2021 Monster Month: Chadula

Here we are 24 days into Monster Month, and there hasn’t been one self-portrait in the batch. Seems reasonable that after drawing all these monsters, there should be at least one depiction of the artist as a creature that goes bump in the night. (In real life when I do that, it’s likely due to stubbing my toe in the dark on the way to the bathroom.)

So, why not trot out everyone’s favorite blood-sucking vampire from Transylvania as inspiration? I call him CHADULA. Mwuahahahahaha! (Cue the lightning strike!)


“I vant to draw your blood! No, really, I want to draw it, not drink it!”


I’ve made appearances in past Monster Months. You might remember me as Frankenstein’s monster, a hairy beast, a zombie – even as the Wolfman a couple of times. If you are adventurous, you could click on the “self portrait” category on my blog and see if you can find my other beastly incarnations.



2021 Monster Month: Monsters At Work

Well here’s something different in this month-o’-monsters – an actual bonafide monster job! Back in July I was hired to work on this advertisement for the Disney+ animated series Monsters At Work.

The agency had already written the ad, and another wonderful artist had illustrated it and laid it out (that means the graphic design part of it), but then two things happened: 1. it went through changes, and 2. the other artist had to go out of town and didn’t have the time to make the changes. So, I filled in as needed.


Click on the image to enlarge.


So, what you see here is a true team effort. I illustrated all the characters except three monsters in step 5 and Mike Wazowski (which are all by the talented Liz Masters), and then I re-laid out the steps and bottom info with all the new text following the look that Liz had already established. It was a super fun gig, and obviously I love drawing monsters. Happy to have had a crack at the Disney/Pixar creation all thanks to Liz for pulling me in on it!

Oh, and Disney+ tweeted this out back in July just a few days after I had finished it. Quick turnaround to meet the launch date of the new show!

2021 Monster Month: Night Stalker

If you decide to take your lovely lady out for a late night constitutional, please be very aware of your surroundings.


While he doesn’t quite know it yet, when he gets closer, that street beast will discover that Ethel and Horatio are on their way home from the Rotary Club’s annual bean supper.


Ink and black colored pencil in a sketchbook.

2021 Monster Month: Stardate

I don’t know, if this creature was on an intergalactic dating website, I might steer clear. He’s either smiling or constipated, and the fact that he likes “long walks down a dark alley” is a little worrisome.

I don’t know why, but this guy seems like something one might see on Star Trek. He was just a random ink, watercolor, and gouache guy in my brown paper sketchbook.


Watch out ladies, he’s single and ready to mingle.

2021 Monster Month: The New Kid

Every kid goes through it. One day they are out in the neighborhood playing with their friends, when a big moving truck pulls into the driveway of the Jenkins’ old place. Inevitably, a new kid moves into the neighborhood.

Will he be cool? Will he be a dork? One will never know until introductions are made.


They can say hello back. He won’t bite. Or will he?

2021 Monster Month: Suspicious Minds

If you’re up to no good, be sure that this one will spot you. He’s the embodiment of Ronald Reagan’s old famous quote, “Trust, but verify.”


He’s probably irked that the optometrist is suggesting glasses. Hello! No ears!


Ultramarine colored pencil in a sketchbook.

2021 Monster Month: The Stare

Today’s entry for Monster Month is a piece I actually posted in 2019 on Instagram as just line art, and that’s how it remained for two years. It is an ink sketch from a sketchbook that every time I flipped to it, that hypnotic stare kept calling out to me in a raspy creepy voice, “color me!”

So, I took this zombie and his pet rat into Photoshop to see if a little color would make him even MORE creepy. I think it worked.


I wonder if he had LASIK surgery?

2021 Monster Month: Ice Cream?

A proper cone for the monster who is lactose intolerant. Kinda looks like it might be mocha flavored.


Then again, maybe it’s Soylent Green flavored.


Ink in a sketchbook with Photoshop blandishments.