Witch Hat Drawing – Happy Halloween 2016!

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Witches are one of the most popular symbols of Halloween. They conjure up images of flying broomsticks & boiling cauldrons (pun intended).

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(This drawing is available for digital download on Etsy. Check it out here!
Physical prints are also available for purchase on Fine Art America!)

I first sketched out the shape of the hat & spider with pencil, and darkened the lines with marker.

I then scanned the photo and edited it in GIMP (a photo editing program). I filled in the sections with various colors, put in some dots, and used a filter that made the texture appear more like cloth.

I hope you like the end result!

Have a spooktacular Halloween everyone!

Whimsical Witch Cat Drawing

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Since Halloween is only a few days away, I decided to combine two of the holiday’s most famous symbols – cats and witches.

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(This drawing is available for purchase as a digital download on Etsy!)

Here the cat is snoozing away while flying on a broomstick.

It’s no wonder why these two are such popular symbols of Halloween. Cats have long been believed to have psychic powers, while witchcraft has brought about feelings fear and curiosity.

 

Scared Black Cat Drawing – Fur Standing – Minimal Halloween

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“Beware of the night, child. All cats are black in the dark.” -Jean Genet

I wanted to make a drawing that was simple yet spooky. I thought that the striking shape of a cat with it’s fur standing was a good choice for that. I sketched out the shape, darkened the outline with marker, and filled in the black with editing software. Here’s the result:

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(This drawing is available for purchase as a digital download on Etsy.

Physical prints are also available for purchase on Fine Art America.)

Black cats are one of the most popular symbols of Halloween. They have long been believed to have physic powers. This belief was so powerful in Ancient Egypt that the cats were often mummified and buried with their owners.

I hope you enjoy my scaredy cat drawing!

Groupthink vs. Creativity

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Groupthink seems to have gotten worse in this era of social media. If you have a differing opinion on any subject, you risk the chance of being blocked, a digital form of shunning. If one does not tow the line that society has manufactured, you will face resistance & repulsion from those that are under the spell of perceived “trendiness”.

Creativity & individuality are a threat. If you are able to think for yourself, it is harder for those in power to control you. Although conformity is nothing new, it is hard to ignore the propaganda. Various tools & systems, such as television, public schools, & the internet are all used to indoctrinate.

But if these tools can be used to brainwash people, they can also be used to share information & creativity. The internet is the easiest way of doing this. Instead of blocking those that you disagree with, it is much more productive to have a dialogue with them. The following quote by Thomas Jefferson puts this into perspective.

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

Life is really boring when surrounded by yes men that agree with everything we say. To hell with that. I love talking with people that I disagree with. The conversations are much more intense & meaningful, rather than just having a chat that is filled with nodding your head yes, yes, yes.

Go on, be yourself. Say what your opinion is, even if it’s not popular. Why waste time pretending to be someone you’re not? Life’s too short for that nonsense.

Be the weirdo that you were always meant to be!

The Winner of my 2016 Halloween Art Contest Is…

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Sarah Batalka! Congratulations! She is the winner of my 2016 Halloween art contest hosted on Fine Art America!

Her adorable drawing entitled “The Pumpkin Carver” beat over 370 other entries!

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(Prints of this drawing are available for purchase on Fine Art America! Check it out by clicking here!)
(This image is Owned & Copyrighted to Sarah Batalka. All Rights Reserved.)

Ms. Batalka has shared her beautiful drawings on Fine Art America since 2013. Her profile has been viewed over 180,000 times and she has over 440 followers! Although she suffers from a form of muscular dystrophy called Mitochondrial Disease, she continues to overcome the pain by creating artwork.

While Sarah does aspire to realism in her work, she still incorporates her own unique style into every drawing. This is why I believe her piece won the contest!

Please check out her profile page on Fine Art America by clicking here > Sarah Batalka’s Profile

There you can buy her artwork and read more about her! You can also follow her on her Facebook page!

Honorable mentions:

The 2nd place winner of the contest is Daniel Eskridge’s digital painting entitled “The Lady of Halloween.

Check out the piece by Clicking Here!

The 3rd place winner of the contest is RC deWinter’s digital painting entitled “The Witch of Endor As A Cavalier.”

Check out the piece by Clicking Here!

*All of the artists who participated in my contest are selling their work on Fine Art America, so you should definitely browse through all of the amazing pieces for sale! You may just fall in love with one or many!
***Also, please view all of the other frightful entries by clicking here > Contest winners & participants
I hope everyone has a Spooktacular Halloween!

Vote for the best Halloween themed artwork!

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I am currently hosting a contest on Fine Art America for the best Halloween themed artwork! There have been over 300 entries in all different mediums, including painting, photography, & illustration!

Anyone can vote on their favorite piece! You don’t have to be a member of the site! If you would like to check out some spooky and cool art, check out my contest & vote!

I will feature the winner of the contest on this blog!

Get into the Halloween spirit & check it out here!

Spooky Pumpkin Photograph – & The Legend of Stingy Jack

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I modeled this pumpkin after the Jack Skellington character from The Nightmare Before Christmas, one of my favorite films.

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(Prints of this photo are available for sale on Fine Art America! Check it out here!)

The jack o’ lantern was believed to scare away evil spirits. It may have originated from the Irish myth about Stingy Jack.

Jack was a drunk who was known to play mischievous tricks on everyone in town. One night at the bar, he ran into the devil himself who came there to collect his soul. Jack came up with a clever trick. He asked the devil for one last drink. The devil transformed himself to a coin in order to pay for the drink. Instead, Jack put him in his pocket next to a cross so the devil couldn’t transform back. Jack only let the devil free when he agreed to give him ten more years to live on Earth.

A decade later, in the middle of a dark road, the devil came for Jack. Again thinking of a clever trick, he asked the devil to give him an apple from a tree. Jack then surrounded the tree with crosses, keeping the devil hostage until he agreed to never take his soul to hell.

Stingy Jack died years later, but he was refused entrance to Heaven because of his immoral life. Jack went to Hell to see the Devil and find how to get into Heaven, but the Devil kept the promise  and would not let him enter.

Jack asked, “Then where can I go?” “Go back where you came from!” the Devil replied. But the way back was very dark. Stingy Jack begged the Devil to at least give him a light to help him find his way. So he gave Jack an candy lit from the fires of Hell. Jack placed the candle in a hollowed-out turnip. From that day forward, Stingy Jack was doomed to roam the earth forever with his lit turnip to light the way.