Category: Art Prompt

August 2018 – Art Prompt

What's up

Let me kick off the post by playing catch up on my thought processes. I really need to just post more often. Many apologies for posting a day late. My kids are on school holiday and have commandeered my computer. By the time they were in bed and I realized I forgot to post this month’s prompt it was late and I was beyond tired.  

Yes, I need to post more often. Didn’t I say that? I get bogged down in projects, kids, housework and boring real life stuff and I neglect my blog. I want to start posting more interesting content throughout the month. I am thinking in the way of tutorials or something. Not sure if I will keep it to text or start a video blog. I’m kinda camera shy, so let me think on it some more. 

Prompt

The topics for this month’s prompts are : Urban Legends, Strange But True, Ghost Stories, True Crime. In my process I often develop my characters and stories at the same time. These prompts can easily be used for writing or drawing inspiration. Every place has a story (sometimes several) in one or more these topics. If you think you don’t have any local legends or happenings you’re wrong. Do some digging, you’ll  be surprised what you come up with. 

When I was a little bitty kid we had part of an old house foundation in our yard. It looked like a low stone wall. Every spring daffodils bloomed around it. My sister and I loved to go pick them. When I was older I found out that the woman who lived in that house was stabbed to death by her husband. He ended up going to a mental institution. Nobody wanted to live in a house where someone was murdered, so it was torn down. The killer was the uncle of the man who we rented our property from. This story has made it’s way into my own stories.

If you aren’t feeling inspired by your local history, don’t hesitate to look  further afield. All cultures around the world have their own stories and legends. Some of them are seriously weird. Research. Do one for each day of the week. Write a story or draw a picture based on what you find. Enjoy!

Urban Legends: Probably one of the most well known urban legends is that of Bloody Mary. Every city across America (across the world, even) has an urban legend. They are often based in some truer story that happened locally or was borrowed from another region. Finding out how true a legend is is most of the fun of researching urban legends. Bonus points for finding ones as close to home as possible. They are usually the most obscure. The world needs fresh story ideas. 

Strange But True: Our world is full of unsolved mysteries that make absolutely no sense and baffle authorities. These are the stories that are behind every good conspiracy theory. One of my favorites is that of Dyatlov Pass in Russia. If you don’t know it, I won’t spoil it. You have to experience it for yourself.

A lesser known but similar story occurred in the late 70s in California. It is called the American Dyatlov Pass or the Yuba City incident. Again, these kinds of weird stories are everywhere if you are willing to devote some time to looking for them.

Ghost Stories/ Hauntings: I love a good ghost story. Everywhere I have ever been, including the reserved and practical Netherlands, has a ghost story and at least one haunted house. Don’t believe me? Most Dutch people don’t know it, but the most haunted house in the Netherlands is in a village called Monster. How cool is that? They don’t know because they aren’t looking. The first thing I do when I come to a new area is research local legends and hauntings. Everywhere is pretty much like everywhere else without them. Before you resort to the internet for inspiration, try to find your town’s local haunted house and find out why people think it is haunted. 

True Crime: We have all heard the saying “The truth is stranger than fiction”. Meet Ed Gein. In the 1950s he was your average old guy next door/ handyman type. He was considered a bit odd but well liked. He entertained neighborhood kids and liked to cook for his friends. He is also the inspiration for Leatherface, Psycho and Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. 

Every culture throughout time has these types of people. They live next door. They appear normal. No one would suspect them until…..

Lesser known, but just as disturbing accounts include Takahiro Shiraishi- Tokyo, Anatoly Moskvin- Russia, Elias Xitavhudzi- Africa, and until it was made popular by American Horror Story, Marie Delphine (Macarty) LaLaurie- New Orleans. 

In the instance of true crime it is often better to be inspired by but tactful when using these stories. This is especially true if the events are recent. Still living family and friends of victims will likely always be grieving their losses. Please be respectful.  

July 2018 Art Prompt

Here we are in July, the 4th right around the corner. I know I haven’t lived in the states for a long time, but old habits die hard. Sadly the 4th brings to mind more disturbing imagery than it did in past years- useful if you are into creepy stuff. I quite like tales of espionage and political wickedness. These days there is no end to the possibilities as it seems like reality is more akin to an episode of House of Cards.  Even the cast of characters is a little too perfect in their sinister and extremely unique styles. All of that weird hair! 

I thought it might be fun to create some characters and environments based on real life political characters and countries. My personal favorite is Russia and that whole cold war thing, brutal architecture, and is it me or does it always seem like that place is lit in twilight?  

 

 

Week 1: I don’t think I could ever get tired of imagery from Pripyat. I love urban decay. Civilization lost. Peeling paint. Ghosts of the past.  Draw 7 environments – interior or exterior of Pripyat. If that doesn’t strike you I am sure there are plenty of props to draw- gas masks, dolls, and a skeletal dog. 

 

 

Week 2: I have to admit I never really researched Korea before. It really is a beautiful place. Pick 7 of your favorite images from Korea and draw them. 

 

 

Week 3: America is so vast. Every location has it’s own vibe. Every community is unique. I was hard pressed to pick an image that just says “America”. This is pretty close to the current vibe I get.

Pick 7 of your favorite images from America- people, places, things.  If you are not sure where to start check out Brooklyn, the Salton Sea or Route 66. Looking for something a little wilder? Check out the National Parks. Discover the conspiracy theories about all the people who go missing in them every year. Where do you think they go? Bigfoot, aliens and serial killers are popular theories. 

 

 

Week 4: Surprise yourself. There are so many things out there to be inspired by. Sinister looking politicians, foreign lands, strange customs. Time is not a factor. Pick 7 things to draw from any era and place on the subject of politics. Don’t forget the influence of the church over the monarchy. Be creative. 

June 2018 Art Prompt

This month I am changing the format of the art prompts. I am still going to post them for the entire month as a theme, but I am going to break them down into 4 weeks per month with a new subject each week. Figured that was kinda the best of both worlds with some much needed variation. I hope you enjoy

Depending on where you live, forests can be creepy and even dangerous places. With summer just around the corner I thought a creepy nature theme is just what is needed. I’m going to kick it off with a suggested prompt and it’s up to you on how you interpret it or what you draw. As always I would love to see your work. If you comment a link I will happily take a look. 

 

 

Week 1- Draw 7 different images of wild animals eating. For those of you disturbed by Mother Nature at her most grisly, feel free to draw squirrels eating nuts and other sunny subjects. 

 

 

Week 2 – Draw 7 things to fear in the forest. From serial killers to spiders, there are many frightening things in forests! 

 

 

 

Week 3 – Draw 7 things to fear in the water. Any water- oceans lakes, springs, ponds, whatever. 

 

 

 

Week 4 – Draw 7 poisonous things found in nature. Can be plants, flowers, fungi, spiders, bugs, snakes. Land, sea or air. Your choice.

I would like to say thank you to the photographers at Pexels for the free images provided in this post. If you are in need of free images to use, commercially or otherwise, check out my post on my favorite free reference photo websitesHave an awesome month sketching.

100 Days of Making Comics

 I was perusing YouTube today and came across this awesome video by illustrator/ comic artist, Kevin Cross. He is the creator of 100 Days of Making Comics challengeA comics creation challenge you say? Where do I sign up? Facebook, actually – but there are rules. 

 – Challenge Requirements –

1. Comic Project that you haven’t been making enough time for.

2. At least 30-minutes of work towards the comic each day.

3. Everyday for 100 Consecutive Days. (100 days in a row).

4. Make a daily video/blog to hold yourself accountable.

5. Post it in the group.

You can see the full write up for the challenge on their Facebook page in the “About This Group” section.

I have several projects hanging around here collecting dust. My biggest problem is that I put way too much pressure on myself to deliver the exact perfect artwork, perfect page layout and perfect story. The inner critic takes over and pretty soon I am paralyzed with questions and doubt:

Is my story too much like someone else’s?

Does this artwork suck?

Is this the right style for the project?

Are my page layouts boring?

Are my character poses and scenes boring/ predictable?  

Ok, enough of this shit. Get a grip, already! It probably does suck and it’s not going to get better without practice. That’s what this site is all about- accountability, daily practice, reaching goals. My ultimate goal: create comics.  So what’s the problem? No excuses. I’m doing this!

This is a character sketch for the comic I want to start working on. I mentioned it in my last blog post, but then inner critic. I have the story complete, sans script changes. I have made a few revisions already and fleshed the story out a little more. I still haven’t come up with a title. It is a short horror story, taking place on a farm in rural Arkansas 1917. 

As a last thought, I still have the monthly prompt coming up on June 1st. The post is already written. For those of you not interested in doing comic art, fear not! I will keep up with the art prompt lists as I work on the 100 Days of Making Comics challenge. 

June 2018 Art Prompt

This month I am changing the format of the art prompts. I am still going to post them for the entire month as a theme, but I am going to break them down into 4 weeks per month with a new subject each week. Figured that was kinda the best of both worlds with some much needed variation. I hope you enjoy. 

The Great Outdoors

Depending on where you live, forests can be creepy and even dangerous places. With summer just around the corner I thought a creepy nature theme is just what is needed. I’m going to kick it off with a suggested prompt and it’s up to you on how you interpret it or what you draw. As always I would love to see your work. If you comment a link I will happily take a look. 

Week 1- Draw 7 different images of wild animals eating. For those of you disturbed by Mother Nature at her most grisly, feel free to draw squirrels eating nuts and other sunny subjects. 

Week 2 – Draw 7 things to fear in the forest. From serial killers to spiders, there are many frightening things in forests! 

Week 3 – Draw 7 things to fear in the water. Any water- oceans lakes, springs, ponds, whatever. 

Week 4 – Draw 7 poisonous things found in nature. Can be plants, flowers, fungi, spiders, bugs, snakes. Land, sea or air. Your choice.

I would like to say thank you to the photographers at Pexels for the free images provided in this post. If you are in need of free images to use, commercially or otherwise, check out my post on my favorite free reference photo websites. Have an awesome month sketching. 

Art Prompt – May 2018

Draw 100 people in a week! Just kidding. I saw that challenge on Marc Taro Holmes’ blog. That’s a little ambitious, even for me.  Did kinda get me thinking about the Draw 100 challenge though. I thought that one was pretty cool. Just needed some variety to it. So let’s make it draw 100 pictures this month, enough so you can say you improve on each subject-say minimum 10 max 30. So you will have at least 3 subjects to draw and a max of 10. Just to keep it from getting boring. Do those annoying things that you have trouble with –

  • feet/hands
  • faces or facial features
  • architecture/perspective
  • lighting
  • trees
  • hair/ fur
  • figures/ proportion
  • crowds
  • cars
  • animals/ insects/ creatures

There thats 10 things that can be tricky. Let’s do our best to hit all 100.

On a side note, kinda debating about if I want to spam my blog with a daily draw post or post stuff someplace like Instagram.  It’s a debate. Kinda leaning towards Instagram a little. Will post a link if I decide to go that direction. 

April Art Prompt

Hey guys! Happy Easter. Happy April Fool’s Day. How often does that happen? Hope everyone is getting a lot of drawing in. I am struggling. So much real life stuff. But I try to get in as much as I can and I am reading some really cool art books I bought. I’m really enjoying them because they have assignments. I really need to get on it and start doing them. Promise to post some stuff soon. Without further ado, this month’s art prompt: Dark Humor Horror Movies. Draw a still, character or favorite scene from each.

Dark Humor Horror Movies

  1. Army of Darkness
  2. Shaun of the Dead
  3. Zombieland
  4. The Evil Dead
  5. Evil Dead 2
  6. American Werewolf in London
  7. Gremlins
  8. Dead Snow
  9.  Vampire’s Assistant
  10. Fido
  11. House
  12. American Psycho
  13. Cabin in the Woods
  14. Creepshow
  15. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  16. Santa Clarita Diet
  17. The Lost Boys
  18. Drag Me to Hell
  19. Scary Movie
  20. The Return of the Living Dead
  21. May
  22. From Dusk Till Dawn
  23. Ghoulies
  24. Leprechaun
  25. Young Frankenstein
  26. Child’s Play
  27. Sweeney Todd
  28. Arachnaphobia
  29. Lake PLacid
  30. Blade: Trinity

March Art Prompt

Typography Oddity - Ode to Cemeteries

My sincerest apologies, guys. I know it’s been a while since I updated the site.  I won’t bore you with the details, but this year is starting out to be quite hectic. To boot, I have had the flu for the last week. I appreciate the encouragement from you guys to get me back moving and get this post out. I promise from here on out to do better.  I have another post coming up soon. That one will be a review of online art schools based on my personal experiences. So make sure you check it out if online art class is something you are interested in trying. 

Ok so here is the March art prompt. For this one the list is a quote for the odd numbers. You can work it out as typography, whichever font you like or one you have created yourself. You decide.  If typography isn’t your thing use the quote as a prompt. For the even numbers I have listed a cemetery. Google, or if you happen to be lucky enough to have visited one (or more) locations use your own reference photos and make a sketch from each location.  I am quite the cemetery fanatic and have been to 3 of the cemeteries on the list- Abney Park, Highgate, and City of London. I would love to visit the rest on the list. I think they are awesome places filled with atmosphere and history. 

 

  1. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. Highgate, London
  3. Go then, there are other worlds than these. – Stephen King, Gunslinger
  4. Pere Lachaise, Paris
  5. I knew nothing but shadows and I thought them to be real. – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  6. Abney Park, London
  7. Vengeance was one hell of a roommate. J.R. Ward, Dark Lover
  8. City of the Dead, Paris Catacombs
  9. Now it’s the dark’s turn to be afraid. Joseph Delaney, Curse of the Bane
  10. Saint Louis Cemetery, New Orleans, La.
  11. Follow your heart, just don’t get lost. – Ilsa J. Bick, Draw the Dark.
  12. Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx, New York
  13. Darkness promotes speech. – Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night
  14. Powaski Cemetery, Warsaw, Poland
  15. The brightest light casts the darkest shadow. – Jess C. Scott, The Darker Side of Life
  16. City of London Cemetery, London
  17. Darkness is just light turned inside out. – Beelzebub
  18. Montmartre Cemetery, Paris
  19. I love to chase my shadow to feel how it rests in the dark. – Munia Khan
  20. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
  21. Here in the forest, dak and deep, I offer you eternal sleep. – unknown
  22. Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery, Midlothian, Il.
  23. The night is dark and full of terrors. – George RR Martin
  24. Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland
  25. I killed a part of me to keep you alive. – unknown
  26. Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia
  27. You are here because the outside world rejects you. – unknown
  28. Brompton Cemetery, London
  29. Hello darkness my old friend. – Simon and Garfunkel
  30. Glasgow Necropolis, Glasgow, Scotland

Art Prompt – January 2018

Happy New Year all! This prompt is not going to be a list. Instead, I thought doing something more in the spirit of new year resolutions was in order. December was a super hectic month. I did’t get as much art done as I would have liked. I did get 5 pages of thumbnails for my comic sketched out, and one page penciled. So there is that. I would like to get back into the habit of drawing every day. And that is what this resolution is about. So I have decided this month’s prompt is to do the Draw 100 Challenge. 

With this challenge you can pick any subject(s) you have weaknesses in and practice them until you get it right. Really tighten up your skills. Do it a little every day. For me this is going to involve drawing eyes until I get them right! Good luck and let’s fill up some sketchbooks. 

December Art Prompts 2017

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Bah humbug! The Victorians had it right with their tradition of ghostly winter tales, such as Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”. In reality, throughout history around the world, the dark days of winter have inspired some rather intriguing ghost stories, winter spirits and Christmas deities. Some are downright spooky. Others, at the very least, are the cantankerous cigarette smoking cousin of the modern North American Santa inspired by Coca-Cola. 

I have researched a short “Twelve Days of Christmas” list for you all to be inspired by in your sketchbook endeavors this month. I figured we could all do with a more relaxed pace since the holidays can be rather hectic. If you are unfamiliar with these creatures, please do a little Google search and familiarize yourselves with their backstories and descriptions. I hope you enjoy this list. Happy Holidays!

  1. Krampus
  2. Jolakotturinn “The Christmas Cat”
  3. Frau Perchta
  4. Pere Perchta
  5. Zwarte Piet (Black Pete)
  6. Mari Lwyd “The Christmas Zombie Horse”
  7. La Befana/ Baboushka
  8. Tomten
  9.  Belsnickel
  10. Gryla
  11. Knecht Ruprecht
  12. Hans Trapp