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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.

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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.

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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

 

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Continuing from the previous blog post. Here’s my Inktober sketch nummer zwei. Prompt number two was ‘tranquil.’ After finishing the sketch, I’d say the mood is more reflective that tranquil.

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Inktober 2018 sketch # 2. Prompt: tranquil. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo, Oct. 2018.

I like this Inktober sketch # 2 more than the previous one. Watch out for Inktober 2018 sketch number three.

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What has become an annual tradition among artists internationally is Inktober. Inktober is basically a monthly challenge, where the artist creates an ink sketch every day for the month of October. It doesn’t matter if it’s traditional ink, digital, or you create a sketch with a splash of watercolor. The point is to have the artist draw something everyday for that month. The website itself will explain more.

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Inktober started introducing it’s prompts in 2016, but it’s not necessary to follow. The prompts are basically suggestions. Technically you can draw whatever you want, just as long as it’s ink. Again, either traditional or digital.

So here’s my first Inktober sketch. At first I was going with the Inktober prompt idea of ‘poisonous.’ The end result went into something else. Well, I suppose the subject matter might be considered ‘poisonous.’

Without further ado, here’s Inktober sketch number uno. That’s it for now. I’m getting tired. I’ve noticed that when I post on this blog while semi-sleepy, there’s a few typos the next day. Inktober # 2 should follow very shortly. There’s probably going to be a gap after Inktober # 3, due to this weekend being NYCC.

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Inktober 2018 # 1 from Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2018. Prompt: Poisonous.

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Last week was Ganesh Chaturthi. For those who don’t know about Ganesha, he’s one of the most important gods in the Hindu pantheon. In order to work with the other deities, one must go through Ganesh first. He’s the remover of obstacles, patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom.* The main day for Ganesh Chaturthi this year was September 13th. In 2019, the holiday will fall on September 2nd.

Back in 2002, I had a job in some quasi ‘New Age’ store. It sold tarot cards, incense, bland Flax brand clothing, spiritual/esoteric/occult books, jewelry, statues and other curios from around the world. The store was located on East 6th street, in NYC’s East Village area. Sixth street was a row of inexpensive, brightly lit Indian restaurants, so this shop stood out. It did sell Ganesha related merchandise. As usual I sketched on the job when I was supposed to be doing something else. That was around the time I did my first Ganesha sketch, completed in colored pencil. Both the store and the original sketch are long gone. The shop went out of business in 2003, six months after I quit the job. Despite the joy of never having to deal with that ugly Flax clothing ever again, there’s still fond memories of the place. My former manager was a practicing Hindu; his main deity was Kali. He encouraged me to find my own path, interests, etc., but was also very down to earth. In fact, when it came to the general population, he was just as cynical as me. Retail does eventually bring out misanthropic tendencies. That guy was one of the best supervisors I ever had.

Although my former manager was kind enough to share some of his wisdom, I didn’t come back to Ganesh until years later. It was the advice of a current friend that turned my interest back to the elephant god.

It was time for a new Ganesh illustration anyway. This one was completed within the past 72 hours. It was done in pen, ink and glitter watercolor. I’ve been working a lot with glitter watercolor lately. Even if the shimmer doesn’t come out too good in the scans. In person the result is lovely. The glitter watercolors I use has a good balance, so it doesn’t look tacky. Thinking about turning this piece into either prints, greeting cards or both.

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Ganesh illustration. Pencil, pen, ink, glitter watercolor. Done by Michele Witchipoo. September 2018.

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By now I would’ve had the latest Psycho Bunny sketch of the week posted. The artwork has been completed. Just haven’t had time to scan it. It’ll be on this blog very soon.

In the meantime, here’s a recent commission I did a few weeks ago. It was the second time working for this awesome client. The style was a change of pace in regards to my usual style. It’s a local rapper from Queens. As requested, I’m not telling who. (Was given permission to post the art) I was going through his Instagram account, but when I watched his promo videos from his YouTube channel, that’s when everything flowed.

Here’s the inked version before color:

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Here’s the colored version.

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The mediums used was pencil, pen, ink, watercolor and glitter watercolor. Again, the scan doesn’t really show the shimmer from the glitter watercolor very well. It looks better in person. The person who commission this was very happy with the final results.

I’m still taking commissions, so if you’re interested, discuss rates, etc., send me an email: Witchipoo@witchesbrewpress.net. Serious inquires only.

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