If you’ve poked around my site for any length of time, you might have noticed I have something of a loose tradition of creating some kind of Frankenstein image for my site around Halloween, when I have the chance. Here’s this year’s!
I had the good fortune that during my childhood, monsters were a big part of the pop culture landscape. This definitely informed me (or warped me, depending on your perspective). Monsters were kind of everywhere! Cartoons, TV shows, books (like How to Care for Your Monster), model kits, toys, games…all kinds of fun stuff! There was even the occasional novelty monster-themed 45 record.
That’s sort of where this idea came from. This mid-century Cartoon Modern type of style is not something I’ve done a lot, but it’s how I envisioned this looking in my head. You spend years trying to get volume into your drawings, but you kind of have to throw your brain into reverse and think more in terms of flatter shapes and silhouettes in order to do something like this. I find it a challenge, but a fun one.
When this idea came into my head, it just felt like a record that should’ve existed back then, so I took it upon myself to make it happen. I hope you enjoy my little illustration and design experiment.