Mercedes Helnwein’s Evocative Renderings of Halloweens Past.

Mercedes Helnwein, WITCHES (detail), 2017, oil pastels on paper

Artist and writer Mercedes Helnwein likes Halloween. One look at her artwork over the past decade and there’s no denying it. Amongst her pieces you’ll see many wonderful sketches, paintings and mixed media renderings of kids in costume, pumpkins and other clues of October’s All Hallows Eve. Read more

Artist Travis Louie’s Creatures and Curiosities

Travis Louie's Creatures and Curiosities

Travis Andrew Louie spent his childhood browsing comic book shops and watching movies at the local cinema in Queens, New York. Growing up in a world of rocket ships, superheroes and giant monsters, he began filling sketchbooks with images of movie monsters like King Kong, Godzilla and Ray Harryhausen creatures. Now, Travis’ drawing, sketches and paintings reflect those childhood interests imbued with some serious talent and imagination. Read more

Virginia Mori’s Macabre Illustrations As Gucci Fashion

I’m a big fan of the illustrative work of Virginia Mori. An Italian artist and animator whose drawings are reminiscent of Edward Gorey in terms of the macabre subject matter and monochromatic sketching style – only they’re executed in a more graceful manner and not accompanied by words.


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Dennis Carlsson’s Gorgeously Grotesque Horror Art

Each year, as we get closer to Halloween, several artists and illustrators who favor the horror genre get some attention. There’s no shortage of talented folks who like to create carnivorous, cannabalistic, teeth-gnashing, zombie-like characters and David Carlsson is yet another good one. Read more

Haunting Photographic-based Digital Art by Ransom & Mitchell

photographic dgital art by R&M

Last year around Halloween I treated you to the freakishly fabulous side show art of Ransom & Mitchell. Given that their work is perfectly suited to this time of year, I wanted to share with you more of their hauntingly beautiful photographic-based digital art. Read more

The Gothic Art of Toon Hertz – 25 Bewitching Examples

the gothic art of toon hertz

Belgian born artist Toon Hertz keeps his real name a secret, but luckily not his work. His digitally manipulated images combine photography with illustration to result in surreal and dark, but sweet portraits. With their big eyes and tiny noses, his subjects resemble Bratz dolls if Tim Burton were to design them. Read more

Haunting Taxidermy Doll Sculptures by Stefanie Vega Make The Perfect Halloween Post.

stephanie vega sculptures IIHIH

Dolls, in general, freak me out. As they do many people. So do clowns, birds, bones and taxidermy. Now, combine all of those and you have the haunting mixed media sculptures of Brooklyn born, now Venice, California-based artist Stefanie Vega. Read more

Happy Halloween!

Wishing a very Hip Halloween to all my wonderful loyal readers and new visitors, too! Have a wonderfully spooky holiday. With love, If It’s Hip, It’s Here.