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Inktober 2019 – Days 6-10

Historically during my Inktober endeavors, this is the span of days in which I fall behind, feel uninspired, or just don’t carve out the time to get the creative momentum needed for 31 ink drawings in 31 days. This year is going slightly better than previous years. I’m only falling behind by 1 day at a time, or managing to stay right on top of the deadlines.

So here are days 6 through 10 with non-optional commentary:

John Carpenter’s The Thing – 1980 “Trust’s a tough thing to come by these days.”

Of course, John Carpenter’s The Thing could’ve been used on several of the prompts this month (Freeze, being the first thought, and Snow being the second.) Though the “Husky” prompt gave me pause to hold off until day 6. This also marks the first time I’ve had to time and motivation to scrap an entire drawing!

My initial design was an attempt to replicate (much like the alien organism from the film) the scene in which the stray husky dog reveals itself to be an extra terrestrial being while trying to consume and replicate the other dogs in the compound. The finished product (not pictured) looked more along the lines of the Demogorgon dogs from the second season of Stranger Things. So draft 2 steered in the direction of the Blair Monster from the film’s finale. Which for some reason, still kind of features a dog monster protruding from it’s “belly.”

The VVitch 2015 “We will conquer this wilderness. It will not consume us.”

Day 7 was a doozy (as you can probably see…) 2016 gave us the creep-tastic New England folk-horror The Witch (or the VVitch, as it’s spelled on the poster) and I’m amazed I managed to forget this bonkers bit of cinema.

This piece also allowed me to start playing with heavy shadows and contrast a bit as well. Drawing from memory wound up looking a little too cartoony to bring across the extremely visceral nature of the scene, so photo-referencing the screen grab turned out to be the right way to go about this one.

Have fun with those nightmares, new moms!

The Machinist 2004 “I know who you are.”

The Machinist is another film that kind of tows the line between “thriller” and “horror.” Ultimately, it’s a fantastic little send up to classic Hitchcock style storytelling.

Two parts paranoid protagonist with a secret (that he’s even unwilling to let himself in on. Two parts score consisting of 90% theremin and creepy strings and put in a blender with a 85 pound Christian Bale and this is one unsettling piece of cinema. This paired nicely with the Day 8 prompt “Frail” and turned out far better than my entry for the same film last year.

Edgar Allen Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum

This one stumped me for some time. How to interpret “Swing” appropriately for the theme?

Eventually I threw in the towel and decided to dial this one back for the sake of completion of the project. After all, one of the pointers on the official website is to not stretch yourself too thin. If simplicity benefits the long run, go for it.

So, Pit and the Pendulum it became. I’ve never seen the movie. I’d read the story in high school. C’est la vie. I think it turned out pretty good either way.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me 1992 “…and the angels wouldn’t help you. Because they’ve all gone away.”

Day 10 was a fun one. “Pattern” could’ve gone a few different ways, but I’ve become fascinated by the chevron floor pattern used throughout the multiple entries of the Twin Peaks mythos.

The original series maintained a certain camp to it, almost laughably, for its initial 30 episode run from 1989 to 1991 but always had a sinister element just creeping behind the (ominous red) curtain. This lingering dread was thrust to the forefront in the 1992 follow-up film, which was VERY poorly received at the time for leaving the series cliffhanger in the dust in lieu of a prequel focus on the last days of pilot episode murder victim Laura Palmer.

Eventually, audiences would come back around to this entry (just in time for the delightfully bonkers and, oftentimes, thematically terrifying de-facto 3rd season The Return.)

Meanwhile: Posts are being made (mostly) daily on my InstagramTwitter, and Facebook pages. Days 11-15 write ups will be arriving soon!

Inktober 2019 – Days 1-5

October is here again. Which, for me, means two things: No drinking for 30 days, and 31 consecutive days of ink drawings.

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I first came across Inktober in 2014. I managed to finish 6 of the 31 proposed drawings (mostly due to my school schedule at the time.) I opted out for 2015 (again due to school,) but went full in 2016. Though I did finish all 31 drawings, the last post clocked in around mid-December. 2017 and 2018 fell off in similar fashion, around halfway. So here we are, 2019, 11 days sober and here with the periodic update for this year’s Inktober adventure. Each year, a list of inspirational prompts are posted to help artists come up with ideas for their drawings and each year (given that it’s Halloween season) I cross-reference the prompts with horror movies. So here is the first of 6 potential posts cataloging my progress this year (as it stands, I am only a day behind schedule!)

When a Stranger Calls – 1979 “The call is coming from inside the house!”

Day 1: The obvious choice for the given prompt “Ring” would be, clearly, The Ring. Attempting to subvert the obvious, I took this drawing in a different direction. Inspired by the classic thriller “When a Stranger Calls” I decided to tackle my phobia of drawing inanimate objects and architecture. Historically, backgrounds and setting are my weak point (I usually like to focus more on the human form and the actions and facial expressions therein…)

The telephone cord provided a great deal of anxiety on this one, the concentric loops and the requirement that it all at least appear to be one continuous strand… A new addition to the project this year are famous or relevant quotes from the films in question.

Shaun of the Dead – 2004 “I’ll stop doing it when you stop laughing.”

Day 2: “Mindless” naturally brings zombies to mind (“The ZED word, don’t say it!”) Shaun of the Dead being one of my favorite in the genre, comedy or not, seemed fitting. Doubling down on the “mindless” prompt, I chose to depict the final scene (uh… spoilers… for a 15 year old film…) since video games are often regarded as a relatively mindless hobby. Also mindless, the quote is in reference to the character Ed’s rancid farts. Hilarious!

Cabin in the Woods – 2011 “I DARE you to make out with that moose over there.”

Day 3: This one was a bit of a stretch for the prompt. “Bait” definitely brings fishing to mind, though I’d already done Jaws twice and The Meg (Jason Statham v. Giant Ass Shark) made an appearance last year. So I decided to follow theme this year.
Cabin in the Woods was a sort of sleeper when it came out, but quickly became one of my absolute genre favorites. The cabin vacationers in the film are literally bait for a ritual overseen by a bizarre corporation and it all turns out to be a metaphor for the genre as a whole. Gofigure. The “moose” in question, per the quote, is indeed a stuffed wolf head.

Misery – 1990 “I’m your number one fan.”

Day 4: “Freeze.” This one took some mental hurdles. My original idea was for The Shining, but I’d seen at least 3 other entries for this one (one of which showcasing the same image I’d been dancing around…) Naturally, I stayed in the Stephen King lane and went with another of his frozen hellscape thrillers.

Fun fact: Misery the film was written and directed by the same team that gave us the timeless classic The Princess Bride (William Goldman and Rob Reiner, respectively.)

Fun fact #2: I referenced my own foot for this one. So, there’s that.

Wicker Man – 1973 “They will NOT fail!”

Day 5: This one was a challenge, prompt-wise. “Build” doesn’t really bring to mind a lot of horror themed options. After a good bit of deliberation, the original Wicker Man landed on my brain. As much as I’d have loved to depict Nicolas Cage with a cage full of bees on his head (note to self: depict Nicolas Cage with a cage full of bees on his head next year… or later this year!) I went with the more iconic flaming effigy from the 1973 classic, starring the late Christopher Lee.

My folly here was that I was under an extreme time crunch (clock in to work at 4pm… start drawing at 2pm? Not smart.) However, I managed to maintain the detail on the wooden sculpture and not be late for my day job! Hooray for me.

Well, that’s days 1-5 of #Inktober2019. Posts are being made (mostly) daily on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

Thursday Projects Fun-Day

This has been a long form home decor project of mine for the past few years. It originally started when I was still in school and had access to a number of utilities and art supplies therein, specifically their mat cutter (for framing purposes, their iMac’s were also extremely useful with their constantly updated versions of Photoshop, but I digress.)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 8, issue #1 (March 2007) cover art by Jo Chen

The inspiration originally came up after the conclusion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 finished its publication run back in 2011 and the way the final issue cover was a melancholy mirror of the much more uplifting cover for the very first issue (and the first time the Slayer was seen back in action in continuity since the series ended in 2003.)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 8, issue #40 (January 2011) cover art by Jo Chen

So after an excesive amount of measuring, second guessing and at least 3 ruined sets of mat board, I’d successfully mounted both issues side by side. Not only is the emotional juxtaposition striking, but you can also see the 3 years and change of improvement in cover artist Jo Chen’s overall style. The OCD in me still resents Dark Horse Comics for the change in font and format of the issues’ author and title layout, but that’s just me splitting hairs.

Into every generation a Slayer is born…

So here we are in 2019, several years after the initial project and I found myself in A.C. Moore and decided to dump some disposable income on my very own mat cutter (not to mention a BOGO deal on decent quality frames.) After more than a fair amount of trial and error on a home setting, the trilogy of framed first and last issues. Proud owner of Brian K. Vaughan’s series Y: The Last Man and Brian Azzarello’s pulp crime noir series 100 Bullets.

Fully framed, Y: The Last Man issues 1 and 60, 100 Bullets issues 1 and 100