Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Monster Monsters Monthly

I am pondering doing a "Monster of the Month" club thing. The first time I tried something similar, my follow through was less than optimal (I still owe a friend a big fat round of beads), but my life seems to be more stable now. I'm going to try a three month run as an experiment.

If you'd like a free three month membership to my Monster Monster of the Month Club, please comment here, and I'll select a few folks at random to receive monstery goodness. If selected, you'll need to PM me a mailing addy. All I ask in return is that if you like what you get, please publicize it.

If the experiment works out, I'll be offering paid memberships starting in late November.

Some examples of my monsters are here, and I'll be including at least one tiny felted monster in the mix.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Year Ago

About a year ago, I came up with the idea for Monster Monster. Cute, mysterious little beings: monsters wearing human masks...humans wearing monster suits...sweet-faced monsters with their masks off....both. Maybe neither.

Drawing the monsters, their sunshine colors, their faces, usually smiling, sometimes contemplative, their big bright eyes, makes me happy. And happiness is most of what I want to share with the world through my art and design.

For whatever reason, the monsters have not taken off as an art line. This makes me sad. I've had just enough good feedback to help me continue to believe in them - that, and every time I look at them, I smile - but not enough success in terms of sales and interest to create the positive energy I need to build and grow this little world.

So, my question becomes, what next? Do I keep going? Push harder? Find new and clever ways to market the monsters? Or do I conclude that this was never meant to be and let the monsters live on only in the pages of my sketchbooks?

My heart says to keep going. I still believe in the monsters and their world. Anything that makes me happy, makes me smile, has a place in my world if nowhere else. And so, I ask you all: what next?

Friday, July 1, 2011

Last Thursday Fun

Large Monster Magnets
The monsters and I had a great time at Last Thursday! Already looking forward to next month.

A Selection of Small Monster Magnets

Monster Monster Cards and Trinket Tins

Monday, June 20, 2011

Dead Monsters

One of my first Monster Monster greeting cards! I colored it digitally for the web. Individual cards will be offered for sale after I hand-color them using my beloved Copics.

When I was a kid, every once in a while I'd feel the need for a little extra spending money. My allowance was, shall we say, slightly out of touch with the times. My preferred method of raising funds (when I couldn't scrounge up cans, bottles, or couch change) was to hit the ol' drawing board and make the rounds of the neighborhood with an assortment of hand-drawn, written, cut and folded greeting cards.

I feel like I'm rediscovering an old love.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Monster Magnets

This is the first step on the epic journey of twenty monsters as they journey from my mind to the page to a refrigerator (or other magnetic surface) near you.