October without Halloween images is not the same. When I started thinking of what I could draw for the second image of my black and white illustration series, I hadn’t realised it was October! When I did so, I was deeply happy! My life would become so much easier, as the unknown, dark, sinister and mysterious are a great source of inspiration to me!
Chain of thoughts
How do you start setting your mind to build a story? Do you think of elements such as characters, place and mood first? Then you going these three elements to create the story? Or does it flourish naturally by one single trigger, such as something you saw, heard or felt? I don’t think there is a simple answer to these questions as it can vary, depending on the artist’s own mood. An example of one trigger is given bellow, as it happened to me for the last illustration I’ve created.
Having Halloween in my mind, the first thought, or better, the first word that came up was alley. From this word, the story was practically formed. A figure in a large black robe with a walking stick would be walking in an alley that ended up in a field. For the distracted viewers, they would think the figure would be an old person. For the more attentive viewers though, they would see that the street lamp wasn’t a normal one…and if it wasn’t a normal one, the subject couldn’t just be a person. Would it be a witch, a wizard? This concept would get stronger with the fact that there is always a cat surrounding a witch. Would that be the story then? A subject with magic powers walking in an alley? Was it really just an alley? What about that creature crawling up from the underneath world?
I will leave it with you to finish the story with your own thoughts and ideas!