I finally reached the final page of my Inktober sketchbook! Finally my extension of Inktober could come to an end. So many of my illustrations have been inspired by horror movies that I thought it would be fitting to close with another reference to a horror movie. I decided to depict Rosemary’s Baby or how I want to imagine that little devil baby looks. I think the resulting illustration is of a baby a wee bit monstrous but fairly adorable.
As I have stated several times before, my kids and I are Potterphiles. I, therefore, decided to draw a Dementor in my sketchbook. Dementors are horrible creatures in the universe of the Harry Potter novels. They drain people of joy, happiness, and hope and feed on darkness, negativity, and despair. Furthermore, they suck people’s souls. In terms of their look, they are reminiscent of wraiths or the Grim Reaper. My Dementor sketch, however, looks like it has been drawn by someone whose soul has been sucked and drained of creative energy or artistic ability. I regret not underpinning this drawing with a pencil sketch because it went wrong from the get go, when I placed the dark inky ovals for the eyes and mouth. So at least that was a lesson learned.
I needed a quick line drawing for my sketchbook page one morning when I was dashing all over the place. My kids and I happen to have been having a discussion about bubonic plague – as one does over breakfast – so I decided to draw a rat. It’s a bit scrappy and the rush shows but I think at least this rat doesn’t look too cutesy. I don’t think he would be anyone’s pet.
So far my Inktober sketchbook includes a Phantom and a Ghost but I decided I needed to up the creep factor with my drawings of spectres. I wanted to try and illustrate the kind of ghostly figure you really would not want haunting the dark corners of your home. Is it just me or did she end up looking like some weird fusion of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford?
I cannot believe how long I am stretching this whole Inktober business out for but I am still determined to fill the remaining pages of the sketchbook and to do so before the end of the year. My latest drawing is hilariously awful. ‘King Kong’ was one of those monster movies that made a huge impact on me as a child because – as with ‘Frankenstein’ – I felt sorry for the monster character. I also loved the stop-motion of the giant gorilla in the same way that I loved all those Greek mythology movies. So the other night I thought I would sit down while watching something on TV and draw King Kong. The result was wretched. I really struggle to draw primates for some unknown reason. Despite my best efforts, I am very hit or miss. Last year, I painted Queen Kong into my altered book of monsters and I think I did a pretty good job with the ape face. I absolutely should have pulled that book out to use as a reference when drawing King Kong because the face is dreadful. It looks nothing like a gorilla. And, of course, I was drawing in ink so had no means to erase or otherwise obliterate all that had gone wrong. It does at least qualify as being monstrous so there is that.
My Inktober sketchbook seems to be filling up with my favourite movie monsters. I guess I am combining two of my passions: art and cinema. ‘Beetlejuice’ is another favourite of mine. I love the style of it and how anarchic it is, the way it plays with the idea of haunting, and the vividly kooky vision of the afterlife. I decided to draw the scene where Beetlejuice is forcing Lydia into marriage. I think the characters are recognisable even though neither drawing looks remotely like the actors. I fiddled and fidgeted and fussed over Beetlejuice’s mouth but I just could not get the shape right for it to look like that tight but toothsome thing that Michael Keaton does with his mouth. I added a sand snake not just to somewhat frame the characters and fill a blank space but also because I wanted to get some of Tim Burton’s black and white stripes into the illustration given that I had decided to draw Beetlejuice in his wedding garb rather than his striped suit.
Are you a fan of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’? I am not the biggest fan of the original Roger Corman movie but I love the musical version. I would be thrilled to see it on stage some time. Aside from the wonderful musical numbers by Ashman and Menken, the man-eating plant from outer space, Audrey II, is an inspired and fantastic movie monster. Audrey II, therefore, had to appear in my Inktober sketchbook and proved to be an ideal drawing on a day when I had zilch free time. A quick, simple line drawing was just the ticket.