to the pan enough to shape; instead it was dragged around with the tip instead of staying in place.

Ghost Meringues Uncooked

It was for the better, though.  Because they all looked different, they developed their own personalities as individuals.   That may sound strange, but it was fun to try and pipe one thing, and see them end up in unique ways.

Uncooked Ghost Close-up 1

Uncooked Ghost Meringue Close-up 2

Uncooked Ghost Meringue Close-up 3

Besides the ghosts, I also attempted to do more traditional meringue shapes.  My mom called them “little poos”, and I’ll happily admit many of them have a certain, unintentional resemblance to the poo emoji.

Inspired by some mega meringues I saw while in Assisi, Italy, I tried to make some large ones.  Mine were really sad in comparison, so I gave them their own faces with the chocolate chips.  They evolved to a more ‘melted snowman’ look.

Uncooked Big Meringues

Somewhat surprisingly, they actually came out really well.  Well, the ghosts and little poos *ahem* meringues did.  The large ones, which were experiments anyway, were a little chewy in the middle, but were still enjoyable.

Some of my favorite ghosts were:

Star Wars Dianoga Cooked Meringue

The top left one vaguely reminded me of a dianoga, a.k.a. the Star Wars trash compactor monster.

Ghost Dementor Meringue Baked

We agreed this ghost in the middle had a resemblance to a Dementor.

Baked Ghost Meringue Trio

Here are three that I feel most match the original ghost design.

Again, this was a fairly straightforward project.  It would be neat to make the full project like the cover, placing the ghosts near, or maybe even floating around, a haunted house.  I could see doing this other Halloweens, or maybe dying the meringue pink and making hearts on Valentine’s Day.

 

Have you ever made meringues?  How did it go? Let me know below!