Yes, yes, I know -- "whaddaya mean 'today'?!" -- but having found and decided upon my theme, my mind has been in overdrive.
Plus I love my cheap little LaPaz graphics tablet... so here's a quick prelim sketch of the newest member of my animatronic family of Hallowe'en denizens.
The Raven.I don't want a lifelike or realistic raven -- a number of people have done those (or tried), a very few have succeeded -- but in any case there's precious little character in them. I like overdone, caricatured, and cartoonish in my figures; larger than life, exaggerated, full of Hallowe'en goodness!
Short of acquiring an actual bust of Pallas (which might be harder to find than a Plutonian shore), I originally thought he should be on a skull, which is on some books, near a candle, etc., and set between the two pirates in the graveyard. But I realized that this guy needs to move and needs some real size to fit all that movement into the innards; it would have to be an awfully large skull to get the scale right!
So he will likely recite his poetry and interact with/make fun of Cap'n Lantern and Ficketts from a tombstone perch, unless I find a big damned skull, because I still love the vision of the whole skull/candle/books cliche'!
Quoth the Raven,