2021 Monster Month: What the Dickens?!

This one was fun to do. In my brown paper sketchbook, I let my pencil wonder what a monster in the time of Charles Dickens might look like.

I generally start with a light pencil line made with either red or blue pencil lead, then I inked it. Added some white gouache for a little dimension this time with the brown paper handling the midtones, and then a little brown paint for shadows and a hint of yellow in the eye. And before Jacob Marley can come calling with his chains, you’ve got yourself a Dickens monster!


Looks like Ebeneezer Scrooge could certainly make short work of a Christmas goose with those teeth.