Trick r' Treat with Sheyla

It is finally here, the day we have all been waiting for, Halloween. Our month long celebration of all things spooky has lead up to this one final day. If you are like me, you do your best to do something no matter how small, Halloween related each day so that you can get every last bit of October fun in before that before that dreaded Nov. 1st date rolls around. But for now, it is a time to rejoice and celebrate. It is a time to carry on traditions that started long before most of us were around. So carve your pumpkins and keep them lit, don your costumes, and most importantly check your candy. These rules are all well illustrated in one of my (and many others) favorite films "Trick r' Treat" It as I have written about before is the quintessential Halloween film. So I knew eventually I would want to do a photoset based on it sooner rather than later. It wasn't until Sheyz and I were shooting our Blood, Babes, and Boogeymen  stuff and I brought up the idea to her, that I knew I would be able to get it done, She was really excited at the prospect of being involved in this shoot based on a film she had a real affinity for. Knowing she was a big fan of Sam and the "Trick r' Treat" film just made me that much more enthusiastic to prepare and get this shoot done. 

The prep work was a large undertaking as I had to reconfigure my room to look like the scene which we were attempting to recreate, This involved adding wallpaper and the handwriting in blood, which I am glad I opted to do instead of doing it in photoshop as it just would have not been practical or turned out as well. On top of the wall alterations, there was the obvious pumpkin carving as well as the actual outfit Sheyz is wearing, which had to be dyed the appropriate color, along with the gloves which had to be altered as well to appear to be the correct material and color. The lighting was probably the most important aspect as I needed it to be moody and have a light source to represent the flame coming out of the pumpkin, and not just look like normal lighting. I also have to thank my friend Mirkala who was kind enough to help sew that part of the Sam mask at a very last minute, moments notice. I was really pleased with how it all turned out for doing it within a short time frame. When Sheyz showed up for the shoot, she was excited with how it all turned out and it was all this work that made the photos much easier to shoot. 

One thing I was not as concerned with was with Sheyla, I already knew that if I was able to pull everything on my end together that she would in turn do her part and provide me with some great shots and that is just what she did. Alot of these shots may look like they are easy to shoot and that they don't require much effort on her part, but it couldn't be further from the truth. While the poses themselves are easy for her and come natural. All the other factors involved are things she as the model needs to deal with and adjust to. Whether its a rotating light that just doesn't stand still, a very uncomfortable surface, or other unseen variables, she did a great job of doing everything necessary to make sure this photset is as great as we both wanted it to be in order to properly send off October on the site in style. I think you all will agree that once everything came together it certainly paid off. I couldnt be happier with these images and I am extremely proud with what we were able to produce with such a small prep window. The set up looks great and Sheyz looks amazing. We hope these images get you into the Halloween spirit and hope that we have made all the Trick r' Treat fans out there proud. Happy Halloween from Myself, Sheyla and

 presents CARVED

Carved is something I had been working on little by little for about two years with my friend and frequent collaborator Holly. Initially conceived as simply a faux movie one sheet in 2012, it was after some thought and discussion that the decision was made to expand on the concept when I created the mask you see here to wear as a simple Halloween costume last year. The original plan was initially to film a short fake trailer, when I realized that unfortunately I didn't have access to the necessary equipment to do things the right way without half assing anything I scrapped that idea. The next plan was to tell a story sequentially in photos and have them posted on a separate site created especially for the project. Unfortunately due to scheduling circumstances beyond Holly's or myself's control we ran out of time to complete the necessary photography. However, that is not to say we didn't get to create some images that were cool on their own. These images you see here were created as promo images and faux one sheets in the vein of a film marketing/advertising campaign, these were a great deal of fun to work on and conceptualize and I am still totally pleased with the results. So while it is a bummer we weren't able to complete our original goal, We are proud of this set just the same and  we hope you still enjoy this look at what we were able to complete. I still feel all are strong, creepy and fun images that serve their purpose of garnering interest in the would be film and honor the spirit of Halloween, and who knows, there is always next year!

Carved 1st teaser one sheet

Carved 2nd teaser one sheet

Blood, Babes, & Boogeymen : Sheyla Is Ready For HALLOWEEN

We are now in the homestretch everyone! Halloween is less than a week away and we have reached our final October installment of our "Blood, Babes, & Boogeymen" minimalist photo set series. What better way to close it out (for now) than with the character who is synonymous with the holiday of Halloween, the boogeyman himself...Michael Myers. When casting all these individual "Blood, Babes, & Boogeymen" I tried my best to match up the individual characters with the girls who could best embody that character in one way or another, whether it be physical appearance, personality or fandom. When it finally came to time to find someone to represent Michael Myers, I immediately thought of Sheyz. I wanted someone who's eyes had a certain intensity that I felt necessary to fit the character. So when I ran the idea by her and she said she would be happy to do it, I was really excited as well as relieved that I had filled the shoes of the character who for me, was the most important to have represented in this series for the month of October, without Michael, it would feel very incomplete for me. 

As soon as we snapped the first few shots I was really thrilled as I knew these would be as good as I had hoped. 

Sheyz was also happy with how they turned out just from seeing the first few shots and that put her at ease as well which resulted in some of my favorite shots from this whole Blood, Babes and Boogeymen series. 

Overall I had a difficult time choosing which of them to edit and include in this post, but I guess that is a good problem to have. Michael Myers is my favorite horror character and I really wanted to make sure the photos representing him were top notch. I am really proud of these photos, Sheyz looks awesome, wields the knife well and she really delivers an intangible quality to them. We definitely feel they are a great way to start off this final week of October and hope you dig them as an addition to the series of sets that has come before them. 

October Nights With Sheyla

One of my favorite things about this time of year is when I get to collaborate with people who truly enjoy horror and the month of October. It gives us a very creative and productive way of celebrating the Halloween season.. So when Sheyz and I got together to work on some stuff, I had a pretty good idea it would be fun as well as result in some great images. On this particular day we were working on multiple concepts, one of which is an upcoming Blood, Babes, & Boogeymen set that will be revealed soon enough. The other was the cover to our 3rd Volume of October Mixes - "H3: Season of the Synth" which can currently be streamed or downloaded for free here . The set up for the cover shoot lent itself well to some additional casual shots of Sheyz just doing some Halloween themed unwinding. So here they are and be on the look out for the other projects her and I have coming up that I am really hyped about.

One thing I love doing when the opportunity arises is to dress the "set" so to speak, and fill it with all kinds of items that make it fun for people who really take their time and look at every aspect of the photos. It seems like every Halloween I do a photo similar to this with some type of different spin on it. So while these shots are essentially an extension of the cover photos we shot for the music mix, they work well on there own as some fun images that carry the spirit of the season with them and their decor. You can take a look for yourself and see what items you can spot strewn about in the foreground. Mostly everything was selected specifically for one reason or another and not there by accident.

Shooting with Sheyz was great, the camera loves her and her energy and personality went a long way towards getting everything we needed at the tail end of a busy weekend. In total all the photos and setups we worked on took a few hours, but it honestly never felt like it.  I definitely wanted to make sure she was as happy with the shots we were getting as much as I was. Overall I was ecstatic over the shots we snapped for the album cover and feel like these fun and relaxed shots were just the icing on the proverbial cake, and immediately knew they would make for another satisfying post. 

The First Annual Halloween Art Show

Throughout this first year of this new incarnation of, I have met and made many new acquaintances that I wouldn't have otherwise and that in itself is definitely worth all the time and effort put into this site. Many of these new friends also happen to be really talented artists who's work is always inspiring me to get back into drawing on a regular basis. With that being said, I thought up the idea to utilize the site to bring all of these artists together with two purposes. One being to showcase a group of different artists in turn hopefully helping them all reach new audiences and gain more exposure. Second being to celebrate the month of October and the Spirit of Halloween. This is a project I am very proud of as it brings together such a diverse group of people who all have a love for this holiday. I have to thank all of you who have contributed to something that I hope you will enjoy and be proud of having your work shown in. So with that being said, lets get right down to it and bring on the Halloween art!

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Scarecrow by Manuel Quinones of  From Somewhere
Trick or Treating Gremlin by Jason R. Sheppard of

Toxie by Alexis Salvador
Twitter: @Daeminium
Instagram: @mylifeisinfected

Skull & Flowers by Mik DWyer
instagram: @puritytattoo

Jesus Piece Zombie by NYC artist Opizet
instagram: @opizet
Wise Clown by Leo Scaletta of all4oneart
instagram; @all4oneart

Trick r' Treat by Tiffany Goettel
instagram: gypsybot

The Curse of the Werepumpkin by dedguy

Monster Rock by Cole Roberts
instagram: lifeofcole
Trick or Treat by Sadist Art Designs
instagram: @sadistartdesigns

Patrick Bateman by Travis Falligant
instagram: @ibtrav
Sam by Matt Durston
instagram: @godonvoodoomoon

Pumpkin Ghoul by Megan Miller

Wednesday Final Form by Joey Dion
instagram: @joey_zero

Michael Myers (RZ) by Mike Ragard
Instagram: darkalleyart
Cthulu Trick or Treating by Karla Quintana

Sam by Keith Patrick

Sports Zombies by Quinton Pincoske

Stiched Vampire by Alina Pincoske

Pumpkinhead by Jason R. Sheppard of