There’s a chap who calls himself Grickle, who I discovered via his work on the Puzzle Agent games. Have you heard of recent film The Boxtrolls? He helped create the titular creatures.
One day, he tweeted the below swamp creature, with the hashtag #sketch_dailies.
Sketch Dailies (website / Twitter) tweet out one drawing suggestion every weekday, around 5:30pm UK time. They help lead an event called Inktober, where you do one drawing every day for a month (or you can do one every two days, etc.). You can take on Sketch Dailies’ proposal, or do your own thing. Despite the name, it’s not strictly limited to ink – People use their tablets, watercolours, whatever they please.
Without further ado, these are the thirty-one pieces of fruit borne from my endeavour!
Day 1: Dredd. Judge Dredd. I’m sure he hates ‘hanging dog poop bags from bushes and leaving it there’ as much as he hates everything else.
Day 2: Olive and Maps from Gotham Academy. I’m sure it’s a good read, but…
Day 3: Squidward. I feel he and Rod from Avenue Q have similar outlooks on life.
Day 4: Spider-Man. I made him find a Man-Spider.
Day 5: William Wallace (and Gromit).
Day 6: Penguin (animal or Batman villain). Search ‘Criminal Penguins’ on YouTube and enjoy.
Day 7: Creature from the Black Lagoon. It looks murky in there…
Day 8: Raven Mocker. It’s from Cherokee mythology.
Day 9: Wednesday Addams. Has a bobblehead here for some reason.
Day 10: Elmer Fudd. Crossed with the sniper from Saving Private Ryan.
Day 11: Ace Attorney. What if Edgeworth had been poisoned instead of Godot?
Day 12: Die Hard. Now Lego Die Hard. Hhho Hho Ho.
Day 13: Blade (the vampire hunter). Now, due to flat-top, wearing MC Hammer parachute pants.
Day 14: Bride of Frankenstein. She’s barely in her own film, and she rejects Frankie outright.
Day 15: Edward Scissorhands. If he’d been built hands first there would have been less problems later on.
Day 16: Basilisk. Both the name of a legendary reptile and a Warhammer 40,000 tank.
Day 17: The Book of Life. Reminds me of Grim Fandango in many ways…
Day 18: Final Destination. Has this film franchise ended yet?
Day 19: The Big Bang Theory. That’s the the blue door Sheldon usually knocks on… at least he only knocks three times.
Day 20: Scarecrow (Wizard of Oz/Batman villain/whatever). I didn’t want to draw him.
Day 21: Siren. Those things that lead ships onto rocks. Mermaids do similar.
Day 22: Frankenstein. Young Frankenstein, to be precise.
Day 23: Bridezilla. THESE ARE TULIPS YOU WILL ALL DIE.
Day 24: Cyclops (creature or X-Men). Look up the story of Polyphemus and this one will make sense.
Day 25: Peanuts. Should’ve made him look more like Snoopy.
Day 26: The Grinch. The film was on TV that day. That LATE OCTOBER day.
Day 27: Jack-o-Lantern. Named similarly to the Will-o-the-wisp… what if the flames could wander off?
Day 28: Werewolf. What would happen if a vampire and a werewolf bit each other?
Day 29: Boogeyman. I went with Oogie-Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Day 30: Nosferatu. He would look in horror upon modern ‘vampires’.
Day 31: My Best Halloween. It was 10 years ago, so now I feel old.
So, was it worth it? Yes and no…
While the main boon was sketching more and getting some synapses firing, the main problem was time. I had several other things on my plate (such as rehearsals for an impending show), so this constant barrage of micro-deadlines made it a chore by the end. It didn’t help that I joined in on October 8th, pumping out two or three drawings a day until caught up. I continued to post a couple at a time.
I shared them in a few different places. In engagement my Instagram was the winner, beating Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Ironically, I started my Tumblr account to host these sketches, and can’t figure out if anything on there has been Liked or Shared.
Annoyingly, years ago Instagram decided you can’t preview their pictures within Tweets anymore. Sharing on Twitter did work but lacked ‘kerb appeal’: It may be worth revisiting Twitter’s built-in photo hosting.
I did get some good ideas out of Inktober. I’ll continue to check the hashtags to see what others have cooked up, and keep my sketchbook closer to hand. Copic markers and brush pens produce a good look, so i’ll have to track some down. I’ll consider taking it up again next year if my diary’s less crammed.
Let’s close on a calendar-based joke. Happy November 1st: Wyclef’s home!