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Inktober Day Fourteen – Owl Be Back

After groaning at the pun, “Owl Be Back”. (A stinker even by this list’s standards… For some reason, I had remembered it as “Owls Well That Ends Well”.) I was a little bit stumped. While an owl is a great thing to draw, I wanted something spooky. The problem is as a long time nature lover and occasional bird watcher, I’m not particularly afraid of Owls. (Beyond not wanting to be anywhere near their nests when they’re raising their young, of course.) In fact, I think they’re pretty cool.

Most of the Halloween or horror imagery I see of them usually has them somewhere in the background, almost as a decoration. Finally, I based my image on two Shakespeare quotes.

First from Macbeth: It was the owl that shriek’d, the fatal bellman,

And Second from A Midsummer Night’s Dream:“The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots and wonders
At out quaint spirits.”

So putting these two lines together I had an Owl looking over ghosts in a church graveyard.

Today's Inktober Picture is "Owl Be Back"

Inktober Day Thirteen – Friday The Thirteenth

When I saw that Friday the Thirteenth the first thing I could think of was, “anything but freaking Jason!” Of course, I really couldn’t think of anything else, so this was a time-consuming challenge.

Ultimately I decided to go with superstitions such as black cats, ladders, and mirrors. I still I had two false starts in the process, and the one downside of blue pencils is they’re hard to erase.

I’m mostly okay with this one, though it might be the weakest of the batch so far. Regrettably, it feels more comical than halloweeny.

For Day Thirteen of Inktober we have Friday the Thirteenth.

Inktober Day Twelve – Ah! Reel Monsters!

I’m pretty sure the lame pun “Reel Monsters” means doing any movie monster I feel like. (Unless they really want me to do my own versions of the characters from the Klasky Csupo show.)

Anyway, this is too much like “do whatever you want” instructions which always gives me a bad case of “Baskin Robins Syndrome”. (the mental shutdown you get when offered a choice of 31 flavors and you end up getting chocolate because you can’t think of anything else.)

Finally, I had the idea to do a monster version of my favorite scene in Gods and Monsters. In it, James Whale (played wonderfully by Ian McClellan) remembers the filming of Bride of Frankenstein. Right before the famous, she’s alive, scream scene, we have this scene of Whale, Elsa Manchester (the Bride) and Ernest Thesiger (Dr. Pretorius) are chatting before they get into character. It’s hilarious seeing these two actors in full makeup acting all lovey-dovey. (sorry I can’t find a clip of this)

So I decided to see if I could recreate that vibe… only with real monsters.

Inktober Day Twelve - Ah! Reel Monsters!

Inktober Day Eleven – Swamp Citizens

Today’s prompt, “swamp citizens” seemed designed to steer the artist towards some knock-off of DC’s Swamp Thing. I tried to avoid that by trying to think of other bits of Louisiana folklore, but all I was aware of was the Loup Garou and zombies (and I cant do that because the voodoo sketch comes up on the 25th) I eventually came up with this one about frog hunters. I think It came out okay… though part of me feels like I’m ripping off this Farside cartoon… and I have slight misgivings since there’s going to be a prompt about toads next week… But I’ll cross that bridge when I find it.

Inktober Day Eleven - Swamp Citizens

Inktober Day Ten – Martian Mayhem

I think whoever came up with”Martian Mayhem” for today’s topic was thinking UFOs. I went with War of the Worlds. It’s an interesting challenge since Wells doesn’t go much beyond “towering tripods” in his description. I’ve seen tons of variations and I tried to do something that wasn’t ripping any of them off too much.

I’m mostly happy with it. My biggest problem is the way the death ray doesn’t seem quite clear enough against the blocked out night sky.

The theme for day ten of my Inktober sketch challenge Martian Mayhem.

Inktober – Weekend Catchup

I was out of town on business all of this weekend that started on Thursday. I managed to complete my daily quota but beyond photographing everything on Instagram, I didn’t get the chance to post anything. So here’s t

So here’s the lot of them. First, “Full Moon Follies” featuring Werewolves, kind of plagiarizing a popular illustration that’s in all of the folklore books. “Folklore Friday” a title that could mean anything, but I went with Bigfoot. “Cobweb Crawlers”, with spiders, obviously. “Deep Sea Denzians”, I went mythos with Cthulhu and some deep ones. Finally, today’s was “Fanged Fiends”. I didn’t want to go with vampires like the

Finally, today’s was “Fanged Fiends”. I didn’t want to go with vampires like the name insinuates. I finally went with some bat-like creatures.

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Inktober Day Four – Pumpkin Wicked This Way Comes

Today’s drawing is labeled “Pumpkin Wicked This Way Comes”. The pumpkin sketch that you inevitably have to do is always the hardest. It’s not that there’s something wrong with pumpkins. It’s just there’s not much you can do with them without just making them a greeting card with a jack o lantern on them. In the past, I’ve managed to get around this by trying different approaches. In one I went with the Wicked Jack story and in another, I did a play on the Great Pumpkin.

But today I was stumped.

I briefly thought I’d try to pun on the punny title. But in regards to its original search, Macbeth, there’s a witch sketch coming up, and as for the other most known use, the Ray Bradbury story and movie… What’s so scary about a Merry-Go-Round out of context?

All I can say is it’s a good thing I saw Invasion of the Body Snatchers this week.

Day Four of Inktober, Pumpkin Wicked This Way Comes

Inktober Day Three – Tombsday

According to the list, today’s sketch is “tombsday” which I suppose was meant to be Vampires but I like to think outside the box. Besides, sometimes the best way to get ideas is not to take these things seriously…

My only concern is after I finished this I looked at the rest of the list and saw that “Crypt Creeps” comes on the 18… and while the two words are very similar this is probably technically more of a crypt than a tomb…

Ah well, I guess I’ll just have to switch them out.

Inktober Day three, "tombs day" features a revenant's convention.

Inktober Day Two – Summon Day

The list said that the drawing for the day was “summon day” which could only mean draw a summoning, right?

Summoning a demon is one of the oldest chestnuts around and I haven’t seen it done seriously by anyone who isn’t a Christian evangelist, for years… (case in point) 

When this happens, the only thing to do is go back to basics and do things completely straight.

Inktober Day Two is "Summon Day"

Inktober Day One – Return From The Dead

Well, the Halloween season is officially here and with it this year’s Inktober sketch challenge. Usually, I go completely random picking monsters out of the magic Tupperware, but this year I’ve been trying to pass it off as a group event with some of my fellow cartoonists. So I’m using the list from this year’s Drawlaween in order. For the most part, I like this list, mainly because it’s extremely vague so there’s plenty of ways to interpret the labels.

So anyway, today’s picture suggestion is “Return From The Dead” which I suppose I could have done something zombie related, but instead, I went with something a little more upbeat with the Day of the Dead.

For the first day of Inktober, I worked on a theme titled return from the dead.