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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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
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!
- 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!
- Spicy – An Ifrit is a type of djinn or genie that is born from smokeless fire…A fire elemental from Islamic folklore.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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!
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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!
The tenth Inktober prompt is “crabby”. The movie I chose for this prompt is the The Babadook. This movie is a wild ride. It does have it’s creepy parts but all in all it’s emotionally terrifying. The story is heart wrenching and touches base with many overwhelming feelings such as depression, anger, worry, fear and many more.
I think the scariest part about it is how relatable it can be for anyone. It covers so many difficult emotions that most of us hide from the rest of the world. It’s a great reminder to make sure you don’t hide them too well because they might manifest into the babadook and you can’t get rid of the babadook!
We all have our demons and this movie is a scary reminder of what can happen if you don’t face your demons. This is a psychological roller coaster of a movie so if you decide to watch it be prepared to check your emotions.
Have you seen The Babadook? What did you think about it? Drop a line in the comments below! Check back tomorrow to see the next prompt, eagle.
Take care, free spirits!
The ninth prompt for Inktober is “nest”. The movie I chose for this prompt is “Them!” (1954). I don’t remember much about this movie except for the giant ants attacking a town. I watched it when I was about 3 or 4 years old with my great grandfather. I remember going over there to stay the night and my grandpa always had some kind of old monster movie on. I think this was where my passion for horror was first instilled in me. It’s in my blood I guess.
I can remember being so confused while watching this particular movie about the giant ants. I was baffled by the size of the ants and I remember wondering, “Holy crap, is this real?!” I had no idea and at that age you don’t really know about the “It’s just a movie” adage. I was amazed that this was happening on the screen in front of me. It scared me but my fascination for this unexplained phenomenon was stronger than my fear and I wanted to watch more.
There were several other horror movies I had watched with my grandfather at a young age but I don’t remember what the were. The only other one I remember was watching Critters which scared the life out of me but again I was too fascinated to look away nor did I express any fear because I didn’t want him to turn it off.
This is probably one of my earliest memories and my first memory with my grandfather. I have always treasured those memories. Now that I’m older, I am grateful that he allowed me to experience those feelings for the first time; the joy of being scared but feeling safe in his home, the fascination of the unknown and the unexplained and the fearful curiosity to want to see more. The first time you experience certain emotions is always the strongest and you’ll never quite feel it that way again. Kind of like when you find your soulmate and you fall in love with them for the first time. Your emotions are always so powerful in the beginning because it’s the first time you’re feeling them. Emotions are like drugs, you can never truly experience that first high again. I guess it’s the same when you discover your love for horror.
What was the first horror/monster movie you remember watching? How did you feel? Leave a comment below! Check back soon for the next Inktober prompt, crabby.
Stay fascinated, free spirits!
The eighth prompt for Inktober is “match”. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to approach this one. My first thought was a match to light a fire. My second thought was match as in a couple, like the perfect match. Then I thought well maybe a match as in a game.
There are a couple horror movies plotted around video games that I thought of but it didn’t feel right. There were a couple horror-related couples that I could think of but that didn’t feel right either. Then I thought of another one of my favorite horror movies out there, The Conjuring.
Many would agree that this was a fantastic movie. It gives you chills all throughout and the story is great. Plus, it is based on true accounts that real life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren experienced. Which now that I have said their names, I realize they happened to be a perfectly matched couple! If you have never heard of them, I would recommend looking them up. They are very interesting people.
Anyways, there is a scene in the movie where the lights go out and the main character is forced to use a match to see what is in front of them. The only problem is they should have been more focused on what was behind them! I don’t want to spoil the movie so if you haven’t seen it and are looking for a good horror that will truly give you the heebie jeebies through out the story rather than gross you out with gore and violence, this is the one!
In fact, there are many great horror movies that coincide in the Warrens universe. The Conjuring now has two sequels, plus, the Annabelle trilogy and The Nun are all stories related to the Warrens and their encounters as demonologists in real life. Spooky!
Have you seen The Conjuring? What are your thoughts about it? Leave a comment below! Check back tomorrow for the next prompt, nest.
Strike a match, free spirits!
The seventh prompt for Inktober is “trip”. This prompt had several possibilities, it was just a matter of picking one! I decided to go with one of my favorite horror movies, The Descent (2005).
This was one of those movies I had never even heard of until I randomly stumbled across it at the store. I had no idea what it was or if it was even supposed to be good so I took a chance and bought it. (This was before streaming services were a thing so you had to either rent physical movies or buy them…ah, the good ole days!)
I was totally blind coming into this movie and once I had watched it, I was completely impressed. The story was great and believable, the actors were great, the monsters were awesomely creepy and had a back story that was logical and the ending was great. How often do you randomly stumble on a horror movie that has it all?!
The gist of the movie is about a group of friends that go on a trip together, spelunking in a cave. That’s all I am going to say because if you haven’t seen it, you should give it a shot this Halloween season. You will not be disappointed.
Plus, a little side note, the entire cast was all female. There are so many movies now that force the female roles and it’s done so poorly, it’s an embarrassment to the women watching. This one was just natural and made no point to be like “look at us, we made an all woman movie, pat us on the back”. No, it was just a movie for everyone to enjoy that just happened to be all female.
Have you seen The Descent, what did you think? Tell me your opinion in the comments below! Check back tomorrow for the next prompt, match.
See ya next trip, free spirits!