You cannot stop my crazy fan girl ways. I insist on completely misinterpreting at least half of these #drawlloween prompts or twisting them to suit my own purposes in any case. Also, my husband is a bad influence when it comes to these things. He aids and abets my crazy fan girl ways.
Today’s #drawlloween prompt was “Frankenstein”. Now I realize that in keeping with the Halloween theme of this challenge I suppose I ought to assume that they are in fact referring to Frankenstein’s monster. I’m going to be deliberately obtuse though. In fact, I believe that it is my solemn duty to be obtuse in this case! I am an English Lit major after all! Victor Frankenstein was the scientist who brought a creature made of dead body parts to life, not the creature itself.
Of course, while there is a very clear cultural image of the creature in our collective unconscious there is a much less specific image for the creator. The monster is a cultural icon. The creator is not. While one could easily imagine that the following idea came from me, it was in fact my husband who presented it to me. When I told him I would be drawing Frankenstein for the last sketch of my ink sketchbook his immediate response was “Dr. Whale?”. I honestly can’t believe that my fan girl brain didn’t go there first.
Victor Frankenstein is actually a character in Once Upon a Time and I think by this point we all know how obsessed I am with that show. I wonder how many of the #drawlloween prompts I’ll be able to pull out of Once Upon a Time. Too bad there’s no prompt for Rumpletstintskin. I’d be all over that … again. Anyway, this is Once Upon a Time’s version of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s modern Prometheus. I really only briefly considered drawing any other version of him.