Inktober 2018 Day 31

Last year I drew a portrait of my kids’ Halloween costumes for my last Inktober piece. I might still do that again, but given that this year’s final prompt was “slice” I thought it appropriate to post the pumpkin carving designs I made for them instead. Last year we carved similar sorts of picture-pumpkins for them, but we used the stock designs that came with the grocery-store carving kit we bought. This year I decided to make my own (and get some better carving tools).

My daughter has been a huge fan of horses and unicorns, ponies and pegases for some time now (hence last year’s costume of an alicorn), so the choice to create a unicorn design for her was pretty obvious.

One of my son’s favorite forms of pretend is imagining he has magic powers, and one of his favorite toys is any stick-like object he can use as a wand, so it only took modest consideration to decide to create a wizard design for him.

On the whole, they turned out pretty well, though translation onto irregular curved surfaces introduced some distortions and adjustments, of course. The kids love them, which is the most important thing.

Inktober Day 31

Done at last, and only 4 days late!  Since I started the challenge almost that late and caught up, I'm still sort of on time, right?

So, as I intimated before, this is a portrait of my kids in their Halloween costumes for this year.  I'm biased, but I do think they're pretty darned adorable.

When I set out to make this last piece in the challenge, I knew it meant I'd be a day late - I could not get the reference photos of my kids in costume until the end of the day, after all, and that meant not even starting until after dinner at best.  So I decided to wait until November 1st to begin.  Then, to do it justice, it took longer than I planned.  Last night, I was hard at work on it until close to 1am, and concluded I should stop and finish it in the morning - I estimated I had a couple of hours remaining, but maybe less.  Unfortunately, I've also been dealing with an extremely persistent cold my whole family caught a couple weeks ago, and last night the coughing kept me awake for nearly 3 more hours.  Taking pity on me, my lovely wife let me stay in bed come morning, and took the kids off to school for me, so I slept most of the morning away.  When I finally sat down to finish, I discovered that Windows had seen fit to reboot itself, and the last ~4 hours of work I'd put in were gone.  I could've sworn I'd saved - several times - but it seems not.  So instead of finishing it off, I had to redo about a third of it first. Still though, I'm really pleased with the final result.