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Inspiration

Make Halloween Art!

Halloween is right around the corner! When I was a kid my older sister had birthday parties at Halloween. We dunked for apples and pinned tails on donkeys. I always loved getting dressed up in the pumpkin costume that my Grandmother made. And every single year at a certain point I told the same stale joke! “What’s black, white and red all over? A newspaper!!!”

If you love Halloween as much as I do, celebrate the season with some scary drawings! You can give them out to all your favorite guys and ghouls, slip them into party invitations, or just laugh a little bit and enjoy making mischief with markers and pens.

Here is a fun approach to making some imaginative spooky art. Once you get started you will want to make a bunch!

You will need a fashion magazine or ad, some sketch paper, a black pen and some markers.

Here is the magazine I used to source my image. Really anything will do.

H and M Fall Catalog, used as a source for imagery

H and M Fall Catalog, used as a source for imagery

Next pull out one of the ads, take a marker and divide the sheet into nine fairly equal parts. Draw lines with a marker in a color that stands out.


Ad from the H and M catalog, divided into nine parts

Ad from the H and M catalog, divided into nine parts

The next step is the fun part. Choose parts of the image to elongate, make bigger or more pronounced. I decided to leave the top portion fairly standard, but wanted to elongate the legs. I also thinned out the limbs and gave the drawing a freaky face. Also simplify the features some, like the hair. Play up the clothing and enhance the style with Halloween style motifs. I choose a spider web motif for the shirt.

Here is my Sucubus! She looks freaky and frightening, perfect for Halloween.

Sucubus by Kathryn Sturges

Sucubus by Kathryn Sturges

Once you make one of these imaginative ghouls, you will no doubt want to make more! Get started early and you can have a whole bunch created by the time Halloween rolls around.

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