Drawlloween Days 5 – 11

I got very behind on Drawlloween. So this afternoon I spent some time sketching in an attempt to catch up. Currently I’m not planning to finish these drawings. I suppose that’s fine since the whole exercise is for my own pleasure anyway.

Drawing by hand is still much easier than drawing on the computer, despite my lack of practice!

Drawlloween Days 5-11 sketch page

Found on the page above:

  • a surprised ghost emerging from an Erlenmeyer flask
  • a mysterious amulet (the laziest possible example of a haunted object, I admit)
  • a cartoonish but definitely hungry mikoshi nyūdō
  • a femme spider (she’s probably also hungry)
  • three curious tentacles reaching into a canoe
  • a royal bat with huge ears and fancy bangles

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Big Hush

I used Hay Kranen’s Markov chain generator to combine A. E. Waite’s explanation of The Star (Tarot card) with part of “Elm” by Sylvia Plath. Then I cut down the resulting text by a lot and rewrote a few lines. The poem doesn’t exactly make sense… but it’s evocative.


The atrocity of prepared minds, the water.
She pours it.

She dreams of possessing
the majority of truth unveiled,
glorious in undying ground.

The star it: It is what you fear.
I do nothing. That was your bad dreams.

The stand, a hand of wires.
Now I bring your head as a stone.

Her left knee is rain now, this big hush.
And this big hush.

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Drawlloween Day 3: Cryptid

ICYMI, here’s the explanation of Drawlloween.

The third prompt was to draw a cryptid. I stitched together two free bases, by DeviantArt users bardokks and dergenn. My creation is… the dreaded mouse raptor! A beastie who terrorizes nearby villages and the like. You know, typical cryptid activities.

The mouse raptor, created using bases by DeviantArt users bardokks and dergenn

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Drawlloween 2018: Intro + First Entry

Visual art is not my forte, but occasionally I get the itch to create some. This year the itch coincides with Inktober and Drawlloween.

The aim of both challenges is to make a spooky artwork on every single day of October. I’m using a set of Drawlloween prompts compiled by Mab Graves:

Mab Graves Drawlloween prompts

For my purposes, “draw” will be defined loosely. I rolled the first two days into one digital collage:

Drawlloween Day & 2, witches and black cats

Source images:

Tools used:

I’m not thrilled with the look of the finished piece, but that’s okay. My goal with Drawlloween is to get the juices flowing and have fun. I don’t need to achieve aesthetic perfection!

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