Saturday, March 25, 2006

Illustration Friday- Monster

I thought this was quite a difficult I Friday challenge - it was really hard to decide on a single idea that summed up 'monster'. Plus i have a few of monsters in my portfolio already and i wanted to do something different from the other thinsg i've done.

At first i thought about cybermen, Autons, or daleks - monsters from Dr Who [a long running BBC sci-fi series thats recently started again after many years].
I remember finding the Autons and Cybermen particularly terrifying. The Autons becuase they were malevolent showroom dummies that could shoot people and of course the real 70s dummies looked like they could come to life at any minute and run amok = which made shopping trips worrying ; and the cybermen probably becuase they seemed so alien yet vaguely human in form - like Tin Man from Wizard of Oz gone bad.

The daleks , though , were in a class of their own. Bizarre pwepper pot machines with living creatures inside created by the megalomaniac genius Davros. They had weird weapons seemingly made from sink plungers and whisks and metallic catahrral sounding voices that shouted brusque phrases - like , "seek , locate, destroy" and "you will obey the daleks" -and especially "E_X_T_E_RM_I_N_A_T_E " before obliterating people with their whisk ray gun.

I realised how terrifying I'd found the daleks when I visited a Dr Who exhibition aged about 15 and screamed when a dalek came towards me shouting "E_X_T_E_RM_I_N_A_T_E ". I probably wasn't the only person with that reaction - the daleks were definitely well loved but terrifying monsters for a lot of people my age.

I decided against Dr Who monsters , though i had toyed with the idea of pop-art style daleks and cybermen.

I then thought about people that have been described as monsters- especially folk like Vlad the Impaler and Erzsébet Bathory both of whom had the reputation for incredible brutality and mass murder and were part of the insiration for Dracula, but i decided against them as well.

I thought about giant creatures next and even did some sketches of the South American giant centipede Scolopendra gigantea, which can grow to around a foot in length [30cm] and has a poisonous bite - enough to potentially kill a human [though apparently this is a rare occurance and usually people have severe pain and swelling and palpitations due to the action of the venom on the heart].
Not so long ago a British man found one roaming about in his house which must have been a shock.

I gave up on that and decided to do something different and imaginary - a child monster but not a cute one - well as much as i could make it. I also wanted to do some horns and multiple eyes as these are quite difficult to paint- at least for me.







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20 comments:

Lori Witzel said...

This is really well-done, and is VERY scary. Something especially creepy about the eyes and teeth.

Bbbbrrrrrrr...

IdiotHead said...

Nice job. I like the color and texture. I also like the piercing in the ear.
8^)

HARDWAX said...

Scary, green and scary,definitely not cute, except to it's mommie, if it/he/she's got one, I like the fang in the ear, nice touch.

Rowantree said...

Really scary, like teeth and piercing too !

The Unknown said...

Creepy and cool. Love the pierced ear and the color you chose. Great stuff.
love

Kaya said...

cool and freaky! One of the scariest I have seen so far. Nice.

constanthing said...

Ooo, this is scary, just try looking into those eyes ... I like the texture you use, has a reptilian feel to it.

Tony Sarrecchia said...

Very scary. Great texture.

Natalia said...

imagine trying to survive 13 years of school with that face... pobrecito.

Kim Carney said...

very disturbing, well done little monster!

disappointed said...

really evil looking monster child - i also love the ear piercing.

isay said...

scary. i like the horns and the piercing on the left ear and the color.

Simple as that said...

You live in France?? Where? I was born and raised in France, in provence mostly. I have been living in the US for over 4 years now (Florida since last september).

Very scary monster!

Simple as that said...

Very nice! I used to live in Manosque, which is a small medieval town in the 04, north east of Aix-en-Provence.

Twisselman said...

Wonderful shades of green and really startling eyes. Wicked.

Alina Chau said...

very coool monster!

Caroline said...

Beautifully painted monster - I'd rather not get up close to hiM!

Jay said...

Ohhh! That's creepy! Great Job! Love the texture color and horn peircing.

Ian T. said...

Oh, that is quite horrible and definitely worthy of Doctor Who! The Autons and the Daleks made it back for the recent Christopher Eccleston series - did you catch those? Mostly very good!

ValGalArt said...

you did aa great job! this is very scary and a very informative post! so many choices and so little time! Great and clever work!!!