This was the first drawlloween I sketched out, but it I’ve only just now finished her. I love monstrous women. This is no doubt because of my own experiences as a young woman of average prettiness, but with many undesirable qualities. Getting dumped for being poor, having a volatile family with ambiguous parentage, and confessing to my own struggles with not being happy all of the time quickly made me realize that honesty was the worst policy.
Obviously, my love of monsters is suddenly easily explained. Werewolves have always scared my the most, and they’re also the monster I’ve always identified with.
I took so much pleasure in this drawing, even though I had to start over halfway through. She wears large dahlias in her hair. Dahlias have multiple meanings, but in this picture they represent both an eternal bond (her curse) and instability (her nature). The shape of the blossoms are reflections of the full moon, her pendant, and the pentagram in her palm. The pointed petals of the dahlia give is a slightly aggressive, sinister look, echoed in the excessive, pointed lace of her dress, the points of the star, and the jagged bushes in the back. Her tightly curled hair is starting to escape and her brows have travelled to meet each other.
Body hair on women is really one of the most fascinating topics. Historically it’s been used to highlight our sexual dimorphism. In the modern Western world it’s often used to represent sexual abandon and primitive foreignness- both representing a state too close to sloppy animal qualities. Obviously I don’t share those opinions, but I’m not going to pretend they don’t exist and given my own background they have are in my art over and over again.
My original sketch. That arm’s a little dicey, but so far, so good.
OMG. I don’t even know what happened here. Her head is way too big and her arm is a bendy noodle. I scanned it into photoshop, resized and rearranged things.
Here’s the new printed out version. I slapped it and a fresh piece of paper on my lightbox. I think the problem with the first version happened because the initial transfer had faded too much by the time I got to it. I wasn’t able to see my original lines well, in addition to being in a hurry. My other drawlloweens came together quickly and easily, and I just got careless. But, I liked the idea so much I didn’t want to abandon it, hence the redo.
I still have another few drawlloween prompts left: broom ride, ectoplasm, and Burton Day (the last in color!).