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Buster Balloon Monster Factory

August 2011


Yes Boils and Ghouls, Buster Balloon (formerly Don Caldwell) did a 6 HOUR intensive workshop on the art of building monsters! Attendees learned a handful of recipes, some creepy concepts, and most importantly how to unleash their inner mad scientist and create their own monstrous designs. Beast of all this was a concept class, which means no matter what the skill level is attendees walked away with ideas they could incorporate into their work. Buster was co-lead and head of monster design at the legendary Balloon Manor for all four years of it's run. To get a little preview of his creepy creations check out Buster's Mad Monster Lab at


Buster created a bunch of monsters while demonstrating the principles of balloonicature. Attendees got to understand the basics and then were shown how changing eyes, mouths and facial structure could produce a huge variety of monsters.

blue blue1 blue monster brain cauldron eye eye monster eye monster 2 ghost ghost 1 green green 1 green monster hand hunchback hunchback 2 monster red red monster 1 skeleton spider spider 1 spider 2 witch witch 1 wolf


After six hours of lecture, some of the attendees made monsters to demonstrate the skills they had just learned.

Craig Black
Craig Black
David Davenport

Frank Johnson

Glenn Harvey

Jeanine Von Essen

Jimmie Whitworth
John Barlow
Judi Peterson

KeithKeith Jackson

Kenn Serrano
Korene Tom

Larry Hirsch

Mei Chen
Nancy Dalton
Rob Shapiro
Robin Brennen
Timothy Roberts


And the winners of one hour of Skype time with Buster Balloons are:

Craig Black
Jeanine Von Essen
Judi Peterson


And just for fun we thought we'ld share a couple of pictures Don Daniels took of Mom (Lorna) helping to clean up after class and Lorinda trying to get Buster's glow-in-the-dark-teeth to work.
Mom Lorinda

Class shot of those that were there till the end.

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