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Way behind in my Inktober sketches. Yet I might’ve found a muse with my tuxedo cat Squeaky Squeakums. This bi-color female has already been the subject of Inktober 2019 prompts number six and seven. Squeaky is the star yet again with Inktober 2018 prompt number eight – star.

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Inktober 2018 prompt number eight – star. Starring non other than Squeaky Squeakums. Sketch by Michele Witchipoo. Pen, ink, marker. Oct. 2018. 

Stay tuned to see if I can pump out more Inktober work.

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Lately I haven’t had a lot of time. A good time as any to ‘go back to my roots.’ Here’s a bare bones pencil drawing. Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for Oct. 17th, 2018.

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Psycho Bunny. Pencil sketch. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. Oct. 2018.

Social Media, as always: 

Facebook: pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

 Twitter: One account for me, and one for Psycho Bunny.

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo

Instagram: there’s WitchipooArt.

Get yourself some cool stuff on RedBubble, featuring my designs.

Sunday, October 28th, I will be at IncrediCon, in Poughkeepsie, NY. (Upstate NY)

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Stay tuned for more Inktober 2018 sketches.

 

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Still been very busy, so the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week might be delayed until further this week. In the meantime, here’s some news. I’m going to be having a table at Incredicon happening on Sunday Oct. 28th. The location will be in Poughkeepsie, Upstate NY, at the Poughkeepsie Galleria. Free admission.

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You can get tickets here.

Links:

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Poughkeepsie Galleria

 

Life outside the internet got busy again. Which means I’m behind in my Inktober 2018 sketches. Many people are up to day 14. I’m only up to day 7. Eh, what can you do.

Continuing from the theme between the Inktober 2018 prompts, and with my own cat Squeaky Squeakums, Inktober sketch number seven picks up where Inktober number six left off.

In other words, Squeaky ate the whole chicken.

The cat in a gluttonous state, overate. She’s now in a food coma, completely exhausted.

The little demon hiding in the woods snickers.

Here’s Inktober 2018 prompt # 7: exhausted.

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Inktober 2018 prompt 7: exhausted. Sketch by Michele Witchipoo Oct. 2018. Pen and ink. 

Stay tuned. There will be more forthcoming Inktober 2018 sketches, and the weekly Psycho Bunny post.

Still trying to catch up on the Inktober 2018 sketches. Revisiting a subject I’ve drawn before – Squeaky Squeakums.

Squeaky is a female tuxedo cat I adopted in 2009. She came from a household that basically had too many cats. The other cats would gang up on her. Poor Squeaky had to hide. In the meantime the other cats would steal her food, prevent her from using the litterbox, etc. By the time she was rescued, Squeaky was skin and bones. Both her fur and eyes were dull. Such a sad cat. She didn’t even have a proper name. As it turned out, Squeaky also needed major cat dental surgery – which her previous humans failed to inform us about. That wasn’t cool. After her dental operation though, Squeaky was a brand new cat. Now she’s quite vocal, friendly, and extremely loyal. She’s intelligent as well. Despite being a pen thief.

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One thing she never did get over though, was lack of food. Squeaky has something known as “food panic.” She’ll eye your dinner like prey as you vainly try to eat your meal in peace. Therefore Squeaky must eat!

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Squeaky Loves To Eat! Pencil sketch from 2011. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo

As I’m doing these Inktober sketches, it was time for prompt number six; drooling. So here’s an updated version. Titled ‘Squeaky’s Torment.’ It’s tormenting especially for her. For the time being, we had to ban Squeaky from human food scraps, as they’re not good for her overall health.

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Inktober Oct 2018 sketch. Prompt: Drooling. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo.

Stay tuned for more Inktober sketches.

So now we go from the tradition of the Pennsylvania Dutch to this Inktober sketch, number five. Following the prompt of ‘chicken.’ Ironically, I like this one much better than sketch number four.

Humans are known to have chicken soup – but what if the roles were reversed?

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Inktober 2018 sketch, prompt 5: chicken. Sketch by Michele Witchipoo. Pen, ink, marker. Oct. 2018.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts on NYCC 2018 and Inktober sketches.

Don’t worry. I’ll get around to posting photos from NYCC very soon. In the meantime I’ve been catching up with Inktober sketches.

Now presenting Inktober 2018 sketch number four:

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Think I kinda-sorta bend the rules for this Inktober sketch. The focus is on inking, regardless of whether it’s traditional or black and while. If color is to be added, it’s only a touch. Here three colors were added. However, the majority is still black ink.

The Inktober prompt for number four was ‘spell.’ Could’ve done a very esoteric piece, but that would’ve been too easy. Instead, I went with more of a folk magic tradition. Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs. The Pennsylvania Dutch had a tradition they brought with them when they immigrated from Germany. As they settled in the Berks, Lancaster and LeHigh counties, the word ‘hex’ may have derived from “hexafoo” or “witches’ foot.” While the neighboring Amish and Mennonites were more subdued in their aesthetics, the German settlers, now known as the Pennsylvania Dutch, hung their hex signs more like good luck charms. Some claim these hex signs are merely decorative. Others say these signs have talisman qualities. These signs which can be hung anywhere, are unique to that particular region. I brought a few reproductions of these hex signs from a rural Pennsylvania gift shop back in 2000. Didn’t get around to displaying them until maybe 2015. Unfortunately they’re back in storage again due to moving residences.

This rendition of a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign isn’t particularly accurate, but that’s okay. If this doesn’t fit into the prompt “spell“, the subject can always be revisited.

Stay tuned for Inktober sketch number five.

References:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/hex-signs-of-pennsylvania

https://www.wgal.com/article/unraveling-the-hidden-meaning-of-hex-signs-1/6232624