There’s More To Carving A Pumpkin Than Carving

Scarved squash with seeds for teetho what do you do if you want to carve a squash but you’ve already eaten some of its delicious squashiness?  We’re well and truly into squash season and since discovering that there is so much more to squash than the pumpkin offering you get in your average supermarket, I’m trying to cram as much of the glorious food group into my diet as possible.  So upon deciding that I’d like to make a halloween blog post, I was confronted with my ‘Baby Bear’ squash with most of what would be its ‘face’, already sliced off…

Although to be honest the cavity looked like a gaping maw, so that gave me something to start with.  I still had the seeds so thought I’d smoosh them into the flesh to make teeth.  A word to the wise – it may be best to roast your squash seeds first.  Trying to wedge seeds into the flesh is a bit like washing your hands with an especially slippery, freedom-leaping, bar of soap.  Next, to the spices!  Good ol’ cloves… They make perfect little black eyes…  Et voila!  Using ‘props’, I present one ‘not-carved’ squash.

 

Monster Party Workshop

pencil drawing of a feathered monsterEveryone loves a good monster – especially as we enter autumn with the nights drawing ever closer in.  Soon we’ll be spending the last day of October trying to scare the pants off each other as monsters (and other creepy beasties).

One thing I love about monsters nowadays is that they’re so varied.  There are monsters of every size and description, from Frankenstein to the cast of Monsters Inc.  They’re big and scary or small and friendly and every iteration between.  Thanks to this quality, monsters are fantastically easy to draw.  Whatever you come up with, that’s a monster.  In my mind, there’s no such monster drawing as: ‘but that doesn’t look like a monster’.

Monsters are just so much fun too – which is why I’m running a Monster Party workshop as part of The Art Troupe.  As adults, we don’t get to spend much time playing and doodling for our own enjoyment.  I’m aiming to inject fun and spontaneity into monster drawing with a series of collaborative and solo drawing activities, where at the end of it all, you get your own monster book.  The activities are like ‘artistic sprints’ so as to get around any niggling thoughts of ‘Ok, this monster needs to be good, what shall I draw?  Do I give it three legs or four?  Should I start at the tail or the teeth?’ and you enter into it with more of a ‘Yaaaay!  Monsters!’ instead.

Doodle Creature 2

chicken thing watching flyIn an effort to remember yesterday’s formula for animated gif success, I’ve animated another doodle creature.  Enjoy!

Doodle Creature

moose snorting small_1_10 As part of a drawing exercise, I created some doodle creatures.  I thought it would be fun to animate my illustrations – and with help from some friends to get better quality animations from my past attempts, I’ve gotten this critter snorting, hooray!

Ghosty Gif

screaming ghost-ghosts animati2Ah Halloween… Oh how I missed you!  I am celebrating with sharing a gif I made of a floaty ghost.  This is my second ever gif and I’m quite pleased with it – it’s part of a something longer, with more ghosts which I hope to be able to share with you in the near future.  Meanwhile, have an awesome halloween!

Monsters And Robots – Slugors

pencil drawing of a slug and scissors inspired monsterI’ve devised a warm up activity that is a great way of creating monsters and robots – I’ve also decided I should start posting them so you can see!  Please meet my monster called ‘Slugors’, he hides in your garden waiting for the prime opportunity to climb up your trouser leg. He likes to eat the contents of your pocket, from pocket fluff to coins.