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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.”

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Potter Your World


Black India Ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
17.8 cm x 12.7 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.)
Here’s my conception of “Sorcerer Stone” era Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger drawn in 1950’s Disney style (think Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland). It’s based on the young actors from the 2001 Warner Bros. first entry in the feature film series: Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. I chose the films as a reference point because it’s the films and not the books that are my entry into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Pencil and ink before color.
I took a suggestion pitched during on of the “What Shall I Draw Today (WSIDT)” sessions and ran with a style that felt to me like a good match, even though a style overlay wasn’t indicated in the original suggestion. Subliminally I probably connected the character designs of Wendy’s brother John Darling with Harry.

Disney was still doing hand-drawn 2D animation the year “Sorcerer Stone” was released (see Atlantis: The Lost Empire). I wonder what Disney would have done if it had gotten the film rights to the Harry Potter series and opted to do animation? That, in fact, could be an interesting character design assignment. What I rather see, however, is the Potter books recreated in something like a Netflix series.

Monday, February 27, 2017

What I Drew Sunday – February 26th

Without further ado, I present here the top 3 of the 7 things that I was able to draw in the 6 hour Sunday session of “What Shall I Draw Today?”

#1 – Queenie and Jacob from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: suggested by harishasanic.

#2 – Stranger Things kids Lego-fied: suggested by Ryan Sieroty.

#3 – Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: suggested by salemcattish.

With the “Fantastic Beasts” image, I went with artist’s choice styling it after the work of Al Hirschfeld. When roughing in the characters the silhouettes quickly suggested to me something Hirschfeld. Per Hirschfeld’s tradition, I tried sneaking in some “NINA”s (5 of them) and a nod to J.K. Rowling.

I narrowed down the “Stranger Things cast” suggestion down to the core group of the series’ kids: (L-R) Dustin, Eleven, Mike and Lucas. The flashlights might be Lego accurate, or they might not be, I didn’t slow down to do in-depth research.

Lastly, again by artist’s choice, I chose to stylize Dr. Quinn/ Jane Seymour after Marc Davis’s character designs for Briar Rose/ Princess Aurora in the animated classic, Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

And here is the whole set of 7 drawings:


The last posted drawing was the tribute to Bill Paxton. Quite a bit of time was spent on the 3 failed depictions of the late actor. I’m still not 100% happy with the final piece. May be I could have done one or two more suggestions otherwise..

All of these are going into my stock of original art for sale at my upcoming comic convention shows. The first for 2017 will by WonderCon at the end of March in the city of Anaheim, CA.


Thank you to  everyone who submitted suggestions. Keep a weather eye open in the next few weeks where I may tap into those suggestions and draw them.

Thank you to everyone for your “likes” and for following.


You may view all 7 drawings on my Instagram: monstergram7.

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.

Please check out my Instagram feed: @monstergram7

Please Read more about WSIDT by clicking the tab at the top of the page.


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)

(Sally)

(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.)
2016
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.)
2016

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.)
2016

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.)
2017

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

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Rapunzel: The Usual Morning Line Art

Rapunzel with Pascal
conceptual sketch
Walt Disney Consumer Products
Red pencil and black ink on paper
March 2015

One of my basic responsibilities of a character artist working for Disney Consumer Products, is to create art for licensing. While such art may be custom created for specific pieces of products, more often the character art is conceived, developed and finished as “ready to go” art to be included in style guides, collections of themed art and design elements.

At the start of the process of making style guide art, artists like myself will make as many pieces of conceptual art (commonly called “concepts”) as possible in some given amount of production time. Rarely, do these concepts look like the beautiful, inspiring Artworks presented in “art of” books that celebrate the artistic contributions on beloved animated productions - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Frozen for two examples. Typically, a concept for Consumer Products might be little better than a stick figure gag drawing. A concept might be scribbled flowers in the hands of princess art that already exists. Yes, for the benefit of having more concepts from which to choose, the process sacrifices the crafting of ideas and art.


A close-cropped picture of this Rapunzel concept was one of the top nine liked posts on my Instagram, @monstergram7, in 2016. The composition survived the layered deliberation process and a final, color version is included in a Disney Princess style guide.


As far as developing concepts, I’m thankful to the Tangled filmmakers for the song sequence “When Will My Life Begin” in which Rapunzel sings about and demonstrates about 22 different activities in a series of quick cuts. This is a good list from which to pull answers to the initiating question, “what would (can) Rapunzel do?” The addendum to that question is “… that looks good on a tee-shirt” is often an initial qualifier as what gets into a style guide. 

When Rapunzel sings the line “I’ll play guitar” she strums a power chord on the instrument. However, from just that short scene (in animation a “scene” is what plays between cuts or edited transitions), we reason that Rapunzel is a good guitar player and can play and sing a variety of tunes and performances.


post script: “Line art” for what ever the origins, is generally a drawing consisting of lines without color or gradations of shade. For example, the black printed art in coloring books in line art.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Beauty and the Beast: Bittersweet and Strange

Water color on water color paper.
21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.50 in. x 11.00 in.)
2016
Here’s another 1 of the top 9 liked pieces posted on my Instagram feed, @mosntergram7, a painting commemorating the 25th anniversary of the premiere of the beloved Disney animated feature film, originally posted on Monotonae Nov. 24.

Personally, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is one of my top 5 favorite of their animated features, and it’s my number 1 if I answer from my gut without internal deliberation. None of the continuity errors or the weaknesses of the young animating crew detract from the essential message of the film, “true beauty is what’s inside.” Plus, Disney was still building on the success of The Little Mermaid (despite The Rescuers Down Under) and it happened to be the right film at the right time for me and my Disneyland friends.

By now I’ve drawn Belle and Beast a lot. I have had the opportunity to do so professionally on Main Street of Disneyland Park, and with Disney Consumer Products. This new piece was done from memory inspired by a moment in the ballroom dance sequence. If any one thing makes this different from my work for product art is the choice to have Belle’s eyes closed. Sure she closes her eyes in the film sequence, but folks on the production side want to hedge their sales bets by establishing a character connection with the consumer/audience with open eyes and better yet eyes directed at the consumer.

As a watercolor painting, the making of this brought memories of my aforementioned time working on Main Street making personalized original character art that were reproduced for wristwatch faces. I still self-describe my efforts with paints as a “colorist” rather than graduating to that of a “painter.”

The logo is included as a mark to signify the anniversary. It’s nothing official and probably would be very different if I spent more time developing it.


[The Top 9 of 2016]