Monday, October 31, 2011

The Halloween Kid Round Up 2011!

Yee- Ha-lloween everyone! Just thought I'd share some Halloween Kid news! I just did 3 back to back school visits in Petaluma, CA, thanks to Copperfield's Books. A year later since the book came out, it looks like the kids are still hankerin' for some Halloween Kid- so that was nice to see. The students also enjoyed a new activity that I recently introduced to the school and store visits- A toilet paper mummy wrapping contest! This is based on the first villains that show up in the book- Toilet Paper Mummies!  The kids go bonkers for this part. (I did not plan for this loud frenzy when I did the contest at the Brooklyn LIBRARY- oops!) They have to wrap their partner as fast as possible and the prize- a HUGE bag of 100+ candy!  It was also during the school visits that I learned that the book is on it's third printing- a first for me! Thanks for everyone who has supported the book!

Here are some action sketches of The Halloween Kid:
Here were two examples of the welcome signs that the students did when I arrived at the recent school visits:

This was a student's drawing which immediately stood out amongst the rest when I walked into the auditorium. I later learned his name was Anthony. You could just tell this kid has a natural talent, because no one else's sign came close to it. The level that he was at for his age was advanced. I had a small talk with Anthony later and told him that he has something special and that he should keep practicing. I expect great things coming from this kid!

Finally, here are some super drawings that my friend Britt's kid, Oliver, did based on some characters in The Halloween Kid book- pretty fun! Good job Oliver!
Toilet Paper Mummy!
Goodie Goblin!
Pumpkin' Suckin' Vampire!
The Giant Miami Werewolf! Raaaaawr!!!
Also, for those that may be interested, The Halloween Kid is on Facebook:

 May your Halloween be full of magic. YEE-HA-LLOWEEN!

Monday, October 24, 2011

It's The Great Halloween Compilation!

Hi Boils and Ghouls!
As the most magical holiday approaches, I thought I'd compile all the Halloween images that I've ever done! (Well, at least the ones on my computer.) So here they are! Happy Halloweeeeeeen!!! ~Rhode

Also, here's a short Halloween-y movie intro that I made.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Facebook Contest Prize: Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman

Hi all!

Recently, I had a surprise contest just for those who are on my Facebook art page, where everyone was asked to name some of my favorite movie scenes. Unbeknownst to contestants was a "special" prize. At the end of the contest, it was revealed that the winner would receive a drawing of MY rendition of THEIR favorite movie. It was a heated contest and participants even named some obscure scenes that I thought would surely stump them. After 21 entries, the winner was Michael Cobra! Congratulations again Michael! For his favorite movie, Michael chose a classic,  FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN. Here is the original 11x17 inch inked drawing that I sent to Michael:
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It depicts the final confrontation in the movie that takes place in a laboratory that is falling apart. It was a fun challenge drawing these two classic movie monsters!

Here is a sample of some my 21 favorite movie scenes that were on the Facebook contest:
To participate in more surprise contests like this, see exclusive peeks and more, please join this page on Facebook. Something might be around the corner...

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Halloween...It Begins!

Hello Folks,

It's my favorite time of the year and the big day is right around the corner! There is lots going on and I hope to share whatever I can on here. I was recently invited to be part of a Halloween-themed art show this month at Stranger Factory. Stranger Factory is a gallery in New Mexico owned by the super-creative dynamic duo, Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters. The BEWITCHING show opening was on October 5th and these were my contributions:
The show had lots of really nice 2D and 3D pieces. You can see many of them here! Thanks Brandt and Kathie!

Also, coming up, I will be doing a special reading of THE HALLOWEEN KID at one of the greatest children's book stores, BOOKS OF WONDER! This event is from 12:00- 2:00pm on Saturday October 15th. If you are in the New York area, please join me along with more creators reading their books, including:

PETER BROWN- You Will Be My Friend
MARGIE PALATINI- Goldie and the Three Hares
JODI MOORE  - When A Dragon Moves InFIONA ROBINSON What Animals Really Like
GARY RUBENSTEIN - The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
GEOFFREY HAYES - A Poor Excuse for a Dragon

MARK SIEGEL - Moving House

More information here. All ages are welcome!