Maurice Sendak 1929-2012

Maurice Sendak, the influential author of Where The Wild Things Are and many other great childhood memories of mine, has passed away at the age of 83. This book, in particular, was always a favorite, as it stood out from most kid’s books as a wild celebration of misbehavior.
“It is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming wild things,” he said, and I believe that is true of adults as well.

A grown-up that never forgot how to speak in a child’s voice, Mr. Sendak will be sorely missed.
Thanks for the good times, sir, and for creating that beautiful fantasy world so many of us grown children still return to.
R.I.P Maurice Sendak 1929-2012.


Horror Art 101 : Luis Royo

Luis Royo is the modern master of fantasy art.
Born in Olalla, Spain in 1954, he has made an amazing career of great paintings, sculptures and design. His dark views of the world are stylish and sensual, he is a  true artist that wants to make us squirm.

His dream-like style and technique are instantly recognizable, and often filled with devilishly beautiful women in apocalyptic landscapes.
Royo often tells dark stories with single images.

 

He has contributed to design in many modern comics and magazines, most notably Heavy Metal and National Lampoon. He has published several of his own comic books and collections of prints of his elaborate paintings and drawings.

His horror paintings are truly haunting things to get lost in…

In 2006, Luis and Romulo Royo embarked on an ambitious project, a painting of the inside of a huge dome in Moscow.

His work has been the inspiration for many tattoo artists and enthusiasts.

In 2004 he designed a set of tarot cards, with his signature dark stamp on the familiar imagery.

He has most recently focused on sculpting, creating many stunning pieces. Also, several great action figures and statue pieces designed or inspired by his work are becoming available for collectors.

He is most famous for his dramatic depictions of women in a variety of dark and precarious positions.

I hope you enjoyed this look at the visionary artist Luis Royo, one of the best!
Be sure and support him by picking up his books, tarot cards and/or sculpted figures using the convenient links below.
Keep it weird!

 

 


Horror Art 101 : H.R. Giger

 

Welcome students, to your new weekly art lesson. Horror can be found everywhere, and your faculty here at Horror Homework are dedicated to opening your fragile little minds to all aspects of the strange and terrible. Stay tuned, and check back often for new lessons!

We will begin with H.R. Giger. He is probably the most famous and recognizable Modern horror artist, since his art was the basis for the Alien films. He was born in Switzerland in 1940 and moved in 1962 to Zurich, where he studied architecture and industrial design at the School of Applied Arts.

As mentioned, he is most well known for the design of Ridley Scott’s classic Alien movie. Giger’s most famous book, Necronomicon, published in 1977, served as the visual inspiration for the film, and earned him the 1980 Oscar for the Best Achievement in Visual Effects. He is credited with the design of the film’s title character, including all the stages of its lifecycle, plus the film’s extraterrestrial environments.

Giger also worked in sculpture and aspired to extend the core elements of his artistic vision beyond the confines of paper into the 3D reality of his surroundings. His metal sculpture are huge and imposing, skillfully crafted pieces.

In 1988, he was given the opportunity to design his first total environment, a Giger Bar in Tokyo, Japan. However, it was four more years before his concepts were properly realized, under his personal supervision, with the opening of a second Giger Bar in Chur, the city of his birth, in 1992.

 

Giger has created furniture designs, particularly for a movie of the novel Dune that was to be directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, the visionary director of the Holy Mountain, one of my all-time favorites! I wish this film would have happened.

Many years later, David Lynch directed the film, using only rough concepts by Giger. Giger had wished to work with Lynch, and he says that Lynch’s film  Eraserhead was closer than even Giger’s own films to realizing his vision. What a compliment, but I must admit that Lynch’s version of Dune bores me silly.

Giger was even recruited by the front-man of Korn, Jonathan Davis, to design a microphone stand which the band toured with. I will admit it is pretty awesome!

An amazing artist with an uncompromising dark vision. Giger’s work is fascinating and complex. Really amazing stuff!

Faithfully submitted by Darth Biscuits.


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Clive Barker’s Visions of Heaven and Hell

I have been a fan of Clive Barker for many years.

I started reading Stephen King books in my pre-teen years, and after tearing through virtually all of them in a years time (give or take), I moved on to anything else weird I could get my hands on.

If there was one guy I felt I could trust (at that time in my life and his career) it was Stephen King himself. So, when I started seeing these books pop up by this crazy British author Clive Barker with King exclaiming, “Clive Barker is the future of horror!” I took notice.

I started reading them all. The Hellbound Heart was the novella the movie Hellraiser was based on. Fans like me have been waiting years now for the impending release of The Scarlet Gospels, featuring the characters and universe that first appeared in The Hellbound Heart centering on the character of Pinhead and Harry D’Amour, from The Last Illusion, The Great and Secret Show, and Everville.

Cabal was a great short novel and was the basis for the awesome movie Nightbreed. This movie was a teenage favorite of mine, and I still proudly retain my VHS copy, which is probably older than some of you students.

I devoured the notorious Books of Blood, and his other collections, The Inhuman Condition and In The Flesh. In the earliest days of his career, Clive Barker quickly became a master of short, mean, often sexually-charged horror stories. The Books Of Blood were instantly regarded as classics, and re-published again and again in various interesting editions.

Then, he moved on to the great epic adventures of Imajica and Everville. These were complex, long books with many interweaving plot-lines and interesting characters. Set in universes filled with magic and evil, these books, along with The Great and Secret Show were an awesome escape for me during my high school years.

I even went along for the sweeping historical homo-erotic romances he wrote in the late 90’s, like Galilee and Sacrament.

Clive consistently followed his own paths, even as he became less and less commercially successful. At the same time he became more and more creatively interesting, trying new venues of artistic experimentation like video games ;

comic books ;

and action figures :

Especially notable are his paintings. He is as prolific a painter and artist as he is as an author. His work is shown consistently at galleries around the world and proudly displayed on his website linked here!

He released his amazing artwork collection, “Visions of Heaven and Hell” in 2003, and gave his fans amazing insight into his mind and creative processes.

The young readers’ fantasy series Clive has worked on for the last decade, Abarat, is continuing with the amazing freshly-released third book in the series, Absolute Midnight. He paints portraits of all the characters and landscapes concurrent with the writing of the story. This world he has created, where each island is a different hour of the day, is very much reality for him. It is a great series and a wonderful alternative to all the mainstream Harry Potter knock-offs flooding the young readers’ market now.

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If you still don’t believe me, check out this awesome trailer for the 3rd book in the series. It looks truly terrifying, and demands to be read!

What a shame that as I wandered through the local chain book-store the other day, I couldn’t find a single title by the prolific author. He is truly a one-of-a-kind artist, and deserves much more attention than he has received lately.

Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster for the internet, where we can easily find all of these treasures that were once so hard to locate.

Do your homework, children. Thank me later.

Faithfully submitted by Darth Biscuits.


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