Alright, let’s get this out of the way right off the bat. Today’s #drawlloween prompt was “8-bit Zombie”. This is the prompt I’ve been dreading ever since I first looked at the prompts list. For me at least this prompt wins the award for “most likely to be skipped”. I was very seriously contemplating just not doing it. I mean what am I even supposed to do with that. I’m not even entirely certain what qualifies as 8-bit when it comes to pixel art. What is the distinction between 8-bit art and 16-bit art for example? I’m certain that there is one. I just don’t feel qualified to make it.
So in the end I typed 8-bit art into google and found an online paint-style program for drawing pixel art. presumably it has built in setting to ensure that anything you generate using it is in 8-bit format … whatever that means. I’m just showcasing my ignorance here, I know. It’s just something I’ve never spent much time thinking about it. Anyway, I just used that program to do a quick and silly zombie sketch. It’s nothing I’m particularly proud of but it fulfills the #drawlloween prompt and that is good enough for me.
Since it didn’t exactly feel like a proper sketch though, and definitely wasn’t a daily charcoal sketch or an #inktober sketch, I decided to do another sketch in my actual sketchbook. That one was a bit more fun, although not really all that much better. For my subject I chose Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
For those of you who don’t know, there was an election in Canada on October 19th. The old government was (finally) voted out and replaced by a new government with a new Prime Minister. So I suppose this sketch is actually a couple days late to the party. Yesterday it just seemed more important to draw a skull though. I didn’t quite capture Trudeau here but I gave it a shot. Maybe I’ll try again another time. I’ll have to give him a few months to govern first though to see if he’s worthy of a second sketch.