For our Fall festival at work this year, my team decided to decorate as classic horror movies. Though it has more of a cult following, I chose to do The Evil Dead Series for my cubicle. I made an Ash Williams costume, including a modified toy chainsaw for my hand to fit in, and to top it all off, the dreaded Necronomicon Ex-Mortis ("Roughly translated - Book of the Dead. Bound in human flesh and inked in human blood, the book contained bizarre burial rites and demon resurrection passages"). While it doesn't look EXACTLY like any of the three versions from the movies, I think it's pretty obvious what it's supposed to be.
I had wanted to make something like this for a while, especially after carving an open Necronomicon out of styrofoam for our Halloween set up at home last year. I'm surprised no one has tried to make these and mass market them with ALL the Evil Dead stuff in it (all three movies, maybe the one Sam Raimi did before it, one of the games, a comic book...something!). I also did some pages to put inside it, and finally bought a book of basically ALL of H.P. Lovecraft stories (called Necronomicon) which fits perfectly in this box. For Trick or Treat night, i took the book out, and put our candy in the box portion. Made the kids open the book and flip through pages to find the candy.
How I Made It: I bought one of those boxes that look like a book, about 14"x10". It was bound with fake leather. I glued a pair of googly eyes on the front, covered the whole thing in a thin layer of Sculpey clay (except for the thin section of leather that needed to be soft to open the book), baked it in the oven, then painted the whole thing with acrylic and then an acrylic varnish (I varnished both the eyes too and then scraped it off the one, so the other one looks kinda dead).
At the beginning of the year I made my very own Evil Dead styled Necronomicon as my new art binder. So recently I felt like it really needed some old, damaged, art that is like the pages in the Necronomicon. So I took some stills from the movies and recreated them in my style. I also added some things from the recent sequel to Evil Dead that I liked, mainly the crazy writing that warns you not to read this book. I might do more in the future.
"Necronomicon ex Mortis, the Book of the Dead. Bound in human flesh and inked in blood, this ancient Sumarrian text contained bizarre burial rites, funerary incantations and demon resurrection passages. It was never meant for the world of the living."
Nearly had to resist titling this "Face Book." Well, anyways, I recently bought The Evil Dead: Ultimate Edition. I wanted to do an Evil Dead tribute, so I woke up this mourning and thought that if Cheryl drew the Necronomicon, why don't I. I mostly used the Evil Dead 2 Necronomicon cover as a reference. I'm pretty proud with this, though I wouldn't say it's exactly my version of the book, and I'll probably do another Necro sketch in the future.
I also want to do a drawing of the possessed girls, but I think I'll do that once I get my hands on some prisma color pencils.