• Inktober 2023 – Part 3

    Inktober 2023 – Part 3

    Happy November! Another October has passed and another Inktober project has been completed. I finished all 31 sketches this year following the Inktober prompt list! This is my last installment to the series so we will be checking out sketches 25-31. If this is your first time stepping in, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 to see the first 24 sketches of the collection and get a rundown of my project!

    This chart came out amazing! I am so happy with it! It is fun to see them all lined up together and comparing the size differences. Now, let’s take a closer look at our last few creatures!

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    1. Dangerous – The Wendigo is a creature from Native American legends. The wendigo was once a man who was lost and starving in the woods. Out of desperation, he turned to cannibalism and ate the first poor soul he came across. Because of this atrocity, he transformed into a horrible monster with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. His arms grew longer, his teeth are sharp as well as his claws. He looks emaciated and his skin is ash color. Some depictions show the wendigo with antlers but this is not true to the original stories told from Algonquian mythology.
    2. Remove – Some cryptids ARE real! The Okapi was removed from the cryptid list in 1901. It took over a decade to prove their existence. They inhabit the rainforests of the Congo and are also called Forest Giraffes. They have long striped legs like a zebra, a deep brown coat, ossicones (“horns” that look like a giraffe’s) and stand between 5-6 ft tall at the shoulders.
    3. Beast – Werewolves were first recorded in 2100 B.C. and even today, people have reported seeing “dogmen” in the wilderness. The Beast of Bray Road and the Michigan Dogman are some popular ones in the U.S. Is there a new species of bipedal wolves hiding in the woods or are a few unlucky souls transforming into these beasts, cursed by the moonlight?
    4. Sparkle – Fairies are a part of many culture’s folklore. There are several different variations. One of the most commonly known descriptions is a small person from 3-5 inches tall with wings. They can be friendly or they can be tricksters or they can be downright mean.
    5. Massive – Mokele Mbembe is a massive cryptid that is believed to live in the Congo. This long lost dinosaur is described as having the body of an elephant, a long neck and head like a snake and a long thin tail. It is estimated that they are around 13 ft. tall.
    6. Rush – The Beast of Gevaudan terrorized the people of France from 1764 to 1769. It slaughtered 100’s of livestock and attacked countless victims. It was described as being like a wolf…but not a wolf. It had a black stripe down its back and spots on it’s sides. Some believe it could have been a hyena or an adolescent lion that escaped from a private collector’s home. Others believe it was a werewolf. Whatever it was, you certainly wouldn’t want this creature to rush past you!
    7. Fire – The Felixstowe Fire Demon was an alien creature witnessed by a man in England in 1965. He was compelled by an unseen force to leave his vehicle and walk into the woods where he came across a humanoid figure engulfed in flames. He does not remember anything else of the encounter. His two friends that were with him that day said a strange aircraft about 6 ft. wide hovered over the car and made a high-pitched hum.

    Phew! That was quite a monster mash up! Have you ever seen any of these beings with your own two eyes? Share your close encounter in the comments below! And let me know which sketch was your favorite!

    I hope everyone had a great Halloween.

    Stay spooky, free spirits!

  • Inktober 2023 – Part 2

    Inktober 2023 – Part 2

    I can’t believe how quickly this month is flying by! Although, I have been quite busy keeping up with my Inktober project while also taking an online course, caring for family matters which include an 8 month old and enjoying this wonderful Autumn weather. Even the few rainy days we’ve had have been refreshing but I digress. I’ve only a few more Inktober prompts to complete and I will have a full set of sketches for this year. I’m having a lot of fun drawing all the different cryptids, beasts and creatures. It’s a menagerie of madness and I love it!

    In Inktober 2023 – Part 1, I described each creature from 1-10. For Part 2, we will be reviewing 11-24 which will leave us with one final entry later in the month. As always, I am following along with the official Inktober prompt list for 2023. Let’s begin!

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    1. Wander – Baba Yaga is a witch from Slavic folklore and if she catches you wandering in the woods, she’ll eat you up! She travels in a mortar and pestle while using a broom to sweep away her tracks. She also lives in a house that is always moving because it stands on chicken legs!
    2. Spicy – An Ifrit is a type of djinn or genie that is born from smokeless fire…A fire elemental from Islamic folklore.
    3. Rise – The mothman is a creature that was sighted from 1966-1967 near Point Pleasant, West Virginia. It became an omen of doom because tragedy followed closely, wherever it was seen. It was described as 7-10 ft. tall with a 10 ft. wingspan. Be leery if you see the mothman rise into the night sky. He could be warning you of danger!
    4. Castle – Leap Castle is in Ireland and is said to be one of the most haunted castles on earth. One of the creatures that has been seen there is called the elemental. The description is vague. Mainly that it’s some kind of “thing” with hands and a gaunt face with two black holes for eyes. It’s entire body is grayish in color and has the appearance of wool. It is accompanied by a horrible smell of rotting corpses.
    5. Dagger – Mapinguari is a creature that is said to inhabit and protect the jungles in Brazil. There are a few different descriptions of this beast, one of which states that it is the size of a newfoundland dog that is both bipedal and quadrupedal. They have long claws like daggers. Some believe it is an apelike relative to bigfoot, while others believe it could be a giant ground sloth believed to be extinct since long ago! Other reports say it has one eye and a mouth in its abdomen!
    6. Angel – The cherubim is an angel from Jewish , Christian and Islamic literature. It has four heads… an ox, a human, an eagle and a lion. Each head has two wings and the front wings cover the body. The feet are like calves’ feet. There is another description that says it has eyes from head to toe, even on its wings!
    7. Devil – The Jersey Devil is a popular cryptid that terrorizes the Pine Barrens in South Jersey. This creature is often described as bipedal with hooves, bat-like wings, horse-like head with horns, short arms and a pointed tail. Size varies from 3-7 ft. tall and with a wingspan of around 6 ft.
    8. Saddle – Sadie is a sea monster that supposedly dwells beneath Saddle Lake in Alberta, Canada. This creature is described as a black serpent with a horse-like head and is around 60 ft long! Sightings peaked in the 80’s but have since died down.
    9. Plump – Tsuchinoko is a fat snake from Japanese folklore. They range from 10-30 inches in length with a head and tail much thinner than their plump body.
    10. Frost – The Yeti or Abominable Snowman is a creature like Bigfoot that inhabits the Himalayan Mountains in Asia. They are described as large, ape-like and bipedal. They are very strong and sturdy to survive the harsh climate. People have reported sightings of yetis with white or black hair and ranging anywhere from 6-10 ft. tall.
    11. Chains – I chose the thylacine for this prompt because the last one that was seen, died in captivity in 1936. Also know as the Tasmanian Tiger, this extinct creature inhabited Australia until then and was hunted to extinction by European settlers who feared it would slaughter their sheep. There have been sightings in Tasmania since then but expeditions have never turned up any evidence. The thylacine was officially declared extinct in 1986. Let’s hope that if they are still out there, they remain hidden.
    12. Scratchy – The Black Beast of Exmoor is a cryptid of England. This beast is described as a large, feline creature about 6 ft. long including the tail. During the 70s, big cats such as panthers, leopards and lions became a popular exotic pet. You didn’t need a license to own these animals until 1980, which at that point many owners set their “pets” free in the woods. It is believed that the Black Beast of Exmoor is a black panther that was set loose. There is a theory that perhaps two different species had created a feline hybrid that now inhabits the English countryside. Although, no evidence has been found to prove this.
    13. Celestial – Aliens and UFOs have been sighted all over the world. One of the most recognizable alien descriptions is the Grays. They are described as being 3-4 ft. tall, with large black eyes, a tiny nose and mouth, and gray skin. Some believe that their outer appearance is actually a type of space suit they are wearing. These celestial beings are said to be the ones involved in the famous crash at Roswell.
    14. Shallow – The Beast of Busco is a humongous alligator snapping turtle that was sighted in Churubusco, Indiana, during the late 40s. The Beast of Busco is said to have a shell that is 6 ft. long and 4 ft. wide. Although some have reported it as large as a small automobile! The community held a month long hunt to capture the beast. No such creature was captured, although two men claimed they had almost caught it until it broke through their homemade net made from chicken wire.

    Wow! What a line up! Which beast do you find most fascinating? Have you ever seen one with your own two eyes? Share your story in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by today and check back soon to see the completed series of all 31 sketches!

    Stay curious, free spirits!

  • Spirit Animal: Fox Totem

    Spirit Animal: Fox Totem

    The fox was calling to me and I was compelled to create this piece. The braided fur was something new I tried out and I’m happy with the outcome. It became quite mind boggling after a while, however, I got through it and the artwork turned out so much better than I had hoped. I love it when that happens! I wanted the image to extol the strength and beauty of fox. The green jewel is a representation of the third eye to really bring the magic to the piece. So what magic does fox have for us?


    Fox is a versatile and powerful totem. There are many cultures all around the world that feel the power of fox. In fact, foxes can be found all over the world, living in every kind of habitat. From the forest to the fields; from the desert to the arctic. Fox can survive in any environment. This is a great skill to have. Being able to adapt in any situation helps to ensure your own survival.

    To achieve this, you must first learn fox’s greatest lesson of camouflage. This is a time to be invisible and watch from a distance. Blend into the background. Observe and be unseen. Fox is sneaky. She can swiftly get by without anyone noticing. This is a great way to avoid unwanted attention right now. Also, learn what you need to from the situation before you pounce into action. Remaining in the background gives you the opportunity to scope everything out in order to choose the best course of action.

    Sometimes fox is associated with deception. Someone may be trying to trick you. Right now, it is important to focus on people’s actions rather than their words. This is another situation where silent observation can give you an advantage. Pay attention to what people are doing around you. Don’t get caught off guard by someone’s ill intent.

    Fox is known for being commonly found in the “in between”. She often travels on the edge of her habitat between meeting biomes. She is also nocturnal and travels between dusk and dawn. At dusk and dawn is when the veil is thinned between this realm and the magical world. All of this suggest that the fox can travel between realms. When you see fox in this instance perhaps the doors have been opened for you to travel to another realm. You can also call upon fox as a guide when you want to cross the veil.

    Fox is a shapeshifter. Many cultures share stories of fox changing into a human. Fox is feminine energy. Some stories are of fox transforming into a beautiful maiden whom men would fall in love with. The men who were tempted must be able to see and respect the power of the ancient feminine (within themselves or another) and transform or otherwise face certain doom. Destructive men will often lead themselves to their own destruction.

    Fox is also earth energy. They live in dens within the earth and blend with nature to become one with it. Putting the feminine and earth energy together creates a powerful protector. Fox is a great protector of family. Call on fox when you need assistance protecting the ones closest to you.

    On the contrary, fox could be telling you that you are spending too much time hiding. Are you feeling excluded, unappreciated or pushed aside? You have been sitting quietly in the back for too long. It is time to pounce! You have learned the ins and outs of what lies before you and it is time to strike with haste and precision and tackle your target!


    There is so much to learn from this beautiful creature. Has the fox been calling to you? What message does it hold? Share your story in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

    Stay magical, free spirits!

    If fox is your spirit animal, check out my latest piece in the shop! “Fox Totem” is available for prints as well as tees and home decor!

  • Inktober 2023 – Part 1

    Inktober 2023 – Part 1

    Another Inktober challenge has begun and the first ten days have already passed! My theme this year is Cryptids, Beasts and Legends! Cryptozoology is the study of animals not proven by science for example bigfoot, the loch ness monster and the Jersey devil to name a few. These creatures have always fascinated me as well as the beasts you hear about in mythology from different cultures. I thought inktober would be a great way to create a collection of different beasts and cryptids.

    I am representing each creature on one long drawing to show the size comparison between an average size human and these magical beasts! I have been wanting to do an inktober where all of my sketches are on one sheet of paper and this will be my first attempt at it. Although, this is going to get quite long so I will have to piece it together with multiple sheets of paper! This could get crazy!

    On the scale, each mark represents 1 foot. The human silhouette I have drawn for scale stands between 5-6 feet. As you can see, some of these beasts are quite intimidating with their size.

    Every year, I follow the official Inktober prompt list. I tried to stick to the prompts as best as I could! Some of them I had to stretch a little but it works! Let me give you a rundown of the beasts that stand before you…

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    1. Dream – Baku is a creature from Japanese mythology who eats dreams. With the head of an elephant, body of a bear, paws of a tiger and the eye of a rhino, Baku will eat your nightmares when you call upon him. But use caution when summoning him, if his hunger is not satisfied them he may devour your hopes and dreams as well!
    2. Spiders – J’ba Fofi is a giant spider believed to live in the Congo. It has legs that span 3-5 ft. long.
    3. Path – I chose Ghost for this prompt because you never know when a ghost might cross your path!
    4. Dodge – Hogzilla is the name given to abnormally large wild hogs that people encounter in the wilderness. Some say they reach up to 12 ft long but so far these claims cannot be proven. If a wild hog is threatened by you, they will charge. If you do not dodge their attack, you will get gored with tusks up to 12 in. long.
    5. Map – Sasquatch is one of the most famous cryptids. One reason they are so widely known is because they have been sighted all over the map.
    6. Golden – Cigau (chee-gow) is a golden lion with a silvery mane said to inhabit Sumatra, a large island of Indonesia.
    7. Drip – The Squonk is a Pennsylvanian cryptid that has a piggy nose and excess skin covered in warts and blemishes. This poor beast is always crying because it knows how ugly it is. As it’s tears drip down, it leaves a trail you can follow to find it.
    8. Toad – The Loveland Frogman is a cryptid in Loveland, Ohio that has had sightings from 1950 until the most recent one in 2016. Witnesses report seeing a 4 ft. tall frog that walks on it’s hind legs. Not a toad but close enough.
    9. Bounce – Rubberado is a porcupine-like creature that is so rubbery, it bounces to where it needs to go. It is said to inhabit deserts in the USA and was last encountered in the early 1900’s.
    10. Fortune – It’s no secret that Leprechauns love fortune and always have some gold stashed away. Some believe these Irish fairys truly exist and travel through the forests hopping dimensions from our realm to the fairy realm.

    Which creature is your favorite so far? Do you have a tale to tell about any of the beasts listed? Share your story in the comments below! Check back next week for Inktober 2023 – Part 2! Thanks for stopping by today!

    Keep your eyes peeled, free spirits!

  • Inktober 2022 Recap

    Inktober 2022 Recap

    Hey All! Last year, I completed 31 sketches for the annual Inktober challenge following the official prompt list. I chose horror movies for a theme, so each prompt correlates with a horror movie in some way. It can be difficult to think of things that fit with the prompt but its a great way to exercise my creativity and I think of a lot of great movies to watch for the season! I have so much fun with Inktober and it is an amazing way to stretch out my fingers and do something different from my main body of work. My work improves tremendously every year that I participate!

    I wanted to share last years collection one last time before I move on to my 2023 collection! I did something completely different this year! I am still sticking to the official prompt list but my theme and approach are unique from the ways I’ve done it in the past. Check back later to see the first installment of Inktober 2023!

    In the meantime, enjoy last years sketches and let me know what your favorite one is in the comments below! Did I do your favorite horror movie justice? Thanks for stopping by today!

    Stay spooky, free spirits!

  • Inktober #15 – Armadillo- 2022

    The fifteenth prompt for Inktober is “armadillo”. At first, one would wonder what kind of horror movie has anything to do with armadillos!? I heard of Them! with giant ants, there’s The Giant Gila Monster, The Rats, Bats and even a movie called The Killer Shrews. Though, were there any movies with a big, bad armadillo?

    No, but there is a classic monster movie called Dracula (1931) where our armored friends make a brief appearance!

    There is a scene within Dracula’s castle where you see an assortment of critters such as bats, spiders, opossum and even armadillos. What? Why does Dracula have armadillos?

    Armadillos are always looking for an easy meal. They were commonly seen in cemeteries, scrounging around in the loose dirt near freshly dug gravesites where it is easier to find a tasty grub. Many people back in the day noticed this behavior and it started a rumor that the armadillos would dig down to the coffins in order to eat the newly rotting cadavers. Aren’t humans an imaginative bunch?

    With this idea, they decided to incorporate them into the movie for an interesting and spooky pet for the blood sucker.

    I can’t believe I found a horror movie for the prompt armadillo but I did! I am also pretty pleased with how this sketch turned out too! It is an interesting story for sure.

    Have you ever seen Dracula? What did you think of his little friends? Leave a comment below! Check back tomorrow for the next Inktober prompt, fowl.

    See ya next time, free spirits!

  • Inktober #14 – Empty – 2022

    The fourteenth prompt for Inktober is “empty”. I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to approach this prompt until I started thinking of all my horror favorites. The perfect one popped in my head for the word empty and it was Insidious (2010).

    At this point, I have seen so many horror and monster movies that it is really hard for one to actually scare me. When I first watched Insidious, I was definitely freaked out. The story was right up my alley as it taps into astral projection and getting lost outside of your body (which has always been something that has freaked me out). It also had some parts that literally made me jump out of my seat. The “big bad” was very creepy and something I had never seen before! It easily became one of my favorite horror movies!

    As I had mentioned, one of the main characters astral projects while he is sleeping and gets lost in the dream world, leaving his body an empty vessel. I won’t say anymore in case you have never seen the movie. I recommend giving it a watch this Halloween season if you really want to get the heebie jeebies!

    I really like how this sketch came out and it has slid to the top of my list of favorites for this project. Sometimes, the image just falls onto the paper and everything goes exactly where it is suppose to. Plus…. it’s so creeeeepy!

    Have you seen the movie, Insidious? What did you think? Leave a comment below! Check back soon for the next prompt, armadillo. Thanks for stopping by today!

    Sweet dreams, free spirits!

  • Inktober #13- Kind- 2022

    The thirteenth prompt for Inktober is “kind”. I decided to squeeze in a classic for this prompt. Have you ever heard of a movie called Misery?

    If you cringed when I mentioned the title then you indeed know what movie I am talking about. It’s more of a psychological horror that messes with your head but there is one part in particular that everyone immediately thinks of because it has been horrifically etched into our minds.

    Leave it to Stephen King to create another story that you’ll never forget. If you have seen the movie, you may be wondering why I chose it for this prompt.

    Annie Wilkes played by one of my favorite actors, Kathy Bates, comes off as a super nice and excitable character. She immediately appears to be a kind and caring person but as the story progresses, those characteristics don’t seem very accurate at all.

    I won’t say anymore in case you haven’t seen Misery (1990) but this is definitely a movie everyone should see at least once in there lifetime!

    If you have seen it, leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of it! Thanks for swinging by today! Check back tomorrow for the next prompt, empty.

    Be Kind, free spirits!