“Spoopy” is an Internet slang word used to describe something that is comical and spooky at the same time. Originally seen on a photograph of a misspelled Halloween sign (source: Wikipedia)
Not sure if all of my Drawlloween submissions come under that but I like the word and that cute sort of humour, so spoopy it is. I guess disaster might be a good descriptive word for some of them – weirdly most of the ones I hated were the most popular. Pity points? Maybe?
My favourites and potential redraws are the Little Witches, the Spider Bride (bottom of this entry), Plague Doctor and Crypt Creep. I learned that the Windsor and Newton ink I used is a little like water colour in application and a bit of water will keep it wet for longer leaving you ample time to make an absolute mess of it before it dries in to rancid streaks of bleak. Happily you can add another layer and pray it masks all that heartache or develops into an accidental masterpiece.
I did learn to like the fineliners, a little. The very fine pens (my finest being 0.05) aren’t too much trouble and I used mine as I would a pencil – working out the details and lines, and lightly adding fine marks to build up the lights and the darks. I also realised that, though it may be frowned upon by some, lightly drawing out your piece in pencil will actually help build confidence as it prevents mistakes and despair. I simply drew my idea, erased my mistakes and worked away until I was happy. I rolled a putty eraser over the pencil work to make it even lighter (and pick up any graphite dust) and then drew over the work with my pen. I realised that I could actually use the pen and come away with a decent line drawing – all ready and waiting for pen marks to create the form, shadows and little details. Maybe even mess it up! But at least it had a fighting chance.
Bibliography and Inspiration
A lot of inspiration was found in fellow Drawlloweeners and spooky movies.
My slowly growing Spectrum book collection – Spectrum 24 is out this month!!!
I have pretty much spent the entire month listening to Deftones. I recommend ‘Rosemary’ – its subject matter is very sci-fi, and ‘Tempest’.