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Monday, August 21, 2017

What Shall I Draw August 27th?


Coming soon is this year’s penultimate edition of “What Shall I Draw Today?” - eight hours exclusively devoted to drawing other people's topic suggestions. All previously pitches suggestions will be cleared for new ones suggested from now until the end of the close of the Sunday session.

Post your suggestion(s) on Instagram, Facebook or here on this blog.

Instagram:  @monstergram7

Facebook:  @I’m a fan of Bryan Mon #Bryan Mon

Blog:  monotonae.blogspot.com (this thing here) in the comments.


For more information and FAQ’s, please check out the WSIDT tab above.


What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, August 27th, 2017
Eastern Daylight Time:  12pm noon - 8 pm
Pacific Daylight Time:  9am - 5 pm

“Han Solo”
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.).

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Wonder Woman

Watercolor on watercolor paper.
12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)
Here in this conceptual art for a poster for the 2017 movie, Wonder Woman, I attempted watercolor over graphite pencil draft, foregoing the black India Ink line work that I have been practiced on in most little drawings posted on my Instagram and comic stories.

I think Gal Gadot's likeness got away from me in the process.

The color palette is the result of initiating a brown underpainting to establish tone, then adding color. Knowing that the set of watercolor that I used doesn't result in very rich colors, I accepted an overall muted appearance.

[read my short review]

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Logan


Black pencil and watercolor on watercolor paper. 
12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.).

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

What I Drew Sunday – July 30th

Here are the top 3 liked pieces of the 10 I drew during the 8+ hour Sunday session of “What Shall I Draw Today?”

#1 – Remy (Ratatouille) Prepares and Meal for Winston (Feast): suggestion by @dluser.

#2 – Rapunzel and Pascal (Tangled) as Daenerys and dragon: suggestion by @alltookayleigh.

#3 – Starfire (DC Comics): suggestion by @anyssa_marie27.

And here’s all the whole set of 10:

You may check out everything on my Instagram feed: @monstergram7

All of these drawing will be for sale at my next comic convention appearance to be announced.

Thank you to everyone who pitches a topic suggestion.
Thank you to every one for following and liking.


“Leftover” suggestions may yet appear on my Instagram in the next following week before the next WSIDT.

“Remy & Winston”: Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.  17.78 cm x 12.70 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.).
“Rapunzel” and “Starfire”: Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.  6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.).

All art ©Bryan L. Mon

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Let It Snow


Walt Disney’s classic filmed version of the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be celebrating its 80th anniversary of its 1937 premiere. Its place in film history is being the first full-length animated film in America. As such with its sympathetic young princess, amusing squad of diminutive miners and happy ending, it was hugely popular. In many subsequent re-releases, combined with character presence within Disney’s theme parks since 1955, it retained public favor. Adjusted for inflation, the film places 10th as in the top earning motion pictures of all time*.

Even so, my theory of why a 2-year old toddler would pick Snow White as her favorite Disney Princess is the the princess’s red hair ribbon and bow, where, up until Elena of Avalor, the other princesses have a distinct absence of red in their costumes. To top the red-ribbon theory, true to the film, she also has a deep-red traveling cape, despite the navy colored one used many years on product.
Carmine red pencil on paper.
21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.50 in. x 11.00 in.)
Part off-job sketch, and part candidate for new spot art with which to decorate my work space (cubicle) sign, I devised something with the theme: drawing (or painting, etc.).

Story wise, the little princess could have been depicted in the act of artistic creation. I thought that she worked hard enough getting the dwarfs’ cottage in order. In appreciation, the dwarfs should do something for her. It doesn’t require seven men to paint a picture - not usually, and not in a way that doesn’t require making that painting the focus of a piece. Happy is as good as any of the dwarfs to be the painter.

To ensure that the composition was about about the characters, I chose to not show the actual painting, and make the props of the painting and easel as simple and as slim as needed.

Black Ink and carmine red pencil on paper.
21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.50 in. x 11.00 in.)
Adding Dopey does 3 things for the composition. 1) Dopey partially covers the easel, without, of course, concealing its function. 2) He occupies the negative space between the legs of the easel, bring more balance to the overall composition. 3) Seating Dopey on the floor creates a pleasant triangle motif formed by Snow White and Happy on the stool.

In Dopey’s own way, he is still involved with the activity of “painting.” If, for example, Sleepy were placed in that lower-right position on the floor, I doubt that he’d be engaged at all in painting. Similarly, the other dwarfs’ personalities suggest different additions to the story, few of which compliment the Snow White-Happy group as much as distract from it. Not that I struggled much with trying to place the any of the other dwarfs. I simply wanted to add Dopey in that corner and this worked.

That’s what I was thinking when I drew this.


As a genuine staff character artist at Disney Consumer Products, I’ve been drawing the Disney Princesses and Frozen characters for nearly four years. However, since the days of being a mere aspiring artist, even before working as a character artist on Disneyland’s Main Street, Snow White has been a favorite princess of mine to draw. She has short, bob of a hairdo that’s easy-to-draw, soft circles. In animation, she floats effortlessly as dancer. And her super-power is making friends.

And she was my mother’s favorite.



SNOW WHITE, HAPPY & DOPEY TM & ©Disney.
Art © Bryan L. Mon

Monday, July 24, 2017

What Shall I Draw July 30th?


Although my blog doesn’t show it, I’ve been busy. Not the least of which was D23 weekend. Nevertheless, I have another 8-hour session of “What Shall I Draw Today?” coming up this next Sunday. During this time, I’ll once again draw other people’s topic suggestions. All previously pitched ideas have been cleared out for new ones suggested from now until the close of Sunday.

You may post a suggestion(s) on Instagram, Facebook or here on this blog:

• Instagram:  @monstergram7

• Facebook:  @I’m a fan of Bryan Mon #BryanMon

• Blog:  monotonae.blogspot.com (you’re looking at it) here in the comments.


For more information and FAQ’s, Please check out the WSIDT tab above.


What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday July 30th, 2017
Eastern Daylight Time:  12pm - 8 pm
Pacific Daylight Time:  9 am - 5 pm

“U.F.O.”
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.).

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What I Drew Sunday – June 25th

Here are the top 3 liked pieces of the 10 I drew within the 8-hour Sunday session of “What Shall I Draw Today?”:

#1 – Lilo and Stitch: suggestion by @Julie_asoctarica.

#2 – Supergirl: suggestion by @bscomics.

#3 – Simba wearing Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat: suggestion by @elijones94.


And here’s the whole set of 10 drawings:

Check out my Instagram feed to see them all: @monstergram7


All of these drawings will be for sale at my next comic convention show in the fall.

Thank you to everyone who pitched me drawing suggestions.
Thank you  to everyone for liking and following.


“Leftover” suggestions may yet appear on my Instagram in the next few weeks before the next WSIDT session.

“Lilo & Stitch” :Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board. 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.).
“Supergirl” and “Simba”: Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.  6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.).


Thursday, June 22, 2017

What Shall I Draw June 25th?

On the heels of Heroes Convention weekend (last weekend), the next session of “What Shall I Draw Today?” comes to my Instagram this Sunday, June 25th. It’s a block of time, in this case an 8-hour block, reserved for me to draw people’s topic suggestions.

You can post a suggestion(s) on Instagram, Facebook or on this blog:

• Instagram:  @monstergram7

• Facebook:  @I’m a fan of Bryan Mon #BryanMon

• Blog:  monotone, here in the comments.


For more information and FAQs, please click on the WSIDT tab above.

All pieces drawn will be put up for sale at my next comic convention appearance (to be announced).


What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, June 25th, 2017
Eastern Daylight Time:  12pm - 8 pm
Pacific Daylight Time:  9am - 5 pm

“Gandalf”
(inspired by the work of the Hildebrandt Bros.)
Blue pencil on Bristol Board.
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.).

Queen and Sober

Color pencil and black ink on Bristol Board.
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.). 
The Queen, a.k.a. the Evil Queen, step-mother to Snow White, with her jealousy and vanity is the essential driving force to the later’s classic story. While the Queen’s story arc has the simple moral lesson of “don’t be like that,” 21st century eyes, if she had not overreached, she could have dominated the land indefinitely.

With this unprompted collector card size sketch, I experimented with utilizing black ink for the black parts of her costume while avoiding typical cartoon outlines. Tonal purple pencil defines the rest of her royal visage.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

@ Heroes Con 2017


Heroes Convention is happening the weekend after next in Charlotte, NC!
If you’re attending, please stop by my table. 


June 16-18, 2017
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Bryan Mon
Artist Alley: AA-611

Unfortunately, my writing partner, Merrill Hagan, won’t be able to make it to Heroes this year.
I’ll have a preview ashcan of issue #3 of Unstoppable Tuff-Girl which is currently still in the works.

I’ll have original art for sale, many of which featured on my Instagram @monstergram7.
And I’ll be taking on commission with the following base prices:
Full single character inked and colored with pencil 12-inches: $80
Single portrait inked and colored with pencil 12-inches: $40
Additional prices to be posted at my table.

I hope to see you there.

Monday, May 29, 2017

What I Drew Sunday – May 28th

Here are the top 3 liked pieces of the 10 I drew within the 8-hour Sunday session of “What Shall I Draw Today?”:

#1 – Ralph (of “Wreck-It Ralph”): suggestion by @lindsocolo.

#2 – Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth (from “The Crown”): suggestion by @anniedrawsthings.

#3 – “Red” (The redhead from The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction): suggestion by @jnix_animation.

And here’s the whole set of 10 drawings:

All of these drawings and more pieces of original art will be for sale at my next convention show, Heroes Convention in Charlotte, NC.


Thank you to everyone who pitched me drawing suggestions. Check in on my Instagram where may pop up more drawn suggestions that I wasn’t able to squeeze in on Sunday.

Thank you to everyone for “liking” and following.

Check out my Instagram feed to see my drawings including the 8 created on Sunday.
@monstergram7


All 3 drawings: Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board. 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.).


Monday, May 22, 2017

What Shall I Draw May 28th?

Happening this coming Sunday, May 28th, is my next session of “What Shall I Draw Today?” To the uninitiated, this a block of time reserved for drawing other peoples suggestions that aren’t otherwise commissions or freelance work. Said suggestions may be posted wherever you see the above image on Instagram, Facebook or here on this blog.

Alas, I’m continuing with the 8-hour sessions rather than the 24-hour ones because I’m busy with other stuff.

For that Sunday, the virtual suggestion box will be clear out for fresh new ones. So, step right up and pitch your suggestion at any of these places:

monotonae (this blog):  here in the comments

Instagram:  @monstergram7

Facebook:  @I’m a fan of Bryan Mon #BryanMon


For more information and FAQ’s, please click on the WSIDT tab above.

And all pieces drawn will be put up for sale at my next comic convention appearance (to be announced).


What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, May 28th, 2017
Eastern Daylight Time:  12pm - 8 pm
Pacfic Daylight Time:  9am - 5 pm

The Penguins of Madagascar as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

Black India Ink and watercolor on watercolor paper.
12.7 cm x 17.8 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)
 Re: the 2017 live-action treatment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: I liked it.

Black India Ink watercolor paper.
In this concept for poster, I was inspired by the marketing piece painted by Drew Struzan for the 1991 animated feature. The style is inspired by Art Deco designers like Alphonse Mucha. Compositionally, I wanted to vignette away details the farther they were from the faces, which is why Belle’s arm just disappears. The likenesses aren’t 100% spot on, I’ll admit.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

What I Drew Sunday – April 23rd

I present here the top 3 liked pieces of the 8 I drew within the 8 hour* Sunday, April 23rd session of “What Shall I Draw Today?”:

#1 – Chel (a.k.a Characters from “El Dorado”): suggestion by @sisicake.

#2 – Luke and Rey: suggestion by @lemonlimepizza.

#3 – Two-Gun Mickey: suggestion by @jillsowell155.

And here’s the whole set of 8 drawings:



All pieces draw and more will be for sale as original art at my next comic convention showing, Heroes Convention in Charlotte, NC.


Thank you to everyone who submitted drawing suggestions. Keep an eye open on my Instagram in the next few weeks for ones that I wasn’t able to squeeze in on Sunday.

Thank you to everyone for “liking” and following.

All 8 drawings may be viewed on my Instagram: @monstergram7.


These 3 drawings: color pencil and black ink on Bristol Board.  
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.).

*extended by 1 hour to make up for an hour of unplanned driving around time during the session.

Monday, April 17, 2017

What Shall I Draw April 23rd?


My next session of “What Shall I Draw Today?” is happening this coming Sunday, April 23rd. During a 8-hour block, I will draw selected suggestions posted on Instagram, Facebook and here on this blog.

To make may for fresh, new suggestions, the virtual suggestion box will be cleared out. Suggestions may be posted from now until the end of the WSIDT session at any of the following places where you see the image above (I may miss your suggestions if you post any place else):

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

• Instagram:  @monstergram7

• Facebook: @I’m a fan of Bryan Mon #BryanMon

“Joe” (Clint Eastwood from Fistful of Dollars)
Color pencil on collector card size Bristol Board. 

Check out the WSIDT tab above for answers to FAQ.
Disney Princess / Sex and the City mash-up.
Color pencil and black ink on “jumbo” card size Bristol Board. 

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
Eastern Daylight Time:  12pm - 8 pm
Pacific Daylight Time:  9am - 5 pm

“Sophia Willow” mash-up
Color pencil and black ink on collector card size Bristol Board. 

All pieces drawn will be put up for sale at my next comic convention show.

collector card size: 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)
“Jumbo” card size: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The LEGO Batman Movie

Black India Ink and watercolor on watercolor paper.
12.7 cm x 17.8 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)

Black India Ink and graphite on watercolor paper.

Graphite on watercolor paper.

Read my quick review on “That’s Good Spam

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2,500 Followers on monstergram7



So, this happened recently.

Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
17.8 cm x 12.7 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.)
Check out monstergram7 on Instagram.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Wonderful Thing About Monsters


WonderCon is happening this weekend in Anaheim, CA!
If you’re attending, please stop by my Monster Enterprises table and say “hi” to Merrill* and myself, peruse our offerings, perhaps buy something.


March 31 - April 2, 2017
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802

Monster Enterprises
Small Press: SP-89


Despite our valiant efforts to complete and have printed issue #3 of Unstoppable Tuff-Girl, it will require us a couple of additional months to get there. However, we will have available a few copies of the issue #3 preview!

As always, I will be doing commission drawings and selling pre-drawn original art including most of what I have been posting in Instagram in the past year.
My base prices are as follows...
Full single character inked and colored with pencil 12-inches: $80
Single portrait inked and colored with pencil 12-inches: $40
Prices may change based on paper size and drawing complexity including multiple characters, with prices posted at my table.

I hope to see you there!

Me (Bryan Mon)
I won’t be wearing a tie and vest at WonderCon.

* Merrill is due to appear Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What I Drew Sunday – March 26th

Here are the top 3 liked pieces of the 10 that I could squeeze into the 8 hour Sunday, March 26 session of “What Shall I Draw Today?”:

#1 – Marilyn Monroe: suggestion by @laurangraab.

#2 – Scobby-Doo and the Mystery, Inc. Gang as Hogwarts Students: suggestion by @michaelrmullin.

#3 – Jaylah from Star Trek Beyond: suggestion by @panda_mestas.

And here’s the whole set of 10 drawings:


All of these and more will be for sale as little pieces of original art at this coming weekend’s WonderCon in the city of Anaheim, CA.


Thank you to everyone who submitted drawing suggestions. If I wasn’t able to draw yours last Sunday, it may yet pop up in the next few weeks before the next WSIDT.

Thank you to everyone for “liking” and following.

All 10 drawings may be viewed on my Instagram @monstergram7.

Monday, March 20, 2017

What Shall I Draw March 26th?


Happening this Sunday, March 26th, is my next session of “What Shall I Draw Today?” during which I draw selected suggestions posted on Instagram, Facebook and here on the blog (specifically in the comments of this post). Because the 6 hours of the two previous sessions weren’t quite long enough, while “all day” still hinders significant progress on issue #3 of Unstoppable Tuff-Girl, I am try expanding it to 8 hours.

The virtual suggestion box will be cleared out of previous ideas to make room for fresh, new ones. Suggestions may be posted from now until the end of WSIDT at any of the following places where you see the image above:

monotonae (this blog):  here in the comments.

Instagram:  @monstergram7

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

Again make sure you post your suggestions where you see the image above for March 26th. I may not be catch them in the comments of other posts.

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


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

Singing Harp (Mickey and the Beanstalk)
Color pencil and black ink on Bristol Board.
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.).

Thanks and see you Sunday.


What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, March 26th, 2017
12:00 noon - 8:00 pm EDT

Baby Houseman (Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing)
Color pencil and black ink on Bristol Board.
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.).
Pieces drawn will be put up for sale at WonderCon at my Small Press table “Monster Enterprises.”