After the emotional turmoil of drawing Killer, the friendly guard-dog, I was quite reluctant to pick up my ink pens and create any more monsters. I knew I needed to do something fun for the next Inktober prompt.

And what could be more fun than turning an old grandfather clock into a monster? I had to keep it very short and simple, and I quickly came up with Grandfather Tick-Tock.

Inktober 14 Clock

He’s not real. He’s just a playful clock sitting in some imaginary parlor somewhere. I gave him a smile because I wanted a happy feeling in this drawing. He’s absurd, and I have no idea how he stands up with those pointed feet, but none of that really matters.

I needed to move on with Inktober and not allow myself to get stuck with difficult emotions. I can hear Grandfather Tick-Tock as he tick-tocks the time away and chimes the hours as they pass. I can smile at Grandfather Tick-Tock. I hope he brings you a smile, too.

And for educational purposes:

The English clockmaker William Clement is credited with the development of the grandfather — or longcase — clock in 1670. Until the early 20th century, pendulum clocks were the world’s most accurate timekeeping technology, and longcase clocks, due to their superior accuracy, served as time standards for households and businesses.

Learn more here: Interesting Facts About Grandfather Clocks

Until tomorrow… happy drawing!


  1. I love Grandfather Tick-Tock!!!!! Love him! You are into something wonderful ! Don’t stop now! Don’t run away from difficult emotions. You are into the creative process with your body and spirit and that’s why you feel strong emotions. Let them guide you. difficult emotions are what you need right now to continue your journey. Without the turmoil of our dryer we cannot dry our clothes when winter comes. 🙂

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  2. Even though the emotions are difficult, I think it is a good thing to feel such strong reactions through the drawings I’m creating. All arts involve emotion at some level, and it’s been quite an experience to go through. I’m curious, too, to see where these emotions will lead me.


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