I wanted to draw something
Halloween themed, so having looked up the tradition of carving faces into pumpkins and finding it already popular well before my characters' Edwardian setting, here we have a teenage Peter and Amyas proving they aren't too old to enjoy a Jack O'Lantern
Of course, they didn't make their own, being far too posh to get their hands dirty - this was a task for Amyas's head gardener, one he's been doing enthusiastically ever since the boy was a toddler, and he didn't mind a bit when asked to carve one extra to give to a friend. Peter's never had a pumpkin of his own before!
This was so much fun to draw, I especially enjoyed lighting their faces from below and how very peculiar that makes them look
Can you spot two Halloween-themed creatures hidden in there, too?
The background is actually a bit of some unspecified grand house Aubrey was once drawn drinking near (in Me and My Martini
), because I didn't have time to make up a whole new view to show us Amyas's own home - cheating by editing a daylight scene into a dark one took a whole lot less thought and effort than designing the architecture of such a crucial setting at short notice!
(Last year's draw-something-scary-for-Halloween picture : Spiders In The Dark