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I don't know that many artists would argue with me when I say drawing monsters is FUN!!! Why? I'm not sure. Maybe because there are really not any rule's to it. You can kind of just let your imagination run wild. At least that's why I like drawing them. Above you will see some of my favorite sketches I've recently done and they're all monsters or monster related. The monster faces we're days I didn't know what I wanted to draw and I just started with a shape and built from there. For example on the right image I began with the left eye and moved through until I had a whole face. This was inspired by going to a Halloween shop I went to recently.
Getting better at Monsters
This brings me to the idea I have for this weeks SketchDaily Exercise. Now as fun as drawing monsters are I honestly have rarely dabbled in drawing monsters and would like to get better at it. So taking a cue from Chris Oatley of the Paper Wings Podcast when talking about drawing things of a more fantastical nature I'd like to practice drawing some things that are as close a reference to monsters as I can think of. With Halloween coming up soon I think it would be a fun thing for all of us to do. Here are some Ideas of reference images we can look up to help as reference for monsters.
Potential Monster References
- Wrinkled Faces
- Corpse's (as nasty as that may be I bet it would help for drawing zombies)
- Halloween Masks
- Creepy Animals (I'm thinking Lizards, Crabs and Insects Oh My!)
- Baby's and Cute Things (Take something cute and add a horrific element like fangs or claws CREEPY!!!)
- Horror Movie Stills
- Weapons (After all every monster needs the perfect accessories)
- Skulls and Bones
(If you guys think of more let me know and I'll add it to the list! )
So let's get to drawing some monsters!
What is Sketch Daily?
Sketch Daily is a group of people who are doing there best to keep drawing everyday even if it's just for 5 minutes a day. As a community we build each other up and enjoy creating art every day. Anyone and Everyone is welcome to contribute to this group.
How to be a part of Sketch Daily
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More networks may be added as we go.
Artist's who have recently been active with Sketch Daily
Litos De Sus Odiolitos from http://odiolitos.com/
Rene Van Belzen from http://renevanbelzen.wordpress.com/
Pat Higgins from http://higginsmedia.com/
Jose Gonzalez from http://jaglab.wordpress.com/
Michael Wawrow aka Jahhdog from http://jahhdog.com/
Jesse Hughess from http://www.plummypress.deviantart.com/
Eric Lopez from http://ericnine.com/
Josiah Wilson http://www.facebook.com/Flashtheonly
Nathan Seabolt http://www.nathandrawsdaily.tumblr.com
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-Marshall aka Calmplex
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