Kick me like a stray…

Another late add (and economically-sized, as I seem to be using up my pens at an alarming rate between InkTober and classes).


I wasn’t actually listening to anything like House of Wolves before/while I drew this, but now I’m going to be thinking about the series Ashes to Ashes all night, and that way lies madness. Maybe I can use some kind six-degrees-of-separation-type voodoo to get me to an innocuous David Bowie song with no connection to Ashes or Life on Mars. Hm. I guess Magic Dance is a good one….

What big teeth you have….

Basically, this guy was a failed attempt at a bird. I started with the neck and the beaky upper jaw, but I just wasn’t feeling the way that throat turned out. Rather than scrap it entirely and start from scratch (it’s a long class, sure, but sometimes I actually have to pay attention), I decided to make it a … mammal in bird’s clothing? I ended up not really committing to that either, except with a few little flourishes — the winglike “swoop” on the flank and some vaguely scaly markings on the limbs. Mostly, he just ended up with the generic “jungle markings” I slap on everything I’m not sure how to decorate. All things considered though, it’s kind of ironic that this InkTober thing is a lot easier on class days than on days off.

Inktober06Yes, it says “Nintendo DS” down there. It’s part of a test for English. So modern!

Without conviction….

Not much tonight, just a wee little chameleon of indeterminate species and gender. I guess she looks kind of like what Magic School Bus’s “Liz” ought to have looked like if she were in fact a female Jackson’s chameleon (but with more of a veiled-chameleon casque).

Inktober05I fear I had “Karma Chameleon” in my head for much of today. It’s really not a bad song, and I’ve always found the video hugely entertaining (MJ knew his way around a dance number, but Boy George can accessorize and sometimes that’s just as good). But it’s catchy, which means it won’t let go once your logic instructor is explaining how to sell derive a contradiction, nor for the rest of the day while you tidy pillows and wave at toddlers (yes that is actually my job, but only on quiet Mondays).

Legs For Miles….


Yeah, I don’t know what’s up with that left forelimb. Or why a tiger is so scared of a little shrike-type dude. I just needed someone for her to be batting at. Oh well, never know what you’re gonna get when you doodle in ballpoint!

He’s a … transpondster!

Okay, it’s been a while, I know. I’ve been busy with school, but not THAT busy. I just get these laziness outbursts sometimes, and it’s hard to stop them.

Normally I’m not a fan of hashtags, daily things, or “new” words that are a cutesy mashup of common nouns and day/month names (needless to say, the assignation of a cutesy hashtag and/or mashup noun to each day of the week  wasn’t exactly something I embraced lovingly). I love some neologisms, but if I’m honest about it I do tend to bristle at them in general. I’m just a crusty boring old person that way. But desperate times such as this call for desperate measures, and as these things go, #inktober isn’t the worst thing to go with. It’s not even that cutesy, and it’s a lovely black-and-orange color. (That’s not the synaesthesia talking, just sensible word association — try it. Well, it is, isn’t it? Ink is black, and October is pretty inextricably pumpkin-spice-orange at this point.)

So basically this is like my NaNoWriMo (abbreviation, not a word, doesn’t count) attempt before, where I did pencil drawings instead of words. InkTober (which was apparently born in 2009, so I’m a bit late to this particular party) pretty much asks you to do the same thing, but in ink. Since much of my classwork involves drawing ink doodles while classmates ask the same questions over and over to avoid doing anything else during class, I can pretty much guarantee a daily supply of ink drawings. I can’t guarantee *good-quality* drawings, but I’m told this is not the point. This is a particularly appealing point.

The only tough part is going to be posting them in any kind of regular fashion, for reasons previously mentioned, and as it is in fact October 2 right now I’m already a day behind. Not the most auspicious start. But I do have in my possession an ink drawing from yesterday as well as one from today, so let’s get this month on the road.


During Spanish, as you can probably surmise, in the chunk of time set aside for those who hadn’t gotten around to their homework for the day. For once I was on top of things, so I had time to draw the university mascot as a dinosaur. I mean, he’s a bird with hands and teeth — he’s basically a dinosaur anyhow.


During Linguistics, while we went over how my instructor had been summoned out of the state (he may be a wizard?) and a substitute would be teaching us morphology (which we already learned a couple weeks ago in a different course). A good time for complicated floaty dragons.

Well, there we go! All caught up for the first two days. We’ll see how this goes….