Sunday, September 5, 2010

2010 Scarecrow: SEEDS

We set up the new scarecrow today for the competition.
About as Traditional as I could get.
Voting takes place over the next couple of weeks starting tomorrow.

Not crazy about the location, since it's a part of the Village that doesn't get a lot of foot traffic, though foot traffic never helped me in the past.

Click below for pics from a photoshoot we did yesterday in a giant field of pumpkins and gourds. Hope you dig.


All the wonderful instant photographs are by Bean.

34 comments:

SmartLiLBtch said...

I love all of your scarecrows, Rot, and I'm glad to see you did something traditional. SEEDS is old school, not cute and whimsical. And if I may be honest here, I'd rather see your infinite imagination go into your Halloween display...especially since these Peddler's Village people clearly don't get the value of your work like we fans do.

Jay's Shadow said...

Very cool! And it is about the closest to traditional to a Halloween scarecrow as you can get. If this one doesn't take first place then I think you should burn the village down....

Chad said...

I'm in looooove! Beautiful.

HalloweeNut said...

A M A Z I N G!!!!!!!!!!

Sara said...

Amazing, I love it. Infatuated with the traditional aspects of it. Loving the detail.

I hope you win.

Arcane said...

Seeds looks fantastic! That's a first place in my book. Looking forward to seeing more pics of him.

Rot said...

Thanks : )

I'm really really pleased with him.
I tried to overload him with detail.

He's positioned right outside a restaurant's main windows, so a bunch of people are going to be forced to stare at him through their meals.

Ghoul Friday said...

All through the time he's displayed, the restaurant owners will be scratching their heads "I don't understand it. We're only selling half the amount of the pumpkin pie that we did last year. And even weirder, the few orders we get come from the back of the house."

You've good reason to be pleased with him.

As for the voting, I think people who don't normally dig your style at these things might be won over by the hat, and the fact that he has a big smiling pumpkin for a head.

Or maybe this competition is the universe's twisted way to keep you humble since we all dig on your stuff so much ;) It's certainly pushed you to come up with different figures and approach them, perhaps, from a perspective you wouldn't have had otherwise. Which in the end, doesn't sound so bad at all.

adam said...

Looks fantastic. I wish I had those type of awesome vines in my area.

Yalco (Chris) said...

Your work is really incredible. If Seeds can't scare away the crows, they are some pretty bold birds. Not sure what your competition looks like for this year's contest, but after seeing this guy, they should just pack up and head home. Keep up the dark and twisted work. It is the best!

Pam Morris said...

he's absolutely wonderful! (and bean took some great shots) if you don't get first place this year, there is simply no hope for the artistic sensibilities of America! best of luck

Vintage Seance said...

One of the best ones you have ever done! I love it! You gave it traditional elements, but made it look even cooler by making it spooky. I did a little post on it because it looked so good I couldn't resist! Anyway, great concept and execution with this one! Good luck!

Bob said...

Another winner, Rot. Pure genius. We'll be up there for the festival next weekend and will definitely be taking some fan photos. Can't wait!!

Rot said...

Thanks, everyone : )

So glad you're all digging him.


Bob,
Next weekend is the scarecrow festival - pumpkin fritters, outdoor vendors, scarecrow building workshops for families... neat time to go.
SEEDS is located right outside of EARL'S restaurant. At the farthest corner of the Village..across from the Golden Plough Inn.

Der Krampus said...

Great scarecrow as always, so are those the little ceramic or clay pumpkin seeds that you make yourself?

Darkrose Manor/Filialuna Designs said...

We LOVE him!! He is a perfect representation of all things Rot.

Told hubs that you haven't won the competition as of yet... he replied... 'That's make no sense. He's the scarecrow master, period!'

ShellHawk said...

Rot, I have to tell you, he's terrible! An absolute piece of junk.

Send him to my haunt-I mean, house-and I'll dispose of him appropriately. Just to save you the trouble of doing it yourself, of course.

Give, give, give, never take, that's me!

Jesse said...

Very cool! Great job! So inspiring.

Marrow said...

Can't put how awesome this is into proper words! This is DEFINITELY your best yet! Almost exactly how I imagined him when you published his name.

Loving the crooked witches hat. The torn up coat reminds me of Johnny Appleseed a lot. Such a great job! The vile green mush oozing from his mouth is just disgusting.

I love the way all your pumpkin headed creations never have hollow heads. In the holes of their eyes and mouth is this black, putrid ... stuff. Shows real creativity.

I bet this one will win this year. If not, track down the judges houses and place some pumpkin headed zombies at the end of their beds in the night. How you they like that eh?
Really cool work on the sign too!

There was really no proper previews at all for this one was there? maybe you could give us just a very little hint on this years yard haunt please?

NoahFentz said...

Its Officially Halloween Season...

Love it!!

I hope you didnt cannibalize Johnny Appleseed.

House Bloodthorn said...

I dig, man. I dig.

Jason-v said...

First place to me Rot! I love the detail of the seeds spewing from his neck.. the vines..everthing is perfect!! YOU deserve FIRST place in ANY scarecrow contest...PERIOD..

THORNHILL WOODS HAUNTED HOUSE said...

Rot your scarecrows continue to get better every time you create a new one. There is so much detail on SEEDS, love how he's ouzing out pumpkin seeds.
Good Luck in the contest.

GoneferalinID said...

Outside the restaurant? Hilarious! That is so wrong, in such a right way. Great job on another great scarecrow. Maybe this Mormon town has gotten to me a little bit... Shoot, time for me to go pick up the dead.

Grim said...

Another great one! Looks awesome!

Drop Gallow said...

Gorgeous as always, Rot. Conjures up a most welcome nostalgia - all creep and shiver...

FULL MOON INDUSTRIES said...

This is your year guys. The smell of death is in the air! I will be sending you positive vibes best of luck to you both!
StaY True~
FMI

Rot said...

Thanks SO much, everyone.

I'll have to get back up there to see what the competition is like. The TRADITIONAL category is the smallest this year. Looks like they only had 8 posts set up. We were the first ones there and set up SEEDS and left before anyone else arrived. So it'll be neat to see what else is up there.

The seeds are made of clay. Bean carves them whenever I need them for a prop. When we drove by the scarecrow as we were leaving, a family was studying his open chest and it looked like they were poking at the seeds to see if they were real. It's a weird thing to leave a prop that you've worked on so hard 30 miles away. But they're always fine at the end of the contest.

Bob said...

Rot, we'll be there Sunday. We always try to go to the Scarecrow Festival. That's when Peddler's Village comes alive!

Earls is a perfect location because of all the traffic there. You're liable to cause a few fender benders of drivers doing a double-take at the creepy host of the festival standing front and center!

You're right, that side of the village is a bit forgotten as far as foot traffic, but we just found an incredible folk art store back there in that square that sells TONS of awesome vintage Halloween stuff. If you're up there for the festival, you gotta check it out.

I actually have photos of Tin Man from last year I forgot to share with you. It was so awesome to see your work in person and watch people take it in, some with an approving smile, some with a look of disgust. Can't wait to see SEEDS in person!

Autumnleaf said...

Rot, Seeds is amazing!! I LOVE the trench coat and your mastery of combining natural elements in mixed media. He WORKS!! How I wish I could go see him in person. First place or BUST!!

ShellHawk said...

Out of curiosity, I wonder what the difference would be between carving the seeds by hand and using a press mold. In other words, make a small 2 piece mold with ten or twenty seeds and squash the clay into it, let it dry a bit and pull them out.
Maybe it's more trouble than it's worth, since the seeds are so small...

jon said...

Fantastic 'crow and fantastic photos!

Otaku said...

Definitely a more traditional scarecow, but still with the dark overtones that we all have come to love. I just can't picture SEEDS not taking first place this year. But then, didn't an over-the-top gnome win a couple of years ago? Wish I could see this guy in person. Good luck in the voting - hope you take home the gold. Well done, Rot!

Dave Lowe said...

Rot,
You've captured some of the magic I always felt on Halloween night as a kid with this piece. Thank you.