#Inktober Drawing: “Disgusting” + Additional Thoughts


Day 11 of #Inktober2020 brings the cue word “Disgusting.” #Inktober.

My brain went to this image above pretty quickly. Few things can disgust me quite so much as cannibalism, and when people get chopped up in movies it still causes me to look away. I’ve watched a lot of horror movies in my life, but stuff where a victim is purposely mutilated always makes me recoil.

I will never understand the fascination with what was called the “torture porn” era of horror. I understand how “we” got there, and how it’s a logical extension of the horror movies of the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s constantly working to top themselves in terms of the gore.

But I will never understand why it was embraced. This is speaking as someone who quite enjoyed Saw and Saw 2. I think the real problem is that they were the starting points and so it was only bound to go more hellish from there. Once those sensibilities informed the remake of Halloween by Rob Zombie, I was done.

Of course, I also enjoy the old Hammer Studios horror films, and pored over a book about them as a kid. It fascinated and repulsed me. So while I talk about a threshold for certain types of harm depicted in these sort of films, please know I am aware that to audiences from before my childhood the Hammer films were the equivalent of Saw or Turistas.

was big fan of the Nightmare on Elm Street series as well, except for the second one, which isn’t nearly as good as its rediscovery fans insist. New Nightmare isn’t good, either. Part 6 is…ehhhhhh.

When I was a kid, I understood that Freddy was burned alive by the parents, but once the sequels started their mass production they stopped exploring why. Once you’re old enough to understand or remember what his crimes actually were…his dark humor isn’t funny anymore.

(OK, fine, it’s funny, but given how those old horror movies don’t usually hold up too well, I’d rather just let Freddy remain in my memories.)

All that to say, the picture above is one of the first two thoughts that popped in my head. The other was a simple drawing of a piece of cauliflower. Since it’s “Shocktober” I went with something a little more…disturbing to all.

Well, it might not be disturbing to the Ed Kemper types, but what can you do.

You might notice I wanted this one to have some real color so I cheated a little with colored pencils on three spots, but it’s really just pen. Early draft before color included as evidence below.

Anyhow, the disclaimer about any drawing remains: If you like it, great. If you don’t, that’s fine too. I’m just trying to put it out there for the sake of putting it out there. I was able to make some color work here, but I still think I need to expand my arsenal of pens.

If you want to learn about Inktober, here’s the site: Inktober.com.

Before color. Yes, I use pencil roughs on more complex compositions just to make sure I get proportions right before locking in. If you think that’s cheating…well, I’ll refund what you paid.