Friday, June 29, 2012

The Billyjohn

Monster #: 714

What Is It: A cheerful little creature that sits on your shoulder.

What Does It Want: To provide fresh, optimistic new perspective on your troubles.

Sounds Annoying: Oh yes, indeed it is.

How Can I Avoid It: Always make the right decision.

...So I Can't Avoid It Then: No.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

One Year of Monsters

Hey folks, earlier this month was the one-year anniversary of "Many, Many Monsters," and I thought it might be appropriate to talk a little bit about this blog and how it's changed over time.

The very original reason for the site was to teach me how to use Adobe Photoshop. I had just received the program earlier in 2011 and I wanted to get up to speed, fast, and I figured I needed something that would force me to constantly produce material. This collided with an earlier idea I had to make a website that hosted monster drawings. From there came the origins of "Many, Many Monsters."

I decided when producing the artwork that I wanted to work as fast as possible: no pre-planning, just  drawing. I like to think that by working this fast the drawings come straight from my subconscious, which makes them weirder and more entertaining. Even the drawings I'm not wild about I include because sometimes the flaws make them more interesting than the mild successes.

The early days of the blog were pretty interesting as I worried I wouldn't be able to continually produce material three times a week, but as time went by I really fell in love with the process. There's something fascinating and interesting about running out of ideas and then breaking through to find even more.

Here's the first week of monsters:




A few months ago I started getting tired of how flat the colors were. I'm always in constant fear of stagnation, so I started experimenting with digital painting techniques. I did some painting in college so I wasn't a complete neophyte, but it's been an interesting learning experience.



The Tropical Worm

The Forest Beast

You can see a lot of experimentation with line-weight, gradients and digital paint. How successful any of this is is of course up to the viewer, but I think I'm on a good path. At the very least, I'm having fun, and that's the most important part.

Here's to another year of monsters.

Best wishes,

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Monster #: 453

What Is She: A woman with ties to the other side.

Is the "Other Side" the Side I'm Thinking Of: Yes, that's the one.

How Was She Connected to the Other Side: She asked. That's all you need to do.

What Does She Want: That's for her to know and you to find out.

Monday, June 25, 2012


Monster #: 312

What Is It: A cheerful monster that likes to run around and pretend to fly.

What Does It Want: To have a good time. Nothing more, nothing less.

Hey, He Kinda Looks Like Gumby: No he doesn't-- Oh, he kinda does.

Except Without the Thing On His Head: Yeah, yeah.

I'm Not Sure What That Means: Beats us.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Monster #: 82

What Is It: A nasty beast that stalks you at night.

What, Another One: Yes, another one.

Damnit, How Many of These Are There: I don't know! A lot!

Why Are You Yelling At Me!: What Are You Yelling At Me!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Monster #: 400

What Is It: A big, blue monster that lives in Egypt.

What Does It Want: To figure out how those crazy pyramids work.

Yeah, There's Something Off About Them: Perspective's kinda wonky.

Are These the Ones Aliens Made: Oh my God, I think you're on to something.

Monday, June 18, 2012


Monster #: 885

What Is It: A very cheerful monster that wants to cheer you up!

How: By providing an ever-smiling face and upbeat personality.

Does It Work: Nope. He's more annoying than helpful.

How Can I Avoid Him: You can't.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Rectangles

Monster #: 343

What Are They: Weird, rectangle-shaped monsters ruled by a single emotion.

What Do They Want: To do things bases on their emotional status (i.e. the happy one wants to be happy, the sad one wants to be sad, the angry one wants to be angry).

Where Are They: Somewhere beyond our realm of comprehension.

That Doesn't Sound Comforting: Most of the stuff on this blog doesn't.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Gonor

Monster #: 300

What Is It: We have no idea. It's big though.

What Does It Want: We have no idea.

Where Is It: We have no idea. Some place scary?

Who's That Guy: We have no idea.

Why's He Not Wearing a Shirt: He's very proud of his body.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Forest Beast

Monster #: 515

What Is It: A beast that lives in the forest.

Ha, Ha, Very Funny, Seriously Though: A monster that preys on the weak and sickly.

Why: The weak taste better.

Hey, Is That a Child in the Forest: He won't be there much longer.

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Green Lizard

Monster #: 678

What Is It: A four-foot green lizard.

What Does It Want: To try and survive this crazy world.

Where Is It: Unknown at this time. Looks kinda trendy though.

What's It Looking At: I don't know. Maybe that's where it came from...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Portal

Monster #: 902

What Is It: A portal to a strange dimension.

What Does It Want: While the portal may be a sentient creature, it has no wants or desires.

What Does It Do: Trap them and transport them to what lies beyond our reality.

How Can I Avoid It: For some reason the portal is related to glory holes. We don't know why, just avoid them!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Tropical Worm

Monster #: 312

What Is It: A gigantic worm-type monster that haunts tropical hotspots.

What Does It Want: Same thing any giant worm-type monster wants.

And That Is: Wreak havoc. Eat people. Hang out in the sun. Junk like that.

How Can I Avoid It: Stay away from the beaches!