2014 Monster Month – Day 14: Snotty Snobs

October 20th, 2014

Matthew 7:5 - Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. (KJV)

sleep apnea

Welcome to our third full week of monsters! Come back tomorrow for a dental lesson.

2014 Monster Month: Day 13 – Malffs of the Mist

October 17th, 2014

Meet the Malffs who rise up majestically from the moist mist while moving their marvelous mugs in magnificent motions timed with their own merry music. Moreover, their mobile members morbidly meander in a most malleable manner to suggest the majority of their bones have no meaningful mass, at least none that can be measured. Contemplating the whole mess can make your mind melt.

Today’s creature is brought to you by the letter M.

 

Malff monster

More monsters on Monday!

2014 Monster Month: Day 12 – Salty & Sweet

October 16th, 2014

One of my favorite places to eat is at the Colington Cafè in the Outer Banks (OBX to the initiated) of North Carolina. It is a classy joint at the beach in an old house set back off the road amongst some giant old and twisted trees. It is just a little bit of beach elegance.

I, of course, had to bring it down a notch by drawing on the tablecloth. Care for a little Old Salt of a monster with some sweet dessert?

 

Old Salt

Sailor monsters always come ashore for fresh chocolate cake.

2014 Monster Month: Day 11 – Flower Sniffer

October 15th, 2014

Sometimes you’ve just gotta stop and smell the flowers.

After half a work week of rampaging and eating villages filled with peasants, a monster just wants to kick back and enjoy the simple things in life. So, whatever your occupation, take a rest on this hump day from the screams of “stop, please stop” and “don’t eat my children” to enjoy your life.

 

weekend monster

Sniff the flowers, not the bees. Trust me on this one.

More monster goodness coming your way tomorrow!

2014 Monster Month: Day 10 – Jackenstein

October 14th, 2014

I often get asked “why monsters?” There are two answers to that: 1. the world of fantasy allows for as much creativity as one can handle, and 2. Jack Davis.

Jack Davis is the monster king. He has drawn many topics over his career for MAD Magazine, TIME Magazine, advertising art, movie posters, TV Guides, animation – you name it! However, his abilities with comic monsters have no comparison. While he has drawn the grotesque at times, it is his fearless work with a brush and ink on countless comedic takes on the creatures of the night that have delighted this fan for a long time. And which monster of his do they keep coming back for more? Frankenstein’s monster, naturally (or should I say “unnaturally”?).

On a rare recent visit with Jack, he told me that the Frankenstein monster is the one he gets asked to draw most often, and is it any wonder? Once he created that six foot tall Frankenstein poster in 1972 that captured the imagination of little boys everywhere while disgusting their mothers, he cemented his status as the king! I have had my own fascination with Frankenstein’s monster over the years, likely due to Jack’s influence. So much so that I include a Frankie every year in Monster Month! (Click here to see the collection!)

So, this year’s Frankie is a caricature of the monster king himself, Jack Davis, complete with his own zombie Georgia bulldog in a piece I like to call Jackenstein!

 

Frankenstein

Jack "Frankenstein" Davis roaming the countryside and keeping away from fire.

Jackenstein close

A little close-up so you can see the full hideousness of Jackenstein! Mwuahahaha!

 

If you are unfamiliar with Jack Davis’ almost 90 years of sketches, paintings and illustrations (he was born with a pencil in his hand of course), please CLICK HERE to see some great examples of his work!

Return again tomorrow to see how bees interact with monsters!

2014 Monster Month: Day 9 – The Hitchhiker

October 13th, 2014

When your wings get tired, sometimes you just gotta set yourself down on the nearest pedestal, even if it happens to be on the horns of a fuzzy species of unknown origin. Who knows, maybe you’ll become friends.

 

friends forever

Let's see if he is still smiling after the bird leaves behind a little something something.

Tomorrow’s come see a source of my inspiration!

2014 Monster Month: Day 8 – Family Portrait

October 10th, 2014

Hey! Today is Friday which means tonight it is the start of the weekend! Woo hoooo! Families will be getting together doing super fun stuff like visiting a pumpkin patch, apple picking, costume making for Halloween, and yard work!! Well, maybe the yard work isn’t so much super fun, but leaf pile diving sure is! Whatever your family activities will be, enjoy them together.

My monster family just took a family portrait. There always has to be one who can’t just do a simple smile, am I right? Sigh. At least Grandma can see them all together in one picture.

 

Monster Family Portrait

Five kids and counting - except that monsters can't count. They think they have 19 like the Duggars.

The monster fun continues here again on Monday! Have a GREAT weekend everybody!

2014 Monster Month: Day 7 – The Drooler

October 9th, 2014

It is a hot summer day where the air is so sweltering that it feels like you could take a deep breath and drown in the humidity. The ice cream man hands out half melted popsicles. Old people wobble by draped in a shawl of sweat. Even dogs sit in the shade refusing to chase cats. You feel a hot wind on your head, and are just dripping with ooze. But waitaminnit – is that from the heat of the day? Or can something more sinister be the cause of this new discomfort?

 

drooling monster

It is like his own little rain cloud - the monster edition.

Return again tomorrow for a full-color spectacle welcoming you to a fun-filled family weekend!