You’ve probably seen at least some of them by now. We’ve shared several batches of images over the past month or so depicting various slasher movie icons in the setting of classic Scooby-Doo cartoons. They look amazingly like real stills from the show.
The pics haven’t just caught our eye, but also those of notable filmmakers like Wes Craven and Rob Zombie, not to mention various other horror blogs.
We decided to reach out to artist Travis Falligant to learn more about the project and what other awesomeness we might expect from him.
iHorror: When did you first start doing horror-themed illustrations?
Travis Falligant: Well, I’ve been doing professional illustration and graphic design work for over 10 years now. I’ve always enjoyed horror and used to sketch and draw horror-themed stuff (especially Chucky) since I was younger.
In 2006 or so, I started doing work for HorrorHound magazine. Through Nathan Hanneman of HorrorHound, I was able to get a dream job of creating some graphics used in the Monster Squad 20th Anniversary DVD/BluRay Retrospective Documentary (other special thanks to Red Shirt Pictures and Michael Felsher).
Since then, I’ve done horror themed illustrations on my Art Blog here and there.
In October 2013, I did a series of sketches entitled the “31 Days Of Halloween Sketch Project”. This project was a nightly practice I created for myself where I sketched a different horror icon or film a night for the whole month of October. At the end of the month, I posted all of the works in my Redbubble store and you can currently find these for sale there: redbubble.com/people/ibtrav/shop
iH: What is your medium for the Scooby-Doo series? What tools do you use?
TF: The Scooby Doo series started with me rewatching the old cartoons and wanting to see the gang go up against my fave horror icons. I use screen grabs of certain scenes and of the Scooby gang in various poses. I then illustrate the new monster/slasher/villain they are going up against, trying to stay in the style of the old artwork used in the series. I finally marry all of those elements in Photoshop and add grain and blur to the images so they look as though they were scenes taken straight from the show.
iH: Want to name drop any more characters we can expect in the Scooby-Doo series or should we just wait and be surprised?
TF: I wish I could, but I want the fans to be surprised at who’s coming up next. A lot of fan speculation is right on the nose and you should see your favorites very soon!
iH: Do you intend to do anymore Scooby-Doo “guest starring” mashups like the Golden Girls piece (which is great, btw)?
TF: Absolutely! I have some fun guest stars up my sleeve and will continue those Scooby-Doo Movie Title Cards as well.
iH: I know you do a lot of other horror-themed artwork. Any other specific projects planned?
TF: If you visit my Society 6 shop, you’ll see that my artwork is sold on a variety of products. There is a certain product type I plan on adding new designs to very soon. That’s all I can say at this point without spoiling the reveal. I think people are really going to enjoy what I come up with.
iH: I first caught wind of your work when Wes Craven tweeted one of your illustrations. I’ve since seen tweets from Rob Zombie and Don Mancini, not to mention coverage from various horror blogs. Has your social media audience increased significantly from all of this?
TF: It absolutely has!! I can’t tell you how amazing this has been for me. To hear from my childhood idols like this? It’s just too much. Today, Don Mancini tweeted me and friended me on Facebook and that was a true out of body experience, not to mention the shoutouts from Craven, Zombie, and Bryan Fuller (creator of Pushing Daisies, Hannibal show, etc).
iH: You have an Etsy shop. Can we expect to see any of the Scooby designs make an appearance there? I gotta say, these would make for some awesome t-shirts.
TF: I have been asked when and if the Scooby designs will be available. What I have told everyone is that these were done strictly for fun. I have no plans on selling these as I am using artwork created from the original Scooby artists. Wouldn’t feel right profiting from it.
What I am telling fans to do is to download all of the Scooby spoofs, make them your wallpapers on your computers, your phones,etc and share them with your friends. This is more of a labor of love and tribute to these films/creations I have been a fan of for so long than anything else.
iH: What’s your favorite real Scooby-Doo episode/villain?
TF: I really love the shows with vampires and werewolves. The episode “Jeepers, It’s The Creeper!”is also a favorite. I used that title again for my recent Jeepers Creepers spoof as an homage.