Sunday, February 19, 2017

What Shall I Draw February 26th?

Coming this Sunday, February 26th, I will be conducting the next session of “What Shall I Draw Today?” As I had conceded in January, this will be an abbreviated 6 hours session while I am still working at completing the next issue of Unstoppable Tuff-Girl (that’s No. 3 for those counting along at home).

The virtual suggestion box will be cleared out to make room for new ones. Suggestions may be posted from now until the end of WSIDT at any on the following places where you see the image above. Suggestions may be the same as ones made in the past whether or not I was able to get to them, or they may be brand new.

• monotonae (this blog):  in the comments here.

• Instagram:  @monstergram7

• Facebook:  I'm a fan of Bryan Mon #BryanMon.

TIP: While I gravitate to the more interesting suggestions, during these 6 hour sessions I especially mostly take on single-character suggestions. This is to maximize the number of suggestions in my limited time. I may only get a single suggestion for a complex multi-character setup squeezed in the 6 hours.

The tricky, insidious thing has been that I don’t reliably catch suggestions made in comments, emails, etc. that aren’t attached to image above, so you’ll want to make sure you comment in the correct places.

Check out the “WSIDT” tab at top for answers to FAQs and the 2017 schedule.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, February 26th, 2017
12:00 noon - 6:00 pm ET

Sketchin’ and the Rain

 Some rain themed sketches from my archives:

Kathy Selden
(Singin’ in the Rain)
Don Lockwood
(Singin’ in the Rain)
“Couple in the Rain”

Kathy Sleden and Don Lockwood were the Singing’ in the Rain (MGM 1959) characters played respectively by Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly. Ever willing as I am to reference classic Hollywood films, my caricature of Debbie Reynolds popped up last November as just another Instagram sketch post.

The Gene Kelly caricature was a suggestion from last month’s (January) What Shall I Draw Today? (WSIDT) session. It’s rather difficult to not depict the iconic “Gene hanging off a lamppost” image for anything recognizable from the film.

The third image was another WSIDT suggestion, although entirely generic and not intended to allude to the classic musical.

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All: Color pencil and black ink on Bristol Board. 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)

Monday, January 30, 2017

What I Drew Sunday – January 29th

Here are the top 3 of 9 things that I was able to squeeze into last Sunday’s session of “What Shall I Draw Today?” Despite it being the inaugural session for 2017, I had to make it a short 6 hours, which is about as much time as I could steal away from working on the Unstoppable Tuff-Girl comic book issue that I’m currently in production with.

#1 – Yakko, Wakko, and Dot meeting Mickey, Donald, and Goofy: suggested by akoymdf.

#2 – Briar Rose: suggested by merkitty101 (as “Any Disney Princess”).

#3 – Elly May Clampett: suggested by oliviamn14 (as “The Beverly HillBillies”).

 And here is the whole Sunday set of sketches:

Per usual, all of these are going into my stock of original art for sale at my comic convention show, the next being in March with WonderCon in Anaheim, CA.

Thank you to everyone who submitted suggestions. If I didn’t draw one of yours, then keep an eye open as it might pop up on Instagram in the next few weeks before the February edition of WSIDT.

Thanks to everybody who voted with their “likes” on Instagram and Facebook and for following me on those social outlets.

You may view all 9 drawings on my Instagram: monstergram7.

Monday, January 23, 2017

monstergram7 - Top 9 of 2016

Simply, these are the Top 9 liked posts on my Instagram Feed, @monstergram7 last year, 2016. Click the title to links to learn more about each.

Twistery, Inc. 
(Scooby-Doo / Batman Rogues mash-up)

(with Pua and Stitch)

(Supergirl, Batgirl, Krypto & Ace)

(Winnie the Pooh / Avengers mash-up)


(Joker & Harley Quinn / Mickey & Minnie mashup)

(Moana, Pua & Heihei)

(25th anniversary commemorative)

Moana: The Girl Who Loves the Sea

Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board. 
21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.50 in. x 11.00 in.)
This sketch of Moana with her Pet pig, Pua and the empty-headed rooster, Heihei was one of 2016’s top 9 liked posts on my Instagram feed, @monstergram7. Posted mid-December, it was the last to make the Top 9 list, kicking out an Iron Giant sketch.

Having worked on character art for the product launch of Disney’s Moana, this ceremonial chieftain costume was an interesting change from her standard costume exclusively depicted throughout the product development style guide. As much as I simplified costume, it has a lot of little detail that has me glad I didn’t have to draw it for the guide. As far as lots of details go, Working on Maui’s tattoos was plenty enough a task.

From as long as the style guide team was working on the style guide, which was about 16 months before the animated film’s release, Pua was always a cute little thing. The pig was one of the things to which people first gravitated. As first presented to us, Pua along with Heihei, was to be on the boat on Moana’s journey. Anyone who has seen the film knows that Pua doesn’t make that journey. On hindsight, that alteration to the story should have been ab obvious thing coming, since the two critters didn’t contribute much when the real action ramped up.

Heihei’s personality changed from the self-important pet of Grandmother Tala, to a stupid island bird. In one treatment, he would have ended up the new chief of the coconut-armored Kakamora.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

What Shall I Draw on January 29th?

This coming Sunday, January 29th, I will be conducting the 2017 inaugural session of “What Shall I Draw Today?”, albeit an abridged version. Here I set aside a block of time to exclusively draw suggestions sent to me via Instagram, Facebook and this, my blog, monotonae. Drawings are posted on Instagram as done and shared on Facebook.

Where in a regular WSIDT session the block is a full 24 hours, this time to limit the interruptions to working on my comic book, Unstoppable Tuff-Girl, I’m doing it for an intense 6 hours beginning at 12:00 noon ET (9:00 am PT).

Suggestions may be posted from now until the scheduled end of WSIDT at any of the following places where you see the above image prompt:

• monotonae - in the comments here.

• Instagram:  @monstergram7

Check out the “WSIDT” tab at top for answers to FAQs and the 2017 schedule.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, January 29th, 2017
12:00 noon - 6:00 pm ET

The Hundred Acre Woods’ Mightiest Heroes

This mash-up of Winnie the Pooh characters and Marvel’s Avengers heroes was one of the top nine liked posts in 2016 on my Instagram feed, @monstergram7. On top of that, it was the #1 liked drawing from my June 26 session of “What Shall I Draw Today?” I chose to use the Avengers line-up from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Let me break down the shoot-from-the-hip top-of-my-head mash-up combinations:

Captain A-bear-ica (Winnie the Pooh / Captain America) – The primary character of Christopher Robin’s friends matched up with the assumed leader of the Avengers is a natural fit.

Iron-Tigger (Tigger / Iron Man) – The bouncy tiger with double-“guhs” who’s slightly more popular than Pooh Bear matched with the tech-armored wise acre who’s slightly more popular than Cap.

Eethor (Eeyore /  Thor) – The gloomy donkey with an rain cloud above his head matched with the good-time legendary Asgardian God of Thunder. Less a good match, and more the leftovers after some of the following better matches.

The Incrabbitle Hulk (Rabbit /  Hulk) – The irascible rabbit matched with the anger triggered rage monster. Yes, Rabbit would hulk-out more than the others.

Chris Fury (Christopher Robin / Nick Fury) – The boy who returns to the Hundred Acre Woods to  help his friends and have adventures matched with the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who helped form the Avengers.

Kanga-Noir (Kanga / Black Widow) – The singular female denizen of the Hundred Acre Woods match with the first female Avengers. 

Owleye (Owl / Hawkeye) – The friendly know-it-all bird matched with the down-to-earth archer with a bird in his code name, and arguably neither part of their respective core groups.

Falc-let (Piglet / Falcon) – The timid best friend of Pooh Bear matched with the flight enhanced best friend of Captain America (on the Avengers). As much a left-overs match up as Eeyore & Thor with an as awkward mash-up code name.

Under-Roo (Roo / Spider-Man) – The high-energy young son of Kanga matched with the young hero-in-training web-slinger. The mash-up code name just works, provided that you saw Captain America: Civil War, enough to push past the fact that Spidey isn’t a member of the Avengers.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lilo and Moana

Black India Ink and water color on water color paper.  
27.9 cm x 21.6 cm (11.00 in. x 8.50 in.)

In this double-Disney-movie-crossing and time-crossing image Moana and her pet pig, Pua meet Lilo and her pet “dog,” Stitch. Inspired by a suggestion offered during one of last year’s “What Shall I Draw Today?” sessions, this unlikely meet up was one of the top nine liked posts on my Instagram @monstregram7.

In it”s creation, I thought that Pua’s abundant cuteness would instantly win over the young Lilo. Meanwhile, alien Stitch turns his destructive impulses on the oar of island princess, Moana. The choice to put Lilo in her hula costume was to help her visually align to Moana’s costume.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Joker of the Club Made for You and Me

Color pencil and black ink on Bristol Board.  
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)

From a suggestion submitted during one of my “What Shall I Draw Today?” sessions, this DC Comics / Disney mash-up was one of the top 9 liked posts on my Instagram, @monstergram7

As some mash-up ideas come to be, this is The Batman villains The Joker and Harley Quinn dressed as Disney’s perennial Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse I’ve drawn more or less in the style of early seasons Batman: The Animated Series animated TV series (1992).

At least Harley’s red, black and white costume could accommodate Minnie’s often seen white polka dots on red motif. With The Joker, he’s pretty much unchanged except for Mickey ears and a tuxedo color close to Mickey’s of the Disney theme parks.

I think these two dressed this way looks like it could have been a visual gag or Easter Egg snuck into an episode.

Hidden Figures

Conceptual drawing
Water color and black India Ink on watercolor paper. 
12.7 cm x 17.8 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)

In making this poster for the illustration of my review of Hidden figures, I kept thing as simple as possible by focusing on portraits of the main characters. Circles are always powerful focusing elements and the NASA logo/ insignia is basically a blue circle. Of course, in it’s simplicity, I allow myself to more quickly move on to other things like house cleaning and working on the next art piece.

Link to my 5-point review of Hidden Figures @ That’s Good Spam