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Today’s prompt word for Inktober is “bottle.” That one was relatively easy for me compared to the prompts from the last three days. The only challenge was finding a bottle that I wanted to draw. I finally decided on drawing this bottle of Delirium Red Belgian beer featuring a pink elephant on the label. This drawing was based on a photo I took at a local place called Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro in Beltsville, Maryland a few years back because the label’s design really impressed me.

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Last year I checked out a new shopping center that was built on top of a former farm that was once owned by descendants of the original Lord Baltimore, George Calvert (who founded what eventually became the state of Maryland). At the time the only stores that were really in business were a Whole Foods Market and a Starbucks. I shot some photos because I noticed that the developer chose to keep the one remaining structure that hints at the shopping center’s former use as a farm—a giant icehouse. In addition, there was this really cool statue of a big blue bear that was erected.

I haven’t been back until recently and that’s because there was a used book sale that was happening there and I decided to check it out. Since my last visit the place has expanded.

In front of the shopping center there is now this really interesting statue of what looks like two figures seated close in a ball position facing each other.

The details of each figure shows the fact that the figure is made up of symbols.

Like I wrote before, the only remaining structure from the shopping center’s early days as a farm is this giant brick icehouse. The developer has since added an airplane whose propellor constantly rotates.

A few new businesses have opened at Riverdale Park Station, such as this Gold’s Gym in the next photo.

The statue of the giant blue bear is still there. In fact, the area where the bear is located is now known as Bear Square.

The used book sale took place in Bear Square just a few feet away from the bear statue. I browsed through the books but I didn’t find anything that appealed to me so I ended up not buying anything.

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Here are a pair of turkeys that I shot at the Greenbelt Farmers Market in Greenbelt, Maryland not too long ago.

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Today’s prompt word for Inktober is “whale.” I did a few drawings of some killer whales that were based on my photos from my last trip to Sea World in Orlando back in 2010.

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Yesterday I drew the same real-life person for this year’s Inktober as I did for last year’s Inktober. Today I drew a different real-life person whom I also drew for Inktober last year.

Today’s official Inktober prompt word is “precious.” I know a burlesque performer named Reverend Valentine who is the emcee of the Washington, DC chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, which is where I first met her. She is into geek culture (you should see the photo of her female Darth Vader costume and, yes, the link is definitely NSFW) and she especially loves dinosaurs. Last year I did this drawing where I imagined her as buying a stuffed blue T-Rex from Build a Bear Workshop while dressed in pasties and a g-string (LOL!).

For today’s prompt I did a drawing of her based on one of her boudoir photos that she has posted online and I paired her with Devil Dinosaur from the Marvel comic book series Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. To make it more relevant to today’s prompt word, I had her utter the same dialogue that Gollum uttered in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books. Here’s the drawing I did.

Shortly before I did that drawing I had checked out four volumes of graphic novel reprints of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos from the local library and I enjoyed reading them.

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Today’s prompt word for Inktober is “drooling.” Here is my drawing based on that prompt.

Here’s the story behind this drawing. When I was a teenager my family had a dog who was part-Labrador Retriever and part-Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Napoleon. Like all dogs Napoleon was into begging for people food while leaving his own dog food uneaten. (He would eventually get around to eating his own food but he definitely preferred what people were eating. He also considered himself to be a human being even though he only walked on four legs and he could only growl, bark, and whine.) He would stoop to begging where he would cast the saddest eyes he could muster. If he didn’t get what he wanted, the next step was to stick his tongue out, start panting, and begin drooling. The longer he drooled, the more foamy his mouth got and a small puddle would start to form around him. His mouth would get so foamy that it looked like he had rabies. (He always got his rabies shot every year.) That tactic was especially effective when my parents had guests over and his drooling would gross out the guests so much that they gave in and gave him what they were eating.

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People are sharing hilariously bad stock photos of their jobs.

Meet the economist behind the one percent’s stealth takeover of America.

Portugal confronts its slave trade past.

Pet parrot creates bizarre shopping list on owner’s device.

Use your white privilege to fight racism.

The cult of violence always kills the Left.

These photos show the evolution of the laptop computer.

The Woke Parenting Guide to 24 children’s books about protest.

A look at how leisure time is changing for North Korea’s privileged.

Living Colour’s “Vivid” at 30: The band reflects on the rough road to their game-changing classic debut album.

Revealed: Secret right-wing strategy to discredit teacher strikes.

How the loss of U.S. psychiatric hospitals led to a mental health crisis.

The future of apprenticeships.

A look at the borders of the Confederate States of American superimposed on a map of human development in the United States.

How Phoenix will be almost unlivable by 2050 thanks to climate change.

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Today’s official prompt list word is “chicken.” I immediately thought of the party I went to back in late August at a friend’s place and I saw that she kept chickens in her backyard. I shot some photos of her chickens and my drawing is based on one of those photos.

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Like I wrote in a previous blog post, I attended two festivals in one day. The first one was the smaller Greenbelt Blues Festival, which I already wrote about. After attending that festival, I went to the Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, which was a larger event. Here are the photos I took of the event while I was there.

This sign erroneously said that this festival was held on September 10. In reality, it showed up on September 22.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

The festival was well-attended and there were all kinds of arts and crafts on display along with local bands performing. The local craft breweries were selling their craft beers and ales. The weather was warm and pleasant (the humidity was low that day). All in all I had a good time and many of the festival goers also enjoyed themselves as well.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Hyattsville, Maryland, September 22, 2018.

I only purchased one item at this festival. It’s a small bar of soap made from honey and it has a bee motif on it.

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, September 22, 2018

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Today’s official prompt list word is “tranquil.” Here is my drawing based on that word.

I’ve seen garden statues of frogs in a meditation position sold at local plant nurseries. I’ve even seen a meditating dog garden statue in one of the yards in my neighborhood. I decided to draw a statue of a dog in complete meditation.

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