It is only January and I am already so over Winter. I like to be warm and cosy. I dislike shovelling. My kids have not and will not have a full week of school this month thanks to snow days, early dismissals, and late arrivals. While I love spending time with my kids, it has been pretty disruptive and we are a family who does better with routine. Winter is the price I pay for getting to enjoy the other seasons of the year. Alas, it is too early for me to even start searching out the first signs of Spring.
Anyway, thoughts of snow, ice, and winter chill inspired my most recent art journal page. Technically it is a response to the Art Journal Adventure prompt which was the letter A. I had already been thinking about creating an illustration of a Yeti so I am just labelling him as the Abominable Snowman to fulfil the prompt. I love monsters and mythology and cryptids so I always enjoy drawing them. This yeti is inspired by a painting I did in my altered book of monsters a couple of years ago. That painting was just the face but this time I drew the whole body.
It is creeping closer to the time of year when we can start watching all of our favourite Christmas movies again. I am very much looking forward to evenings tucked up on the sofa with my kids greeting these movies like old friends. ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, ‘Muppet Christmas Carol’, ‘Elf’ and so many more movies will start to get us in the festive mood. One of my favourite Christmas movies, with a slightly different vibe is ‘Gremlins’. The mogwai and gremlin characters in that movie are a joy and I love all the B movie elements it parodies and celebrates. I was tempted to draw a sweet and pure little mogwai in my sketchbook but concluded it was more apt to stick with my monster theme and draw a gremlin, namely the leader of the gremlins, Stripe. Since I forego using reference photos, I realised too late that I had drawn Stripe standing rather too erect. In actuality, Stripe does not have the best posture and has more of a slump or hunched pose. Never mind. Let’s imagine that this is what a gremlin would look like after a visit to a chiropractor and some yoga.
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.
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.
Today’s Drawlloween prompt was “Nosfera-Tuesday”. Right up my street. You know I love horror movies and one of the oldest of my favourite horror movies is ‘Nosferatu’. Despite being a silent movie from 1922, my kids really enjoy the movie too. Nosferatu is a great horror character and so iconic, from his distinctively cadaverous rodent features to his long, skeletal fingers to the jagged shadows he casts as he moves around. He was one of the movie monsters I painted into my altered book last year so I really enjoyed drawing him in ink today.
For Sunday’s drawing, I went completely off-prompt and did my own thing. Still endeavouring to keep my Inktober sketchbook monster themed, I decided to draw another one of my favourite movie monsters – Predator. ‘Predator’ is one of those guilty pleasure movies that I always enjoy every time I watch it even though the acting is rubbish and the dialogue is dire. I love its silliness, from the plot holes to the ridiculous machismo, but the one element of the movie that is really strong is the design of the Predator. He’s a very cool movie monster. I, therefore, thought it would be great fun to draw a Predator for Inktober. My husband – who is a massive and unabashed ‘Predator’ fan – very much approved of my drawing so this one is a win.
*Edit* I don’t know why the image is not loading up in the WordPress Reader. Clicking the link should open the image in Flickr and it also loads up when the blog entry is viewed online. I have to go to work now but will try to resolve this glitch later today.