Monday, March 31, 2014

"The Kettle"

Here are some images of my 1st Hold To Light Halloween postcard, "The Kettle" This was made as an exclusive edition of 30 for postcard dealer David Torretta. I had a hard time getting a decent shot of it with light shining through, but it gets the visual across.

In other news I added some Wacky Packages original art and a few older postcards to my big Cartel shop.

I am finishing up the painting for April's limited card and am really excited about it. The painting is a tribute to Samuel Schmucker, which is something I have been wanting to do for some time now.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Emergence Postcard Shipping Update

Just a note to let everyone who ordered a copy of emergence know, they began shipping today, and all copies will have been mailed by Tuesday morning.

I also uploaded some more fun Vintage Halloween paper items to my flickr account.

Have a great weekend! - Matthew

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Shiverbones updates

I have just completed a secret project that I can't talk about yet, but in a few months I will be able to share the news. This was a massive undertaking and while I am very proud of the end result, it did occupy almost all of my time these last 3 months. In an effort to reorganize and better communicate with everyone, I will be updating this blog weekly again. The recent surge in demand for my postcards has led to longer wait times as I get all the sketching, embossing, packing & mailing done. I will keep this  blog updated with status orders so you can have a better idea when to expect your postcards.

The last 3 postcards I have released have all been experiments. The paper I used to make them in the past was discontinued, and that left me in a bind. I am still working on getting the "perfect" paper stock back in use, but i have resolved all of the issues with recent off centering and uneven edge cuts.

Starting with my March offering below, you can expect to see an improvement in the cards. Also beginning with March's card, the backs will state if the card was sketched or embossed to help clear up any future questions about the original state I mailed the card in.

March's card is "Emergence", and features some grizzled bats leaving their cave for Halloween night. I always thought bats were under used on Halloween postcards and am happy to release this one.

This is offered in 2 varieties: Regular and Embossed & gilded. I am taking a break from sketching on this round as I continue to catch up on the last few months of orders. Visit my big cartel site to place an order.

Thanks for looking & enjoy the slowly warming weather.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Books are Shipping this week!

Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered a copy of 10/31 vol. 5, they are to begin shipping out on Wednesday of this week, and will probably take about a week in total to get all the sketches done and have them all mailed out.

This book is also now available as a softcover and a hardcover at Blurb as well here.

I am also working on a rework of my main website as it needs massive updating. I hope that will be ready by February.

Happy New Year to all!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

10/31 Volume 5 pre orders are now available

The Newest volume of my series of Halloween art books is coming soon. I added the 2 different limited edition versions of the book to my Big Cartel store as pre orders. As with previous volumes, there is a premium edition which contains an exclusive postcard and a hand drawn sketch inside. This is limited to 20 copies. There is also a version limited to 30 copies which also has a hand drawn sketch inside, but no postcard. All 50 copies are signed & numbered. I am expecting to begin shipping these in late November. The regular versions will be available through Blurb when they are completed.

Monday, September 17, 2012

New paintings and some bad news

Bad News first, I have had to drop out of the Ghoultide Gathering show this October. My schedule has been so tight I was unable to get any work done for the show. I am disappointed that I won't be able to see many of you and hope you won't be too let down by my need to withdraw.

Here are three paintings that will be part of Subtext Galleries "Ghosts of Halloweens Past" show opening 10/12 in San Diego.

 Tormentors In a World of Blue

Sirens (Which will be the cover of 10/31 vol. 5)

The Beast

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Wood Cuts & Post Cards

As autumn approaches I am doing my best to create as much new Halloween imagery as possible. This week I am offering a wood cut print inspired by Spook Show posters and a new hand painted Halloween postcard on ebay. I am also planning to release Volume 5 of my series of Halloween art books "10/31" late this September. For now, the new imagery...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wacky Packages Series 9

I contributed 6 paintings to the newest series of Wacky Packages stickers available now in places like Target, Wal-Mart, Toy's r Us and more. These are the 6 stickers...
Here are some original paintings used to make the Stickers...
and lastly some of my sketch cards for the set.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Return To Candy Land

A friend recently asked me to do a small painting in my "candy Land" style. I hadn't done a piece like this in over 2 years, but decoded to go for it, and it actually turned out to be fun to do. I certainly think the next one will be a lot bigger than 5" x 7" like this one, as it's size was the only thing holding me back. The painting is titled "Red Handed"
Also this week, I have started doing my return sketches for Cereal Killers 2, and here are 2 of the 6.
Now off for a little relaxation and vacation. Woot!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

And More sketch cards....

If you may have noticed a drop in my Halloween art production over the last few months, it's because of sketch cards. There is yet 1 more set I worked on I can unveil soon. Here are some of my cards in the Mars Attacks Heritage series just released by Topps.