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Inktober is winding down. Just like Halloween, there’s only one more day left. So here’s my Inktober sketch for Oct. 30th, 2014.

Robed Woman, Oct. 2014. Ink and watercolor. Illustrated by Michele Witchipoo.

Robed Woman, Oct. 2014. Ink and watercolor. Illustrated by Michele Witchipoo.

Got the idea for this sketch through someone’s Facebook posting. It was an article about this Iranian feminist vampire film. The still from that movie intrigued me, so I went with it.

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Last week’s Sketch Lottery character was Wario, from the Super Mario Brothers universe. We still have a few more days in Inktober as well.

Clip from my Wario piece on Sketch Lottery, Oct. 2014. Drawing by Michele Witchipoo.

Clip from my Wario piece on Sketch Lottery, Oct. 2014. Drawing by Michele Witchipoo.

 

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Here’s my Samhain illustration for 2014. Similar to the style of my former sketchbook/comic Babalon Babes. (Last issue was published in 2009.)

Samhain Dance. Oct. 2014. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Ink, pen and watercolor.

Samhain Dance. Oct. 2014. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Ink, pen and watercolor.

Happy Halloween!

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Exchange Rates: The Bushwick Expo. Oct. 23rd to Oct. 26, 2014.

Exchange Rates: The Bushwick Expo. Oct. 23rd to Oct. 26, 2014.

Short notice. One of my illustrations will be on display at this group art show in Bushwick. The dates are Thursday Oct. 23rd to Oct. 26th, 2014.

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For this event, my work will be in this location: Brooklyn Fire Proof.

Brooklyn Fire Proof. Photo by Michele Witchipoo Oct. 2014.

Brooklyn Fire Proof. Photo by Michele Witchipoo Oct. 2014.

On Sunday, Oct. 26th, Brooklyn Fire Proof will be hosting a closing party, from 6pm – 10pm. All artwork will be for sale, including my original illustration below:

"Ms. World" Watercolor, pen and ink illustration by Michele Witchipoo. Completed Jan. 2013.

“Ms. World”
Watercolor, pen and ink illustration by Michele Witchipoo. Completed Jan. 2013.

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My contribution to last week’s Sketch Lottery, and keeping up with the Inktober theme. This time, the subject was Salvador Dali. I always thought of him as an original rock star. (Although the pic here looks a bit like Alan Moore) Which is probably why I drew him in that style.

Salvador Dali's eye. Almost looks like Alan Moore for a second. Dali's Car anyone? (Drawn by Michele Witchipoo, Oct. 2014)

Salvador Dali’s eye. Almost looks like Alan Moore for a second. Dali’s Car anyone? (Drawn by Michele Witchipoo, Oct. 2014)

Just for the hell of it, I’m gonna throw in a song from 1984. Dali’s Car, a side project between Bauhaus‘ lead vocalist Peter Murphy, and Mick Karn from the band Japan. In keeping with the Dali theme.

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Haven’t kept up on Inktober as much as I should have. Just sketched this one late night using just pen. It’s Carol and Max from the classic children’s story ‘Where The Wild Things Are.’ It was originally posted on the Sketch Lottery Facebook page in the comments section. Haven’t seen the 2009 film version.

Carol and Max from 'Where The Wild Things Are.' Sketch drawn by Michele Witchipoo, Oct. 2014 for Inktober.

Carol and Max from ‘Where The Wild Things Are.’ Sketch drawn by Michele Witchipoo, Oct. 2014 for Inktober.

 

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Former Ridgewood resident Kevin Cole at the Gottscheer Hall. Here Kevin is being served by popular Gottscheer bartender Trina. Taken by Michele Witchipoo, sometime in either 2011 or 2012.

Kevin Cole was a regular at the Gottscheer Hall. Him and his wife use to frequent the long standing Queens locale way before the hipsters started their Ridgewood invasion. An older man, he worked 9-5 during the week. Come Friday night, he was at his usual bar stool. For a while, I would see them every weekend when I formerly visit the Gottscheer.  Kevin would always say hi, complimenting me on my artwork and my photography. Guess I wasn’t used to the genuine adulation. Usually I would thank him while gulping down my HB beer.

One day word got out that Kevin had been sick. I went to visit him at Wyckoff Hospital during that week. Due to his age and sudden illness, his long time job used the opportunity to let him go. Which was a nice way to end the year, I sarcastically ad-lib. Afterwards, Kevin went into physically therapy, and had to stop going to Gottscheer Hall. This coincided with the sweeping changes in the Ridgewood area, along with the drastic rent hikes. Suddenly the area of Ridgewood, Queens had a huge feature in the New York Times real estate section. Sunday edition. Soon it wasn’t so fun living in Ridgewood anymore. Gentrification isn’t fun, period.

I got to see Kevin one more time afterwards. He had made a brief appearance in the Gottscheer. It might’ve been when the Gottscheer Hall was playing the 2014 World Cup on their TV screens, not sure. Haven’t seen him since. Soon afterwards, I had stopped going to Gottscheer Hall myself. The bar and catering hall is doing just fine without me. As for me, thanks to a series of personal events, spending Friday nights at the Gottscheer wasn’t the same anymore. While I still love the Gottscheer, the vapid vultures had taken over.

It happens.

Kevin Cole, however, was a writer and an poet. From one creative to another, he encouraged me to never give up on my goals, my dreams. Sometimes it takes an absence for a message to take heed. Because of this, I’m posting a link to a website featuring Kevin’s writing. It’s my way of saying of saying thanks to him for his kind words, and my way of letting go of something that I previously enjoyed.

Kevin Cole

*If you can’t click directly to his writings, type in http://scars.tv, then click on writings, then click on Kevin Cole.

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