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?
I freely admit that the mummy I did last year was the weakest part of my sketch challenge. Honestly I’m not completely sure why I put it on my list a second time.
So while I resisted the urge to do the unwrapped Karloff version last year this year, for this year’s Inktober I decided I’d go with it basing it on some great turn of the century pictures of shopkeepers in Cairo I’ve seen.
Well the Halloween season is on us again and so it’s time for another Halloween sketch challenge and to keep things interesting I decided to participate in Inktober! I figure it should be good practice as I’m not particularly good at inking freehand so it should be good practice.
For the first drawing, I really don’t know why I put Thunderbird on the list. It”s not really a monster at least not in the scary halloween way, I think I was going for the cryptid version but for some reason drawing what would look like a large pterosaur didn’t seem right and drawing Rodan instead would be just breaking the rules.
I finally went mythic basing it on one of the ceremonial masks at the Seattle Art Museum