Of course, the first thing I thought of was my literally Bloody Period! Ha. I was on my period when the #Drawlloween list came out. I couldn't think of anything appropriate for a drawing, however, and was at a loss. So, I asked Steve. I said the theme is Gore - and I don't know what to do. He immediately thought of a legend that is a woman's head with entrails. The name is Penanggalan, from Malaysian folklore. The creature was in early D&D and can be found on the Pathfinder Wiki here (spelled with an 'en').
Interesting that in all the artwork I found for this creature, a WOMAN who separates from her body taking just her internal organs with her - none of them have a UTERUS. Well, mine most definitely has a Uterus. Because if I were one of these Vampires, taking all of my internal organs with me, my Uterus would be attached to the rest of them, and I would not leave my body without my Uterus. So I found my way back to Period Blood after all.
I have always loved candy and Halloween was one of my favorite holidays. I'm not sure if I liked Christmas just a pinch more, or loved them evenly. But the cache of candy at Halloween was mind-boggling to me as a child. Although, as much as I loved Halloween, I only remember a few of them as a child. I remember the Witch costume from kindergarten.
When I was in grade school, I spent most of my allowance on candy at the convenience store. One Halloween my friends and I went all over our subdivision Trick-or-Treating. We went home, dumped our candy, and went back out again. Halloween was the only night where we were allowed to be out late and by ourselves. And the huge stash of candy!
I loved just about any type of candy available. I ate things made entirely out of sugar: Pixie Sticks and Sweet Tarts and - from the drawing above - those candy necklaces on elastic string, pulling the elastic and biting off a few of the candy beads at a time. I ate chewy taffy and caramels and Tootsie Rolls. And chocolate. OH the chocolate. I think when I was in grade school, a regular size candy bar was ten cents. I remember when they increased in price to fifteen cents. As I grew up they continued to increase in price while shrinking in size. I loved plain Hershey bars, Hershey bars with Almonds, Snickers bars, M&Ms, Three Musketeers and Milky Ways. And Reese's!
Unfortunately, my love of candy has contributed to my weight problems. I was still eating pure sugar candies like Twizzlers and Laffy Taffy into my 20s. Once during my Undergrad program as I put a big chunk of neon-colored Laffy Taffy into my mouth a fellow art student said to me, "Lisa! I can't believe you just put something that color into your mouth!" I should have been as shocked as she was. A coworker at my job at GSU started calling me Candy Girl, because I was always eating candy. It was definitely one of my food obsessions. After my best friend and I would go out to dinner (appetizer, entree, huge dessert) we would go to a movie and consume popcorn, some sort of candy (Twizzlers, Milk Duds, etc.) and a soda. Oddly enough, I didn't hit my maximum weight until into my 30s, when I had given up a lot of the childish candy, so to speak - the pure sugar items and non-chocolate candies.
I have been trying to give up sugar for a few years now, and I haven't done it yet. We have tried to get all High Fructose Corn Syrup out of our diet. I try and then tend to fall back into sweets - some ice cream here, yogurt and granola there. Ah, well. I will keep trying.
The author of the #Drawlloween list posted an Ask on Tumblr about the 8-Bit Zombie here. It was an apparel brand, from a website dedicated to t-shirt designs. The author just finds the name interesting, as does the owner of the brand - see their website here (all stuff related to the 80s). And they look forward to everyone's interpretation of an 8-Bit Zombie.
Those of us who grew up wayyy before the internet know all about 8-Bit. It was our first exposure to the notions of computers and programming, through arcade video games. The first video games were 8-bit. So many people around my age have a certain nostalgia for anything 8-bit.
However, this was my least favorite #Drawlloween theme. I used Steve's cross stitch portrait as the base for my 8-bit Zombie. The pattern, actually, but I can't find that image - I must have deleted the file when I decided I wasn't going to do anymore of these cross stitch portraits.
I had no idea for the Skull theme, and said so to Steve last night, after he turned off his light to go to sleep. He got up out of bed and went to get me the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual, and opened it to the Demilich. A Lich is an undead skeletal spellcaster. If a Lich fails to gather mortal souls, its bones turn to dust and only the Skull remains, with a fragment of the Lich's life force: a Demilich. If a Demilich is disturbed, it rises and assumes a Wraithlike form (kind of an undead ghost). Source: D&D Monster Manual pages 48-49 for Demilich and page 302 for Wraith.
This is what it's like when I let my artistic plans fall by the wayside. My artistic bones turn to dust and collapse into a pile of nothingness. Until I remember that OH NO I'M LATE I'M LATE I'M NOT GETTING ANYTHING DONE I HAVE NO ART CAREER WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?! And my skull raises up like an undead Wraith, all screaming horror but with no substance.
Creature from the Black Lagoon. That reminds me of the scary movies they used to show on Saturdays when I was a kid in the 70s. This movie was made in 1954, back when scary movie creatures moved so slowly you could outrun them at a crawl, yet actors stood there and screamed rather than get away. Unlike, say, Aliens, where the creatures move really fast and can overtake you. Anyway-
The Black Lagoon was a murky swampy lake. When I was thinking of concepts for the Drawlloween topics, this one made me think of how I tend to fall back into the muck and stay stuck.
The other side of Devil. Chaotic Evil. Bent on destruction.
My Demon is based on the Pathfinder Bestiary Demon Babau, an emaciated skeletal demon that doesn't need to eat, but may. From the Pathfinder Bestiary (Demon, page 56 and Babau page 57) Demons are schemers and manipulators of emotions and politics although some are just interested in destruction and ruin. They can be smart and patient, waiting to strike as assassins. As Steve says, re: roleplaying character alignment,"Chaotic Evil does not mean Chaotic Stupid."
Which brings me to my Wild Child. From Martha Beck's Four Day Win, the Dictator (Devil) is the one who whips us into shape and imposes order (Lawful Evil). The Wild Child (Demon) rebels against Order and causes Chaos (Chaotic Evil).
Sometimes it feels like I am possessed by a Demon when my Wild Child is causing chaos, through desperate cravings for ice cream and candy bars and uncontrolled eating. This binging never completely satisfies - if anything the satiety is fleeting. Like the Demons, I don't need to eat, but I do so anyway.
I hate feeling out of control, with no thought to health, weight, fitness, or anything else - only consuming the item I desperately crave.
I have made some progress with these issues. I have given up sugar for a few months at a time. I have passed up ice cream and desserts. But, eventually, the Wild Child chaos returns. Like a Demon waiting patiently. Because I have discovered that when I resist for awhile, having something sweet doesn't bring back the flood of chaos right away. It takes time. I made the mistake of testing this the first time I gave up sugar for several weeks. I had a piece of cake at a party at work, and I was fine. I didn't crave anything else. I thought: I can do this! Then...several days later...the patient Wild Child struck with strong cravings and I was scarfing down ice cream and it all went straight to the Abyss! (Demons are from the Abyss; Devils are from Hell.)
This is something for me to work on, taming the Wild Child Demon before she leads me back into Chaos and Destruction.