Friday, October 16, 2009
Freaky Fridays @ The Haunted Mansion: The Tightrope Girl
Here’s the first in a series of 4: the stretch-portraits from the HM elevator, proving that things are not always what they appear to be. This set of photos was taken recently and shows the complete unfurling of the tightrope girl stretch portrait in the Haunted Mansion elevator:
Daveland reader Rus Wornom contacted me about his blog; he has an interesting entry about some possible influences of the Mansion’s favorite vignettes. Check it out!
It is probably no surprise that I love seeing the work that other creative types make; Dave Avanzino is one of my favorite Disney artists. The fact that his work is 3D makes it even cooler to me. Even though some of his work comes in open editions, each one still has the look of a one-of-a-kind crafted piece. Yup...I loves his stuff.
Dave was generous enough to offer some inside info on these fantastic pieces that are currently available and about to be released:
"How Jolly Our Christmas Will Be" Limited Edition: 15 + 1 Artist’s Proof Medium: Mixed Media Paper Sculpture including Archival Digital Prints, Mat Board, Hand-Painted Papers, Specialty Papers, Ink and Acrylic Paint
I really enjoy working with the Nightmare characters and especially Jack. In this artwork I made him the centerpiece (his head is the letter "O" in the word "Jolly") as he peeks up over the top of a tombstone. Resting at the bottom are some of the classic Christmas toys created by Jack’s Halloween Town friends. The artwork floats above a purple swirled background and its all framed in a custom spider web mat that I designed and printed especially for this piece.
"Haunted Mansion Icon Letter Shadowbox" This open edition piece is back in stores after production was switched to a new factory overseas. The new versions have some improvements including a removable back for repairs if necessary. The skeleton fingers on the corners of the box are also cast as part of the box now instead of separately so they won't break off. This box was one of my favorites to make since the Haunted Mansion is one of my favorite attractions. I was able to tour it and take reference pictures which was amazing. Unfortunately, later that day I realized that I failed to take a picture of myself in the Mansion. Dang! Despite that, I was very happy with the final product.
"Disneyland HalloweenTime Icon Letter Shadowbox" This is another open edition piece that is back in stores this year and has the new removable back. HalloweenTime at Disneyland has become a big part of the year for fans of the park. I had a lot of fun adapting the Disneyland shadowbox to this seasonal version. Knowing that I would also be creating a Christmas version I decided to keep 3 elements the same in each box: the Disneyland "D", the Mickey Mouse hat and the Matterhorn. They would, of course, have their own distinctive holiday theme but I wanted those icons in all 3 frames.
Thanks Dave! And keep up the great work! If you’re interested in updates on Dave’s latest releases, please join his Facebook fan page at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/pages/Dave-Avanzino/158851959048
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