My Top 5 Inktober Paintings

Inktober is the annual tradition of spending a month trying to bend liquid pigment to your will.

Imagine: the days are long; the nights are dark; and you are covered in ink. Your fountain pen is clogged and so is the space under your fingernails. You aren’t sure you’re going to survive to Halloween, but you do. Even though the challenge is over, you still have a hundred-yard-stare. Ink is hard. And you’re not sure you’ve improved much at all.

I do this to myself every year.

This year was particularly intense because my husband wanted me to make a wall of them and use it for part of our haunted house. I couldn’t back out. I had to come through for the sake of our Halloween party.

Let’s all look at my favorite piece:

This is Hadwin. He’s a vampire learning to fly. His entire life, Hadwin listened to stories of great flying raids. He drew pictures of himself flying. He bounced on trampolines, waiting for his moment. Now that he’s finally able to transform, he’s realized: he’s afraid of heights.

Sometimes the things you want most in life turn out to be things you don’t like at all. For example, I’d always dreamed of being a successful New York City designer. Then I tried to move to New York. I realized that I didn’t like New York.

Ah well. I did Inktober from a cornfield. Nobody’s perfect.

Here are my 4 runners-up: 

We gave away these paintings (and the other 20+ of them) at a party, and all four of the these were taken.

Yes, that includes the screaming, shirtless, chest-hair-saturated bunny-man. That piece is hanging on someone’s wall right now. One of my friends apparently thought, “oh yes, this angst goes perfectly with my décor.”

Ah, the malaise that a Leah Lucci Original™ can bring into your home. Accept no substitutes.

5 Witchy-Woman Sketchbook Spreads

Witches: true demonic evil, or just “nasty women”?

In celebration of the Women’s March, I present a variety of witches.

My favorite drawing here isn’t the gauged-ear witch (whoops, ears uneven), but the wonderful updo on the lass on the right. It’s very Something About Mary.

The mink shawl is thrilled to be there. The other girl was promised ice cream at this party, and isn’t sure if it’s awkward to leave. Is the ice cream coming later?

This page is a lot of things happening all at once. Mostly a bunch of eyes where they don’t belong, à la Guillermo del Toro.

Technically? No witches here. Just badass bitches.

I suspect the woman on the left is a vampire. The rabbits, however? Casting spells. Mostly fertility ones.

Thumbs-up to everyone who marched this weekend!

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I have scoured the land for this week’s 5 links.

Behold, friends, some Internet fineries:

^ I just discovered the work of outsider artist JJ Cromer. I am besotted.

^ I also just discovered Linda Tegg’s work. My favorite series is the one with dogs (of course).

The Sororitea Sisters is #4 on the Top 100 Tea Blogs & Websites for Tea Enthusiasts! I’m a proud Sister, and I’m so psyched about this. My posts are here.

In praise of soda: an article I fully support, even though I’m trying to drink less of the fizzy delight myself.

^ Figurines based on Heironymous Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (and other works) are available. I want every one of them. Will you help me convince my husband they’re in line with our décor?

Did you find anything you really dug this week?

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It’s Wacky Wednesday Waffle Day! Links to distract & amaze you.

These past few days have taken a toll on us all. We deserve to treat ourselves to a few fun links. Stop strolling through your racist aunt’s Facebook rants and start checking these out instead.

If you think dancing, neon-colored spiders sounds kind of cute, you’re right!

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^ A photographer started recreating the iconic Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark illustrations with beautiful photo collages.

The only thing on my holiday this year is getting an AI-enhanced talking Billy Bass fish like this.

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^ Every designer will nod knowingly at this delightful page of Famous Artworks Ruined By Clients Who Think They Know Better.

I’m very happy to have found Mari Andrew’s Instagram account. The artist turns the little painful moments of her life into the cutest comics/doodles.

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^ Wanna learn about architecture and make fun of hideous McMansions at the same time? McMansion Hell is for you!

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^ You know you want one of these onesies. This photo is the beginning and end of my modeling career. It was good while it lasted. Warm. Soft. I didn’t have to lose a pound.

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^ When not modeling, I throw fancy tea parties. If you want to throw one of your own, here are a few tips!

I hope this helps with your day, everyone. Stay strong!

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Illustration Tutorial: Peeper, Part Two

If you missed the first part of this ride-along, click here!

Where we left off was a choppy bunch of shapes with some shading. Now it’s time to add some lines back in — but only the most important ones.

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I took the blobs and added in details to make the image more understandable. (You can see what I did isolated on the right.)

Examples: I enhanced his hair. I clarified the shape of the leaves. I defined the drape sashes.

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What’s next is a bunch of color-fiddling and texture-adding. I use a bunch of brushes and colors and filters to add oodles of layers on top. Each is subtle. It’s a trial-and-error thing.

A few examples of things I did here:
– I dialed back the orange of the walls. This allowed the pink and red of the pots and curtains to pop more.
– I added some cool tones to the shadows of the curtains and room to enrich their color spectrum.
– I made the plants in the foreground more blue. This helps separate them from the lime green background.
– I added my LL16 chop/date thing.

Aaaand….

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Here’s the finished product! I hope you enjoyed our journey.