Friday, January 15, 2016

Who let the baby demons out

We got rid of a lot of props this last year, so I guess while we were busy one of the crew, or the EAD  (Evil Artistic Director)- who knows let the baby demons out of the shop.

We were going to wait until they were older and more mature to make sure they did not get in any trouble....but that didn't happen, so they got out and spent the whole month of October hanging in the abbey just high enough we could not reach them to get them back in the shop.

Demons....nothing but trouble!  In that good kinda need demons and we can show you how to make them.

This was a great project headed up by one of the crew.  If you like these little guys and you are going to be at HAuNTcon in Birmingham the end of the month, sign up now....this class is selling out fast!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

With all the death lately

Reminded me that this year we have to make a difficult tombstone for a lot of the crew who
are Terry Prachett fans.

Since there were so many quotes we could use and we could not chose, one of the crew came up with the brilliant idea to use his family crest.

So I will leave you with his words....this sums up his sense of humor in his writing perfectly:

Christmas, Davis Graveyard Style

Sorry these are a bit late.....but the is what the Graveyard looks like in December.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Her name is MoMo

The Davis Graveyard seems to have acquired a shop cat :)

She was my neighbors cat until they got a new dog.....she apparently hates the dog and has made her home in the upstairs play room of the shop.

She is the sweetest cat, that loves when we are hanging after a build day up in the shop.  She is currently getting less attention, but appears to be staying.  So welcome MoMo to the Davis Graveyard.

BTW - Hal, the Halloween Cat, is not amused.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Statue in the Tree

We always start building right after West Coast Haunters Convention.  This year not only did we start building props, but we put one in the yard.  She was going to go into a tree and need her arms out and her dress to flow so she had to be made on the ground.

Since she is a statue we could not have her wrisits ope (since a statue would not be carved that way) so we attached her hands and filled the wrisits with expanding foam and sanded it out to look like she is a carved statue.

We wanted this to look like a statue that had been taken over by the tree and vines.  So in June, we placed 'The Lady in the Tree' in the tree outside the front door and started to move the wisteria vines on the tree to grow around her.

The vines grew around her all summer and died back a bit in the fall. But the effect was just what we were looking for.

The statue was based on this picture by the INCREDIBLE photographer Dan Westfall

Unlike many of the other props we did not light her directly, you could only see her when the lighting was flashing on her.

She was sort of our 'Easter Egg' in the yard this year and was just stunning.

Photo by Marci Lehman

Photo by Marci Lehman

Friday, December 11, 2015

In case you missed Hal

the Halloween cat. (who does have his own Facebook page, yes, yes he does.)

Here are some random pictures of him in the yard this year.  He is the official mascot of the Davis Graveyard, and if you ask him, he will say the yard is his.

And of course, he is doing what he does best......and 'age' the prosps with his claws :D

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Freddie the Bat

Original Disney tombstone
Since we blame the Halloween obsession on The Haunted Mansion and Universal Monster movies, we thought we should try our and at a Disneyland tombstone.

We thought it would be fun to try Freddie the Bat.  So like we always do we printed out several photos of the tombstone and got to working.

Aimee designed the epitaph, which we carved out of white foam.  then we built up the edges around the outside to match the original (including the groove).

Davis Graveyard version
We looked at the texture of the bats and they looked more like metal, so we carved them out of pink foam from a template.  You notice that the top bat has feet that stick up and over the outside trim, so those were cut separately.  We tried to get the hammered metal look by using a ball peen hammer, but it just looked like we hit foam with a hammer and the foam cracked in certain places.  Plan B - we found a dremel bit online that was basically a divet sander - and viola, it worked perfectly.

The tombstone was painted black and then the Davis Graveyard gray pallet (using two shades of gray and a sponge).  We painted the bats separately with black and then dry brushed with the darker gray shade.

The bats were glued on first and then the feet for the hanging bat on the top.

We love it......and we have had several offers on it.  But I think we are going to keep it.

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