Next up in my drive to complete my Inktober sketchbook is this little illustration of Edward Scissorhands. I recently rewatched the movie having not seen it for many moons. I was pleasantly surprised with how well it holds up and I still think it is Danny Elfman’s best score. Despite seeing the character on screen only a short while ago, I am pretty sure I have those critical scissorhands completely and utterly wrong. It’s funny that the most iconic thing about the character design is the thing I could not conjure up in my mind’s eye as I drew him. Despite the hands – which are probably more garden shears than scissor blades – I do think Edward is instantly recognisable from my illustration.
Continuing to fill up my Inktober sketchbook, I decided that the next creature that had to feature was Frankenstein’s Monster. In addition to Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ being one of my favourite novels – and one I taught several times – James Whale’s ‘Frankenstein’ is my favourite of the Universal monster movies. I am, therefore, somewhat surprised at myself that the poor old Monster did not appear earlier in my series of Inktober drawings, especially since I did draw his Bride. My illustration is definitely influenced by Boris Karloff’s incarnation of the Monster. I am pretty pleased with how this turned out.
Continuing with my extension of Inktober, I turned from the Munster family to the Addams family. As a child, I much preferred ‘The Munsters’ but I got more into ‘The Addams Family’ as I got older. I always loved Morticia. For my illustration, however, I decided to draw two of the regular but subsidiary characters: Cousin Itt and Thing. My mother used to refer to me as “Cousin Itt” pretty frequently. She would send me out of the door each morning with my hair neatly braided and with ribbon bows and I would return with my hair in a scruffy mess, hence the comparison to Cousin Itt. I remain much more of an Itt than a Morticia. The simplicity of both characters’ designs was a gift for speedy drawing.
You have not entered a time warp. It is indeed November which means that it is no longer October or Inktober. Regardless, I am extending Inktober by a few days. I had a conflict between two different aspects of my control freakery – on the one hand, Inktober should only last the 31 days of the month and then be done, dusted, completed; but, on the other hand, I had a partially complete sketchbook that I did not want to leave blank or repurpose for some other drawings because that would be too mentally messy for me. The solution, therefore, was to extend the regular ink drawing practice of Inktober into November just long enough to fill the sketchbook with illustrations on the same theme – things spooky, horrible, monstrous, or gothic. I may not draw daily since there is nothing compelling me to do so but if I get the chance to draw when supping my morning cuppa then that is what I shall do.
First up in this Inktober extension was a portrait of the Munster parents, Lily and Herman. I loved ‘The Munsters’ when I was a kid. Because I loved the classic Universal monster movies, I loved watching a show that depicted these classic monsters all living together as a family, along with freakishly normal sister Marilyn. I have tried to convince my kids to watch episodes from the show but so far they are not biting. I think my Herman could stand to look more goofy because he looks a bit sneering instead of lovably dorky. For a ten minute drawing, however, it will do the trick.
I did it! I completed the Inktober challenge! Woohoo! I actually feel accomplished. I managed to produce a daily drawing despite being completely and utterly overscheduled. And I loved it! Ten to fifteen minutes of drawing every day with my morning mug of tea was actually very therapeutic, my little oasis of creative calm before facing the day.
For my final Inktober drawing, I turned to another movie for inspiration. ‘The Shining’ is one of my favourite horror movies because it resists having its meaning pinned down and is unsettling precisely because not everything is explained and the denouement does not end with a neat little bow. If you are a fan of the movie and have not checked out the documentary ‘Room 237’ then I highly recommend it. Very nerdy but learned. Anyway, I decided to draw Danny in the Redrum scene. Purists will note that Danny actually has a motif on his shirt in this scene but I could not be bothered pulling up a photo reference or building in that level of detail. I still think it is clear enough what character and scene I drew. Followers of my blog might recall that this summer my kids and I reenacted some scenes from ‘The Shining’ when we spent the night in a hotel in Toledo that reminded me of the movie.
I managed to sign this final Inktober drawing twice. Doh! I signed and dated it once when I finished the black ink work and then once I had added the red text. Things that happen when you rush!
For the penultimate day of Inktober, the Drawlloween prompt was “Skulls and Skeletons” so I decided to draw a skeleton girl. It had been a time since I splashed some red ink into my Inktober sketchbook so I decided to add a sort of silhouette and hair to the skeleton figure for added interest. She reminds me a little of a mixed media piece I did for a Life Book lesson back in May. She was drawn in a bit of a rush and I am confident there is not anatomical accuracy present in my drawing but, on a day that was manically busy, I did still manage to squeeze my Inktober drawing in.
I recently rewatched ‘The Dark Crystal’ with my kids so I decided a Skeksis should make an appearance in my Inktober sketchbook. I did not draw this while I was watching the movie but was instead done from memory. I am not convinced it is overly accurate in terms of the costume and the hands in particular but I think the dinosaur-raptor-monster face does communicate Skeksis to anyone who has seen the movie.
Today for Inktober I again followed the Drawlloween prompt which was “Ghosts A Go Go”. I had already drawn a ghost a week ago in response to the prompt “Phantom” but I thought I could maybe draw a different sort of ghost this time. Today is one of my manically busy days so it was handy to be able to draw something that was simple line work with my fountain pen. That made producing a daily drawing manageable, feasible.
It’s a quick fly-by post from me today as I am just home briefly from work before heading out to volunteer at my sons’ school. I am pleased to report, however, that despite the hectic schedule today and still slowly recovering from my illness, I managed to produce today’s Inktober drawing. I actually cannot believe I have managed to keep this going despite everything I have been juggling. I am so glad I took the plunge to participate this year. I turned to the Drawlloween prompt again today and it was “Call of C’Thursday”. It is so funny to me that, despite the fact I don’t particularly have any fondness for the writings of Lovecraft, I seem to draw and paint Cthulhu frequently. I painted one twice in my altered book last year and recently I shared that my 9 year old made a Sock Cthulhu for one of his brothers. Apparently the Pict family cannot get enough of Cthulhu. (I didn’t erase my pencil sketch marks before taking the photo with my phone. Oops.)
Today’s Drawlloween prompt was “They came from outerspace!” and I was immediately kicking myself that I had not glanced ahead at the prompts before drawing my Xenomorph. So I had to think of another horror beastie from outer space for today’s Inktober drawing. I did think of ‘The Thing’, it being one of my favourite horror movies, favourite movies even, of all time but I decided it would be too challenging to draw, especially in a brief gobbet of time. Just as the kettle boiled, I had my idea: a critter! ‘Critters’ is a B movie horror from the 1980s that spawned a few sequels. It’s not top notch quality by any standards but it’s schlocky fun and the naughty aliens are a visually strong and memorable element. So a critter it was. This drawing was going pretty well I thought and then, for the first ever time, my fountain pen burped and left a big fat ink blob on the paper. Grrr. At least it wasn’t right in the middle of the drawing. Still annoying though.