Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Forcing creativity with the help of Monsters and a Dictionary
Every year around this time I get to thinking about a project I did a few years back called Monster-A-Day, or M.A.D. for short. Done purely for the fun of it, and as a way to challenge myself. At the time I felt overworked and worried it would make my art stagnant. I wanted to force myself to, well, be more creative.
So my wife and I went through a dictionary and found any word that even remotely sounded like a name and I came up with a monster for that name. I did this every day for a year, with a color one on Sundays.
In the end, it didn't catch on with fans so much, but that wasn't the point. The point was to open up creatively, to have fun, and to see if I could actually do it.
And I did. High five to myself :-)
So, I think I'll revisit some of those ol' Monsters over the course of the month. For some of you long time followers it'll be a nice trip down memory lane, and for those of you new to the blog I hope you see a side of my work that maybe you weren't aware of.