When the little box of paper told me I had to draw zombies I was very reluctant because let’s face it in the past decade zombies have been done (sorry!) to death.
At first I thought I’d go with “real’ zombies. That is to say the ones from voodoo. A lot of the time I like to make a distinction between those and shambling carnivorous corpess (not out of being a pedant (at least not this time) but because I don’t want there being any confusion if and when Voodoo makes a comeback in I don’t want there to be any confusion.) The big problem there is in a pencil sketch how can you tell the difference between zombies working the plantations in the middle of the night and your standard menial laborer… It get’s kind of… problematic.
So I went with the shambling corpses… but to keep things interesting I made them cheerleaders.
I used up most of usual selection for classical Halloween music last year so I was so glad that I was pointed towards this one this is the overture to Heinrich Marschner’s opera Der Vampyr. A work written well before Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Vampires being cool.
This one was a challenge mainly because drawing horses has never been one of my strengths.
But anyway for doing the Headless Horseman I tried to keep away from that everybody knows, that being the one that appears in Washington Irving‘s story. Or at least do it without Pumpkins. There are so many stories of headless riders out there so there was need to do the Hessian.
I’m not completely sure how much a fan of HR Pufnstuf I was as a kid. I think at best it had a forbidden fruit quality to it since my Mom only let me watch PBS beyond saturday mornings… One thing I know for sure is it doesn’t hold up, in an act of masochism I picked up a copy at the library and it was just painfully bad. Except for one thing. Billie Hayes as Witchiepoo owned every scene she was in.
So here she is in one of her finest moments performing “Zap the World”
Today’s sketch is another critter I know next to nothing about, the Chupacabra. I knew the basics of course but I still had to go to the image files to refresh my memory. This gave me everything from what was essentially a furry Gray to a coyote with mange and just about everything in between. I went with the furry, spiky, Gray.
No goats were harmed in the doing of this sketch.
I mentioned this once before, but I’ve always been a fan of Charlie Daniels‘ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia“. I am told that as a good Christian Mr. Daniels is offended when people insinuate it was really the Devil that won. I say it’s his own fault for giving the Devil the more difficult and badass piece.
This clip here isn’t as good as the original music wise but I like the animation.