As you may know, InkTober is an annual event where visual artists of all types commit to making art every day. Some are strict about it, saying you should use ink specifically, others are a little looser about the standards.
I got a bunch of my coworkers into this and we have a fairly nice InkTober gallery wall started. If you are joining me, feel free to leave a link in my comments, I’d love to see what you do!
This year I’m not doing a post every day, but rather with each post I’ll be putting all the art I’ve done up until that point. So far I have five drawings and a quick digital paint sketch.
Just click to see them at a larger size. I hope you enjoy, and more importantly, I hope you join me!
Tonight it’s so beautiful. The bright, round moon is picking out the clouds in such a fascinating way, and the trees and other objects in the area make a deep contrast to show just how bright the sky is tonight. This little digital painting was my attempt to capture some of the light values so that someday I might do a much better, more detailed work, possibly in chalks. It made me happy to paint it.
Okay, here’s my idea of a ghoul – done in MyPaint. He looks like he’s about to go after a grave or two. Just a simple sketch but sometimes simple is best. To any readers, have a happy Halloween!
As usual, here is a roundup of everything I drew for InkTober. This year I didn’t get nearly as much done as last year, but then again last year I wasn’t being trained as a claims analyst! That takes quite a bit of skull sweat.
How much of horror art is surrealist? Quite a bit. When I try to make a surreal piece of art, I will take some aspect of reality and make it into a metaphor, or take a fairly realistic subject then change an aspect of it in order to make some kind of a statement.
Here are my attempts:
I had the idea of combining two graceful shapes, and at the same time making a statement of people becoming display pieces. At least she seems fairly happy the way she is.
The next one is about how I think people often become with their smartphones and tablets. Perhaps it’s a vision of human evolution?
The last picture is of GUITAR FINGERS. The hand of a well trained guitarist can look pretty surreal as it is.
…to confront this elephant cow on her home turf. She might be gentle, but she’s so big that you’d have to be careful anyway! Elephants fascinate me. They have long distance communication using subsonics, both through rumbles and the pads of their feet. They communicate across many kilometers, hearing the sounds transmitted up from the foot bones all the way up to their ears. They do indeed have long memories. Not only could a calf following her mother across the savanna during a drought remember that same water hole the next time, but she could lead her herd there fifty years later when she hadn’t been there in the interim. It’s been said that a farmer who hurts an elephant herd will often find his crops destroyed by night-raiding elephants – he himself will be uninjured, and so will be the farms of his neighbors. I often wonder if elephants are sapient. This particular lady was seen at my local zoo this weekend. She kept putting branches on her back and carrying them around.
My sketch is going up first, then later I’ll upload the finished ink. So if you like this sketch, check back!
More of a rough sketch than my usual but I had fun playing with the idea.