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I can’t believe that I’ve actually done my 20th new drawing this month. I’ve actually managed to keep up with drawing one new drawing a day for this month as part of Inktober. I’ve seen other people’s Inktober work on social media and there are a few people who are actually drawing two or more drawings per day this month. For me, I think it’s a major achievement that I’ve actually disciplined myself to make one new drawing per day and I feel a sense of accomplishment about that.

In any case, I want to dedicate today’s drawing to my mother, who’s celebrating her birthday this month. I added Elvis Presley in his Jailhouse Rock days because she has been a major Elvis fan ever since he became famous while she was a teenager.

I also realized that this year is the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ death. I remember the news reports of the throngs of people who descended on Graceland for the 1st, 5th, 10th, and 20th anniversaries of his death. For some reason I haven’t heard a word about similar mass remembrances of his death this year. My only guess is that the hard-core Elvis fans who used to make such pilgrimages (and these were the people who became fans when he first became popular) have either died off or gotten too old to continue to make such trips. Oh well.


Recently some local artists decided to get together to fight urban blight by painting art murals on the abandoned buildings that dot Route 1 in Hyattsville, Maryland. Here are a few photos I took during my most recent trip to Hyattsville.

While I was driving around Hyattsville I found another one of those Little Free Library boxes.

One particular feature of this Little Free Library is that there is a small box that has tiny erasers that anyone can take.

As for the new Hyattsville murals, they can all be found on Route 1. As the sign in the next photo states, this was a project that was undertaken by a local design firm known as Green Owl Design.

As you can see, the murals are definitely eye-catching and awesome to see in person. I would recommend parking your car long a side street and look at all the murals while you’re walking around.

This next photo shows a bush that was planted in what looks like a recycled bathtub.

Located at the intersection of Route 1 and Hamilton Street is Polka Dot Park, which is a brand-new urban park.

When I was there that day, some of the animators who worked on the new animated film Loving Vincent, which is based on the life of Vincent Van Gogh, were there doing a special painting. By the time I arrived the painters had just finished and they were on the verge of leaving. They did their own version of Van Gogh’s classic Starry Night painting.

I made a brief stop at the Renaissance Square Artists Housing, which offers affordable one- and two-bedroom apartments to low-income artists.

One interesting feature is that this places offers its own version of the Little Free Library, with this one focusing exclusively on art.

Today I went back to the official Inktober prompt list where I saw that today’s prompt was the word “fat.” I started to think about this scandal that has recently hit the media. I usually don’t like to make fat jokes but I’m willing to make the exception in this case.

In case you’ve been sleeping in a cave, Harvey Weinstein, the founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Company has pretty much lost his career after both The New York Times and The New Yorker published exposes documenting accusations of sexual harassment and rape of numerous women—some of them famous. It’s a tale of ejaculating into a hotel lobby’s potted plant and asking women to watch him shower his massive overweight body. Reading the details of those allegations can be stomach-churning at times. Try to imagine Jabba the Hutt performing oral sex on Princess Leia against her will and you’d get the idea.

I’ll admit that studio heads preying on young would-be stars isn’t new. I’ve long heard jokes about the legendary “casting couch.” This link has an anecdote about how both child star Shirley Temple and her mother were both subjected to this kind of harassment.  What’s new is that the media and the general public are starting to take this kind of thing seriously. (Although there has been criticism as to why didn’t the media expose Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator years ago since some of the allegations date as far back as 30 years ago.)

Over the years my then-husband and I have gone to many Miramax and Weinstein Company films including The King’s Speech, The Crying Game, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Madonna: Truth or Dare, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and many others. I even have a Miramax film, Clerks, on DVD. I’ve enjoyed the majority of those films but if I had known what kind of a person he really was, I would’ve been more reluctant to see them.

Getting back to today’s fat prompt, I had to do a Harvey Weinstein-influenced drawing since he is physically overweight and he’s not exactly the the kind of person I would ever be physically attracted to. Like I wrote earlier, I don’t like to make fat jokes but I’m willing to make an exception in this case.

Later today I’m going to head over to the Bier Baron in Washington, DC to check out the DC chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. The DC chapter is emceed by a burlesque performer known as Reverend Valentine. She is mad about dinosaurs so I decided to do today’s drawing where she’s cuddling a dinosaur from Build-A-Bear Workshop while dreaming about the stuffed animal becoming a real dinosaur.

I based my drawing of Reverend Valentine from sketches I made of her back in 2015 when she was the model for the Baltimore chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s. (Link is NSFW.) As for the Build-A-Bear Workshop blue dinosaur in that drawing, he really does exist. In fact, Build-A-Bear Workshop has a whole line of dinosaurs and dragons that a person could have stuffed instead of a teddy bear.

For today’s Inktober drawing I went back to the official Inktober prompt list for inspiration. Today’s prompt on that list was “fierce.” Once again I went through the Figurosity site until I found this virtual model that I thought best illustrated the word fierce.

It wasn’t too bad drawing her. The hardest part was trying to replicate her psychedelic tye-dyed outfit. You can view the original model that I drew right here.

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Yeah, I did another Donald Trump parody drawing for today’s Inktober piece. I’ve been feeling so worn down by the latest Trump drama coming out of the White House on a daily basis since January that I did this pretty cynical drawing.

A few months ago there was this story where Donald Trump had planned on visiting the UK sometime in the future and he insisted on riding in a gold-plated carriage procession once he arrives in London. Yesterday there were new reports that if and when Trump travels to the UK, his trip will be downgraded to a “working trip” where he would not meet as a guest of the Queen and it’s even iffy whether he would address Parliament.

I hit upon an idea as to how Trump could still get the royal treatment. I ended up shifting the location to France since it was the French who tended to execute people with the guillotine (I’ve never heard of the British using this) and Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette had ruled France.

I think I’m going to lay off the Trump caricatures for the rest of Inktober unless some new outrageous story warrants a new drawing.

There are times when I can’t believe that I’m actually sticking with Inktober when I tried something similar starting January of last year and I wasn’t able to keep up so I quit. So far I’ve done 11 drawings. I have 20 more drawings to go before I can say that I mastered Inktober 2017.

For today’s drawing I was stumped for an idea so I went back to the official Inktober 2017 prompt list for inspiration and I saw that today’s prompt is “run.” That prompt gave me an idea to try something that I had been meaning to try for a while.

For a while I’ve been seeing these ads in my Facebook newsfeed for a site called Figurosity. This site is a tool for artists which provides 3D virtual people to serve as models. The idea is for an artist to pick a model then pick such things as what poses the model should strike, what angle to view the model from, even whether the model should be clothed or naked. The artist then picks up a sketch pad and draw the model as a way of practice figure drawing.

So I looked through that site until I found a model who’s in a running pose. Here is what I drew.

This drawing was based on this model. I modified the colors of her clothes a little bit because she was originally clothed in all-black and I would’ve had a hard time differentiating between her different clothes since I only have one black ink color and I really don’t have the money to buy different shades of black ink at an art supply store.

I have to admit that I like Figurosity because it gives me a chance to practice drawing human beings. My area is so loaded with different figure drawing events using live models that I could easily go to such an event several times a month. The only reason why I don’t go more often is due to both time and money. At least Figurosity provides a cheaper alternative to continue improving my drawing skills.

I couldn’t resist doing this sketch drawing because, ever since January, it has been non-stop drama coming from the White House in the form of tweets, bizarre press conferences, and weird interviews. As I’m typing this, the latest news is that Donald Trump has challenged his own Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, to an IQ test while bragging that his IQ is higher than Tillerson’s. I wish I could say that I was joking but I’m not.

Using his campaign slogan, Make America Great Again, I did this ink drawing for today’s Inktober.

It’s a variation of an earlier drawing I did at Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School in Baltimore last month (link is NSFW) where I entered this contest where we had to draw a present for pregnant burlesque performer Ruby Rockafella’s unborn child. I came up with this NSFW drawing expressing a fantasy of the child being born in a post-Trump era with The Donald being bound and gagged with the sign “Ex-President” around his neck.

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