I walked outside and was brushed with cool wind and cloudy skies overhead. I love autumn. When I was a kid, Halloween was my most favorite time of year! I grew up being scared most of the time, and to this day I can't sleep without a night light, but it was fun! At least thinking back on it now it seems so. I can confess some spooky tales of childhood trauma and my creative older sister if you hang with me a moment.
Firstly, Inktober is a fun time in October where artists of every level and location, post a work each day of month. Thirty-one drawings for Halloween usually. Last year I participated it was quite fun to see all the participants using the #inktober hashtag. Its a fun way to discover other artists' work and practice your skills. Its also a great way to get new fans of your work, since a lot more people follow the hashtag and look at it everyday to see the new stuff!
If you're an artist, you like drawing, or you're just curious then you should definitely take a look at this collective building event! You don't have to do scary, most people just do what they like, and even paint or add their own flourish. I use it as a time to practice drawing in brush ink, quill, pen, and marker. You can check out my last year's work in the "Related Articles" at the end of the post. Here is what I have so far, take a look and then I'll take you back to my haunted house in 1992.
My sister was particularly good at setting up macabre sets in our home while I was watching cartoons. She'd call me from another part of the house knowing I paid no attention to what she was doing. At first I'd be annoyed that she was interrupting me, but as I slowly searched the house for her, a sick feeling would rise from my stomach. Of course I wouldn't find her. Finally walking into her room at the end of the house, there was ominous music playing, the room was dark, and sheer curtains hung sloppily from every part of the room. She was creative.
"Jooooohnnnnnnyyyy..." I hear a shrill high pitched voice softly call at me from the bed. When I look over, there's a doll, bloodied and black-eyed laying there holding a giant butcher knife! YIKES! The voice came again, "Johnnnny, come play with me..."
You might think I ran screaming from the room, I mean this is the stuff of nightmares. But it wasn't the first time she'd done this, and even though I was scared, I knew she was the conductor of this horror train. I can't even count how many times she's laid in wait for me to enter a room just to scare me with her elaborate setups. I might add, we lived in the country, so there wasn't a whole lot to do. My mom would be away at work, and she had all day to think this stuff up. After ordering her to come out, I bravely lifted the bedskirt to peek under and there she was crouched under it, with the biggest evil grin and a toy microphone to her mouth. A creepy sight in itself I assure you!
I'm sure everyone has stories like these, or worse! I lovingly call it the dark ages. It may have left me with an inability to be in a dark room alone, but from what I hear that's normal. Nowadays I've gained an interest in the horror genre (with the help of my goth-loving significant other), and have therapeutically taught myself to see the campy fun side.
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I graduated with a BFA in Fine Art from the University of North Texas with a focus on Watercolor. I always had dreams of creative writing, and in 5th grade I wasn't too bad! Art clearly won out for my attention, but writing will always have a place in my heart!
What better way to write, I say, than to share a blog, and practice my second love while talking about my first! With that said, I hope you all enjoy my ramblings and please hit me up with any questions. :D Contact me!