Today’s drawing is a bit of a departure from my doodle monsters, and at first glance you might see nothing precious — my prompt word — about this fellow. But, look closely.

Here is my Exploding Brain Boyand seriously, folks, what is more precious than the human brain?

Inktober 9 Precious
Yep, those are his brains spilling out of his head. Poor fellow!

I drew this weird boy on Monday morning while I worked at our HFAA Art Show as monitor. He was one of several weird monsters I created that morning, using ideas from the How to Make a Monster post I’d written earlier.

After that post appeared, fellow blogger “inknpaper85046788” made an interesting comment:

“Playing around with monsters is therapeutic. keeping the demons insides us is never okay. Better play with them and make them kind and harmless.”

That seemed like a good explanation for why I drew Exploding Brain Boy. Sometimes when life gets busy, I feel as though my brain is going to explode.

And now, in the interest of keeping Inktober educational, did you know that the average human brain weighs about 3 pounds? You’ll find that info — and more — at the following:

10 Interesting Facts About the Human Brain


Happy Inktober!




  1. First of all…thank you so much for reading my blog and for mentioning it in your amazing blog. I am happy you found inspiration in my words, but, most importantly, I am so happy you translated words into such a wonderful drawing. I am always amazed by your art. You have a rare gift. You are able to grasp a thought, a word, a sentence, a stimulus, or a glimpse of something and to transform it into art. This is a rare skill and a wonderful gift. Your brain is exploding with fantastic ideas and stunning art pieces..that’s all! It is part of the creative process to feel like our brain is exploding.
    The Exploding Brain Boy is smiling and the exploding brain is a pleasant mess of wavy flowing lines….it is not a disturbing mess of dark, angry lines. It is gentle and elegant like you. Your brain might feel like exploding but by looking at your art I can tell the explosion is just a positive outcome of the creative process you experience every day. Keep exploding…lol….

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    1. Oh, my, what a kind interpretation of my art and my over-loaded brain. Yes, I’ve sometimes been known to speak of “the dreaded curse of creativity” because it does take over everything — brain, body, surroundings, time. All must be sacrificed, it seems, on the altar of the muses. My art is only one of the creative pathways I follow. Add in my husband’s creative pursuits, and you can imagine the mess we make around here. We long ago gave up on keeping the house clean. You’ll find everything from crochet hooks to car parts in our living room. Our kitchen is divided now into my art room and my husband’s sewing area. (We have a grandson with a condition called PMG, so Grandpa makes bibs for him in his spare time.) I practice the piano while my husband sews or does his leathercraft, so we have music and material everywhere, From one end of the house to the other, we have projects in progress. It all explodes! But we couldn’t have it any other way. I might sometimes yearn for a neat, organized house, and sometimes I do clean it all up. That doesn’t last for long, though. As I’ve said so many times, creativity means making a mess. The cleaning-up process is important, too, but I’ve come to accept the fact that there’s always going to be a bit of a mess around me.

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      1. I have the urge to clean my house only when the creative process is done or when I have an artists block. Other than that, when I create, my house is a happy mess of paper, colors, canvas, flowers, and things that inspire me. Only when the mess is more overwhelming than the creative process is, a clean up a few drawers or a few closets. But, I do not clean up for the sake of a clean house. I clean up to find memories, ideas, scraps of paper from the past….
        And…wow…Judith what an artistic family you have! Grandpa is the best. It is so kind and sweet that he is making bibs for his grandson. I have worked, a few years ago, as a sub and teaching artist at a Easterseals UCP Child Development Center. It was the best experience ever! and thank for sharing your life with me. I was not aware of PMG. I am researching it right now. How old is your grandson?

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      2. He turned 2 in March, and he’s making good progress. He has several different therapies each week and lots of love from family, friends, and his therapists. We visited yesterday while one therapist was there, and it was good to see how much love and devotion she puts into her work. The PMG results in developmental delays and low muscle tone. This leads to a lot of eating problems since he can’t easily swallow food or drink. It also means lots of drooling — which keeps Grandpa busy making bibs. Little William is able to scoot around on the floor in an awkward crawl, and he has developed strength enough to pull himself up with the help of bars (his parents have added lots of special equipment to the house), so we are hoping that the prognosis for development will be good. He will always be slower in his development than his peers, but we each grow in our own way at our own rate. He’s a very happy baby, always smiling, and it’s fun to see him learning new things.

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      3. Aw! Yes, I agree with you… each person is unique and you’ll never know for sure the human being a baby will become. Plus having a learning problem does not mean you cannot learn, it just means you learn differently! I met the most intelligent and funny kids, while working at the UCP Center–kids labeled by society with developmental delay or other labels. Well, each one of those kids was a joy to know. disabilities or learning issues are still viewed as something negative, which is a shame! Why do we always see negative connotations and negative outcomes in people who do not meet Western society’s standards? And who did decide what’s normal and what’s not….I so hate the word normal..which is a synonym for ordinary…seriously…who wants to be ordinary? I want to be exceptional and unique…not ordinary…but I guess exceptional people are hard to control and domesticate… 🙂

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      4. How true! We also have a great-grandson with special needs. He is on the autism scale due to a chromosome deletion. He’s been in special classes for years but this year he has been “main-streamed” into regular Kindergarten (he turned 6 in July). I was concerned, but he’s doing well! He’s still non-verbal, but he is communicating a little more, making a little more eye contact, and trying to speak. His mom says he runs to the school bus every morning, and when they visited recently and I asked if he liked school, he actually gave me a “thumbs up” sign. It’s so exciting to see him progressing. My concern now is how he will re-act when his new baby sister arrives (which will happen between now and October 15, as mommy-to-be will have a Caesarean). This is going to be a huge change for Mason, and I hope it’s a positive one. And during pregnancy, the doctors did perform genetic testing on the baby, so we’ve been assured that all is well and that she won’t have the same genetic disorder as Mason.

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      5. Mason will be okay! and it will grow into a wonderful person. Even if society classifies autism as a special needs condition, I see the autism spectrum as a room filled with extremely intelligent and highly artistic individuals. I was blessed for many years with teaching a little architect in training who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. Yes, non-verbal and in a way anti-social but, at the age of 5, in my class, he was able to draw the room and the drum set in it in one point-perspective without even knowing what perspective was! At the age of 7 he had the knowledge of a small encyclopedia. To me he was and still is my little genius.
        I never considered his condition, when I worked with him. I never compared him to others. I just worked with his gifts and skills. It is so sad that our society put the negative before the positive when it come to learning differences.

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      6. Our children, grand-children, and great-grand-children are all unique, all special, and all have their gifts. We cherish them and love seeing how they grow and develop, the different interests they acquire, and the different personalities that emerge. We see a lot of creativity in them, and it’s so much fun to draw, paint, and make music with them. BTW, I emailed you through your blog! Gotta get out in the rain now and do a little shopping this morning. TTYS!

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      7. I’m not on Facebook a lot — except that I always post silly jokes and riddles for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Thanks for the encouragement with my art and my blog. I enjoy reading all of your book reviews and seeing how you express the ideas through your original art.

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