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Monster project

Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak

Tagged in: original , horror , drawing , charcoal , black and white


This year looks like it's going to be  a fun one :)

A few months ago, I took the plunge and made my most personal demon available for sale.

Stephen has been with me for years and although he was a menace in the beginning because he's the only one of mine to give me nightmares, he has become part of our household. It's an odd concept, selling your dreams but that's what we do isn't it ? I knew that if this one went, I'd want another at home so it would encourage me to get on with new images.

To help with this, a model was made to scale so that I would have something physical to start with. As you can probably imagine, figuring out lighting, perspective etc is very difficult with such an elusive subject but this way I could try out new poses and take photos of the ones that looked to be most fun.

I've printed out half a dozen already in black and white and it's really spurred me on. The first drawing of any new monster is an anatomical study so I tend to draw them side on in isolation. Now I've done that I can start drawing him as I see him out and about......worrying thought that :)








Model behaviour

Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak


We've been having a lot of fun as per usual here with another photo shoot. We've made a whole pile of nice new shiny things and decided it was time to show them off.

This time Rich took the photos while I made a spectacle of myself :) It was actually a huge help having someone else shoot as it enables us to get some full costume shots as well as new angles. Of course, it's important to keep your strength up whilst working- we can highly recommend the handmade chocolates from Cocoa in Scarborough for that....

Between chocolates we did actually get some good images including a few more black and white ones- something we'll be working on in our next shoot. We are hoping to set up a film noir style shoot and play with lighting.


It's still a bit wierd seeing yourself plastered all over the internet but the response has been fantastic and we now make a point of getting at least one modelled shot for each new product.



Propping up

Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak

Tagged in: tiara , props , product photography , mask


We've been having a bit of a sort out here at Grin Hq, working through stock and deciding where to list which pieces. We try and avoid having all the same things on all our selling platforms and tailor what we are selling to the customers it brings in. This does however means we take a lot of different photos.

For our own UK website, it's the big stuff mostly and we can be a bit more creative with pictures, especially those on the front page. Some time ago, we did some shots of our carnivale masks to show them as luxury items using coloured backgrounds and some basic props -feathers etc, to add a touch of glamour. It's amazing what can be done just with a few bits and pieces you have lying around.

If you're stuck for extras, putting in packaging can make an image more interesting and shows the customer how much care you take with their purchase. We use gorgeous magnetic closure boxes from Midpac, in black of course, with some tissue to protect the mask.

For those initial thumbnails on sites like Etsy, we use a light background and are relaunching our tiaras using our mannequin head with a wig and, for extra height, one of Ms Grins' hair falls. Much easier and quicker than getting all dolled up for a model shoot- just plonk the wig on, clip on the extension and there you have it :) Not only does is give a sense of scale, important for selling online, but it show the item as it could be worn and looks a whole lot more exciting than one lonely piece by itself. 

If you're a seller like us, have some fun with your photos - it really does make all the difference :)

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