Jul 30, 2015

I Have a Stalker

More accidental inspiration:

After knocking out this new pumpkin stalk, as a sort of test, I thought it reminded me of the anthropomorphic mandrake root.

I had to do a search on mandrake to make sure I had the right thing- which led me to its medieval roots (ha!), and other magical mythologies surrounding this murderous plant.

Basically the story goes that if you pull out a mandrake root, its horrific scream with instantly kill your and/or drive you insane.

Apparently it really is a poisonous hallucinogen. 

Despite what every Harry Potter nerd might tell you, here's how to safely pull out a mandrake root:

"A furrow must be dug around the root until its lower part is exposed, then a dog is tied to it, after which the person tying the dog must get away. The dog then endeavors to follow him, and so easily pulls up the root, but dies suddenly instead of his master. After this the root can be handled without fear." (V.A. Peduto, translating Greek physician Dioscorides, via New World Encycolopedia)

I wonder how many poor pooches perished for this rooty bastard.

I'll be doing more digging (ha?), but I quite like the idea of incorporating mandrake superstitions into my design concept this year.

Jul 27, 2015

Derp From Above

Inspiration from above and below

For a short while it seemed like every time I looked down I'd find one of these nests staring back up at me. Finally my derpy brain got the hint, and I'll be using them as inspiration for my Halloween creations this year.

Thank you bird for some fine work...

Nests like these will add some nice organic/creepy details, and provide a cool housing for my light source. They may also help hide some pesky seams I've been trying to engineer out of the design.

... and thank you tree for discarding it.

I'm not sure how I'll go about making them, although I suspect it will likely involve unwoven twine, raw hemp or cotton thread, watered down wood glue, etc.

Jul 23, 2015

100 Days...

100 days to Halloween! I can hardly contain myself.

This is how I blerg.