Drawlloween, the Finale

Day 26 was Rat. I think rats are cute so I drew a cute rat.
Day 26 was Rat. I think rats are cute so I drew a cute rat.
Day 27 was Witch. I'm a huge Hayao Miyazaki fan so I drew Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service.
Day 27 was Witch. I’m a huge Hayao Miyazaki fan so I drew Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service.
Day 28 was Black Cat so I drew Toulouse Lautrec's Chat Noir.
Day 28 was Black Cat so I drew Toulouse Lautrec’s Chat Noir.
Day 29 was Scarecrow so I drew Turniphead from Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle.
Day 29 was Scarecrow so I drew Turniphead from Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle.
Day 30 was Spider and I drew a black widow.
Day 30 was Spider and I drew a black widow.
Day 31, the last day, was Dragon. I wanted to draw a traditional Japanese dragon because I've never drawn one before. I think it came out okay for a first time attempt.
Day 31, the last day, was Dragon. I wanted to draw a traditional Japanese dragon because I’ve never drawn one before. I think it came out okay for a first time attempt.

I had so much fun doing Drawlloween. I’m definitely going to make more of an effort to draw daily because it really does make me feel better. It’s a slightly more effective meditation for me. I also loved seeing my friends’ drawings and even total stranger’s drawings on Instagram. I found a few great artists to follow. I’ll definitely be doing this again next year.

Until then, Happy Halloween! 🍬💀🎃👻🍭

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Murder! Death! Kill!

Or How My Drawlloween Zen Was Shaken to Its Very Core…

Why can’t I have nice, long moments of luxurious, delicious, decadent peace? Why must people always crap on my parade? Bastards.

Despite the fact that my health has been slowly and steadily getting worse, unfortunately, I had found some peace in picking up drawing again. I did feel a bit rushed having to complete a drawing a day but I still enjoyed it enough to want to continue after Drawlloween was over. I hoped that, in lowering my stress level, it would eventually help improve my health a bit.

Then weird, unexplained things started happening with my health. I went to my doctor on a day during which I had a migraine coming on. I warned the nurse taking my blood pressure that it would be high because of that but it turned out to be very low. Scarily low, in fact. No one could explain it. I take a lot of medication that raises my blood pressure, not lowers it. And I’ve had quite a few dizzy spells and migraines lately. That’s just amongst other health issues.

Also add in dealing with two teenagers into the mix… Ugh. That would undo any sane person, really. They like to take turns aggravating me. They’re good about that. But the boy at least knows to toe the line. He backs off quickly if he sees that I’m about to explode. (Yes, I’m a yeller. I know that’s a fault of mine, but there it is. I blow up and then I get over it.) The girl, however, sees no line. She utterly obliterates the line and I’m screaming until I’m hoarse and she pouts like I’m the evil witch. This time, though…

She actually went so far that her grandmother, my mother, flipped out on her. My mom rarely ever loses her cool. She’s the epitome of “stiff upper lip”. It makes me crazy sometimes how cool and calm she stays. But, apparently, my mom not only lost her shit on my daughter but almost slapped her. That is huge. Even my daughter realized she fucked up big but she’s like me, go big or go home. She added to it.

I have gotten so angry that my own mother is actually laughing at me. I was ranting and she…giggled. I couldn’t believe it. My son comes in after all calmed down a bit. (He was at work during the drama.) He asked, “Why is she pouting?” To which I loudly replied, “Because I will kill her if I see her today.” And he just shrugged and walked away with an “Okay” because, you know, it’s Wednesday and that’s how we do things here on Wednesdays.

Drawlloween, Part VI

Day 22 was Candy and I was inspired by both Tim Burton and Candyland with this one. If I had more time, this would have gotten way more detailed.
Day 22 was Candy and I was inspired by both Tim Burton and Candyland with this one. If I had more time, this would have gotten way more detailed.
Day 23 was Gore and I let my dark humor out. I also played around with my pens, nibs, and inks.
Day 23 was Gore and I let my dark humor out. I also played around with my pens, nibs, and inks.
Day 24 was skeleton. I had something else in mind but it wasn't turning out. In frustration, I quickly sketched Jack Skellington. I collect Nightmare Before Christmas things, Jack coffee mugs in particular, so I had plenty of models around.
Day 24 was skeleton. I had something else in mind but it wasn’t turning out. In frustration, I quickly sketched Jack Skellington. I collect Nightmare Before Christmas things, Jack coffee mugs in particular, so I had plenty of models around.
Day 25 is Mummy. Now being a total Whovian- that's a Doctor Who nerd for those who don't speak geek- I immediately thought of The Empty Child episode.
Day 25 is Mummy. Now being a total Whovian- that’s a Doctor Who nerd for those who don’t speak geek- I immediately thought of The Empty Child episode.

That brings the drawings to today. I’ll go back to a somewhat normal post and throw up the rest of the drawings at the end of the month/beginning of next month! 🙂

Drawlloween, Part V

Day 18 was Mask so I drew a steampunk-ish Plague Doctor. I didn't want to color him in too much because I didn't want to lose the details.
Day 18 was Mask so I drew a steampunk-ish Plague Doctor. I didn’t want to color him in too much because I didn’t want to lose the details.
Day 19 was the Creature from the Black Lagoon. I really wasn't looking forward to drawing this guy because he just didn't look scary but I think he turned out well, nevertheless. I used Sharpies with him.
Day 19 was the Creature from the Black Lagoon. I really wasn’t looking forward to drawing this guy because he just didn’t look scary but I think he turned out well, nevertheless. I used Sharpies with him.
Day 20 was Skull. I was feeling kind of hellish that day so I did a quick Memento Mori sketch.
Day 20 was Skull. I was feeling kind of hellish that day so I did a quick Memento Mori sketch.
Day 21 was 8-Bit Zombie. This was more of a pain than doing werewolf. I had to draw my own graph. Such a pain!
Day 21 was 8-Bit Zombie. This was more of a pain than doing werewolf. I had to draw my own graph. Such a pain!

Drawlloween, Part IV

I have to say that drawing has been a good form of meditation for me. It has helped me relax a lot better than any other form of meditation has. The only thing I would do differently, perhaps, is maybe only working on a drawing for an hour or so a day rather than having to complete a drawing a day. The prompts have been really helpful though because they forced me to draw things I wouldn’t normally draw and got me over my artist’s block.

Day 14 was bat and I went a little whimsical here. Brought in a little Alice In Wonderland.
Day 14 was bat and I went a little whimsical here. Brought in a little Alice In Wonderland.
Day 15 was amulet so I drew a hamsa. I'm a bit obsessed with them.
Day 15 was amulet so I drew a hamsa. I’m a bit obsessed with them.
Day 16 was grave, which I drew with micron. I almost went Doctor Who weeping angel with it, but I decided to behave.
Day 16 was grave, which I drew with micron. I almost went Doctor Who weeping angel with it, but I decided to behave.
Day 17 was demon and this is what I dreamed up. Literally. I had a dream about her. Done in pen and ink.
Day 17 was demon and this is what I dreamed up. Literally. I had a dream about her. Done in pen and ink.