A Big Marker

Sketching, sculpting, and we have official dates for Graveyard Swing 2017!

By John Holdun on July 19th, 2017

An article about Graveyard Swing

Greetings from Dallas! I'm between flights, headed to California for the weekend.

I spent the first leg of this flight watching Beauty and the Beast (1991) and sketching designs for an attraction poster. The person sitting next to me asked if I was an illustrator, which, bless her. I want to create something that people would want to hang on their wall, inspired by the mid-century attraction posters from Disneyland. The sketches are promising but nothing I want to share yet. If you want something to imagine, think about the original Disneyland Haunted Mansion poster, which Disney only seems to sell as a jigsaw puzzle.

In the past week I've made and smeared about five more pounds of wheatpaste. Every tombstone is a little further along than it was before—all the corrugated edges are covered, all the wobbly corners are sturdy—but here's a photo of the ones that have changed the most:

A few tombstones in progress

That urn is a plastic planter from Lowes. When everything is textured and painted, that whole tall thing will look like one piece of carved stone. I hope. More to come. I've also finally started casting bones for the skeletons!

Also, here’s something important: I signed a contract!

Ticket sales will begin at the end of September but, you know, start making plans.

Now I'm off to San Diego. And you know I'm gonna make a trip to Disneyland too. See ya real soon!