Inktober Week 3…

I know this is two days late.
Not awesome stuff has thrown my schedule (such as it is) off.
Here are the seven drawings I did for this week.
13, Kappa
14, Baba Yaga
15, Dullahan (female variety)
16, Alucard from Hellsing
17, Possessed Raggedy Ann Doll
18, A Cursed Mummy Sarcophogus
19, Minotaur and Aristophanes description of Humans before Zeus split them.  I was not happy with my humans so I did the Minotaur.
 I also did two nice little bookmarks in gouache to celebrate Friday the 13th. 🙂
It was nice to not draw for a little while.




Motivation Monday.. Revisit

Last Monday I posted a Motivation Monday without an image.  I just could not paint/draw it fast enough.  My work space was completely taken over with Inktober and a painting.  This weekend I cleared off the desk and did the painting!
The quote was from Nelson Mandela.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
There are many other quotes about overcoming fear and how to be more productive. It seems to me they all really just say the same thing.  Feel the fear and do the thing. (There is a book called “Feel the fear and do it anyway” that is worth the read.)
 I like analogies.  I think things are easier to understand there is a story or analogy to go along with it. I enjoy creating visual analogies based on how I understand things.  This painting came about because I came upon a great analogy for fear while walking last Monday.
If life is like swimming/walking or something similar.  Then fear is a band or ribbon blocking your path/route.  Many are happy to just slumber and stay in the “comfort zones” and never push past tahe ribbons of fear.  They will never get anywhere but they are not concerned with that.  They are happy where they are.  If you can overcome your comfort inertia and bust through the ribbons of fear you can accomplish great things.
Anyway that is where my brain was when I thought and created this.
I did some minor editing to increase the saturation in colors.  THEN  I had fun and altered the hue to make this crazy red version.  I suppose it is more scary and shows more fear.  I did blue/green to show that there is a level of calm and comfort between the layers of fear.
Which one do you think fits the concept of pushing through fear better?
I would love to hear your thoughts.
PS.  I put out a YouTube video yesterday.  The first 15 days of Inktober!
I also put up new time lapse videos every Thursday, so subscribe to my channel 🙂

Inktober Week 2

Week two and still going strong!
I was having computer issues yesterday and I was not sure if I would be able to post this today.
I am also going to put all my Inktober drawings into a video… maybe two.  I have been doing good and recording my drawing sessions.  Even with my difficult work space (darn you Spawn!)

Motivation Monday… No Drawing!?

Today I went up to Seattle for a nice walk and to think about what to draw for today’s Motivation Monday.
I chose the quote on the bus and then thought on it during my errands and walk.  I ended up having a great “ah-ha” moment of understanding.
I chose this quote from Nelson Mandela, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Life is full of fears.  They are all over the place.  Some are personal, others cultural, and others human.  Fears keep people from trying new things and achieving their goals.
Overcoming Fear is uncomfortable.  If you want to overcome the fear you MUST do things we do not like to do, learn new things, and even join forces with others.  You must take some kind of action.  There is no more hiding and being comfortable in your little zone.
How to visualize this…
That is the hard part for me, usually.
The “ah-ha” moment is what came to save the day… and you will have to wait to see the result.
I have no free workspace!
Inktober is taking up most of my table, a painting is taped to the rest of the table.  I have three things on my easel.
It will be a few days, and that makes me sad.  I am sure the art will be worth the wait.

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.



Motivation Monday 14

The inevitable happened.

I used a quote a second time.

I have a hard time finding quotes that give me ideas. I find tons of great and motivational quotes and I even have a list of ones that I really like. The problem is that they give me nice visuals one day, and nothing the next.

Today is an Inktober / Drawlloween flavor of an Elon Musk quote I used a while ago.

“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”


It is true.

Think of all the challenges you never thought you would overcome. Getting a job… or maybe a better job. Maybe the challenge was something you did NOT do… get arrested, go to jail, get fired.

Our lives are filled with challenges; some easy, some hard. If it is important that you overcome the challenge, you will. You might never know how you did it but you will do it and you will survive.

An example is being a single parent. Try working two jobs to provide for your child. Maybe even take night classes so you can quite one in a few years. Many people are living this life, some with more than one child.

Another example is being a survivor of a horrific event. All of your friends/family are gone, you are the only one left. You are a shell of a person just living off the routine you had. The events of the past few months are leaving many in this situation.

Maybe you are a recovering addict. Maybe you had to move because there would be no way for you to recover where you were living. No job, no friends, no family, no support. Another life that many people are living.

All of these are realities.

It might be yours.

It might be your neighbors.

It might be reality for the guy who serves your coffee.

And in order to survive, you will do what you need to… WHATEVER is important for you to survive.

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