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Countdown to Halloween : Forgotten Projects of Halloweens Past

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One week to Halloween!!

Where did the time go? I feel like October really flew by this year!

It’s amazing what you can discover and find that you forgot you ever did. I discovered the fun little doodles above on one of my old hard drives. And honestly? I cannot remember making them! I also did two backgrounds to go with them…I think? Crazy. Kinda spooky too.

I’ve included the full drawing for each one in case you wanted to see them when they’re not overlapped. you can click on the image for a larger size. I’m partial to my spider queen in general, but I really love how the ghost and the vampire turned out.

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According to the scan date of the originals and the creation date of the digital files, I made these back in 2008! @_@ Kind of crazy. Some days I still feel like high school wasn’t that long ago, but these were made post horror high. I blow myself away sometimes.

In 2007, I had started to make a flash video for the characters and posted it on deviantart as a small sample of what I was making. I tried looking for the original .fla file, but I couldn’t find it. I was able to download the .swf from deviantart and share it here. It’s a very simplified and basic, but I still really love it and proud of it. 🙂 I wish I could find the original file to see what I’d had planned for the rest of the video, because I cannot remember that either. (At least I remember making the video)

[kml_flashembed publishmethod=”static” fversion=”8.0.0″ movie=”http://dragonempress.net/allflashes/spidertest.swf” width=”400″ height=”300″ targetclass=”flashmovie”]

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This month, I was thinking about my spider queen a lot and she got a make-over! It just sort of happened. I love those kinds of drawings best. When they just happen on the page. Don’t you?

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I tried to make her more spider-like without sacrificing too much of her human appearance. Part of what makes her a spider queen is her ability to appear humanoid, but no creature can become 100% human in appearance. I kind of like that she doesn’t have ears (did you know spiders don’t have ears? They “hear” through their hair), although I’m sure I’ll miss coming up with all her cool spider-esque jewelry. Also, one fun detail/thought I’ve created is the appearance of her heart. Have you seen a spider’s heart? It’s SO INTERESTING! She keeps her’s outside of her body for a plot point, but it’s in a jar and looks so cool. That would be an awesome prop to make for a halloween decoration one year…perhaps a future project…

One day, Ovid, I will put your story fully to paper instead of collecting cobwebs in my brain.

What Halloween discovery from the past have you revisited this season?

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One observation on “Countdown to Halloween : Forgotten Projects of Halloweens Past
  1. Billy Polard

    Hey Ladydragon. I couldn’t find any contact information to email you, so I’ll just write this in a comment and hope that you get it that way.

    My name is Billy Polard, I’m a musician and artist from Philadelphia Pa and release music under the name “the ghost in you”. I just made a music video for my Halloween song called “ten thirty one”. It’s an original song which I wrote, recorded, and performed myself. It’s one of my more personal songs and my love letter to Halloween and all the nostalgia and emotions that the fall season brings. Inspired by my memories of growing up in my old neighborhood, the leaves changing, carving jack o lanterns, my mom dressing up like a witch, the homemade costumes she made for me and my brothers, watching scary movies, and everything else that comes with the Halloween season. There’s even a nod to “John Carpenter’s Halloween”, one of my favorite movies of all time.

    The video which I directed, shot, and edited, as well as designed the vintage halloween style skeleton mask for can be seen in HD here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6HbARsCWqE&list=PLFFD02E4EA9DEC3C0

    The song will also be featured in the new indie horror film “Honeyspider”, which is being released in limited theaters October 18th. It should also be noted that Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins lent the use of his song “honeyspider”, which inspired the name of the film, to the movie free of charge. That’s pretty awesome to share my first movie credit with the Smashing Pumpkins. Fangoria.com wrote about the film and Corgan’s involvement a few months ago: http://www.fangoria.com/new/excl-photos-billy-corgan-approved-indie-psychothriller-honeyspider/

    The song will eventually be released on my next record, but I’m giving it away now as a little Halloween treat. I’m offering it as a free or “name your price” download to my fans, or just to fans of the Halloween season in general. ten thirty one –
    https://theghostinyou.bandcamp.com/track/ten-thirty-one

    I hope hearing it triggers the same nostalgia and emotions that I felt writing it. And maybe it’s something worth sharing to your Halloween friends.

    Happy Halloween, Ladydragon!

    Billy Polard
    http://www.theghostinyou.net

     
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