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.



Patrick said...

I remember and I look forward and approve this message and platform!

Gronkleput - that should be a monster. Not in the dictionary but really, who doesn't want to yell from across the house "Who's turn is it to take the Gronkleput outside?"

Patrick Hoover said...

Good stuff, Mike. I remember this, and while all of them weren't epic creations, one could see your creative wheels turning. :) All of them were entertaining, though, so it'll be nice to see you bring some of these back.
Y'know, this could be a pretty cool digital sketchbook...


Mike Hawthorne said...

Yeah, there were a few stinkers... but it served the purpose I needed it to serve at the time.