You can find all these drawings (and many more) on cssdrawings.com. To check the source code easily, I'll add a CodePen link under each image description.
Some of the drawings are inspired/based on other drawings I found online. When that's the case, I added a link to the original work in the description on CodePen. Also, if I recorded the coding process, I'd share a video on YouTube.
This was not my original idea (see alternatives below), but I like how it looked in the end. This jack-o-lantern is playful and fun.
Not a really original work (many of the Divtober participants went for a similar optical illusion), and found some issues with positioning elements (I had to add an extra box in one of the dimensions for it to work).
How about drawing Picasso in Picassian/cubist style? PiCSSo! This was a fun one to code, although I struggled a little to find an idea for it (found it on a stock cartoon.)
This cartoon is animated: the earthworm moves and crawls. It is one of the two cartoons where I used the blur/contrast trick to make the curves look smooth (I abused that trick last time.)
Inspired by Pixar's short film "Lou", this lost-and-found box may have a life of its own (although it's not animated).
Does a bouncer bounce? This may be a stretch (and not only because the drawing is responsive and "infinite"). Initially, I thought about drawing a bouncing ball, but then I thought it was too obvious. The demo is slightly animated, with the bouncer saying "no" with his head.
This is one of my favorite drawings from divtober. Simple, sweet, and fun to code... a real treat. I recorded the coding process and shared it on my YouTube channel.
This results from running out of time and not having many ideas on what to do. To be fair, it could have been a lot worse.
Last year, I did a single-element CSS drawing that would have been a perfect fit for this word... This year, not so much... but I really like it (although it may not be the best or most popular).
The other illustration using the blur/contrast trick (for the sparkles, combined with other filters). I like the result although it's not as "realistic" as I would have wanted.
The initial version of this cartoon was not cute at all. It was rough and ugly. So I can't complain about how this one resulted.
This one is animated. The spider goes up and down and looks smaller or larger depending if it's behind the magnifying glass or not (this effect is brought up to you by using the same spider drawing on two pseudo-elements :P)
Another animated drawing (and in 3D!) A collectible card for a fake baseball player (me!) of the Boston SoCSS –yes, I tend to add unfunny CSS puns in my drawings, sorry.
This drawing may be cute, and it was ok to draw but the result is... I don't know. It doesn't "bring me joy."
"Remember, remember, the 5th of November..." I thought about doing a Guy Fawkes/V for Vendetta type of thing... instead I went with this drawing, which is ironic because I hate to draw hands (on paper or digitally).
This idea looked better in my head than when I implemented it in code. And it took longer than usual, so I didn't want to spend more time cleaning it up.
Initially, I planned a person holding a chair and taming the lion. But I wasn't fond of that idea (it felt like animal cruelty), and instead went with a version of an old picture I once saw (but with two dogs instead of a mouse and a lion.)
There are drawings in CSS that I can approve of and drawings that I'd seriously say "use SVG instead". This is one of the latter. For the curious: it's caffeine.
This cartoon is interactive! Move the foot up and down to stretch the chewing gum stuck on the foot. The effect is achieved by using a range input instead of a div.
This all-seeing Eye of the Providence is one of my favorite drawings from divtober 2023. And it was surprisingly easy to code.
Definitely not my favorite drawing. Another one of those ideas that sound better in my mind, but then don't translate that great into drawing.
This wanted sign was easier to code than expected (in part because I went with a silly face instead of trying to do something more elaborate). I like the folding lines on the poster.
There's an alternative for this word (see below), but it was "politically incorrect". Instead, I went with this turtle wearing a shark fin... which is kind of weird.
A Thanksgiving message in October? Why not? After all, the stores are already selling Christmas decorations (and it's not even Halloween yet!) This cornucopia was fun to draw.
This piece of cheese looks more like SpongeBob TriangularPants than a piece of cheese, but I like it. It's cute.
Trying to mimick and emoji with a single element is a challenging experience. The icicles look fake with no shadows, but it could be worse.
This drawing took longer than I wanted, and then it felt clogged, with too many things going on (plus it is an infinite pattern). Even the browser may have some issues loading it :(
This logo was inspired by another logo I saw online (and can't find anymore). It may be one of my favorite divtober drawings of this year.
I made the pin upside down by mistake... lucky me, fixing it with CSS was as simple as doing a
scaleY(-1). This is another drawing (along with the logo before too), that may be better in SVG.
This one was fun to make, especially the awning. I like the end result, but I don't find much special to it. It feels like any of the hundreds of drawings of storefronts you can find online... which may be its strength.
There were some other single-element drawings during this time.
Maybe it was too ambitious. Maybe I just didn't like it... in the end, I never completed this one, and instead, I drew a jack-o-lantern.
It was October 3, and I had to do something for "Artist"... but my brain kept coming to the previous day's word: "Impossible", so I drew this animated parody of Mission:Impossible (and then did the Picasso cartoon).
I did two versions of this cartoon. The initial one was more of a bobblehead, and I didn't like it because the head looked too round and big. This one may be less of a caricature, but I prefer it. Maybe something in between would be better?
What is more handmade than a hand shadow? As mentioned above, I hate drawing hands... so why not practice drawing some more? I like it in general, but that thumb is... oof!
At the beginning of October, I had decided not to participate in this year's Divtober. I had done it a couple of years in a row, and it was fun, but it requires too much "commitment." In the end, I must admit it was fun participating, but don't know if I'll do it next year. There are so many October challenges: divtober, inktober, clocktober... It's time to pick a different one and enjoy it, too.