Three sketches for Inktober 2022 days 1-3: Running mouse, batting ballplayer, stone wall with gargoyle

Inktober 2022, Days 1-3: Gargoyle, Scurry, Bat

By DoctorPlatypus | Doctor Platypus | 5 Oct 2022

Inktober 2022 has begun, and I am already behind haha. I'm going to try to draw something every day in October based on the #inktober prompts, and will post my drawings - I'll aim for every day, but we'll see how that works out. You can see how it's going so far, haha. 

Anyhow, here are my drawings for days 1-3.

Day 1: Gargoyle

Stone wall with gargoyle above wooden door - colored pencil

My very tolerant friend Ian posed for the gargoyle. He does excellent hands. I think I might profitably used a ruler to make sure the bricks around the door were even and properly aligned, but on the whole I am pretty happy with this. If I were a virtuous and patient person, I would go through and add shading and texture to all of the stones, and add wood-grain to the door. ahem.

Day 2: Scurry

Mouse running - Pencil

This was harder than I expected, especially shading the underside of the mousy without obscuring its anatomy. the biggest challenge for me was getting it to look like he was running stage right but sort of *looking* center stage. In ballroom dancing they would refer to his contra-body-motion (CBM), which is key in smooth dances like foxtrot and tango. This is something I have been struggling with since I started learning to draw a few years ago, and although I am getting a little better at it, it's still pretty hard for me.

One thing that I was *delighted* to discover: Putting in a curve for the ground touching only one of his feet really made his motion pop. Without that line, he looked pretty static. I love that interacting with the setting can be so effective at creating motion.

Day 3: Bat

Number Forty swinging a bat - pencil

Speaking of CBM, it took a lot of effort to make it look like his back was turning toward downstage while his legs and head were turning toward upstage, while the bat swung from downstage to upstage. In practice, I managed some of that by adding wrinkles to his clothing.

His forward foot needs some adjustment - if he lands on it like this he will definitely break his ankle. I love how it looks like he's bunching his shoulders up to power the swing. 

I imagine, this being October, that a lot of Inktober participants drew vampire bats etc for this prompt. I don't know why sometimes I resist these imagined fashions. But it was a blast drawing this ball player.



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Current projects: writing a literary history book about Victorian and Edwardian fiction as successor to the medieval dream vision genre. Learning to draw. Slooooowly learning the fancier ins and outs of the roll20 VTT.

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