stocktober

So, I tried my darndest to get a Don Knotts likeness here. I’ve never had a particular knack for nailing likenesses, but it’s a sketchcard. In case this isn’t immediately obvious, this is of course Mr. Knotts in his esteemed role as Luther Heggs in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. A classic. It’s a really wonderful movie to put on a few days before Halloween to get into the spirit of things.

This was done with the Photoshop, I gotta stop staring at Samnee artwork.

-Jycb 

The second round of #stocktober begins now! 

"Graboid" from "tremors" (1990)

I remember watching tremors every time it was on the usa network, which back in those days seemed to be about twice a week. What I love the most about this movie, besides just being an awesome, fun monster movie, is the practical effects….Guys in suits, miniatures, robots, puppets, stop motion just really old school movie magic that would slowly start to fade away in the following years

your movie ends with a giant worm monster smashing onto some rocks? Well you’d better make yourself a scale model fill it with junk and smash it on some goddamn rocks. 

Found this 10 minute making of on youtube. pretty awesome. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_LV0jsigoE

-Joel- 

..meh.

It was really hard to choose between this and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’s Headless Horseman. The Horseman is all black with a cape, so he isn’t very visually appealing to me. Plus, I just recently wanted Beetlejuice with the misses and she likes it a lot, so it’s fresh. I’m not super happy with it, but hey, a card’s a card.

Day oh! Me say day, me say day, me say daayy—oh! Dey I come and me use Photoshop…..

-Jake-lejuice

Freaks was one of those movies that was verboten due to how scary it was perceived to be. True, as a child, it is in fact hard to deal with, but man, what a good movie. The ‘freaks’ as it were, are not who they appear to be in this movie. The scene I depicted is when Prince Randian(known as The Living Torso, or The Human Caterpillar, diagnosed with Tetra-amelia syndrome) is crawling under a circus wagon with a knife in his mouth to enact vicious revenge on the main antagonists! Frightening stuff for a kid. 

Par for the course, all photoshop, all the time.

"Joe Dax here with my first entry in this years Stock*tober event. This is one of the vampires from 30 Days of Night, a movie I ended up liking quite a bit. While not perfect, I think it’s a lot better than many vampire flicks out there. Thanks again to the Stock*pile boys for including me in the festivities!"

So, I’m not a particularly big Burton fan, in fact, he’s pretty over-bearing at times, but Beetlejuice does hold a bit of nostalgia with me, so I do enjoy it. My first choice this week I felt was better suited for next week, so I went with the sandworm, by request. Yep.

I tried to change it up a bit materials-wise. This was actually a bit of chipboard I have from  Astrokitty Comics. (Shameless LCS plug) Black was with typical brush pen, the with was done with a white conté crayon and some patience.  If the piece was bigger I think the white would have turned out better, but I feel it’s still pretty good for 2.5”X3.5”. Rhodes out.

Happy Stock*tober!

I love horror movies, so I loved Joel’s idea of drawing horror-themed sketch cards for the blog this month. When I sat down to decide what to draw for my first card, the thing that immediately sprung to my mind was the scene from Stuart Gordon's From Beyond which I’ve depicted above.

Stuart Gordon is the guy who gave us the modern horror classic that is The Re-Animator. Most people are familiar with that film even if they haven’t seen it because 1.) it’s kind of infamous for being gory and outrageous, and 2.) the characters talk about it in the film American Beauty. Now, I LOVE The Re-Animator, but if you think that’s where Stuart Gordon's horror cred begins and ends, you're sorely mistaken. I consider From Beyond to be one of the most underrated horror films of the 80’s. I mean *SPOILER WARNING* (although my drawing kind of gives this away) Jeffrey Combs bites a woman’s eye out of her head, spits it onto the floor, and sucks her brains out through her eye socket, all while his enlarged pineal gland protrudes from his forehead and flaps about! How delightfully fucked up is that?!

From Beyond is another Gordon/Yuzna adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft just like The Re-Animator, and I consider the two of them to be on the same level as one another. Both feature Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton, who are great in all of Gordon's movies, but in From Beyond they added Ken Foree of Dawn Of The Dead fame to the mix, which makes it that much more awesome for a horror fan such as myself. The practical 80’s effects aren’t always 100% convincing, but they’re a joy to behold and can be pretty gross at times. The premise of the film is great as well, and has a tinge of sci-fi which just makes it that much more enjoyable for me. In short, if you haven’t seen From Beyond and you dig gory horror/monster movies, you really should give it a watch.

I’ve been delving into the world of markers lately, so after inking my card with Pitt Pens, I went to town coloring it with my Copics. This is only my third or fourth time using them, so I’m still learning the ins and outs of the Copics, but I’m having a lot of fun coloring with them.

- Rian

I can’t believe STOCKTOBER is more then half over! I hope you guys have enjoyed it as much as I have. My next to last card is….

Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th:The Final Chapter (1984) 

Friday the 13th: The final chapter (part 4 of 10 mind you, 11 if you count freddy vs Jason) A good entry into the Jason “saga” Its got cory feldman! and crispin glover! Both of them being weird, nudity,  tons of violence and even a suicidal dog. what more could you want?! 

I wanted to try a little something more subtle (well as subtle as several gallons of blood splashed about can be) with my Jason card this time around and thought the reflection in the blood was a different idea. 

All the usual tools. 

-Joel- 

Tony Sedani here for my 4th entry in the terrifying Stocktober month long celebration of scary stuff!  You may have heard of Chopping Mall.  One of those instances where the cover art of the VHS is badass, and the movie doesn’t really live up to it.  The cover has a shopping bag with body parts coming out of it.  From that, you assume that there may be a killer chopping people up in the mall, well there ain’t no chopping. In fact, there isn’t really a “killer” per-say.  Robots!  Childish looking robots straight out of Lost in Space.  This is the state of the art modern mall security. After lightning strikes the mall, and screw up the computer system, the robots are out for blood! Done as per usual with copic sketch markers!  


I present unto you the main antagonist, Trantor, in the seminal classic, Ernest Scared Stupid. This movie is wonderful, featuring one of Eartha Kitt’s more defining roles as Old Lady Hackmore. I think this movie should be yearly Halloween viewing, much as It’s a Wonderful Life is to Christmas. Miak indeed.

I’ll have to admit. This is a bit rushed. I would probably drop all this dry brush-y stuff in the next one, but hey, it’s a sketch card right? Once again , da Photoshop.

-Jaicub

Back for week 2 of Stock*Tober and I can’t do a scary movie sketch card without drawing a zombie. Its in my contract.

Dawn of the Dead is great. The original and the remake. People get all up in arms which one is better, the original or the remake. Why not love them both? That’s what I do.

Little girls with bloody mouths are scary.

Stock*tober!

-Jesse

This is the moment when the supposedly dead killer comes back to life, for one last scare. 

We didn’t really have anything planned for oct. 31st but the idea of having no card on halloween seemed crazy  to me. Which brings us to….

Laurie Strode and Michael Myers from Halloween (1978) 

Watching the original 78 version of Halloween is a yearly tradition for me. I love its creepiness and low Budget look.  As I’ve gotten older,  I’ve started to notice more and more flaws but its still great to me. The numerous sequels have added so much junk to the legacy, but carpenter had it right the first time around, an escaped mental case and a random victim. 

This was actually from a FW halloween thing I did two years ago, I cut them down into two cards and colored them. With sandy about to hit the east coast, I had to make sure everything was ready incase I lose power. 

so with that stock*tober comes to its official end.

Stock*tober started with a text message to the rest of the group, within a couple of minutes everyone had agreed, so I sent the message to tony and dax and they agreed as well. So my brilliant idea took less then 10 mins to set up. 

I want to thank Tony and Dax from the drawbox for helping us out on this little adventure. 

This was a blast, I can’t wait for STOCKTOBER 2 

Stay tunned to the blog, 2013 is set to be a big year for stock*pile and we’ll be updating on all our projects. 

-Joel- 

Last, but not least on my Stock*tober sketch card docket is a scene from Larry Cohen's The Stuff. The Stuff is a pretty terrible movie about a delicious snack food that takes over your brain when you eat it and turns you into a kind of zombie. I saw this movie when I was a kid and loved it. After years of fond memories I finally tracked down a copy of the DVD a few years ago and re-watched the film, discovering that it’s not the monster movie masterpiece I once thought it was. Still, my childhood memories of The Stuff will guarantee that it will always hold a special place in my heart.

While The Stuff's story is a bit of a mess, the premise is horribly flawed, and the acting often leaves something to be desired (though I thoroughly enjoy Michael Moriarty’s performance as Mo), the special effects are pretty good at times. Being an 80’s movie, all of the effects are practical and you’ve got to love Cohen and company’s ingenuity. There’s some prosthetic and model work, which is to be expected, along with some miniatures. There’s also one really neat scene in which The Stuff spills out of a mattress, pins a guy against the wall, and slides him up toward the ceiling, which was accomplished with a rotating set like the one used in David Cronenberg's The Fly to allow Jeff Goldblum to crawl on the ceiling and walls. One of the best effects scenes is the one I’ve depicted, in which "Chocolate Chip" Charlie Hobbs' body falls apart revealing that he's filled with The Stuff.

Once again, this card was drawn on 2-ply bristol, inked with Pitt pens, and colored with Copic markers. I used my blender to (what I consider) great effect to pull out some highlights on Nicole, but for some reason I had a tough time shading her with my Warm Greys the way I did in my last few cards. I think used a different color for her base skin tone than I was used to, perhaps. Regardless, let’s all try to ignore her muddy, sloppy shoulder. Cool? Cool.

Thanks to the distinguished Misters Daxberger and Sedani for joining us in our artistic experiment, and thank you all for following along with our Stock*tober posts this month. Don’t forget to keep one eye trained here on the blog to catch some glimpses of all of our upcoming projects.

Last year Rian and I watched Nosferatu for one of our Shocktober featured reviews on our podcast Sidetracked. It was my first viewing and I have to say I really, really dug it. Even though it is super old and has title cards for dialogue the movie is pretty creepy. It is definitely one of my favorite vampire flicks. I wish more movies that dealt with vampires and Dracula werejust half as creepy as this movie. 

If you haven’t seen it I would highly recommend it. Check it out!

-Jesse

Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th part 2 (1981)

Continuing my sequel motif for the year we have Jason from part 2 of the friday the 13th saga. Jason didn’t get his iconic look until the 1982 part 3-D, which being only set a short time after part 2 does very little to explain the bizarre, red headed, overall wearing mountain man we see in the first sequel. but hey who cares its friday the 13th. 

Besides Jason’ strange look (I think the burlap sack is quite charming actually) friday 2 offers all the things you’d come to expect from a slasher movie. Killer POV shots, teens ignoring crazy old men informing them of impending doom, nudity, violent kills, drugs, alcohol and man in a wheelchair getting stabbed and the head and pushed down some stairs. 

If not for this movie chances are you would have never gotten to fight Mrs. Voorhees decapitated head on the nintendo entertainment system.

-Joel-  

Next up on my Slasher Flick frenzy is “Nailgun Massacre”.  This movie is a cheesy 80′s gore and nudity gem.  I discovered this movie when I was perusing a local video store that was closing about 15 years ago, and picked up the VHS for just 5 bucks! Since then, it is one of my go to examples of why the 80s were a marvelous time.  Here I portrayed the villain dressed in all leather with a motorcycle helmet.  Nailgun and all, he reins terror on all who want to party and have a good time.

~Tony Sedani