Inktober 2019: Week 4

This is the second-to-last week of Inktober, and I’m now busy with commissions and holiday gift preparation. I’m hanging in there, but not every piece is as solid as I want. I actually had a piece this week I disliked so much that I deleted it off my Instagram. You’ll see it below.

I also got a webcam to help me record art videos, so you’ll see more of that for Day 27’s piece later this week.

Day 20: Zombie

This was a fun one I managed while running my booth at Walker-Stalker. Teke-Teke runs on her hands, and I always think of that famous finale from Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932). If you love Japanese urban legends and folklore, you should really look into yōkai and onryō. Here’s a great place to start!

Day 21: Lagoon Monster

I based this idea of a lagoon monster on a cross between the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Innsmouth look from H.P. Lovecraft. I really want to use her as a starting point for more creature designs.

Day 23: Ancient

So happy with this one! I’m trying to incorporate more of my soft pastels and colored pencils in my artwork, especially for my monsters. And when I thought of something ancient, I thought immediately of Cthulhu.

“It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train—a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and unforming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.”

H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness

If you haven’t read it, you can read At the Mountains of Madness here.

Day 24: Dizzy

I have been building new patterns for Redbubble and Society6 , and this is my latest. Very excited about all the print options for “Life in Death” that both services offer.

Day 25: Umr At-Tawil, The Guide

I really wanted to do something for Necronominktobercon — Inktober prompts with a Lovecraftian slant. I wanted to try painting The Guide from Through the Gates of the Silver Key. I had such big plans.

But oh boy. I should not have painted this while sleep deprived. I really hate this one. I’m only posting it here because, well, I had to for documentation. I hope I forget it afterwards.

Day 26: Onryō

Onryō again! What is an onryō? Here’s a good resource.

This time, I chose The Girl in the Gap, a yūrei who peers out from cracks and crevices.

Day 27: Tree Spirit

I heard tree spirit and immediately thought of these little ones from Princess Mononoke (1997). I painted this on camera and enjoyed playing with the leaves and layers of watercolor.

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