Inktober 2018 Day 31 ‘Slice’ and Happy All Hallows’ Eve!

Angela Porter Inktober 2018 Day 31 Slice

It’s All Hallows Eve, or Hallowe’en or Samhain as you prefer. It’s also the last day of Inktober 2018. Here is my offering based on the prompt of ‘slice’

Well, it had to be a celebratory slice of cake, complete with a pumpkin candle and all kinds of cutely spooky monsters and critters and so on.

This was, as all have been, fun to do. I quite like the grungy look I’ve achieved with the use of texture brushes and slightly duller colours along with black as a component of the gradients.

I sketched this in pencil on dot grid paper, scanned it in and used Autodesk Sketchbook Pro to draw and colour this dangle design.

Yes, it just had to be a dangle design to round off the month of Inktober!

My Microsoft Surface Studio and Microsoft Surface Pens were my magic tools to help me create this.

Now I see it in a smaller size, I can see where some highlights and lowlights would help to increase dimension in places. However, it’ll do as it is as I do have to finish the templates for my new book Entangled Forests. Yes, the cat is out of the bag on the theme of this coloring book for Creative Haven by Dover Publications. You can pre-order it on Amazon and it’s due for release in July of 2019. I should have all the templates completed today, then it’s just colouring a couple of them as examples in the book.

Before this book, Entangled Butterflies is due out in November 2018 and A Dangle a Day in January 2019.

I said (typed?) it yesterday – I’ve enjoyed Inktober, for many reasons, and I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I’ve created using the daily prompts.

Oh, as it’s Hallowe’en, there’s a little event going on over on the Angela Porter’s Coloring Book Fans facebook group. I provided a hallowe’en themed coloring template at the start of this month and asked everyone to hold off posting their finished versions until today. I’m hoping for a flurry of postings throughout the day to give a lovely, cutely spooky feel to the group throughout this day! I have my own version of the template to post there in a short while too, and I’ll post it here later on today as well.

However you spend your All Hallows’ Eve, have fun and keep safe too!

One Enchanted Samhain by Louise Heydon

Chills in the night air are tingling skin

The veil between worlds is now growing thin
Bright spirits gather, the dead return
Drawn to the flickers where candles burn

The past remembered, changes made
Ancestors honoured, tributes paid
Darkness gathers, the full moon is clear
Shining down on this Celtic New Year

Pumpkins glow and ghouls how they scare
Dressed in costumes with bright green hair
Witches and skeletons, goblins and ghosts
Trick or treat children with sweets from their hosts

Old Jack O’Lantern with his creepy grin
Fires for folk with ghost tales to begin
But what do you know of the true Halloween?
For once it was more than just parlour frights seen

Spirits would wander and rather than grieve
Folk honoured the dead on each Samhain eve
Summer had faded, as winter approached
Futures now plotted as Jack Frost encroached

The harvest was ending as the cold times unfurled
But summer just beginning in the dark Underworld
As above, so below, is a wisdom we all learn
And so the cycle of seasons shall forever turn

A time for looking inward, reflection and change
Honouring those spirits, making sense of the strange
So open your mind, part the veil if you dare
Welcome the new, for there’s magic in the air!