Inktober 2017 Day 3: Pick Your “Poison” Apple

Inktober 2017 Day 3: Pick Your “Poison” Apple

What’s more classic than a poison apple for the month of Halloween?  Click the post title to see today’s drawing!

In this post:

  • The Origin of Pick Your “Poison” Apple
  • Preliminary Sketches
  • Final Drawing


“Poison.”  When I was thinking about where I could draw inspiration from for this prompt, I thought about 2 underrated Disney movies from the late ‘90s/early ‘00s: Hercules and The Emperor’s New Groove*.  I quickly realized that those movies have potions (the mortal potion and the llama potion respectively) and didn’t convey the idea of a poison well enough.

Therefore, instead of focusing on newer Disney movies, I referenced a classic one (the classic one) and Pick Your “Poison” Apple was born.

*More mishaps with The Emperor’s New Groove coming up on Day 6


People often think of alcohol as a sort of poison.  Originally, I drew a plain martini to convey this idea and wasn’t pleased with the proportion of the top of the glass to the bottom.

To fix this, I decided to not draw the bottom of the glass and focus on the top part.  It then hit me that I could put a twist on the martini.   Martinis are known to be served with olives.  Instead of using an olive, I put the iconic poison apple from Snow White in the glass.  Looking back on it, I was subconsciously remembering a video I had seen of the Poison Apple-Tini from Carthay Circle.  As you can see from the picture, I also tried putting a hand reaching for the martini, but ultimately decided to keep it simple.


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I added a tiny crown to the end of the toothpick holding the poison apple to tie the Evil Queen into the drawing.  After my 1st attempt at inking the martini, I learned to be careful when coloring the middle part of the apple so that the white doesn’t disappear (see the above picture to compare).  Hope you enjoyed today’s Inktober drawing.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 4!

Thanks for reading!

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