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Sean Breasley’s Halloween Pumpkin 2013


Vector Illustration produced by Sean Breasley, 2013

Hey Everyone,

So a couple of weeks ago, Sean designed a Pumpkin Skull specifically for Halloween, this is my favourite piece so far. The texture does provide an interesting effect, the shape of the pumpkin appears rather sinister, although the use of colour definitely adds a level of vibrancy!

All the different lines provide a unique composition, the pumpkin does appear distressed and deteriorated, which actually suits the theme of Halloween. In a way, the pumpkin features a wrinkly appearance, for some particular reason the image reminds me of Nightmare on Elm Street, which is a rather strange correlation!

The circular patterns and designs also provide a level of depth to the image, the circular shapes behind the pumpkin also adds another interesting element to the overall design,

Sean does create a range of vibrant vector illustrations that are inspired by the depiction of the human skull in contemporary art, design and popular culture. Sean also assists me with the Black Calavera blog and Facebook page, today I thought I would write about Sean’s illustration as they primarily focus upon the image of the skull.

If you would like to view Sean’s collection, then I would definitely recommend visiting Sean’s WordPress site or you can either view the Black Calavera Facebook page.

That’s everything for now, stay tuned for further updates!




Patient O: IRL Shooter comes to Melbourne

14/10/12 – Skull Advertisement for Patient O: Latest Zombie Game coming to Melbourne on Halloween

This month I have seen quite a lot of advertisements for Halloween, although I have noticed this particular advertisement on the corner of Flinders Lane in Melbourne. The image of the decomposing skull captured my attention, after further research I had realised that the image was advertising “Patient O”, an event in Melbourne featuring a “realistic, first person shooter game” where the participants must defeat the zombies in order to complete certain missions.

The event will commence on Halloween and ‘Patient O’ is described as a “IRL Shooter” game, I imagine this game to be similar to those shooter games you play in the arcades, where you walk around in this empty space with electronic guns, shooting or attacking the other opponents for extra points. I’m not a hundred percent sure what the game involves exactly but perhaps I’ll go to the event just to find out!



29/5/12 – Death Masks: Australian’s Museum Collection

According to Margo DeMello, the ‘death mask’ defined certain facial features or characteristics of a deceased person, which were created with “wax and plaster”. DeMello also explains that are various spiritual or historical representations of the ‘death mask’ across different cultures. For example, Ancient European cultures also created ‘death masks’ during the renaissance period, which were used to identify a particular corpse.

Margo also highlight’s that ceremonies or funerals also included the ‘death masks’ and these particular masks were also used as a form of creative expression. one could argue that death is reproduced through manufactured materials and the mask also documents the presence as well as the absence of a person that no longer exists.

Laurie Lipton: Maskers, 2005

Halloween Costumes and Masks

MeMello’s interpretations of the ‘death masks’ also invited me to question the history behind Halloween costumes and masks. John Ankerberg, John Weldon & Dillon Burroughs argue that ‘masks and costumes’ were used to conceal a person’s identity during the festival, which allowed participants to initiate contact with other spirits without jeopardising their own confidentiality.

According to Ankerberg, Weldon and Burroughs “Halloween costumes may have originated with the Celtic Druid ceremonial participants, who wore animals heads  and skins in order to require strength of a particular animal” (J. Ankerberg, J. Weldon & D. Burroughs, 1996 p. 17)

Diane Arbus, (Title Unknown)

Ankerberg, Weldon and Dillon also mention ancient pagan beliefs, such as the Druid who is also described as the “lord of death”. Druid merged ‘evil spirits’ with animals as a form of punishment, which occurred on the last day of October. (J.Ankerberg, J.Weldon & D. Burroughs, 1996 p.12)

One could argue that Halloween costumes and masks have inspired contemporary art and popular culture. Artists such as Laurie Lipton and Diane Arbus also include grotesque masks into their work.

John Ankerberg, John Weldon & Dillon Burroughs. The Facts on Halloween.  Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 1996 p. 12 -17

DeMello, Margo. Faces around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the Human Face.  California ABC – CLIO, LLC, 2012 p. 59 – 61

Laurie Lipton. “Bio.” Laurie Lipton, 2012 http://www.laurielipton.com/bio/. (Accessed 26/5/12)

Arbus, Diane. “The Photography of Diane Arbus.”  http://diane-arbus-photography.com/. (Accessed 28/5/12)

Image Citations:

Death Masks, http://australianmuseum.net.au/image/Death-masks-collection

Laurie Lipton, http://www.shockblast.net/laurie-lipton-worx/

Diane Arbus, http://brandimilne.blogspot.com.au/2009/08/fur-imaginary-portrait-of-diane-arbus.html

The Skull as a Mask and Horror Films.

18/5/12 – Work in progress paper: Masks from the Day of the Dead

My work in progress presentation will feature comparisons between the face painting from the Day of the Dead Festival and contemporary horror films, which also feature grotesque masks.

According to Marge DeMello, the Day of the Dead festival also replicates the image of the skull through popular activities, such as face painting. DeMello argues that the face paints initiate a closer connection between the living and the dead. One could argue that the skull becomes a mask, which conceals the face with the representation of death.

DeMello also explains that celebration features actual masks also known as “Calacas”, which are used to celebrate the connection with the deceased. Demello also suggests that the mask features different spiritual, religious or historical contexts in different cultures. One could compare the masks from the Day of the Dead to Horror films and Thomas M. Sipos emphasises the “Keyhole mask”, which is used to frighten the audience.

Halloween (Michael Myers) John Carpenter 1978

These particular masks provide the viewer with the murderer’s perspective and Sipos also uses the film Halloween as an example. The very first sequence is a very memorable part of the film, which features the perspective of disturbed Micheal Myers wearing a “clowns mask”.

The opening scene exposes the main protagonist continuously stabbing his sibling to death. One could argue that this particular perspective or camera angle is rather unsettling, which also creates a high level of anxiety from the viewer.Sipos suggests that the mask features two different categories and elements such as the ‘prop or the costumes’ or the camera angle. According to Sipos the mask modifies the perspective of the scene, which may deliver a different interpretation.

It could be argued that, perspective of the murderer within the horror film intensifies the scene, which may create a different emotional response from the spectator. While the Day of the Dead masks embrace the connection between the living and the dead, the horror masks may signify danger or violence, which intentionally shock the viewer.

These particular theories will assist with the visual project, which will combine elements from the Mexican day of the Dead with characteristics from modern horror films.

DeMello, Margo. Faces around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the Human Face.  California ABC – CLIO, LLC, 2012 p.58-61

Sipos, Thomas M. Horror Film Aesthetics: Creating the Visual Language of Fear.  North Carolina McFarland & Company Inc., Publishers, 2010. p.94

John Carpenter. “Halloween.” 93 Minutes. USA: Dolby Digital, 1978.

Image Citations