Inktober Week One

This is a quick post.
Here are the creations I came up with for the first week of Inktober.
It is not a full week, it is the first through fourth.  Next week will be a full seven drawings, plus whatever bonuses or extra things I get done.
I did my own prompts.
Day 1 = Zombie
Day 2 = Skull
Day 3 = Plant
Day 4 = Clown
Day 5 = Eyes
The Inktober heading is an extra!

A female version of Audrey, I named her Audrey X


Braain Flakes. Breakfast is GREAAAT!


Inktober ink blot bookmark size 2inx4in


Vampire skull with a mystery fluid pouring over it.



Not many critters have more eyes than a Beholder.




Keep on Working

Lots of things have been going on this week.
1. I should be starting a new full time job in a few weeks.
This is good, financially.  I will be able to get more prints and other merchandise.  I think stickers would be fun.  I will also be able look at doing more events and getting assistance with marketing.
While I will have less time to work on art, I think I will be more focused.  I will be taking the bus to and from so I will have time to sketch and plan things.   Previously I was walking to and from, so I was building things in my head as I went to and from work.
This should not be to much of a change art wise.
2. New video on youtube today!
It is the hydrangea and daisies on the little wood panel.  Cute, relaxing, and fun.
3. I have a few events coming up:
  • Bizzare Bazaar in Seattle at Spooked in Seattle on October 28th.  Stop by and see me and my creepiest art.
  • Right after that is Jet City Comic Show, November 4th and 5th.  I will have my nerdiest creations, plus the rest that I usually have.  I do not really want to make tons of fan art.  I would rather make things that are new and different.
  • I am still going to do RAWk Seattle on December 13th at Studio 7.  Let me know if you would like to support my entry by purchasing a ticket.
4.  I finished The Flash art.  I am not happy with it.  This happens from time to time.  It was not fun and nothing seemed to work out with it.  I am not even sure I want to spend the money to get prints of it.
I have moved onto a Batman Janus head.  There are layers of nerd in this one.  It makes me happy.
Plus Batman is awesome.  Not as awesome as Dracula, but pretty awesome.
5. INKTOBER!!! It is that time of year again.  I have a lovely list to work from and many of them are already built in my head.  Follow me on Instagram (@bycarissac) to see what I am working on.  The good versions will be made into prints and sold at the Bizzare Bazaar!
6. I ordered a small banner for ArtByCarissaC, new business cards, and post cards.  Round one of postcards came in this week.  I ordered 5 designs, pictures are on my Facebook and Instagram or you can go to the Social Media page and see the Instagram feed.  More will be coming next week so keep checking back.
Let me know if you can think of anything that would be cool to sell.  Variety is good.
Below is the finished Flash piece…. well a version.  I was goofing around and put on a “night vision” filter in Photoshop.  Now it looks like someone has broken into The Flash Museum.


I used the below image as reference for the drawing.  I wish I could find the link, but it is not showing up.  I cannot recall what search criteria I used.  I only did the first four.  After that is is either Barry or Wally in the suit and in all reality the only thing that changed was the style it was drawn in (and lightning bolts / redish engergy aura.)FlashHistory

Amazing Story: Reblog

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“Creativity means believing you have greatness” – Why ? – Don Charisma’s Prompt

This is a great mental exercise for the creative person.
Do you believe you have greatness when you create?

I do. Well… I touch greatness, bring it into myself and put it on canvas or paper. I may not feel that I am great, but rather that I am a part of something greater and it will come out in the work.

This is a common sentiment among the comments for this post on It makes me wonder if the majority of the art community feels that way. The artist is not great, but the work is.

Anyone else have any thoughts?

Don Charisma

I’m often curious as to why sometimes my readers don’t comprehend my quotes the same way that I do. Language, differing cultures and other factors come into play.


There’s plenty of interesting conversations I’ve had – “devils advocate” is quite fun or who knows I might even clarify what I think it means … depends really on how questions are worded and from whom … occasionally I disagree with my own quotes, just to spice things up …

I posted this quote by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer :

«Creativity means believing you have greatness.»

— Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

And two people asked me “Why?” … very good question, I’m sure plenty of creatives have many answers to that question … For me, it makes an interesting writing prompt.

So write away to your heart’s content – in the comments here, on your own blog or do a…

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The Real Reason You Should Stop Paying For Cable

I removed my cable subscription several years ago. For the same reasons, money and I never watched anything. If you want to watch sports you can check out a sports bar or hang out with a friend.
I do have the same problem with Hulu. I pay, why do I still have to deal with commercials? Pandora Radio gets it, why can’t you. I might even pay a bit more to avoid the commercials.

ANYWAY, if you want to actually watch TV and enjoy it, dump cable and stream. It is amazing.

Thought Catalog

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Like a lot of consumers tired of paying a hundred dollar monthly bill, I cancelled my cable subscription several years ago. Instead I rely on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, all streamed directly to my TV via a tiny Roku. Is it perfect? No, I don’t have any sports access. And I can’t watch live broadcasts.

But nothing’s perfect in life, and my TV setup now is in many ways far superior to the ancient cable box technology still imposed on paying customers by the big service providers. The obvious draw is the price. I’m paying a lot less money for basically the same service. Another advantage is the fact that I decide when to start and stop my programs. I don’t know how everyone else watches TV, but when I still had cable, I felt like the TV was always just on in the background. It…

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Dark roast for the daring: TEDsters play truth and dare on coffee sleeves

I love this idea. Get out of your comfort zone and see what neat stuff happens.

TED Blog

Target-dare-sleeve-2“Harumph,” one TEDster smiled. “Get into a boxing ring.”

“Moonwalk into the theater,” his partner grinned back.

TEDsters don’t usually communicate in commands. But in a lounge on the north side of the theater, where white cushioned couches and espresso machines gleamed over the harbor below, the Target Daring Truth Cafe has turned the latte line into a time for TEDsters to cheekily and anonymously nudge their fellow attendees outside their comfort zones.

Each coffee cup sleeve has a dare written on it. The kicker? The text is written by TEDsters, with a livescribe pen, for unsuspecting cafe visitors to come. Their dare is printed onto the next batch of coffee sleeves, which are stacked next to the milk steamer.

We picked some of our favorites to share:


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