Stupid stinky 2011. I am glad to have emerged from it, and now that we're in January sunset is starting to get noticeably later.
So these circus letters took me a while but I'm pleased with the result. I like clean streamlined styling too, but my heart really lies with big baroque ornamentation. In my dreams I wander through labyrinths of rooms with secret areas and windows of stained glass, with steps and passages and hangings, and I never know where I'm going though I have the feeling there's somewhere I'm supposed to be. I like the heaviness of carvings. I like scrolls and fillips and leaves and fruits and animals with no earthly structural use. I like flaking gold paint on wood. No wonder I like literary vampires, who so often live in old mazy castles. (My favorite quote from Dracula: "I myself am of an old family, and to live in a new house would kill me. A house cannot be made habitable in a day, and after all, how few days go to make up a century.")
The animation studio Cosgrove Hall deserves a lot of credit for preserving this aesthetic for Count Duckula; it does this mainly by using subtle background elements to hint that enormous threatening Goreyesque architecture is looming all around the shot:
Seriously, is that the foot of a groined arch? In the background of a TV cartoon about a vegetarian vampire duck? Yes, I do believe it is. Honestly, who besides Cosgrove Hall wouldn't have half-assed that and stuck with exterior shots?
Mark Hall, the latter half of Cosgrove Hall, died of cancer two months ago. Get bent, 2011.