Inktober Day 28 and today’s prompt is “camping.”
I got the idea for this sketch from the season. What do we do when we are camping? Usually a campfire is one of the evening activities that people do while camping. A campfire brings light to the dark. It can be used to cook food, marshmallows, s’mores, it can provide warmth, or it can provide ambiance for an evening of socializing…..or the setting for storytelling by the fire.
We have seen a lot of movies from Hollywood where the purpose of a campfire was a location used to create suspense to scare the crap out of the people sitting around it. I get it it. There’s that primal thing going on where our ancestors used a fire for cooking, warmth, possibly storytelling and for security. We still have that primal basic human instinct where sometimes logic can lose control. Fire kept dangerous creatures away and other dark beings that walk in the night. We still seek the fire and light….to feel safe.
The first thing I thought of when I saw the word camping was the universal tent icon. I have fond memories of tent camping and if you are reading this and you have never tried tent camping, try it once. The tent segued into a guy telling a story by a campfire with just a ghost in the speech bubble pretty much summing up what’s going on. That idea just popped into my head to simplify that he was telling a ghost story.
I added the tree with the owl and moon for mood. I was thinking of adding a coyote howling at the moon. If you have never heard a pack of coyotes yipping and howling near your bedroom window in the dead of the night, I can tell you it’s unnerving. Exciting that we heard coyotes! Maybe even beautiful in a way…. But again…deep down, there is still that instinctual survival “thing” that kicks in and maybe you experience a little twinge of….panic? The house has concrete block walls but you still listen to ensure that the coyotes are gone….and try to go back to sleep.
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