I was mindlessly scrolling through my instagram when I came across this post:
Immediately struck by the color scheme, I saved the image for reference for a monster drawing I had cooking up. When I finished my Neon Phantom, I DM’ed the instagram account with my finished drawing to get their blessing before I posted it. It was during this that I realized the account belonged to Pete Infelise, not only founder of The Devil’s Workshop, BUT my former Motion Graphics teacher from the Art Institute! Small world, right? I remember him mentioning (12 years ago) he makes “monster masks”. But it was a truly spooky coincidence that I won’t soon forget!
Not only did he give his blessing….but he loved it and shared it himself! That makes this piece truly special in my book. And although I’m not over-the-moon with my finished drawing, I’m so grateful for the connection it brought me! Pete is truly an exceptionally gifted artist and teacher. Go check out his work at The Devil’s Workshop.
Ballpoint monster sketch numero 4! It’s my childhood favorite: The Wolfman! For reference I “frankensteined” (heh) an image of his head from a publicity shot from the first film and his hands from Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein. I feel like the quality is dipping ever since I drew the Frankenstein Monster. So I assume that was just magic in a bottle for me. But I still enjoy doing these.
Remember digital painting? Because I sure forgot about it. But here’s one I did the past 2 days as I make my way to becoming a better painter! Keeping with my Basil Gogos monster theme, I choose Lon Chaney’s nameless ghoul in 1927’s London After Midnight. I had a good time painting this considering most of my time spent painting is filled with self doubt and anxiety. I think I’m definitely improving as well.
Did you know London After Midnight was destroyed in a MGM vault fire in 1965 and is lost to the ages? It also has the most valuable movie poster of all time ($478,000).