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Monsters Inspired by Everyday Humans

on March 30, 2009 - 9:14am

The world can never have enough monsters. Especially custom made ones.

Today I will be posting about two different sites that focus on finding inspiration from the masses.

First is The Monster Engine. Dave Devries, a comic book and Universal Studio monster artist, made the observation that his niece's drawings of monsters were far more interesting and unique than many of the creatures created by adults. From this, the Monster Engine Book project was born.

Dave Devries and his Monster Engine book

Devries collected art from children, interviewing each child about their masterpiece. Then he would recreate their monsters with his own flare while staying true to the original drawing:

The process is simple. I project a child's drawing with an opaque projector, faithfully tracing each line. Applying a combination of logic and instinct, I then paint the image as realistically as I can.

All of the artwork and interviews have been made into a book. He's currently gathering submissions to make the sequel.

Monster by Mail
The second is Monster-By-Mail (brought to my attention by Mark from the Hauntseeker website). Here, you don't have to be a child to get your own personalized monster. You don't even have to submit a picture. You just need an idea and a bit of cash:

You give me a name for your monster and I'll draw it. You'll get the original art in the mail within a few days. For an extra ten spot, I'll make a video of the creation of your monster.

Even more interesting (at least to me) is that the artist, Len Peralta, has created a monster colouring book called AARGH! The Incredibly Ghoulish, Frighteningly Creepy Coloring Book Of Death.


Akilla's picture

"The world can never have enough monsters. Especially custom made ones." So true.

Your blog is amazing, flawless and inspiring, and must realy have taken a lot of work:
Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring other ghouls!

Best wishes from a Norwegian coffee/brainlover

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