Like buzz, buzz, buzz….

This zombee is a terrible pun, and I will display it SHAMELESSLY.

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It is various pencils, not ink, and it is not actually drawn using any of my own possessions unless you count my hands, but there you have it.

Speaking of things that are not mine, how did I not know these little rainbow scratch board things existed?

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LOOK AT THAT, MARVIN, MAYBE IT’S NO MASTERPIECE AND DOESN’T HAVE A BOW TIE AND I CAN’T ERASE IT WITH A MAGICAL SWIPE OF MY HAND BUT IT IS STILL WAY BETTER THAN YOUR STUPID CAT FACE, I HOPE YOU FEEL BAD FOR MAKING ALL THOSE KIDS IN THE 90s FEEL INADEQUATE ABOUT THEIR CAT-FACE-DRAWING SKILLS WITH YOUR SHOWING OFF AND YOUR STUPID MAGIC DRAWING BOARD, MARVIN.

I may harbor a tiny bit of repressed resentment regarding Marvin’s Magic Drawing Board. Don’t judge me.

Anyhow, requisite sketchdump.

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Duck? Superhero? Neither? Both? I dunno, but his buddy’s a fish.

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Questionable skeletal anatomies and grumpy dogs, plus a bit of dragon. Very little happened during this class, obviously.

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Gross grub-beetle dude. I was all set to draw more here, actually, but someone brought a REAL LIVE ACTUAL BABY to class and it was right by my seat so obviously nothing was accomplished during that 40-minute period. Not that it was fussy or anything — it was actually more interested in the lecture than we were, as far as I could tell — but it had some very opinionated commentary and none of it was actual words and we were all very entertained.

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You underestimate…

Inktober sketchdump #2, again mostly drawn in class. What can I say, Psych tends not to be extremely riveting.

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The exception here is Blackbird, who came to be while I was listening to my newest round of Halloween music.

I prefer Halloween tunes that are at least a *little* subtle, so although the Nightmare Before Christmas theme is obviously a staple, a lot of other old standbys like Monster Mash or the Ghostbusters theme and so on didn’t make the cut. There are also a lot of “eh sure, this seems spooky” choices that don’t really hold up to scrutiny but I like ’em and I’m stubborn.

Most lie somewhere in-between, and one of those is Something to Believe In by Young the Giant. Ghosts, demons, requisite “ooOOOooo” chorus in the background? Check, check and check. It’s this year’s equivalent of I’m Only Joking from 2014 or Emperor’s New Clothes from 2015, I guess. And since they’ve daringly rhymed “track” with “track” (admittedly using two different senses of the word, but still) in the chorus, I can’t help but want a similar symmetry between the other two nouns in those lines — “black book” and “songbird,” respectively. (You may point out that “railroad” is also a noun despite functioning as a modifier here, and that “black book” is obviously a noun plus an adjective, but I will just cover my ears and sing over you because YOU’RE NOT MY GRAMMAR TEACHER.) Anyhow, my brain’s solution is obviously to picture said songbird as a blackbird, and a pretty smug (slightly hook-billed) one at that.

 

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Which works out in the end, I suppose, because blackbirds are a pretty underestimated songbird if you ask me.

Speaking of birds, hopefully I’ll have more Runty Pigeon for you by Monday — fingers crossed!

Inktober Sketch Dump

You thought I’d forgotten, didn’t you?

Well, I didn’t! Mostly!

While various Circumstances have resulted in Runty Pigeon carrying on into October, I’ve still been diligently doodling in class. Some days are … more productive than others (I actually had to pay attention to everything in ENG/LING the other day, it was dreadful) but here we have it:

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Cat-scratch and snaggletooth snarlbeastie were both the same day, I think I wasn’t loving the assignments for that class. Gecko was admittedly a super-lazy choice, and his pupils are going all the wrong ways, but at least he’s smiling I guess.

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I don’t remember what happened in almost all cases, but I do know I was totally not paying attention to what part of speech I labeled “all” as.

I’m taking a psych course this year, so there’s a good chance you’ll see a lot of alarmed-looking rats. I don’t have much to say about the grumpy lumpy snapping-turtle dude, except I got bored with long-nosed reptilian beasties like the one on top, so I decided to mix things up a little.

Happy Inktober!

This is Halloween….

…Okay, I lied. Okay, I didn’t, but I misled. Sort of. I mean, obviously it *is* Halloween. But I was listening to The Blue Wrath (i.e. that “la la la laaaa” song from the beginning of Shaun of the Dead), not the Nightmare Before Christmas song, when I drew tonight’s final contribution to InkTober. That said, the cat is because I was watching Corpse Bride earlier, and was thinking of Nightmare Before Christmas and how there are always ghost-dogs but not so much ghost-cats. Of course, cats don’t really need to look any different to be mysterious….

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Happy Halloween!

Song for the living….

Apparently this is the part of the semester where instructors are more likely to walk around and stare at what you’re doing, because another one came over and noticed my doodles. I did them before class technically started this time, so still no worries (not that it should really be a problem in any class but Spanish anyhow, since I’m actually doing well in all the others).

I’m not sure whether the “holy crap!” was for the skeleton, the scare(y)crow, or the cat-Cubone thing — or just the tone in general — but I’m going to consider it a compliment from her anyhow.

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And my Pharaoh-hound Anubis with the necklace from before was kind of disappointing, so here’s more of a proper jackal, wearing nothing but a mischievous smile. Furthermore, since it’s kind of a theme at this point, this one’s for Sea Wolf’s “Song For the Dead,” which I’ve had for a while but which happens to come after Twin Skeleton’s Hotel and Emperor’s New Clothes on my Halloween playlist.

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I posted this a bit too late, so I guess a Happy Halloween is in order as well! We’ll see if I manage to post the last one on time tomorrow, or if I’m too busy partying.

Har. I think I’ll be fine.

A new partner in crime….

Oh hey look, missed a bunch of days again. But, Halloween drawings!

Well, sort of. We have Anubis — an oddly benevolent-looking, half-finished Anubis whose ears were too long for the page, that is:

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An overprotective mama bear (my instructor happened to walk past as I was finishing this and said, “Scary!” — fortunately I had already correctly diagrammed the sentences we were all supposed to be working on at the time)

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A lizard who’s just a little grumpy, as lizards often seem to be:

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And finally a gargoyle.

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If you’ve gotten into the rhythm of things (oh man, inadvertently made a bad pun there), you’ll have guessed that this guy has something to do with a song of some kind. You’re right! I’ve been listening to my Halloween music all week, and while Anubis was just sort of a general result of having that on in the background, ol’ Gargoyle comes from a specific tune. Twin Skeleton’s Hotel (yeah, the apostrophe is supposed to be in there, I checked twice), which has nothing to do with gargoyles (arguably even less than Emperor’s New Clothes, which I drew a cat for). Sadly, I cannot help how my brain works. Even when my brain says “Okay, yes, you have this picture all scanned in, but now that you’re seeing it up close wouldn’t it be better if you raised that lower left lid a smidge and darkened the brows and made a little more contrast over here…?” Even if I go, SHUT UP BRAIN, THESE AREN’T SUPPOSED TO BE THAT LABOR-INTENSIVE AND GARGOYLES DO NOT INHERENTLY LOOK LIKE FALLOUT BOY IN THE FIRST PLACE SO WHAT IS EVEN YOUR DEAL.

See why it takes me so long to post these?

Well, only a few days left and then it’s time for another NaNoWriMo. Now that should be interesting!

Finders, keepers….

Okay, first let’s get the past bajillion days or so out of the way; most of them (including my failed attempts to align eyes correctly without a reference) were crammed onto this one sheet of paper anyhow:

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Oh, and then this smug little capercaillie-type dude yesterday:

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And finally today, which is the result of my listening to “Emperor’s New Clothes” one too many times:

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I mean really, this song is clearly written by a cat. “I am so much more than royal”; “If it feels good, tastes good, it must be mine”? Those are two of the basic tenets of cat society. Also, that old-timey “Puttin’ on the Ritz”-type melody that pops up now and again reminds me of the Scissor Sisters’ “I Can’t Decide,” which is definitely a cat song.

Interestingly, as it approaches the three-minute mark the actual video for The Emperor’s New Clothes contains one of the few cases (and one of the even fewer post-1980’s cases) where I can actually say, “that is exactly what this person sounds like he thinks he looks like when he is singing that part of that song.” Honestly, add back the eyes and teeth from this cat, and it’s not too far off from the griffins I gave them back in August. Anyhow, props to whoever put that together, and I’m a little bit jealous that *my* job doesn’t require me to dance around screaming and wearing wings with dramatic mood-lighting on occasion. (Also, I feel like that makeup job would pair well with a whole slew of childhood Halloween costumes for one of those “expectation vs. reality” memes.)