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!
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’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.
We were at a Harry Potter Festival yesterday so I thought it might be appropriate to draw one of the Potterverse’s dastardly magical villains in my wee sketch book for today’s Inktober drawing. Voldemort was the obvious choice, which was why I decided against him. I was deciding between Fenrir Greyback, Lucius Malfoy, and Bellatrix Lestrange and opted to draw the latter. I thought drawing her would give me the opportunity to challenge myself with regard to different approaches to mark-making with my fountain pen. Although I read the books in advance of the movies, I now find it impossible to imagine the characters as anything other than the way they were performed on film. In fact, I cannot recall how I even imagined them when conjuring them up from the page. This, therefore, is very much the Helena Bonham Carter version of Bellatrix even though it is most definitely not an accurate portrait. I did achieve my goal of trying out a wider variety of pen marks in the one sketch so that’s something.
I have gone off prompt for today’s Inktober drawing and this one took me much longer than the duration of my morning cup of tea. Having drawn Predator, I decided I had to draw its frequent enemy, the Xenomorph. This was really complicated to draw. It was all about the placement of ink filled shapes to construct the alien figure and the composition on the page. I worked on it piece by piece and just had to hope it would all come together in the end. That’s the challenge and thrill of working in ink since it cannot be erased. My kids declared the drawing to be “totally awesome!” so I guess I pulled it off.
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.
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For my 15th Inktober drawing, I again turned to the Drawlloween prompt which was “Drive-In Creature Feature”. I immediately had a clear idea in my head of a couple sitting in a car watching the movie and having tentacles appear in the back seat and start wrapping around them. I also thought compositionally that the windscreen of the car could frame the scene. The drawing got pretty busy but I hope my idea translates well enough.
Today’s Inktober prompt was “Hungry” while the Drawlloween prompt was “Tentacles” so my brain fused the two and came up with the idea to draw the Sarlacc. If you don’t know what the Sarlacc is then you and I can’t be friends. Just kidding. The Sarlacc is a carnivorous beast that lives in the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine, the desert planet prominently featured in the Star Wars movies. Space Gangster Jabba the Hutt threw his enemies and those who displeased him into the pit where they would be gradually and painfully digested by the Sarlacc for a thousand years. The hungry Sarlacc has tentacles so – ta da! – I managed to fulfil two prompts in one drawing.
For the second day of Inktober, I actually referred to the daily prompt which was “Noisy”. Even when it isn’t October, my creative mind often wanders to monsters and mythological beasts and horror movie critters. October being the month of Halloween just intensifies that area of my imagination. Zombies are my favourite and my best (have I mentioned that on my blog a hundred times yet?) but I am also rather fond of werewolves. My favourite werewolf movie hands down is ‘An American Werewolf in London’ which I saw not long after it first appeared on VHS so I would have been 6 or 7. Little movie nerd me definitely benefited from lax parenting where media viewing was concerned. The transformation scene made a huge impression on me. Even now, 35 years on, I still think those effects hold up. I also love the humour in that movie and the way it counterpoints the scares and the body horror. It’s excellent. Everyone should see it. So, anyway, werewolves sprang to mind when I read the word “noisy” not just because I am a horror monster fan but also because I heard foxes shrieking in the night. When I found the time to put pen to paper, therefore, what I drew was a werewolf howling at the moon.