Sometime’s I think that the forces behind the Inktober selection device (Tupperware container with the items in it) delights in giving me all of the stuff I don’t want to draw first and somehow hides all of the cool stuff. It did this to me again when it told we it was time to draw a ghost.
It’s not that a ghost is hard to do, painfully easy in fact but the thing is unless you do them with a sheet holding chains… or have them gruesomely mauled by whatever way they died it’s hard to tell that they are actually ghosts… and transparency is hard to pull off in monochrome.
Last year’s sketch looked like a boy standing on the stairs and I still had to explain it to people even after I added the transparency… with any luck this one is better.
Well today I asked the inktober hat (okay, not a hat, but there’s something about having the list in a tupperware container sound wrong) what I had to draw today and it said I had to draw the Grim Reaper.
Part of this was difficult since as a diehard Discworld fan I have a hard time regarding this personification as scary anymore… but one perseveres.
In the end I went back to basics basing it on some of the 14th century Dance of Death imagery, Albrecht Durer drawings and some 30s and 40s european political cartoons.
Okay for today’s reach into the inktober hat drew shoggoth!
One of the good thing about doing Lovecraft based material is that whenever someone criticizes you on certain details all you have to do is say “that’s not badly drawn architecture! It’s non-euclidean!
When I was putting my inktober list together I think I was starting to write Loch Ness Monster but decided to go with something a bit more general and went with Lake Monster.
Which was just as well because it started me wondering about all of the assorted lake monsters scattered across North America, stories that i’ve always loved from the latest tabloid to gems from Native American mythology.
Of course being the son of a biologist I have a bad tendency to ruin these stories with questions like “just how much is there to eat in those lakes?” and “If it’s a serpent how does it handle these very cold lakes?”
I entertained myself by hypothesizing something that had the same common ancestor as an otter.
Ever since I renewed my Seattle Art Museum membership card I’ve been spending my free Museum Thursdays over at the much closer Burke Museum over in the the University of Washington Campus.
I’ve been getting some good sketches, which I’m sure to share eventually, so it’s time well spent.
But when I left for the day I saw this sign.
Now I know it’s saying the usual stuff no food, leave your backpack at the desk,yes you can take pictures but the puckish side of me takes one look at the pictures and says… “what, no burgers and wine? So… a plate of teriyaki and a coke is okay?”
And where am I supposed to find a triceratops at short notice?