It’s the 3rd time I’ve taken part in Twitters illustration collective – Animal Alphabets. It’s been a great way to practice, try new things and see all the amazing work produced by other creatives. The Monster Movie/Book Characters round has been suitably gloomy as I love dark art – it’s also been really hard as I have a picture book to finish! I’ve made some rather mediocre monsters at times – some that are definitely on my redraw list when I have the time. Here are my favourites so far. The rest can be seen with all the other entries here.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I work. I used all kinds of references for these creatures – my tablet is full of photos, I follow many awesome artists and my book shelf is full of books. I think my Spectrum collection and my Japanese Comickers are probably the most inspiring set of books I own but then the postman brings me an Imagine FX once a month and it’s so full of awesome digital work I suddenly remember why I bought that graphics tablet. The tablet is barely used – I really will learn how at some point but I love working traditionally so much, maybe it was a massive waste. I really hope not but I think it was, deep down.
I need music when I work – I go through dreadful phases of being hooked on the same thing and then suddenly it’s all over and a new fad starts. Right now it’s anything Tokyo Ghoul – that season 1 opening theme! I just finished the anime (season 1 and 2) and I’m heartbroken. Not sure if it’s because it’s over for now or if the story was just so sad. I have started purchasing the Manga.
Bibliography and Inspiration
Spectrum Fantastic Arts
Music I listened to
Probably a lot of metalcore and goth – as is my way.
Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 – full song Unravel by TK
Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Actual Intro with characters/art