These are last batch of drawings that I did for the Inktober challenge. As if doing the drawings themselves was not hard enough, posting on my site became a problem too. But, even if I did not post them all daily here, they were completed one for each day. And I did make 31 ink drawings this week, one each day. For this batch I was trying to just do some portraits. Day 26 are the two Han Solo drawings(top row-middle and right). I wanted to try out 2 different styles off the same photo reference. The middle was completed with using very few ink lines and the shading was achieved with markers. The Han on the right was all line work going for a more comic book version. the top left drawing was day 27’s piece of Alice Cooper. This one was completed quickly on my lunch break, that left me enough time to lay in the solid blacks and to tone it with pencil. Bottom left is a drawing of Vincent Price for Day 28. This another marker drawing but I went in with some more ink line work than I did on the Han drawing. I am trying to hit that happy medium. Bela Lugosi on the bottom right is for day 29. Very scratchy and another quick drawing for that day.
Day 30 is another little portrait with markers of Boris Karloff from The Mummy.
And this leads us to the last drawing of Inktober, from the fantastic Vincent Price movie, The Abominable Dr Phibes. It is a ink and ink wash drawing.
This was another month straight of daily artwork and it has been grueling doing this along with working my day job. I feel like I need to keep the momentum going and do more daily drawing but I’m pretty sure I can’t keep it up. I will be trying to complete some more complex work this month. I want to take some more time with my art. I also want to get back to some of the fundamentals and work on some anatomy studies. I also plan on some painting time. I will be posting most of these studies on Facebook and Instagram and cherry picking some of the drawings for this blog.
When I’m feeling like everything is going wrong and I question if I’m just wasting my time by doing art, I go back to drawing monsters. And the classic monsters are my favorites to draw. This is the first ink drawing that I’ve done in a while that I’m pretty happy with. For fun I also scanned the pencil drawing before the inks.
“There are far worse things awaiting man than death.”
Day 4 has arrived of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge and I’m already starting to feel the pressures, haha. One of the subject matters that I wanted to tackle during the challenge is to do some portrait painting. I am also a huge fan of old/classic horror and monster movies. So, for my first portrait I instantly went to the first talking horror movie character, Dracula. Bela Lugosi’s rendition of Dracula is the version most people think of when they visualize the character. It’s hard not to hear his Hungarian accent when I think of some of the classic quotes from the movie-
“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.”
His performance made quite a reaction to audiences in 1931. And there are still very haunting moments from Bela in the film. I’m sure the movie comes off quite differently to current day audiences. But, for me it is still very enjoyable.
“To die, to be really dead, that must be glorious .”
There will be more horror stars coming this month. And, also some portraits of others during those golden days of Hollywood.