As a child of the 80s/90s there is only one lake that comes to mind when you say “scary lake”.
Camp Crystal Lake.
The birthplace (I guess) of Jason Vorhees, the hockey mask wearing killer from the Friday the 13th franchise.
If this was a bigger illustration I would have drawn Jason smaller so you mightn’t notice him straight away. But it’s already on a small page and the pen I’m using is probably too think.
I guess I could have done something from Stephen King’s short story The Raft which was featured in Creepshow. The short story stuck with me, like a lot of Skeleton Crew which I consider one of King’s best.
LOL my first day back in an office for a few years and I am nodding off as I write this. So no huge story with this, I like the Mothman, I had a figurine of him and the stories surrounding him are fascinating.
I wanted a pulp magazine style cover and this is kinda reminiscent of my earlier work but with no nose and more moth man.
So I’ve been prepping for Inktober / Drawlloween, even though I set the list for myself I still have no idea what I’m going to draw for each day so I’m just going over the prompts and taking notes and getting ready for the next 31 days.
It’s going to be pretty raw because I’m using the recycled paper notepad and each day is going to have a different texture to it.
For the title page it appears to be the reverse of some information booklet in what looks to the ignorant eye maybe Vietnamese (I might try and take a photo of the reverse of the pages but they’re on the inside of folded over pages so it’s not easy). It’s lightweight paper but actually feels like good quality stock.
I wasn’t going to take part in Inktober / Drawlloween this year because I expect the first half of the month is going to be VERY disrupted for me.
I’m packing up all our worldly possessions and joining my wife in Tasmania in the second week of October and everything is all over the place. I’m not going to have all my art supplies, my computer or scanner.
But since I’m often talking about creativity anywhere I figure I should walk the talk and have found a way to participate.
This is an awesome notebook that I picked up a couple of years ago. It’s made up of a bunch of different paper types all recycled with different textures and colours etc.
I’ve been meaning to put it to good work and I’m going to fill a page everyday with the theme of the day. I’ll take a photo with my phone and post it online (until I get access to my scanner again and then I’ll probably switch).
I always enjoy these challenges and this is my first time setting the prompts which every year I threaten to do.
So I’m currently in a mad race to finish 95% of the outstanding commission requests before I have to pack everything up here and live like a nomad for a couple of weeks.
It’s an exciting time and the challenge is to give everyone the awesome effort they’re hoping for which has been part of the reason for many of the delays.
I can assure you that when I’m at the bottom of a very deep dark depression well you don’t want me to work on your illustration LOL. The last twelve months have definitely been the most challenging I think I’ve ever faced and whilst we’re not out of it completely there is most definitely real light at the end of the tunnel.
Dawn is breaking as the sparkly vampires might say.
What a great way to kick of this stampede though by doing a batch of really fun DS9 sketch cards!
Remember with these sets I’m not picking the characters (actually I got to pick one which was Jake and Nog) so save your complaints of not including Garak!
This week’s Creative Prompt is “Inspired by music…” which in part was inspired by last week’s recycle an old idea. Back in 2010 I drew a series of robots whilst listening to specific songs and drawing inspiration from the song. Not necessarily in a literal form, more of a vibe and I actually still have them (I think I’ve got all of them). Sadly one or two I’ve forgotten what song it was they were set to which is a shame!
I will admit that right up until I started penciling this I wasn’t 100% sure how I was going to tackle the awakening of the one. The image slowly revealed itself to me as I worked on it.
Firstly I decided to do it from this angle and then very purposely kept the whole thing very simple and tried to capture the bullet time effect using the greens and blue grey that I’ve been using throughout the challenge.
It was such a lot of fun but I admit I’m glad I kept it to two weeks though I can’t believe how quickly that time seemed to go.
Thank you to everyone who supported and took part in the challenge!