#Inktober Drawing: “Dig” + A Note on Story


For Day 24 of #Inktober2020, we got the cue word, “Dig.” #Inktober

“Dig” led me back to a gravesite, but a different one from the one depicted for “Throw.”

The gravestone reads “Here Lies Jessie Jones Or At Least Her Saintly Bones.” I’ve given you a clear night with a full moon, someone digging in a grave, a house on the hill, and not much else.

You can’t help but wonder who’s desecrating Jessie Jones’ eternal slumber or why, or if they live in the house on the hill.

I know, though. Like JJ Abrams, I love raising questions. I suppose the difference is, I know already in my head roughly how we got here, and where the story goes from here. (Take that, Mr. Millionaire!)

In fact, I have stories in my head for all of the images I’ve shared. I realized that one of the reasons each of these is such a labor of love is that for most of them, there’s at least the start of a story somewhere behind them. It’s why some sketches take on different forms than first intended, or why I scrap one idea for another.

I know the motivations of the man digging, I know why that house is there, and I know who lives or lived in it. I’ve just chosen to freeze this moment in time. If you give me a day the particulars might change, but I know the reason behind every element I placed in this sketch.

I think it’s more fun for you to try to figure out the relationships and the motivations. The anticipation is more fun for the audience.

Completing the story is the responsibility of the storyteller. Win or lose, thrill or disappoint, it’s my story and I’m just choosing to hold onto it for the time being. I’d honestly like to see where someone else went with it. I don’t get many comments on here, and honestly I don’t get many readers, but if you want to “give it a go,” I’d like to see what you see behind these elements before you.

The usual disclaimer applies as always. If you like it, that’s great. If you don’t, that’s OK too. I’m just trying to stay in the habit of sharing things.

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