Fan Art Fridays: Red Queen from ‘Alice in Wonderland’

alice in wonderland queen of hearts

Halloweekend is here! In honor of the festivities this weekend I’ve made this week’s Fan Art Fridays Halloween themed.

In Hollywood, I’d assume that makeup artists get paid a lot of money to transform actors playing characters like Johnny Depp’s Benjamin Barker/Sweeney Todd and Effie from The Hunger Games. Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland (2010) is no exception.

We all know that Tim Burton’s movies are just a parade of heavily costumed characters, some more than others. His visions are like a circus-like dream that comes to life in his films, Helena Bonham Carter transforming into an evil Red Queen.

I just love the detail in her costume, which is well depicted in this oil painting. The lips are perfectly plump and heart shaped, the red hair rolled to a tee, and her eye makeup blue as the people she upset during her reign as Red Queen.

The cat is also really cute as it pokes out from behind her.

I have no idea who painted this piece of fan art. There’s no attribution on Fanpop and I can’t see a signature on the painting either!

Anyway, if you’re trying to achieve this look for Halloween, here’s a makeup tutorial:

Enjoy your Halloweekend!

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Gallery Mondays: Jasmine Worth’s “Wounded”

jasmine worth wounded

With Halloween coming up this weekend, I just had to revisit a piece of art I found while perusing Last Rites Gallery in Midtown a few months ago.

This piece is called “Wounded” is by California-based artist Jasmine Worth. Several things about this piece remind me of the day we all play dress up and take candy from strangers.

The pale-faced, light-eyed girl depicted in the oil painting looks a bit like a Catholic nun. Halloween comes from the Christianized “Hallows Eve” feast that was influenced heavily by Celtic harvest festival celebrations. According to Wikipedia:

In England, from the medieval period up until the 1930s, people practiced the Christian custom of souling on Halloween, which involved groups of soulers, both Protestant and Catholic, going from parish to parish, begging the rich for soul cakes, in exchange for praying for the souls of the givers and their friends.

I can totally see this nun as a souler in the 19th century. The tattoos on her left hand and the symbols around her head are very cryptic and almost Mayan looking. But what gets me the most about her is the gash in her neck that’s bleeding down onto her clothing. Now that’s something to go up against the Frankenstein monster with, eh? 

Any takers for this souler nun costume? I know a girl who can get your cheeks contoured and your lips done up just like the nun in the painting…

See more of Jasmine Worth’s art here.

Gallery Mondays: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s ‘Touc, Seated on a Table’

touc seated on a table

I’ve been missing California lately, so for today’s Gallery Mondays, I picked a piece of art I saw while visiting Hammer Museum in Los Angeles—French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Touc, Seated on a Table.

I love how the table isn’t really the first thing you see when you look at this painting, yet it’s in the title. The dog has this “get away from me” kind of look about him, which makes it kind of humorous.

I’m guessing this dog was at one of the cabarets Toulouse-Lautrec hung out at while he was alive. I’ve tried to find out if the name Touc has a meaning, but Google was of no help. And I can’t for the life of me tell what breed this dog is.

A part of me wants to rename the dog. Or at least give him an alternate name.

He shall be nicknamed Garion. It means “guard” in French, and I think he’d be a pretty ferocious guard dog.

I hope Toulouse-Lautrec isn’t turning over in his grave over my decision to give this dog another name…

Check out this article from the LA Times about the painting.