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Posted in andytoad, mask by andytoad on November 27, 2013
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Family Reunion

Posted in art, inspiration, museum by andytoad on August 29, 2013

Some friends I met recently on a visit to Detroit, hanging out in the Detroit Institute of Art.

Ritual Figure early 1900's , Unknown Artist, Kongo Culture, Democratic Republic of Congo

Ritual Figure
early 1900’s , Unknown Artist, Kongo Culture, Democratic Republic of Congo

Female Figure 1300's, Unknown Artist, Chancay Culture, Peru

Female Figure
1300’s, Unknown Artist, Chancay Culture, Peru

Standing Warrior with Club 100 B.C.E. - 400 C.E., Unknown Artist, Jalisco Culture, West Mexico

Standing Warrior with Club
100 B.C.E. – 400 C.E., Unknown Artist, Jalisco Culture, West Mexico

Cryptid Miscellanea

Posted in andytoad, costume, drawing, mask, NYC by andytoad on August 22, 2013

Earlier this summer I was asked by illustrator Bil Donavan to take part in a mythology themed drawing night at the Society of Illustrators.  It sounded like fun so I gathered together some of the creature costumes that I’ve created over the past few years and took them to over to the Society. Working together with three models I created a motley crew of fantastic beings that were then drawn by the illustrators in attendance.  Such fun! It was such a great experience to see my designs come to life and be rendered in pen, ink, watercolor…  – with such amazing illustrative talent!  Below are a few images that were graciously shared with me by the artists.

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

 

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

 

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

 

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

 

Illustration by Clifford Faust

Illustration by Clifford Faust

 

The Minotaur modeling    photo: Bil Donavan

The Minotaur modeling    photo: Bil Donavan

 

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Man From the Sea

Posted in andytoad, collaboration, costume, mask, performance by andytoad on August 15, 2013

Photographs of a costume recently made with Baxton Alexander.

Costume and photography collaboration with Baxton Alexander

It came from the deep to watch the sun set       photo: Andytoad

Shells skirt and mask

Shell skirt and mask       photo:Andytoad

Old Man From the Sea Mask

mask detail       photo: Andytoad

Voyagings

Posted in andytoad, collaboration, video by andytoad on July 31, 2013
Raven_Wings

gif stills from Eidolon: Raven Sequence (2013)

 
…But every night I see the rubbery things, 
Black, horned, and slender, with membranous wings…

……………………………..From Night-Gaunts by H.P. Lovecraft

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Blob experiments

Posted in costume, performance, process by andytoad on June 30, 2013

 

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BLOB-1

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Rainy Day Muse

Posted in Movies, muse by andytoad on June 10, 2013

 

Flight Scene from Mark of the Vapire

Flight Scene from Mark of the Vampire (1935)

Carroll Borland from Mark of the Vampire

Carroll Borland from Mark of the Vampire (1935)

Batman Flight Scene from The Dark Knight (2008)

Batman Flight Scene from The Dark Knight (2008)

Electronic Embers

Posted in andytoad, collaboration, photography, process by andytoad on March 3, 2013

Hanging out with Jordan Morley, experimenting with light.

Electronic Embers

Andrew Jordan Projects

Andrew Jordan Projects

Andrew Jordan Projects

Andrew Jordan Projects

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The Stealing of the Kine

Posted in costume, dance, mask, performance by andytoad on February 2, 2013

Last week in Philadelphia, in the Conwell Dance Theater at Temple University, Wolf-in-Skins (a dance-opera I have been designing with co-creators Christopher Williams and Gregory Spears) had it’s avant-premiere showing of act one. My costume designs for the opera’s supernatural characters made their first appearance on stage. Many thanks to an amazingly gifted cast of dancers and singers who transformed and transported us to netherworld realms.

I had my camera with me during the dress rehearsal. Here are some photos of my costume designs for the race of the “Fay.”

Gwrgi, Bleiddwen, Gwyddrud and Gwydden (Matthew Flatley, Kira Blazek, Jordan Isadore and Steven Zarzecki)

Gwrgi, Bleiddwen, Gwyddrud and Gwydden (Matthew Flatley, Kira Blazek, Jordan Isadore and Steven Zarzecki) _  photo: AndyToad

Llaethwen, Llaethenwen and Maiddwen (Chelsea Retzloff, Caitlin Scranton and Andrew Champlin)

Llaethwen, Llaethenwen and Maiddwen (Chelsea Retzloff, Caitlin Scranton and Andrew Champlin) _  photo: AndyToad

A pack of wolves and hounds

A pack of wolves and hounds _ photo: AndyToad

See more photos here.

 As for the future of Wolf-in-Skins, we will continue working on its second act this year, and the complete dance-opera is slated for debut in New York City in 2014. More info as it develops

Behind the Scenes

Posted in costume, dance, mask, process by andytoad on January 13, 2013
Detail from a fitting. Photo Andytoad

Edward in a fitting. _  Photo: AndyToad

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