Making INNSMOUTH

Whether you’re a Joshua Hoffine fan or not (though I can think of no good reason why any horror fan would not dig him), and whether you’re a Lovecraft fan or not, you owe it to yourself to check out the artist’s blog post on his latest piece–hell, we can’t think of a reason not to call it a masterpiece– titled INNSMOUTH. The creation boasts the absolutely stellar work of J. Anthony Kosar and his talented team at Kosart Studios; just when I think their effects/prosthetic work cannot get any better, it does. Hoffine was also able to get Doug Jones to star in the piece (no, not as an eerily thin creature of some kind) as the hero. Mr. Hoffine’s talent, paired with the top-tier dedication to putting the most care, concern, and craftsmanship into his creations possible into every detail, is well on display here. He even takes you step-by-step through his entire process (with lots of great behind-the-scenes photos and backstory). The attribute of his art that shines through, however, that puts him on a level with the best horror artists among, say, Bernie Wrightson, is his true love of and devotion to the horror genre. True horror fans can see and feel the heart (no pun intended) and soul of a kindred horror fan as soon as you lay eyes on his art …and that’s not common to find, these days. Enjoy!

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This is my new photograph called INNSMOUTH.  This image is based on the story Shadow Over Innsmouth by legendary Horror author H.P. Lovecraft. This photograph stars actor Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) as the victim and features Special FX from frequent collaborator and Face/Off champion J. Anthony Kosar and his talented team at Kosart Studios.

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In the 1931 story Shadow Over Innsmouth, the human victim is chased through the streets of the seaside town of Innsmouth by a teeming mob of monstrous fish people called the Deep Ones. The imagery of a sole individual being pursued by a city full of monsters is similar to Invasion of The Body Snatchers, I Am Legend, or any modern zombie movie, but exists first in Shadow Over Innsmouth.  As with my previous zombie photograph LAST STAND, INNSMOUTH is populated by a horde of monsters…

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The Art of Matt Andrews

Be sure and check out all of Matt Andrews art in this piece – it’s AMAZING. Hard to pick a favorite, but the ones done with beauty products such as lipstick and nail polish are goddamned impressive! No way we could NOT pass this on.

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Illustrator and Artist, Matt Andrews, has recreated some of horror’s most terrifying monsters by using nothing but cosmetics such as lip stick, baby powder, adhesive bandages and so much more. It’s amazing what someone like Andrews can piece together with such a creative and talented mind. His art is truly something special and guaranteed to wow any fan of the horror genre. 

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The MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibition Closes In Less Than 24 Hours – If You Can’t Make It, You Can Check Get An Eyefull, Including An Amazing Virtual Gallery, Here!

The Maleficium Dark Art Exhibition closes in less than 24 hours! If it wasn’t two time zones away from us, we’d be there just to see the two Joshua Hoffine pieces.*  In fact, if you only click on one link in this article, take a look at the superb “virtual gallery” online – we love looking at it, we just wish they didn’t remind us that everything is available for sale. Kind of like going into the giant “Merch rooms” at a horror convention– the immediate reaction yer pal Mrs. Horror Boom here gets slammed with is BUY EVERYTHING, OR BUY NOTHING. **

J. Anthony Kosar elaborates: “Maleficium is a Latin term for mischief and dark art, and, if horror is your thing, this is a must-see show.” Mischief and dark art? Check. Horror being our thing? CHECK!   A last chance to catch the Maleficium Dark Art Exhibition is being offered with a closing reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Kosart Effects Studios & Gallery in Westmont. The works are by thirty-four award-winning artists of all media. The complete list of artists, along with their biographies, is on the website, KosartGallery.com.

“Maleficium is a Latin term for mischief and dark art, and, if horror is your thing, this is a must-see show.”

-Gallery founder and award-winning artist J. Anthony Kosar, instructor of special FX classes and workshops at Kosart Effects Studios

From the press release: The artists include sculptors The Shiflett Brothers (Sideshow Collectibles, Bowen Designs, Moore Action Collectibles, Toy Biz), world-renowned sculptor and concept artist Jordu Schell (“Avatar,” “Prince Caspian,” AVPR, “Predator 2,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Batman Returns,” and seen on the Travel Channel’s “Making Monsters” and “Toy Hunter”), Eisner Award-winning artist Alex Ross (Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Dynamite Entertainment and Warner Brothers), award-winning sculptor Tim Bruckner (Kenner, Gentle Giant, DC Direct and co-writer of the book “Pop Sculpture”), Eisner Award-winning artist Jill Thompson (“Scary Godmother,” “Magic Trixie” and “Beasts of Burden”), Eisner and Inkpot Award-winning No. 1 “Star Wars” artist Dave Dorman (Dark Horse, Marvel, DC, IDW, Image, Hasbro, 20th Century Fox) and many others. Kosart Effects Studios and Gallery is located at 760 Burr Oak Drive, Westmont.  Other viewings are by appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment: 630.310.8353.

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You can see even more here– visit this link for the original 2011 MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibition (also held at the Kosart Gallery).

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Here’s Mr. Kosar’s official, and impressive, bio:

J. Anthony Kosar is an award-winning artist who specializes in Fine Art, Illustration, Sculpture, Creature Design, Make-up FX, and Product Design through his company Kosart Effects Studios, LLC. In 2007, he interned at legendary Stan Winston Studio creating effects for INDIANA JONES 4 and James Cameron’s AVATAR, and studied sculpture under world-renowned creature designer Jordu Schell. Kosar designs and sculpts Halloween masks for Zagone Studios, creates special effects for theater, film, and commercials, and between projects, teaches the art of FX through his studio in Westmont, IL.  Besides FX, Kosar is an internationally awarded fine artist and illustrator, having been awarded by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, American Watercolor Society, Illinois Watercolor Society, and several others.  He designs and sculpts prototypes for toys, collectibles and medical anatomical models, illustrates for novels and comic books, and creates fine art paintings and sculptures. Kosar was Valedictorian of the class of 2008 at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL where he earned his BFA in Illustration.

Not too shabby, huh?

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*Please note: all images are from the exhibition (we probably wouldn’t need to tell you which one is Joshua Hoffine’s “Bathory” even without his name on there), and are for promotional purposes of the Maleficium Exhibition only – we do not own the copyright, that belongs to the artists. All artwork and images © their respective artists. All Characters TM and © their respective owners.

**not a healthy reaction for a recovered compulsive spender. Plus, that’s when I walk in there stone cold sober. My most recent strategy was to give Mr. Horror Boom my credit card and debit card, ask him to get me a specific amount from the ATM, then hold onto everything else that could get me in trouble.