Tuesday, January 28, 2020

What I Drew Sunday, January 23rd – Top 3

For the first WSIDT on 2020 we have a Disney trifecta in the top 3 liked pieces of the day. But the odds of that were pretty good with 8 out of 11 having some Disney or Pixar or Marvel or Star Wars thing featured.

#1 - Donald as Captain Picard: suggestion by @chrispy2143

As with most suggestions, I don’t know the reasons behind this Disney/ Star Trek mashup. These days, I don’t receive many Star Trek commission order, and much less in mashups. It’s a shame.

In reality, this is just a drawing of Donald in a Next Generation era Federation Captain’s uniform. To make it more Picard-like, I tried to feature baldness with a reflected glint off of his head. His pose too, needed to be iconic Picard. I chose that moment when the Captain orders navigation to “Engage.” 

Not satisfied, the captain needed a word balloon which naturally is “Make it so.” In my rush, I had confused the “Engage” gesture with “Make it so.” Then it quickly became, “Quack if so.”

As a second thought, as I’m now typing this, it would be amusing to see Captain Donald adjusting his uniform with a quick tug down, as the officers do when they stand up from sitting. It wouldn’t be a better drawing. It may be a cute 2-seconds of satire in animation. I dare somebody to MAKE THAT SO.

#2 - Merlin Training Ian Lightfoot: suggestion by @jorgem_0708

Statistically speaking, this one was a tie for first place with only 2 fewer total likes at the time of this writing. 

For the kids out there who aren’t yet familiar, Merlin is from Walt Disney’s animated tale of a young King Arthur, The Sword in the Stone. Merlin is, of course, a wizard. Ian is from Disney/Pixar’s yet to be released, Onward

Regardless of how the trailer hints to Ian’s relationship to magic, which isn’t much at all, this is a “what if” scenario. The books on the head is typical posture training included in etiquette montages a la The Princess Diaries. The knee raised high alludes to The Karate Kid, again with the training montage. A Yoda in a backpack callback just didn’t find its way in this drawing. Although Merlin has been shown to be able to change his size and shape, probably would not read well if he wasn’t at full size.

1x hidden Mickey.

#3 - The Mandalorian and Child Having a Tea Party at Disneyland: suggestion by @jesstothesmith & @akoymdf

Of several suggestions that featured The Mandalorian’s “Child” a.k.a. “Baby Yoda,” this one I thought that I could mashup two. One envisioned the pair having a tea party. Another cast Mandalorian taking the child to Disneyland.

Where can one enjoy a proper tea party in the famed theme park? Probably the Plaza Pavilion on Main Street. But Fantasyland in more iconic and more picturesque, and is had 2 attractions inspired by Alice in Wonderland. So the, tea party in impossibly - strike that - magically located in the courtyard.

For extra measure, Mad Hatter riding on the shoulders of March Hare have dropped in for tea time - as is you couldn’t tell that this was a drawing of a tea party.

The child gets a bit lost in the composition. The floating exclamation mark is an attempt to bring more focus on the little creature.

3x hidden Mickeys (not including a balloon, 2x Mickey ears hats or a logo on a Mickey ears hat).
1x Baby Oyster.

As I said above, there were 11 - posts, but I drew 12 pieces with one of the posts as a double of a suggestion. Further to confuse you, I drew not from 11 suggestions, but from 12 with the Mandalorain/ Disneyland pieces being a mashup of two related suggestions.

Here are the rest:

Tigger & Orange Bird
Suggestion by @elijones94

... and Tiana (Disney Princesses) as cave-girls
Suggestion by @benmcdermott93

“Baby Yoda” in a Marvel Comics mashup
Suggestion by

Mickey and Minnie celebrating the Chinese New Year - Year of the Mouse (rat).
Suggestion by @mkano

Scooby-Doo as Green Lantern
Suggestion  by @rod_j_sloan

 Suggestion by

Jon Kent/Superboy
Suggestion by @cyberknight6196

The Witcher (Henry Cavill)
Suggestion by @sdogg52

All of these pieces will be for sale at my table at WonderCon, Anaheim, CA in April.
Sorry, no, I have not yet set up an online store for these things.
Left-over suggestions may yet pop up as daily drawings and Instagram posts before the next WSIDT session next month, February 23.

Thank you for following my blog and/or Instagram and/or Monster Enterprises Facebook page. Thank you for liking. Of course, thank you to everyone who pitched their drawing suggestions.

All: black ink and color pencil.
“Captain Picard” on Bristol Board. 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm  (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)
“Merlin Trains Ian” and “Mando Tea Party” on paper. 17.78 cm x 12.70 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.)

Saturday, January 25, 2020

What Shall Draw January 26?

As a way to give meaning to my Instagram feed, I reserve one Sunday per month (except in Fall), in which I take topic suggestions and draw as many of them in about 8 straight hours as I possibly can scrawl them out. These sessions are called, “What Shall I Draw Today?

The first of 2020 kind of snuck up on me and happens in two days.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, January 26th, 2020
Eastern Standard Time:  12pm noon - 8pm
Pacific Standard Time:  9am - 5pm

Pitch your suggestions at any of the following social media spots:

Blog: (here in the comments)

Instagram: @monstergram7

Facebook: /Monster Enterprises

Click on the WSIDT tab above for FAQs.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Mappiest World in the Place

With the New Year came D23’s introduction of the Official Disney Fan Club’s 2020 Gold Member Gift. With every new gold membership subscription and renewal to D23, an amazing gift package is delivered a (what may be obligatory) certificate of membership and a membership card. Disney then plusses things by assembling it into a whole gift package of exclusive (I’ll say generically) stuff. For the memberships processed in the calendar year 2020, they have put together the D23 Fantastic Worlds Adventure Kit.

One small part of the kit which I contributed is a map.

You may read about the entire kit at

Of course, that’s where you can learn about the club itself, it’s events, offers and other Disney news.

If you, for example, renewed your membership this last Christmas, then you’ll be receiving the 2019 gift of beautiful enamel pins.

To keep the map an exclusive surprise, I won’t be sharing detailed images here on my blog, Instagram or other social media branches until later in the year. I will, however, tell you a behind-the-art tale of making the thing.

Fantastic Map-ortunity 
“Where’s the Matterhorn on this thing?”

Mid July 2019, a Disney colleague pitched my name to work on part of the 2020 Gold Member Gift. The D23 group wanted new designs for a map, a set of enamel pins, badges and postcards with room for more stuff budget allowing. At this stage, the package was forming both creatively and budget-wise. My colleague said that I’d be specifically perfect for creating the map, based on a few past projects in which my knowledge of Disney came in handy. I suppose that I’ve also demonstrated the willingness to put in the work on big art projects.

At this early stage, the “wish list” brief consisted of maybe 20 well-known Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel places. I doubt that anyone really had a clear idea of how a map could depict houses, cities, countries, moons and planets in a comfortable scale. Some of the inspiration examples that they sources were very simple and graphic, and along those lines perhaps scale wasn’t a limiting factor. The D23 group did imply that maybe the Star Wars and Marvel parts were still “maybes”, that they might not be part of the map of “Fantastic Places” as they were then calling the whole package. At this pitch stage, the size of the map hadn’t been dictated except for knowing that everything would have to fit inside the gift box no large than 35 cm (14-inches).

I accepted with that loose description. With so little known, it allowed my mind to make up the rest. I decided that the map would have to expand to represent hundreds of different movie and television properties and draw inspiration from the classic “Disneyland Fun Maps” that were sold in decades past. It would have to be 36-inches long (91 cm).

Fun for All 
The Disneyland Fun Maps were artistic representations of the one and only (at the time) Disney theme park. It may not have been at true scale, but it did function like a real, printed map. It was folded in a specific way as to display in a shelf pocket in the Main Street Emporium showing a section with a legend and quote of Walt Disney’s opening day dedication, all tell-tale signs that the object wrapped in cellophane was a folded map. It had every attraction, shop, restaurant, restroom and phone booth indicated in their rightful spots. Many versions would have “future attractions,” some that would come to fruitions and some that remain a dream to this day. Curiously, the Fun Maps existed along side of the free, pocket-sized guides/ pamphlets which featured the same information.

Disney Imagineering legend Sam McKim designed the original Fun Map at larger than printed-size, with the final piece being about 45-inches (114 cm) wide. The map would be updated periodically. I’m told that in the pre-digital age, this would be done directly on the original McKim drawing, with bits whited-out, re-drawn or covered with pasted on parts. The printed map would shrink to about 36-inches. There are versions that are entirely new and separate drawings by different artists.

This was my inspirational target.

Latitude Adjustment 
Pitch sketch in blue pencil.

On a piece of letter-size paper (28 cm x 21 cm) I sketched a concept layout and relayed my plans. 

My contact and who would become a good supporter, Justin, said that they’d get back to me. You see, they were thinking that it could just be a not-folded, 13-inches (33 cm) card. Waiting on a response, I thought that maybe they were right - after all, they were the client. The next day, they said, go for the full 36-inches plan.  

Uh oh. 36 isn’t just 2.76% bigger than 13, it is 7.67% larger in area. Firming up the plan to concentrate only on Disney and Pixar film and television properties, they gave me an expanded list and the freedom to add to it. Uh oh, again.

Early on I hoped to draw it smaller than life, and scan it digitally at a high resolution. Maybe I could just draw some thing cleaner over my conceptual sketch? 

Working Too Hard Can Give You a Cartography-Attack-ack-ack-ack-ack 
My actual process was this:
  • On a large sheet of white banner paper off a 24-inch wide roll, I designed, sketched and inked the art at planned actual, printed size. 
  • I sketched with a red pencil. As I’ve described of my work process in the past, when digitally scanned, the color red appears nearly white in the red channel of the RGB file. In that way, I don’t erase much, and therefore I don’t spend precious time erasing much.
  • Rather than bringing the entire piece of art to a full sketch, I concentrated on smaller areas, one section at a time. I scanned each newly sketched section and pasted them into a full sketch version that never existed.
  • I inked with a black micro or ultra fine roller ball pen, directly over the red pencil. In the same manner, scans of newly inked patches were added to the growing “final” inked art.
  • I added color in the digital file on a layer beneath the layer of inked lines.
  • Most of the revisions were sketched and inked on a separate sheet and added to their corresponding digital revised versions. Meaning that in sketch form and in inked drawing I have a so-called “original” version and a “final” version. There’s only one final color version.

The border mimics the design of a few Fun Maps replacing portraitures of Disney characters with 23 key landmarks taken directly from the map art and recolored monochromatically. The border also features longitudinal and lateral grid indicators for what was intended to match up with a legend of points of interest.

Map-dition and Subtraction
Thankfully, D23 was encouraging with every successive update which sketched out form three weeks, to four, to let’s say six. From roughly shaping the continent coastline, I began in what I refer to the metropolitan district the the lower left corner, and worked up and to the right. To my logic, an area nearest to the viewer could best accommodate tiny shops and buildings. As the map progresses farther away (up the map), towns, then cities, then kingdoms and countries could exist in an acceptable scale.

With so much of the map blank for so long over the weeks, of course there were suggestions for adding this and that. In some instances, things were removed. But at least they existed on the map at one point. Some of the things on the wish list weren’t included- for reasons.

Everybody Wants to Make Rules for the World
The selections of things was loosely guided by my made-up rules:
  • First, it must be Disney or Pixar sourced.
  • It has to be fantastic and not a real place or bit of architecture. Sorry, no Eiffel Tower (The Aristocats), no NotrĂ© Dame Cathedral and no Bulldog CafĂ© (The Rocketeer).
  • It has to be visually distinct. Sorry, Metroville (The Incredibles) looks like a city of a bunch of grey blocks. 
  • Disney Theme Park icons are okay if they’re park originals and not recreations of other things. Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion - yes. Cars Land - no, but Radiator Springs - yes. 
  • If the thing or place is in the name of the movie or television show, it’s at least worth considering.
  • If the thing or place has never previously been shown or depicted, it’s a candidate for being cut from consideration. Hey, let’s not start making up things.
  • That’s a considerable amount of road work and water ways, let’s include some vehicles (i.e. here’s a way to include a movie that doesn’t have a distinct building).
  • There’s room for Disney history.
  • There’s room to break the above rules. (i.e. the client is always right). 

Now all that remains is for the gift packages to ship and get in members’ hands and then folks can dive into the map and see what they can find.

D23 Fantastic Worlds Map – Unfold the magic with this epic map, depicting more than 250 places, vehicles, and characters, representing more than 150 films, television shows, and theme park locations– all created by Disney and Pixar! You could spend hours looking at all the individual surprises– including 23 hidden Mickeys, a ‘Hidden Oswald,’ and so much more! Designed just for the D23 2020 Gold Member Gift by Disney artist Bryan Mon, the 24-by 36-inch map lovingly pays tribute to the ‘Fun Maps’ of Disneyland’s past.”

Happy exploring!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

CTN eXpo 2019

Come find me at next weekend’s CTN eXpo -2019!

CTN animation eXpo

Booth: B-30

Nov 21-24, 2019

Burbank Airport Marriott Convention Center 
2500 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505

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Twitter @creativetalent

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

What I Drew Sunday, September 29th - Top 3

For the last WSIDT of 2019 I conducted a poll to have folks vote from a list of 60 not-yet-drawn past suggestions for me to draw. Going by the popularity ranking, I drew a whopping 3 pieces!

Here they are...

#1 - The Cast of “Friends” as Princes and Princesses: suggestion by @akoymdf

Thank you to @amkoymdf for patiently waiting for me to draw a “cast of ‘Friends’” suggestion that have been pitched in WSIDT for over a year. With six caricatures, each with distinct personalities and dressed in the costume of a Disney character hopefully matching in some way, I knew it was going to be a hefty task. As it turned out, Ir required over half of the eight-hour session to sketch and color. 

Here’s what I was thinking (left to right):

Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel Green dressed as Princess Giselle from Enchanted
Giselle is not included in Disney’s 12 spotlight princesses selected for licensing, which matters little to me for this sketch. Through the course of the television series, Rachel goes from spoiled, runaway bride to independent woman. Giselle is a high-fashion princess from a fantasy world thrust into another reality who learns to make her own decisions. 

David Schwimmer’s Ross Geller dressed in Aladdin’s Prince Ali outfit. 
I’ll add now that with only three woman and three men in the cast and more than two dozen princesses and princes from which to choose, I thought that it would be fun if all six were from six different Disney films/franchises. Despite several complex romantic relationships, Ross displays a lot of insecurities on the show. As a “street rat” in disguise as a prince, Aladdin likewise reveals to the audience a lot of self-doubt.

Matt LeBlanc’s Joey Tribbiani dresses as Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog.
Both Joey and Naveen are up for a good time.

Courtney Cox’s Monica Geller dressed as Princess Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of course. 
Both Monica and Snow White are good cooks (probably) and self-motivated to do some cleaning.

Lisa Kudrow’s Phoebe Buffay dressed as Princess Rapunzel from Tangled
Phoebe and Rapunzel share musical talent with a guitar and happen to have had long blonde hair.

Matthew Perry’s Chandler Bing dressed as Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid
Chandler was the most difficult to match to a Disney prince and the choices are slim. Maybe Eugene a.k.a. Flynn Ryder has the most multi-layered personality on display to compare with Chandler’s funny-man neuroticism. However, since Phoebe’s Rapnzel isn’t a Eugerne-Chandler’s lobster, I landed on good-guy Prince Eric. Eric isn’t as princely perfect as Prince Phillip (Sleeping Beauty) and he’s more defined than either of the unnamed  arguably) charming princes for Snow White and Cinderella.

Any of the cast’s hair styles were largely were taken from what ever piece of Google images searched reference on which I chose for expressions.

What Friend/Royal mashup would you have suggested?

Did you spot all of the Easter Eggs on the coffee table?

#2 - Ursula and King Triton …Young and Dating Before the Events of “The Little Mermaid”: suggestion by @motheroffreels 

Quickly on Instagram, Folks were kindly informing me that King Triton and the sea witch are siblings: brother and sister. There are versions in Disney productions and stories in which this relationship is stated. There are version in Disney productions and stories in which there is no blood relationship stated. There are versions in Disney stories in which there once was a romantic relationship between the two.

I say, for WSIDT, somebody suggested it and several folks voted to see how I would draw the two together- dating. Perhaps those who voted were ignorant of the possibility of the sibling relationship, or perhaps they were aware and, as I said, wanted to see what if and what I would draw.

From the sequel sub-titled Ariel’s Beginning, A young King Triton in depicted with rusty brown hair and beard. He’s also married with seven very young daughters. I decided to cheat the suggestion by drawing a non-bearded Prince Triton as if he were the captain of a sports team. 

I didn’t search for images of a young Ursula, thinking that I would mostly find fan art. So my fan art version is younger and slimmer because those are the typical contrasting traits. I toyed with the idea of giving her dark or black hair, but that might have been too different from tell-tale Ursula. I also considered that she may once have been a mermaid when she was young. That the octopus traits were the results of some of her own witchcraft. THAT would have been too different. 

#3 - Thor and Captain Marvel Going Hand-Over-Hand Over the Hammer: @mkano

If I don’t need to draw the highly detailed costumes of the Live action MCU versions of these heroes, then I won’t do it. However, Most of the characters have had many costume changes and looks since the 1990’s as I am most familiar. For both of these designs, I included 2019 in my search. I guess Thor is a man again and has a golden left arm gauntlet?

At any rate, I believe that Thor respects all warriors, so this isn’t a competition that’ll bruise his ego. It’s like rock-paper-scissors: some times you win, sometimes you lose.

I’m more likely to draw Mjolnir’s handle shorter. But I think I’ve seen artist’s draw it longer, and longer is better for the baseball bat composition.

A note regarding the rankings:
If you were closely watching the daily leader board changes, a “Batgirl & Supergirl versus Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy” idea was No. 2 for a while. Then on drawing day, the “Triton & Ursula” idea jumps to the second position. 

That was a result of accounting changes. Some body questioned my method of breaking ties. During the week, I was treating it as trending, so ties were settled by whichever received the latest/most recent vote.
For the final, drawing-day ranking, the deciding factor was which idea received X amounts of votes first.

The drawing day’s top 20 poll results are as follows:

1. (45) Friends cast as princes and princesses
2. (34) Ursula and King Triton …young and dating before “The Little Mermaid”
3. (41) Thor and Captain Marvel going hand over hand over the hammer
4. (11) Batgirl and Supergirl (as villains) against Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy (as heroes)
5. (29) Remy and Tiana working together in the kitchen
6. (17) Wonder Twins
7. (60) Animal trek (these are the voyages of the starship long and prosper)
8. (16) Starfire teaming up with Stargirl
9. (35) Deadpool trying to pick up Thor's hammer
10. (33) Uncle Scrooge and Gladstone Gander playing Press Your Luck
11. (7) Charlie Brown in space
12. (44) Elsa vs. Storm
13. (37) Jubilee and Squirrel Girl 
14. (19) Bill the Lizard (Alice in Wonderland)
15. (27) Moana and Pocahontas
16. (14) Robins - All the Robins' in their costumes around the same age together.
17. (47) Golden Girls as female superheroes
18. (15) Smallville Cast
19. (13) Krypto and Streaky having a mid-summer’s nap
20. (32) Three Caballeros

All sketches:
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.  
“Friends Mashup” - 17.78 cm x 12.70 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.).
“Ursula and Triton” and “Thor vs. Captain Marvel” - 12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.).

Sunday, September 22, 2019

What Shall I Draw September 29th?

What Shall I Draw Today?” is a session dedicated to drawing suggestions culled from different social media portals (like this blog). Some times they’re themed, but true to the question that is the title, suggestions can run the gamut as wide and deep as the people tossing out the suggestions. My anterior motive is to build up a stack of original sketches to bolster my sales offerings at the few comic book conventions in which I table.

In the days in-between the monthly sessions, I can pick from the suggestion lists to inspire a daily sketch to be shared on Instagram. However, this spring and summer prevented me from doing many daily sketches.

So this approaching Sunday, for the last WSIDT session of 2019, I’ve taken 60 of the not-yet-drawn suggestions from this year that seemed like the most fun (and sellable) things on which for folks to vote.

I call it “Rewind Day”.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Rewind Day
Sunday, September 29th, 2019
Eastern Daylight Time:  12pm noon - 8pm
Pacific Daylight Time:  9am - 5pm

Vote for your favorite suggestions at any and all of the following social media spots.

Blog: (here in the comments)

Instagram: @monstergram7

Facebook: /Monster Enterprises

Click on the WSIDT tab above for FAQ’s

1. Chipettes (“Alvin and the Chipmunks”)
2. Flying Glove (“Yellow Submarine”)
3. Iron Giant and Hogarth
4. Josie and the Pussycats (cartoon)
5. Powerpuff Girls
6. Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems
7. Charlie Brown in space
8. Maxx and Juile Winters
9. Anything from Umbrella Academy
10. Alex Danvers from Supegirl
11. Batgirl and, Supergirl (as villains) against Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy (as heroes)
12. Dart and Blackjack (“Atari Force”)
13. Krypto and Streaky having a mid-summer’s nap
14. All the Robins' in their costumes around the same age together
15. Smallville Cast
16. Starfire teaming up with Stargirl
17. Wonder Twins
18. Beauty and the Beast
19. Bill the Lizard (“Alice in Wonderland”)
20. Brave Little Toaster meeting Chip (“Beauty and the Beast”)
21. Calhoun (“Wreck-It Ralph”) as Rosie the Riveter
22. Celia Facilier and Dizzy Tremaine (“Descendants 3”)
23. All the female Disney villains
24. Eve and Wall-E
25. Evie (“Descendants”) mirroring herself
26. Figment & Nessie as a couple
27. Moana and Pocahontas
28. Princess Aurora in the her “livin’ solo” dress
29. Remy and Tiana working together in the kitchen
30. Stitch driving his spaceship, Ed Roth style
31. Tangled the Series characters as the Shazam team, with Eugene as Shazam
32. TheThree Caballeros
33. Uncle Scrooge and Gladstone Gander playing “Press Your Luck”
34. Ursula and King Triton …young and dating before “The Little Mermaid”
35. Deadpool trying to pick up Thor's hammer
36. Emma Frost
37. Jubilee and Squirrel Girl
38. Loki
39. Rawhide Kid
40. Rocket in his Avengers: Endgame Blue/Red uniform
41. Thor and Captain Marvel going hand over hand over the hammer
42. Disney fairies as Pretty Little Liars
43. Disney princesses as Cheerios (“Glee”)
44. Elsa vs. Storm
45. Friends cast as princes and princesses
46. Frozen characters as Hogwarts students
47. Golden Girls as female superheroes
48. Haunted Mansion’s stretching room portraits with different characters
49. Wonder Woman as a professional wrestler
50. Wreck it Ralph and Vanellope playing Super Mario as Mario and Luigi
51. Yakko, Wakko and Dot at the Hogwarts castle
52. John Wick
53. Ali Wong
54. US Women’s 2019 World Cup soccer team
55. Finn and Rey exploring Batuu and carrying some porg merch
56. Max Rebo (“Star Wars”)
57. Phyllis (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”)
58. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists
59. Snow White and Prince Charming (“Once Upon a Time”)
60. “Animal trek” (the starship zooprise)

Tom and Jerry and Batman and Robin.
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
17.78 cm x 12.70 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.).