Inktober for me started a little shaky. I had picked an ambitious theme that would guarantee to take me out of my comfort zone. It’s what I wanted, but the end result isn’t as refined as I wanted. I think I imagined that the finished pieces would be much more detailed and professional. In reality, it was more of a sharp reminder that ink and paper is not like digital. At all.
Inktober 2019 – Tell Me A Story
Day 1 “Ring”: Long ago the beloved wife of a wealthy landowner passed away. She was buried with her precious jewelry. A gravedigger decided she didn’t need her jewels underground so he dug her up and tried to remove her rings. They wouldn’t budge so he cut off the finger. To his horror, the finger bled and the woman sat up, wide eyed and breathing. Thanks to the gravedigger’s greed, it was discovered she had been buried alive! Day 2 “Mindless” 1/3: When I was young, I used to have those dolls that closed their eyes when you tilted them. This doll’s eye was broken. Also it would look like it stared at you where ever you were in the room. One night, I couldn’t sleep and I didn’t like how it stared at me so I knocked it off the dresser. Day 2 “Mindless” 2/3: It fell on the floor facing away from me towards the wall. I think I dozed off after but I might have awakened sometime in the middle of the night. Day 2 “Mindless” 3/3: The doll was on the floor where I had knocked it… And looking right at me. Day 3 “Bait”: In Philippine mythology, the Magindara are vicious creatures of the sea and rivers. They can lure men into the water with their enchanting voices and feast on them, or they could protect them if they respected nature. Day 4 “Freeze”: Medusa was a beautiful woman who was raped by the god Poseidon in Athena’s temple. Depending on who tells this story, Athena was either enraged with jealousy, or overcome with pity so she felt the need to protect Medusa by turning her into a monster who could freeze men into stone. Medusa lived the solitary life with her Gorgon sisters until the demigod Perseus came around, decapitated her then used her head as a weapon against his enemies. Day 5 “Build”: This prompt made me think of what people do to ward away bad luck and spirits in their homes. I’m reminded of the old Hsin Kuang restaurant in Toronto’s Chinatown, and how the way it was built, and where, attracted hauntings. I remember how cool the foo dogs that stood out front looked, and then I learned they were placed there to guard against the flow of bad spirits directed into the restaurant by the billboards across the street. Day 6 “Husk”: In the Victorian times there seemed to be a run on finding Egyptian artifacts, and mummies. Mummy unwrapping became a high society event. Hosts would keep what they found under the wrappings, which included jewelry and cloth. Mummy parts and burial linens would also be pulverized into powders and tinctures. This became so prevalent that the demand for mummies became excessive, so mummy cartels would start burying murder victims or criminals in the desert to mummify them so they could sell their parts. It’s not hard to see that the idea of “mummy curses” may have started to halt the irresponsible artifact trade.
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