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Monday, September 25, 2017

What I Drew Sunday – September 24th

Here are the top 3 liked pieces of the 13 I drew during the Sunday session of “What Shall I Draw Today?”

#1 – Rafiki and Zazu (Disney’s The Lion King): suggestions by @elijones94

#2 – Gadget (Chip n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers): suggestion by @lunitca

#3 – Merlin and Wart (Disney’s The Sword in the Stone as squirrels): suggestion by @art3mis8182


Yes, it’s Disney across the board!

And here’s the whole set of 13:

You can check out them all on my Instagram feed: @monstergram7

All of these drawings  are going into the hopper of original art for sale that I have at the few comic convention appearances.

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

“Leftover” suggestions may yet be drawn in the next few weeks. I may even pick from the suggestions taken since January of this year.


The next official WSIDT session will be held January of next year.


All drawings black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
“Rafiki and Zazu” 12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.).
“Gadget” 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.).
“Merlin and Wart” 17.78 cm x 12.70 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.).

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What Shall I Draw September 24th?


In less than 1 week, I will be conducting this year’s last edition of “What Shall I Draw Today?” - eight hours devoted to drawing other folk’s topic suggestions. On of those suggestions could be yours. All previously pitch suggestions will be cleared from the virtual suggestion box for new ones.

Post your suggestion(s) on Instagram, Facebook and here on this blog from now until the close of the Sunday session.

• Instagram:  @monstergram7

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

• 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, September 24th, 2017
Eastern Daylight Time:  12pm noon - 8 pm
Pacific Daylight Time:  9am - 5 pm

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

Don’t miss out on this last WSIDT session. The next one won’t happen until 2018 after a 3 month break.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Commission Report - Heroes Convention 2017

Here are some of the commission sketches that I did way back at this year’s June Heroes Convention held in Charlotte, North Carolina:

A couple of Disney girls 
(true to my brand):

Moana
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
22.86 cm x 30.48 cm (9.00 in. x 12.00 in.)
Belle (Live action with gold paint accents)
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
22.86 cm x 30.48 cm (9.00 in. x 12.00 in.)


Some things from 
Movies and Television:
Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)
Black ink and color pencil on paper in sketchbook.
8.26 cm x 13.97 cm (3.25 in. x 5.50 in.).
Superman and Lois (Superman, 1978)
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
22.86 cm x 30.48 cm (9.00 in. x 12.00 in.)
Princess Leia (Star Wars)
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
27.94 cm x 43.18 cm (11.00 in. x 17.00 in.)


 COMIC BOOK stuff!!!
(Naturally)
Black Knight
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
22.86 cm x 30.48 cm (9.00 in. x 12.00 in.)
Magik (Illyana Rasputin)
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
22.86 cm x 30.48 cm (9.00 in. x 12.00 in.)
Supergirl
Black ink and color pencil on paper comic book cover.
16.83 cm x 26.04 cm (6.625 in. x 10.25 in.)
Black Widow
Black ink and color pencil on paper in sketchbook.
23.50 cm x 29.21 cm (9.25 in. x 11.50 in.).
Black Widow vs. Winter Soldier
Color pencil and black ink on Bristol Board.
8.89 cm x  6.35 cm (3.50 in. x 2.50 in.)
Black Canary
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
22.86 cm x 30.48 cm (9.00 in. x 12.00 in.)
Rogue
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
22.86 cm x 30.48 cm (9.00 in. x 12.00 in.)
Kitty Pryde/ Shadow
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
22.86 cm x 30.48 cm (9.00 in. x 12.00 in.)
The Flash
Black ink and color pencil on paper in sketchbook.
20.32 cm x 29.21 cm (8.00 in. x 11.50 in.).

and
an octopus
Black ink and color pencil on paper in sketchbook.
15.88 cm x 20.32 cm (6.25 in. x 8.00 in.).

Thursday, August 31, 2017

@ Long Beach Comic Con 2017


Long Beach Comic Con 
is happening this Labor Day weekend in Long Beach, CA (naturally)!
If you’re attending, why not stop by and see Merrill and myself?


September 2-3, 2017
Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

Bryan Mon
Artist Alley: B-24

Saturday: 10:00a - 7:00p
Sunday: 10:30a - 5:00p


Merrill Hagan @merrill_hagan of course is a writer for Teen Titans GO!, both the Cartoon Network series and the DC comic. Come over early if you’re a fan.

As with the cons earlier this year, we’ll have a limited number of ashcan previews of Unstoppable Tuff-Girl #3 - still in production.

I’ll have original art for sale, many of which have been featured on my Instagram @monstergram7.
And I’ll be taking on on site commissions 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 the table.

As a rare treat, I’ll have some of Juan Ortiz’s old Silver Comic issues and branded items for sale.


L B C N U

Monday, August 28, 2017

What I Drew Sunday – August 27th

Here are the top 3 liked pieces of the 12 I drew during the 8 hour Sunday Session of “What Shall I Draw Today?”

#1 – Flynn Rider (Tangled) and Aladdin teaming up: suggestion by @sisicake and in part by @anissa.arts02.

#2 – Winnie the Pooh: suggestion by @hcdisney_art and in part by @elijones94.

#3 – Captain America (Steve) being rescued by Wonder Woman on Themyscira Island: suggestion by @moviegoer424.

And here’s the whole set of 12:


You can check out all 12 on my Instagram feed: @monstergram7

All of these drawings and more original pieces of art will be for sale at my Artist Alley table at this coming weekend’s Long Beach Comic Con. Details to follow.


Thank you to everyone who pitched a drawing suggestion or two or more.
Thank you for following and liking.

“Leftover” suggestions may yet be drawn in the next few weeks before this year’s last WSIDT happening next month.


All drawings black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.  
“Flynn & Aladdin” and “Wonder Woman & Captain America” 12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)
“Winnie the Pooh” 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)

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.