I have an unhealthy obsession with drawing ghosts. Some key features to keep in mind when drawing your very own Perea ghost are: the long swirling body, Large amoeba shaped eyes, big train wrecked crowded teeth. It is how I want to be depicted when I die. My long serpentine body gliding across the night sky searching for the windows of celebrities so that my transparent visage can view them as they sleep in the nude.
Ghost hunting is an interesting profession. Based on the brief research I did before drawing this thing out, it seems very suspect to me. I went poking around a bunch of ghost hunting web stores looking for good reference material of appropriate equipment for this cute little tart in the drawing above. Scrolling through these pages there are a lot of big words that get a nerd like me titilated.
In particular the idea (not the reality) but the idea of Electric Voice equipment and Electromagnetic Field Detectors got me very excited. That is until I clicked the link to buy the recommended EVP equipment and was directed to a fairly standard Olympus Digital Voice Recorder.
WHAT! I can hear ghost noise having only three sound quality settings and forty bucks at my disposal. Needless to say it broke my heart. I wanted knobs and precarious cables flying everywhere. I wanted this equipment to looked jerry-rigged by some mad genius. I don’t want my ghost hunting equipment to look like it came from a half hour trip down to the local Wal-Mart. Based on aesthetics alone I am willing to brand the whole affair as bunk.
But I digress…
In the end this idea isn’t about accuracy of equipment, or even ghost hunting for that matter. But it is fun that in the effort to make a drawing you can research some ridiculous stuff.
I opted to use an old land camera as the reference for the inept ghost hunting equipment. I bought a while ago because I thought it looked cool. However I can’t get the damn thing to take a picture of a well lit stationary bowl of fruit, so to me it’s funny that someone would run around trying to capture ghost activity with it.
I really like this sketch as an idea, and want to eventually blow it out into something…however what the future holds for this concept only time will tell.
(Insert spooky noise)
A while back I tried to bring my brand of ghostly goodness to some skateboard designs for Foundation Skateboards. I have done a design for them already for their rider Corey Duffel( based on an illustration I had previously done of Tim Burton.) We were happy with the result, so I pitched a few more ideas .These designs weren’t quite right for them at the time but I always liked the basic concepts.
These ghost may not be the most original thing on the planet but I like to pepper my sketchbooks, meeting notes, and my heart with their slithery designs.
I also pitched a design of skeletons too that I always liked.
I never get too down when people reject my concepts. I’m honestly just lucky right now people even want to see what I have to offer. It isn’t the ultimate goal, but it sure is a step in the right direction. Plus now I really want to use these designs for myself , in what capacity though again only time will tell.
I did these a while back and it is always cool to see old work I forgot about. I recommend pulling out “old stuff” to any artist because it shows you where you have come, and reveals a truth about the identity of your work that you aren’t conscious of while putting pencil to paper.
(Insert spooky noise again)
Till next week,
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