Number 26. I’m really close to being done. The prompt today was ‘robot’.
So when I was 16, my brother and I were getting ready to play a Big Eyes Small Mouth roleplaying campaign, and we were having all kinds of fun making up stuff for our story world. The game itself never happened, but one of the things we came up with was a type of psychic war machine that devoured peoples’ life essence and was built from the remains of dead wizards and magicians. Basically, it was a cyberpunk lich. We called these robots the Ghost-9 units. The story got shelved, but I drew a version of that robot about ten years ago that I was always fond of.
So of course, I redesigned it. If anyone’s interested or really nice about it, I might let them see the original.

Number 26. I’m really close to being done. The prompt today was ‘robot’.

So when I was 16, my brother and I were getting ready to play a Big Eyes Small Mouth roleplaying campaign, and we were having all kinds of fun making up stuff for our story world. The game itself never happened, but one of the things we came up with was a type of psychic war machine that devoured peoples’ life essence and was built from the remains of dead wizards and magicians. Basically, it was a cyberpunk lich. We called these robots the Ghost-9 units. The story got shelved, but I drew a version of that robot about ten years ago that I was always fond of.

So of course, I redesigned it. If anyone’s interested or really nice about it, I might let them see the original.

Number 25. The prompt was Werewolf, which I forgot was one of the prompts, as I kind of did my werewolf for fairy tale day. So, I just kind of freestyled it. 
I am going to call him Adolescent Predatory Canine Monster, because this doesn’t have anything to do with teenage wolves. 

Number 25. The prompt was Werewolf, which I forgot was one of the prompts, as I kind of did my werewolf for fairy tale day. So, I just kind of freestyled it. 

I am going to call him Adolescent Predatory Canine Monster, because this doesn’t have anything to do with teenage wolves. 

Number 24. Sea monster. 
I told you about the yokai, right? How I could do a Japanese monster every single day and be moderately pleased with it? I told you. Don’t say I didn’t.
This is Umibozu, a dark and towering figure that appears in the ocean and then terrible things happen. This yokai is very famous, but here’s the wiki link anyways. 
Brown paper and ink, with a new red ink that I don’t like as much because it bleeds like the dickens.

Number 24. Sea monster. 

I told you about the yokai, right? How I could do a Japanese monster every single day and be moderately pleased with it? I told you. Don’t say I didn’t.

This is Umibozu, a dark and towering figure that appears in the ocean and then terrible things happen. This yokai is very famous, but here’s the wiki link anyways. 

Brown paper and ink, with a new red ink that I don’t like as much because it bleeds like the dickens.

Number 23. Monsters return. This one isn’t as exciting or as full of research as the previous few. Folklore and mythology’s really my dig, and I can and have written huge old papers on the subject. 
The prompt today was vampire. I basically just wanted to make a lady vampire that wasn’t turned into an objectified sexpot, and who was also kind of like a boyish ladykiller. There you go. Chapstick lesbian Dracula. 
Ink brown paper words words

Number 23. Monsters return. This one isn’t as exciting or as full of research as the previous few. Folklore and mythology’s really my dig, and I can and have written huge old papers on the subject. 

The prompt today was vampire. I basically just wanted to make a lady vampire that wasn’t turned into an objectified sexpot, and who was also kind of like a boyish ladykiller. There you go. Chapstick lesbian Dracula. 

Ink brown paper words words

I am pleased to say that, unless something drastic and terrible changes, I am going to be teaching drawing at a university level in a few months. This is fantastic in some ways, as it should allow me to leave the retail job that makes me anxious to the point of illness.

However, I have a new anxiety building. I honestly don’t consider drawing to be my strongest strong point, and I frankly don’t use it that much in my final installation and performance works beyond the initial planning phases. I didn’t really have any reason to concentrate on drawing in grad school, as I was putting my focus and time into developing other skills.

Therefore, the idea of a class of people watching me and looking to me for knowledge on drawing is frightening and also a bit ridiculous, as I think that the only tried-and-true method of improving your skills is time and effort.

Plus, I have kind of a hard time putting myself out there. I can’t even bring myself to blog ON my blog half the time if pictures aren’t involved. I want to be a good teacher. I do. I just worry that students won’t be bothered to listen to teachers that they perceive as being technically inferior.

Day 22, and work continues to be awful. Alternative arrangements are in the making, but nothing’s happening quickly enough for it to be better. I might sell prints. This is a possibility.
The prompt today was Urban Legend. I did a mysterious white stag from the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey. It apparently guides lost travelers and warns people of disasters. Again, not strictly a monster, but I feel like there’s enough monstrosity going on at the moment, and a white deer that helps to prevent disaster would be awfully nice.
Wiki link to deer legend

Day 22, and work continues to be awful. Alternative arrangements are in the making, but nothing’s happening quickly enough for it to be better. I might sell prints. This is a possibility.

The prompt today was Urban Legend. I did a mysterious white stag from the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey. It apparently guides lost travelers and warns people of disasters. Again, not strictly a monster, but I feel like there’s enough monstrosity going on at the moment, and a white deer that helps to prevent disaster would be awfully nice.

Wiki link to deer legend

Day 21. The prompt today was Mesoamerican mythology. I ran into a problem with this one; mainly, there seems to be a huge gap in the scholarship about folkloric monsters in pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican cultures. Oh, sure, I found lots of gods and the like, but defining gods as monsters seems like dodgy territory to me. If anyone knows of non-divine supernatural creatures or spirits from those cultures, please send them my way, because now I have The Curiosity. 

In light of not finding a huge amount of material to work from, I went with the idea that dogs, and specifically the Xoloitzcuintli dog, was believed to be a guide to the underworld. Now, psychopomps aren’t monsters strictly speaking, and the god associated with the dogs, Xolotl, isn’t a monster either, but there you go. 

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Day 21. The prompt today was Mesoamerican mythology. I ran into a problem with this one; mainly, there seems to be a huge gap in the scholarship about folkloric monsters in pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican cultures. Oh, sure, I found lots of gods and the like, but defining gods as monsters seems like dodgy territory to me. If anyone knows of non-divine supernatural creatures or spirits from those cultures, please send them my way, because now I have The Curiosity.

In light of not finding a huge amount of material to work from, I went with the idea that dogs, and specifically the Xoloitzcuintli dog, was believed to be a guide to the underworld. Now, psychopomps aren’t monsters strictly speaking, and the god associated with the dogs, Xolotl, isn’t a monster either, but there you go.

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