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Grandma Ruth as Mrs. Pickman

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It's Grandma Ruth from Daria as Mrs. Pickman from the John Carpenter movie In the Mouth of Madness!
This image is done in the spirit of the Daria end credit sequence.

Ruth is Daria's paternal grandmother. She makes on appearance in the episode "Jake of Hearts," in order to care for Daria's father after he has a mild heart attack. One interesting take away from that episode is that Ruth faces the fact that her deceased husband used to be a bully, and if she could, she would stand up to him and do a lot of things differently...

...which brings us to the character of Mrs. Pickman from one of my favorite horror movies. When we first meet Mrs. Pickman, she is a cute and sweet little old lady. By the end of the movie, however, she has mutated into an other-worldly monster who, in the words of Sam Neill's character, "chops her husband into coleslaw." So... no one knows how "Mad Dog" Morgendorffer died, do they?

Yeah, I'm a sicko.

While Mrs. Pickman is one of my favorite parts of the whole movie, when I actually went to watch it again for this drawing, I was a bit surprised by how little screen time the monster version of her gets. She is on screen for literally less than a minute, and that's in various cuts, which are all in a dark basement. Not exactly the best for image reference. Needless to say, because of that, I had to outright make a few things up, and I figured while I was stretching that artistic license anyway, I'd make a few adjustments for the sake of a better picture. Such as, I wanted to make sure she was still recognizable as Ruth, so I didn't mutate her face as much, and I also moved the upper tentacles to the back so they wouldn't be in the way of the pose.

For more on Ruth Morgendorffer, you can read her entry on the Daria Wiki here:…

If you want to see the scene from In the Mouth of Madness with the horrific Mrs. Pickman monster as she chops up her husband into little bits, a lovely person put that scene on YouTube:…

Pose reference:…

Pencil on paper. Digital inking, colour, and effects in Adobe Photoshop 7.

Other Daria character alter egos:…
Or you can check me out on the Daria Wiki:…
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