Here's my Inktober image for Oct 5th. The prompt word for this day was "SAD."
I thought of all the saddest characters out there -- Pooh's friend Eeyore easily made the top of my list.
|Oct 5th's Inktober image for the word "Sad", made using a pencil, brush pen, and Copic gray markers|
Now I don't ever remember seeing Eeyore happy or smiling. That was the first part of this image, making Eeyore super happy. Once I sketched out what he'd look like . . . I started to think of what could possibly make him so happy. That's when everything turned dark.
|I first focused on this key element of the drawing -- I found only one reference image of a happy Eeyore|
Recalling my youth watching cartoons of Pooh, I've always disliked Rabbit. Face it, he was a jerk most of the time. A snoop, a bully, a control freak and just too darn excitable. So it was easy to make him be the fall guy for this joke.
|The rest of the image was roughed in around the Eeyore character, with the tragedy emphasized in the foreground|
I needed to really make his death be totally abnormal with the environment of the characters. I went all Donny Darko and decided to drop a jet engine on poor old Rabbit. Wanting to not over offend people, I toned down the violence and kept it on a comical cartoony level. (No blood, guts, or gore. I made sure to hide Rabbit's face to help soften his tragic death.)