#Inktober Drawing: “Shoes” + A Note About Dread


For Day 29 of #Inktober2020, we got the cue word, “Shoes.” #Inktober

What we have here is something that kids who grew up in the outskirts get – the exposed drainage pipe. Those things were terrifying. You never knew what was in there.

When I was seven or eight (maybe younger?) my two cousins and brother tricked me into walking all the way through one as some sort of test of courage. Sort of idiotic, but in the days before cell phones that type of stuff was just what we did. You had to kill time til Robotech came on in the afternoon.

I kinda miss those days. The world was quieter.

Anyway, back to the drain pipe. It was concrete and it was huge. At one point, there was a bend in the pipe and in the middle of a hot and sunny afternoon, it was pitch black for several steps. When I was a terrified little kid, it felt like it was pitch black for several minutes.

My blood relatives used tricks with the echos to convince me they were right behind me. It worked, but the sense of betrayal I felt at the hands of my own brother for that deception was enormous. It’s just how older brothers test their younger brothers is all, though.

I’m pretty certain that my lifelong fear of dark and enclosed spaces has nothing to do with this moment in time. Or maybe…

One note on the drawing: I should have made the monster eyes yellow, not red. Ah well.

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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