Saturday, July 17, 2010

Preliminary reports are sketchy.

Boy, do I have Hallowe'en on the brain today!

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,


  1. Sounds intriguing . . . looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

  2. I like it. The raven as sketched has plenty of potential to be a real smarty.

    I agree about the realistic looking talking ravens. They only work if Peter Lorre and/or Vincent Price was standing close by. Otherwise they are lamer than a bad day at Wall Drug. Poe had his raven perched upon a bust of Pallas, which is probably harder to find than a ginormous skull.

    BTW The radio shows are great! Thanks for sharing them.


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