Orlando artist Nick Smith turns literary classics into original works of art

By : Jeremy Williams
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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away known as Orlando, an artist by the name of Nick Smith was rediscovering his love of art and began creating original pieces based on classic novels and popular stories.

“I’ve been drawing since I was a wee little lad,” Smith says. “I actually started tracing, that’s one of the things I always tell people, learn how to trace when you’re young so you get an idea of shapes and figures.”

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PHOTOS: Spooky Empire

By : Maia Monet
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This past weekend the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive played host to the annual spring edition of the Spooky Empire horror convention. Fans dressed-to-impress in their scariest attire to peruse the pop-culture vendors and artists selling their wares. They also lined up to get inked in the tattoo hall and meet their horror heroes Linda Blair, Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert and Matthew Lillard.

The much anticipated costume contest took place on Sunday with entrants dressing up as Bride of Chucky, Mrs. Pennywise, Ash from the “Evil Dead” franchise and Norma and Norman Bates. The coveted “Best in Show” prize was won by a trio of villains from the “Scooby Doo” animated series made flesh by the talented team of Jon Lee and Eric Leas from Bad Moon FX.

Check out the photos from the weekend and costume contest after the jump.

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