Friday, October 31, 2014

October Monsters 31

And so the October Monsters series ends with one of my childhood favorites. I have to say, this has been a challenge, but I feel like my speed has come way up, and it was excellent practice for me. And there's a certain satisfaction in leaving art supplies out because I know I'll be needing them again soon. Which is not to say I'm packing them up - there's a few sweet projects in the works, so stay tuned!

I do this first and foremost for the joy, but art is communal, otherwise I'd never put it up in a public place. I'd like to thank everyone who visited the blog this month, followed this progression, and sent me comments of all varieties. Some made it a point to check my progress every day, and I loved that.  Thank you all.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October Monsters 29

Alas, poor Hamlet...

...I knew him, Horatio. A fellow of infinite...well, actually he was kind of a downer.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

October Monsters 26

Namahage 2

Namahage go around carrying a large chopping knife (Deba-bocho) to cut off namomi (blisters accrued from lazily sitting at home in front of the fire). In some areas, they also carry gohei, sacred wooden wands hung with paper streamers that symbolize their status as Shinto gods.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October Monsters 25

Namahage (Japan)

These ogres go from door to door on New Year’s Eve, looking for children who have misbehaved that year. They are more than happy to unburden parents by taking away children who are lazy, insolent or simply cry too much.

Friday, October 24, 2014

October Monsters 24

A famous Brazilian lullaby warns children to go to sleep or else a Cuca, a crocodile woman, will get them...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Monsters 21 (AKA Halloween Radness 2014!)

A very special day deserves a very special post. This is the third year I've done this for me and my birthday twin. Check out the FIRST and SECOND, if you dare, and Happy Me Day!!
We're referencing two of my favorite horror movies - can you guess which?

Friday, October 17, 2014

October Monsters 17

Tomer Hanuka/Tropical Toxic (OPP)

Tomer Hanuka's art is incredible, influencing a whole generation of artists with his beautiful line work and distinctive color scheme. This image of the Shining, one of my all-time favorite movies, just continues my obsession with him. Beautiful.

October Monsters 16

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October Monsters 14

Okay, she's not really a monster (unless you're a hapless field mouse), but I've been checking out this whole Inktober phenomenon, thought I'd give it a shot. I rarely use ink, in anything - too permanent! - but there was something very meditative about doing this piece, it took a certain kind of focus.

This one's for a special guy I call my brother. Happy birthday, Rob.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

"Happily Ever Once Upon" Poster Design (GD)

My director friend needed a last-minute design, so I slapped this together in an afternoon for a play about what happens to fairy tale characters after the stories end. Go check it out if you're in that area. And check out my other play posters by clicking HERE.

October Monsters 7

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Monsters 1

This October I'm doing one monster sketch a day. I'll be sitting down every night for no more than an hour, max, and making some creatures. Just because I love October the best. Enjoy.