Last year I made random sketches for songs on my Halloween playlist, with the restriction that I could only draw for the duration of the song. This year I wanted to do something similar with new additions to my list, but with a little more structure since a lot of the songs aren’t strongly “themed” by nature.
My research while making the flower crown for If you think I’m pretty… reminded me that I really don’t know much about plants, especially when it comes to drawing them. This year I’ve decided to make some sort of botanically-based sketch for each song, and post them at … probably pretty arbitrary intervals depending when I remember to, if I’m honest, but still.
Due to aforementioned lack of plant knowledge, I’ve allowed myself to do as much research as I like on the subject matter beforehand, but I still have to create the drawing within the span of its song. This cuts down on the amount of double-checking I can do as I draw, but also prevents me from just taking forever on a single drawing because I want it to look good. For the most part these should be 4-minute sketches, tops, with most clocking in around 3-3.5. I did allow myself to go back later and add a single color to some, because just filling in color takes an unreasonable amount of time; and I’m using pencil so I can erase (sorry, Inktober) … but that’s where the concessions end.
Some of these will feature immediate choices that popped into my head the moment I landed on the song (as we’ll see with Choke later on); others, like today’s, started with a vague idea that required a bit of research before I dove into the actual drawing.
Today’s sketch is for Fifth Harmony’s I’m In Love With a Monster (3:32), featuring the fruit of an Organ Pipe Cactus (Stenocereus thurberi) and a small fruit bat of some kind. My first thought on hearing this song was to work with a thorny vine/shrub, or with some kind of bat-pollinated cactus flower, but then I saw some image results of bats feeding on the cactus fruits … these things apparently have a tendency to split/be torn open and end up looking like toothy red jaws covered in spikes, which was just perfect.