Drawtober, Prompt 1 – Carvings

Getting all fancied up for the season!

Well well – don’t these guys look familiar?

Looks like a couple of witches getting their pumpkin-headed friends all set for the spooky season.  And aren’t they doing a fine job?

This is the first prompt of the other art challenge that I’m participating, Drawtober!  As previously stated, they only have 6 prompts for the month of October, just to give artists some breathing room.  Which I appreciate – even though I’m still doing a 31 day challenge…

Now, will I get Gloomtober’s drawing up today?  Probably not.  It’s still a work in progress.  And I’m tired.  Tomorrow.  Hopefully tomorrow.

Gloomtober, Day 1 – Mirror

Better turn around.

So.  October is upon us.

Usually, I’d be participating in Inktober, as I’ve done for the past couple of years – but, due to some rather unsavory goings-on with the founder of Inktober, I thought I’d try a different art challenge.

Thankfully, a bunch of different artists tend to create their own lists around this time with their own spin on the Inktober format.  So, after mulling over my options, I decided on Gloomtober by Kalamaika.  31 days of creepiness and doom!  Woo!

I will also be participating in Drawtober.  This group of artists came up with only 6 prompts, to allow the artists to relax and put more time into their art.  So I thought, que no los dos?  I juggled a October storyline and Inktober once before – I can handle this.

Famous last words.

Anyways, all of it will be posted here, of course, and up on my Instagram.  Should be a fun time for all!

Pep Talk

Hey, watch the potty mouth, Autumn!
…that’s Winter’s territory.

Here’s to you, Autumn.  May your time be a peaceful one.  Hopefully.  Maybe.  Pretty please.

Fun fact: I can never remember what Autumn’s leaf tattoos look like.  So it’s like a new sleeve every time!  Like magic!

…which will probably be my excuse considering that he is the personification of a season, sooooo…

Intro: Quincy

Truly a sweetheart.

All righty!  Here’s our last introduction for now – there will be more, trust me – and it’s our gas-masked gardener friend, Quincy Appleby!

Quincy is the newest of the bunch, so I feel like I’m still developing him.  And truth be told, I seriously have no idea what he is.   i know he’s not exactly…human.  In fact, I think Dot might have been the closest in him being some kind of Eldritch abomination underneath the gas mask.

But a nice Eldritch abomination!

I drew him with the idea of having this character who looks like a serial killer – what with the mask, the claws, the fact that he doesn’t really talk but just kinda growls – but is actually a big old softie underneath it all who wears button ups.  He really wants people to like him, so it does hurt when they run away instead.  But thankfully he’s found a home where everyone enjoys his company – and the fact that he keeps the backyard nice and neat.

I also wanted to give him the most unassuming, normal name possible.  Hence, the last name Appleby.  And yes, we will see his sister Agatha at some point, who does indeed have a plague doctor’s mask on.  Something I’ve wanted to do for a while – a plague doctor character.

Also, I am aware that he does resemble Tom Trench, a character from the show Hazbin Hotel.  But in all honesty, I did draw him before I actually watched the show.  And they are very, VERY different characterwise.  Just putting that out there.

So, I will be taking a break from character introductions for now, even though are more that I want to cover (the Seasons!  The Paw Pioneers!  Dot’s monster buddies!).  I will get back to them, eventually.  Just like that Dot storyline.

Promise.

Intro: Dot

Quincy gets it.

I swear I will get back to that storyline I PROMISE.

Anyways, our next character up is that shadowy ball of cynicism, Dot!  And yes, it is short for Dorothea.  Lars helped her come up with it.

It’s been great bringing Dot back.  Like an old friend – even older than Lars.  And the two really do belong together, just like Lars and Eliza.  Even if Eliza is downright terrified of her.  But hopefully those two will become friends (eventually – it’ll happen).  Dot wants it to happen, especially because Lars is one of her dearest friends and Eliza is now part of that package.  Plus, I’d like to think that she finds Eliza amusing in a weird way.

I don’t think Dot scares people on purpose.  She’s just kind of being her shadowy, creepy self.  And she does care about others – maybe not as obvious as Quincy, but she does care.

That isn’t to say that she wouldn’t be opposed to scaring people who she thinks deserves it.  Then it’s karma/fun.

Fun fact: Dot is surprisingly one of the harder characters to draw.  That may be because she takes the longest, being a mostly black character that has a lot of little details and takes up a lot of ink.  I think everytime I draw her my 05 and 08 pens start crying.

Drawing Old Dot was…something.  The eyes – how did anyone know where she was actually looking?  She needed an upgrade.  Clearly.  She was basically a black blob with eyes.

Of course, she still is a black blob with eyes, but now she has eyebrows and weird wispy things!  I have no idea what they are.  They’re just there.

Next up: Quincy!

Intro: Cleo

Hang in there, Dot. Only a few dozen more.

Here she is – the most magical of my characters, Cleo Culpepper!

Out of the four Halloween storylines that I’ve done, the 2016 Revenge of the Stuffed Animals was probably my favorite.  I thought the writing and the pacing were the strongest, it didn’t take me forever and a day to finish it, I wasn’t trying too hard, and it allowed me to introduce Cleo as a character.

I think I wanted to introduce both a coworker character as well as a witch character.  So Cleo was able to tick both of those boxes.  For a while there, though, I wasn’t drawing her as much as I would’ve liked to.  Not sure why.  I do enjoy drawing her.  May have accidentally pushed her into the background.  Trying to rectify that.

Also, one of my favorite parts of drawing Cleo is coming up with her massive stuffed animal collection.  Due to her witchy nature, I’d like to think that all of her stuffed animals would be kind creepy/cute, and it’s fun to come up with new ones, like a two-headed cat or a little Sasquatch guy.  I like to think that each character has a bit of me in them, and with Cleo, it’s definitely the love of stuffed animals. I have way too many myself (and will probably buy more because I’m an adult with a regular paycheck and this is what I choose to spend it on).  There is also the fondness for avoiding people.  Trying to work on that.

Next up: Dot!