We had ordered an "Undead Hugger" from Blackjack Creature Company earlier in the year at the Spooky Mayhem Convention in Orlando. Being dabblers at making molds and more recently sculpting projects for Shingle Creek Manor, we were sort of hoping we'd get an impromptu tour of the Blackjack Creature Company studio to see how it's "suppose" to be done. Of course studios aren't generally setup for visitors so I wasn't too optimistic about our chances after placing our order.
|Our first look at the "Undead Hugger" at the 2013 Halloween Extreme Convention|
Blackjack Creature Company is owned by Jason Thomas and friend Andrew Logan. Its located in a modest sized building of an industrial warehouse area. The studio was packed with plaster molds and latex masks at different levels of completion. There were several work areas specific to each stage of production at floor level, with a second floor loft where most of the business end of the things take place. As you would expect of a place where horror artists work, latex curiosities and masks decorate most of the walls and shelves in the business.
|Artist-Sculptor Jason Thomas and Belinda with our new "Undead Hugger"|
|Freelance Artist Francesca Urgo doing some detail work|
|Zombie paintball masks in production|
Special thanks to Jason Thomas for the impromptu tour and spending time talking with us, and of course for the new addition to Shingle Creek Manor for Halloween! He's going to make an excellent prop for our photo op this year!
|"I'm not driving that fast... close your mouth"|