Although I don’t do it enough anymore, I’ve always enjoyed drawing—mostly with pencils. My mom kept every single little scribble that I put on paper from the moment I was old enough to hold a crayon, and I have them all chronological by creation date in a big brown art envelope (it’s so old I think it’s beginning to biodegrade!). By age five or so, I was constantly drawing things with which I became obsessed: scenes from the Wizard of Oz, Christmas, Halloween, Easter—loved holidays. I became very much a copycat artist, drawing my renditions of album covers—Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Donna Summer, Boy George. And of course, a common theme of my artistic endeavors was…horror! Here are a couple of examples from the later years, when I was actually more in control of the tool in hand…so-to-speak.
Halloween Book Cover 1985
Perfect example of my copycat work. For a series of years starting in 1985, I did pencil renditions of albums and books released in conjunction with the Halloween movie series. This is the cover art from the novelization of the original movie.
Halloween II Book Cover 1986
A year later, I went chronological and did the cover from the novelization of Halloween II.
Halloween II soundtrack cover 1987
My final year in high school, and I attempted the album cover for the Halloween II soundtrack.
soundtrack.Michael Myers 1988
I was working in a video store when Michael Myers returned for Halloween 4. The promo poster featured his face to the left as it is here, with a scene from the movie on the right side. I, instead, picked up the hand and knife from the Halloween book cover and fit it snuggly into the angle created by Michael’s neck.
Headless Horseman 1990
Guess I was bored when I took a year break between Music and English degrees. From August to October, I completed two pictures with cool pencils that allow for color blending. The headless horseman here is a rip-off from a cardboard Halloween decoration my mom would hang on our back door—you know, one of those cheesy things you’d find at Woolworths. Everything surrounding the horseman comes from my imagination (and memory from various celluloid adaptations of the Washington Irving story over the years).
I finally had a unique thought with my second 1990 drawing. Came up with this one all on my own, and threw in just about every Halloween cliché imaginable: bats, rats, skulls, cemetery, full moon, owl, snake, spider…. Guess it wasn’t that unique after all.