Inktober Drawings from 2014 (Part 2)

Last week at Don’t Pick the Flowers Blog I mentioned I was participating in Inktober again. If you remember or aren’t familiar with #inktober it is a time for artists of all types to draw something in ink once a day for the month of October. You can find out more details and see what others are doing if you check out Jake Parkers website (who originated Inktober) right here: http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober

I also posted the first 16 drawing of mine from last year and now I want finish up with the remaining 15. I hope you enjoy them and you are having fun with #inktober 2015!

And as I mentioned previously you can follow me for this year’s inktober on Don’t Pick the Flowers Facebook Page or follow me on Instagram.

 

 

#17 Miss Spider from James and the Giant Peach. #18 Gonzo from The Muppets as Tin Man of The Wizard of Oz. #19 The Cat from The Simpsons (Tree House of Horror Episode). #20 This is my original drawing of an Owl . . . having a little accident.

 

 

 

 

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#21 Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. #22 I found a picture of 2 ravens on Tumblr and this is my sketch. #23 My own little creation, A Vampire Burglar. #24 I went hiking one day and found some leaves and used them for day 24.

 

 

 

 

 

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#25 Another one of my creations, you never know what you will find under a sheet. #26 My humorous take on Donnie Darko. #27 A drawing of Johnny Depp from Sleepy Hallow. #28 A sketch of Vincent Price.

 

 

 

 

 

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#29 One of my creations, never put tape on the bottom of a cat’s foot. #30 I was super busy for day 3o of Inktober and drew Beetlejuice on a cup. #31 And for the last day I added Ickis from Real Monsters to one of my creations.

 

 

 

 

 

And this ends the drawings for #inktober 2014, I hope you enjoyed looking at them and can follow me this year on Facebook or Instagram!

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Inktober Drawings from 2014 (Part 1)

October is upon us and that means it is time for Inktober. I participated last year and want to try it again this year. For those who haven’t heard of Inktober, it is a time for Artists (or anyone) who wants to do one ink drawing a day through the month of October. It’s a chance to get yourself on a schedule of drawing every single day. Some folks draw elaborate pictures while others do simple drawings. It doesn’t matter your skill level, you just do it every day. I never posted my pictures from last year on the blog, so as October/Inktober begins I thought I would share them now. I will post the rest of last years drawings next week, and if you would like to see this years “inks” follow me on Don’t Pick the Flowers FB page or on Instagram. It got a little hectic for me last year so you will see that some drawings are better than the others. Hope you enjoy!

Also check out Jake Parker’s website (he is the originator of Inktober): http://mrjakeparker.com/inktober

 

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Days 1-4: 1) The Mayor from Nightmare Before Christmas (Happy and Sad) 2) Another creature from Nightmare Before Christmas 3) Frank N Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show 4) My little take on Little Caesars Pizza.

 

 

 

 

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Days 5-8: 5) Bats 6) My own weird little creature. 7) Robert Smith lead singer of The Cure 8) A stressed out Kitty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Days 9-12 9) My different take on Suzanne 10) My take on Robert Smith of The Cure from the Never Enough Music Video 11) Planet of the Apes drawing 12) A Haunted House, this was done very quickly at work on scrap paper.

 

 

 

 

 

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Days 13-16 13) Black Cat (taken from a picture I found on Tumblr) 14) Edgar Allan Poe with Raven 15) Zombie Boy from one of my favorite comics Zombie Boy by Mark Stokes 16) Eddie Munster

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Pick of the Month, Fan Art, Ice Bucket and more

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This week at Don’t Pick the Flowers I have quite a bit to share so I will jump right in. First, I would like to share that I am “Pick of the Month” at Webcomic Alliance. I appreciate them featuring and sharing my comic, and what a nice review. On the September 15th they will post 10 questions I have answered. Until then, I would love for you to read the very nice article here: www.webcomicalliance.com/site-news/potm-dont-pick-the-flowers/#more-8266

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Next, I have drawn fan art for Goober and Cindy comic by Daniel Barton. Daniel has decided to end his comic, which will be missed, and he asked his fellow cartoonist to add their take on Goober and Cindy and send them off with a bang. Here is my artwork and please check out Daniel’s website here: www.gooberandcindy.com/archives/2014/goodbye

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Another fan art I have created is for Jon Esparza, and his Monster Cereal Box Challenge. Jon is one of the nicest guys, read all the details about his challenge and see all the great comic art from super fun and talented cartoonists here: jonscrazystuff.blogspot.com/2014/08/open-box-of-monster-laughs-with-crazy.html

I’m going to attempt to share my Ice Bucket Challenge, hopefully it will show up correctly. I was challenged by Frank Jordan of Company man Comic to draw a comic which you can see here:  www.dontpicktheflowers.com/comic/ice-bucket-challenge-08202014/  I in turned challenged Mark Stokes of Zombie Boy Comic and Nate Fakes of Break of Day Comic. 

 

Last but not least, here are some sketches I have posted and wanted to share from my sketch book. Top left: A charcoal sketch of Suzanne playing cards with a ghost. Top right: In honor of Tim Burton’s Birthday, here is my fun take on Tim. Bottom left: A charcoal sketch of Suzanne crying and Duck sympathizing. Bottom right: A fun but strange charcoal sketch of Robert Smith with the words from the “Not in Love” song from Crystal Castles featuring Robert Smith of The Cure.

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That’s all for now, a lot to cover since the last blog post. Until next time, please check out all the links and “Don’t Pick the Flowers”! Dave

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The Stars Shine Bright, Claudia

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Today’s blog at Don’t Pick the Flowers I want to talk about my character Claudia and her slight change of appearance. Claudia is very dear to my heart; she is Suzanne’s best friend and a part of Don’t Pick the Flowers comic I don’t want to lose. So to set the story up I want to give a little history of why there is a slight change in Claudia’s appearance. Back in June (the 18th  2014 to be precise) I posted the comic “The stars shine bright”. I received a tweet that said Claudia looked like Pepper Ann (A cartoon that aired on ABC in 1997 and ended in 2000). The exact words were “Isn’t that Pepper Ann?” (I will keep the identity of the person who sent it private). Honestly, I had never heard of Pepper Ann, my apologies to the creator of the show, so I Googled “Pepper Ann”. And I will admit, there are similarities (not of my intent of course), like orange hair, glasses, and a purple shirt. I tweeted back to the person, “would have been too obvious on my part. Thank you for pointing that out to me”. I did ask a cartoonist friend of mine what she thought, but I never received a reply. That’s okay I knew she was busy. So I put it behind me, because I never intended my character to look like Pepper Ann. Fast forward to August, a friend dropped by my house and saw me drawing Claudia. She said, “It’s Pepper Ann”. I was a little irritated that she said that, but she had no idea about the tweets. There were now two people that had mentioned Claudia looking like Pepper Ann. I decided to address the issue through my comics instead of ignoring or fighting the resemblance. I don’t want Claudia to be known as a Pepper Ann clone or that I even slightly got the idea from someone else. With that, I have decided to adjust Claudia’s appearance, without someone saying, “Who is this or what have you done?” I have added 2 examples of Claudia and how she has changed.

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The first picture (on the left) has Claudia with two pigtails. The next picture (on the right) she has a ponytail.

The reason I changed to a ponytail was honestly it was easier to draw. I can see NOW why there might be a comparison, that and the purple shirt. At this point in drawing Claudia, I’ve decided not to use a ponytail or pigtail, and have added a little shawl to cover the purple shirt slightly. I’m not planning to change her appearance again, so I hope this will identify Claudia as Claudia and no other character, this is a choice I want to make. I don’t want my character to be identified as Pepper Ann. Plus, I have known other cartoonists who have had their work (basically) stolen. I know that would suck, and as all creators I have drawn something and thought someone stole my idea. It doesn’t mean they did, but the internet is a big place. There never was any intention on my part to copy anyone else, but I do want to distinguish my characters as different from anyone else’s. I am gladly making this adjustment, especially if it is something as beloved as a cartoon character. That is all for now, so I want to clarify why Claudia is going through a slight change of appearance and hope the adjustment doesn’t confuse anyone. And here are the the 3 comics showing Claudia’s dilemma. Until next time, take care and Don’t Pick the Flowers!

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Why Can’t I be you?

This week at Don’t Pick the Flowers blog, I have a few new pieces of artwork to share. The first is guest art for PJ Day, creator of the comic Flatt Bear. He is on vacation and asked a few of his cartooning friends (yes, including me) to cover in his absence. Here is my take, with Suzanne and Claudia giving Duffy the bear a makeover. I’m glad PJ asked me be a guest on his website, he has a great comic and I’m glad he got a chuckle out of my comic. You can read PJ’s comic Flatt Bear here: www.flattbear.com/comic/makeover-david-hurley/#comments

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Next on the list, I have finished a commission I had mentioned in an earlier blog. This is my cartoonish take on Robert Smith of The Cure from “Why Can’t I be you” video. I will have prints available if you would like to order one. I am planning to open an Etsy shop to make it easy to purchase one. If you would like an 11 x 14 inch print now please contact me at dontpicktheflowers@gmail.com and I will give you all the details.

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Last, but not least, here is a sketch I drew of Peter Murphy on his birthday (Born July 11, 1957). Peter is the legendary lead singer of Bauhaus, Dali’s Car, and (now) Solo artist.Peter is considered the Godfather of Goth music.

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That’s all for this week, I hope you enjoy the art, until next time. Keep toning, David

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