Brent Brown is a person who lives here and draws things. Sometimes they are caricatures, sometimes they are cartoons or airbrush type illustrations created on the computer and sometimes they are crowds if the caricatures are free, and there are even a few, very few, times that he draws a paycheck. So, be sure to tell everyone you know to buy more of his stuff, so that he can let his wife quit her day job one day, maybe.
Even though I know most of these 31 prompts are titled the way they are merely for alliterative purposes, I am going to take them literally for the most part, unless I have a better idea. In today’s case, I did not. It’s not a very exciting one, but I’m getting a little worn down from the daily grind, so here are two hardy cockroach pioneers bravely taking their covered wagon of goods across the sewer lands, driven by their two rat livestock.
Another seemingly easy one, but once you consider how many times “evil” versions of Christmas imagery has been done already, it doesn’t leave at lot, actually. Also, I wasn’t aware of the “Ghast” being a creature that exists in Lovecraft, D&D, Minecraft and even DC Comics (shameful, I know..)
Therefore, I went literal with the pun (as I saw it) on the 1986 Wham hit, “Last Christmas”, especially since the lyrics to the chorus are ready-made for horrific imagery if you take them literally.
“Ghast Christmas” by Brent Brown. Created in MediBang Paint app on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.
I don’t know if Jekyll was spelled that way on purpose or not, but I decided to go with the usual spelling from the book Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I already used up all the Friday jokes on Friday the 13th, so went with this TGIF being the antidote to Office Space’s “Bad Case of the Mondays” and it kind of goes with “The Strange Case of….”
So, nightmares, dreams, I was wanting to put noted dream theory pioneers Sigmund Freud and his protege, Karl Jung in there (since the plural of the prompt suggested more than one) and the goto antagonist for nightmare horror is, of course, Nightmare on Elm Street’s own Freddy Krueger. Making Freud into Fred was a given, but what to do with Karl? I couldn’t even think of a second nightmare character as well known. So I ended up going with Dream, or Morpheus, or The Sandman from Neil Gaiman’s celebrated comic and making the whole thing into kind of a movie poster in order to explain everything (not the sign of a good joke, when you have to spell everything out to be sure everyone gets it, I know, but …)
Having already come up with similar themes for “Return from the Dead” and “Tombsday” already this year, it was difficult to be too original with the crypt creeps prompt. I knew the obvious one would be the “Crypt-Keeper” but I tried to use the more well-known HBO puppet version of him to illustrate the original EC comic history behind the character, as host of their “Tales From The Crypt” comic, along with his fellow horror comics hosts: The Old Witch and The Vault-Keeper. The original Crypt-Keeper was pretty much just a creepy old dude with long, white hair and he seems a bit surprised to find his mummified TV incarnation pointing at him.
…. so here’s a mashup of Futurama and Fantasyland with Hypnotoad as Mr. Frog from Disney’s version of The Wind in the Willows and the ride that still exists in Disneyland, but sadly, not in Disney World any longer.
On Sunday, October 14, 2017, I spent a lovely autumn day in the quaint and picturesque town of Highlands, NC amongst the influx of leaf-gazing tourists and was on had at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park to take part in the 3rd Annual Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Forever Family Reunion. Here are a few photos I took of the adopters and adoptees that I drew. More photos of the event can be found on the group’s Facebook page at this link.
Photos of pets and humans drawn at 2017 Humane Society Forever Family Reunion in Highlands, NC.
I had a hard time coming up with something for this because I feel like I used up all my “carnival” themed jokes last year on the “Mummy Monday” and “Carnival Creeps” days of Drawlloween 2016. I already made fun of the food, carnies, rides and sideshow, leaving only the games of chance, I suppose, to skewer.
Not coming up with a good idea for ring toss or stacked milk bottles, I settled for the “carnage” of the poor eggs who were undiscerning enough to get on a ride called The Scrambler (actually my favorite ride at these kinds of places).
Since I already did a scary cornfield with various scary versions of iconic scarecrows last year, I went a different direction this year, kind of in keeping with what seems to be a theme of recontextualizing non-horror pop culture into a more macabre, Halloween theme. This time choosing the iconic cornfield of Kornfield Kounty, the fictional setting of TV’s long-running country-flavored answer to Laugh-in: “Hee Haw” and their cartoon mascot donkey who uttered the eponymous onomatopoeia title.