So the Inktober Magic Tupperware told me to draw Igor, something I had some mixed feelings about. It’s not that I don’t like Igor, I love the concept of Igor that I’ve done a few versions of him in the past. It’s just that he’s one of those horror tropes that’s been so overdone that it’s impossible to take it seriously. These days my image of Igor is three parts Marty Feldman and seven parts Terry Pratchett. Based on this I figured if I had to do him I had to give the poor guy a break and a cup of coffee.
Todays Inktober challenge ran a little late due to a weird and rushed morning. So here we have today’s entry, the most terrifying of the Scottish Faerie folk, the Nuckelavee.
For the longest time all I knew about the Nuckelavee was from a single page from Fairies by Brian Froud and Alan Lee. All it said was it was a skinless giant that haunted the coast of orkney. This was accompanied by a terrifying picture of it’s skinless arm reaching for a cliche victorian flower fairy.
I later learned it was also part horse like a centaur except the human bit was merged with the horse where a rider usually sits . I find myself imagining it the personification of a nighttime storm crashing against the coastline. The thought of one of these things running you down on a beach would be the stuff of nightmares.
The problem with some of the more traditional (cliched) items on these Halloween Lists is how to make them interesting. So when I got to witches I wanted to do something different but not so different they’d still be recognized as witches. In the end I went back to basics and went with the scene on the blasted heath from Macbeth.
For today’s Inktober challenge the tupperware told me to draw a demon. This is third demonic figure I’ve done in these challenges this year. So I was scratching my head on how to keep things interesting. Beyond Grand Guignol style cheap horror it seemed to be a choice between having one whisper in someone’s ear, or a summoning. I went with the summoning.
In hindsight I’m not sure with the boilerplate nerdy kid wizard I went with, but since I wanted him sort of out of focus I guess he works.
I was still in media dive mode this morning after the debates when I caught this headline:
Now I know this headline is exactly what It says it was, but I hadn’t had my coffee yet. So for a whole five seconds I thought the article was about Baelor the Blessed locking his sister/wives in the Maidenvault.