Anyone who has followed my work for a while will know that I love the Addams Family and the artwork of Chas Addams. He is a big illustration hero of mine!
So with Easter coming up, which is my favourite crafty holiday, I wanted to make some fun Easter eggs inspired by the Addams Family.
Chas Addams came up with the idea for the Addams family when he was working as a staff cartoonist on the New Yorker Magazine. He created 150 Addams family cartoons between 1938 and his death in 1988, half of which were published in the New Yorker.
Originally the characters did not have names and appeared as regular, though unrelated, single panel cartoons. They feature a family which was the opposite of the standard American stereotype. They are rich, live in a dark and gloomy mansion and take delight in the macabre. They also don't give a damn what anyone thinks of them!
Materials and Tools:
-4 free range eggs(can also use plastic eggs to make them a display piece)
-Ultra fine point marker or pen
-regular sized black marker
First I sketched out my designs on some egg templates to get an idea of what I would be drawing. You can download my template HERE to use as a guide.
I hard boiled my free range eggs and let them cool down, then sketched out my design lightly in pencil onto the first egg. If you make a mistake with the pencil you can easily rub it out and start again.
I then went over the pencil design with a fine point marker and used the thicker marker to colour in. I decided to just do Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley and Wednesday.
Be careful to let the solid black dry completely as it is easy to smudge it when its wet.
Use the coloured pencils to add rosy cheeks to the children and any extra colour to Morticia and Gomez.
As a little extra I made some dioramas to photograph my Easter eggs in...Because at the moment making dioramas is my thing :)
xo Tasha (AKA Jubly-Umph)
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