This Halloween... kicks off this very Undead Monday with this amazing rendition of It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown by artist Nicolas Delort and Dark Hall Mansion



Making good promise on their namesake, Dark Hall Mansion comes out kicking and screaming in a long line of horror-themed prints from Universal's Classic Monster last Halloween to the recently-unveiled Seminal Film Series and The Twilight Zone. With All Hallow's Eve in our immediate horizon, Dark Hall Mansion takes their first shot to celebrate the festivities with an unusual rendition courtesy of artist Nicolas Delort.

The last time we checked out Delort, we were looking at his dark and intricately detailed take on Werner Herzog’s “Nosferatu the Vampyre” released by London-based Black Dragon Press. In his latest work for Dark Hall Mansion, Delort continued his signature dark imagery on a particularly unsuspecting subject, Charlie Brown. Taking on the classic 1966 Halloween television special based on the timeless comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, "It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown", Delort conjured a mesmerizing image just in time for the festive season. While focusing on Linus's wait for the Great Pumpkin, we can see Snoopy up in the air as World War I airman fighting the Red Baron while the rest of the Peanuts Gang on the far background engaging in their Trick-or-Treat activities.

Ever the resourceful purveyor of pop culture, Blurppy has managed to speak to Delort on the piece  in their exclusive coverage. Check out the an excerpt of the interview right below.

BLURPPY: Well we are keeping our fingers crossed that you get some time to complete that “personal project” and we’d LOVE to see you do some official Harry Potter stuff.  Ya know, they ARE coming out with the Harry Potter spin off, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”  We could TOTALLY see you doing work with this property.  We have to admit, this new print for DHM took our breath away. Theme wise, this is a polar opposite from ‘Nosferatu’ so what drew you to this project? 

Nicolas Delort:  I actually first heard about DHM through Laurent Durieux’s Charlie Brown prints and I absolutely loved what he did with them. I remember thinking “that’d be a fun job to do”. It was a challenge because Great Pumpkin is definitely more “subdued” in tone than what I usually do and I couldn’t resort to a dramatic composition to depict this little boy’s hopeful evening. So I tried to find a balance between my usual work and the more emotional tone of the cartoon, hopefully the image will resonate with Peanuts fans!

We implore you to head over to Blurppy for more on the interview as Delort touches on future projects, dream projects, and more. For now, check out below for all three astonishing versions of “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”, as well as some cool early drafts by Nicolas Delort.


“It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” 
By Nicolas Delort
18″ X 24″
Standard Edition Run of 280
$65


“It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”
By Nicolas Delort
18″ X 24″
Variant Edition Run of 50
Includes a fantastic glow in the dark layer (seen below)
$100


“It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”
By Nicolas Delort
18″ X 24″
Foil Edition Run of only 15
$150



 Early sketch by Nicolas Delort for “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” 


Another early sketch by Nicolas Delort for “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”

First draft for “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”

Third draft for “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”


Here are the details from the official press release:


PRNewswire/­Dark Hall Mansion, www.DarkHallMansion.com, welcomes an exceedingly gifted artist onboard for its officially licensed 2014 “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” print release, artist Nicolas Delort! Our limited edition screen prints for Charles M. Schulz’s Halloween masterpiece is like no other we’ve ever released.

Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Peanuts Worldwide, will release Nicolas Delort’s gorgeous interpretation of the annual classic that signals the holidays are upon us. Nicolas’ emotionally charged vision of a faithful Linus awaiting the visit of his beloved Great Pumpkin is pure pathos. His highly detailed linework well serves his hauntingly beautiful composition, truly making this year’s “Great Pumpkin” a singular and moving release.

There will be a Standard edition, a Variant edition with special Halloween GID (glow in the dark) layer, and a very select FOIL edition. Think you’ll
find his Halloween patch and pumpkins quite beautiful as they come alive via the Variant’s nighttime GID layer, or watch as they gleam within the negative space of the Foil edition, where pumpkin carvings and select brushstrokes by Nicolas will allow the foil to shine right through.

You may also view all on Dark Hall Mansion’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dark-Hall-Mansion/212394752134162

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” limited edition screen prints go on sale next Thursday, October 2nd on Dark Hall Mansion’s dedicated store page here: http://www.darkhallmansionstore.com/ at a random time
between 9:30 AM PST and 12 PM PST.


Source: Dark Hall Mansion via Blurppy



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