Good morning. How are you? How was your Thanksgiving holiday? Did you have a good time? Thank you for all your kind comments on last week’s monster, and on the anniversary monster before that. You guys are so sweet.

Somehow the monsters always lead to all-nighters now. I’m getting more and more into the little animations at the end, and the rendering alone takes time. But it’s just too much fun not to do it. Sometimes it’s a tiny detail in the original drawing that spark a nifty little sequence — as it was again today. I hope you’ll like the result. More importantly, I hope you’ll tell me what this monster’s story is. Clearly, there is a lot of mysterious stuff going on here:


I’m excited to see what ideas and stories you’ll come up with for the creature. Because you always do. I really hope the Monster Book becomes a success, so we can do a sequel with all your new stuff! Why? Because 344 LOVES YOU


  • yi shun
    28 November 2007 12:37 pm

    our lifecycle is remarkable. let me tell you:
    we begin at conception as a misshaped cell with many different arms, suitable for grabbing whatever we might find to eat. in our birthspace, we spin about and about until we can find which way is up.
    we rotate here and there. each of us bears some remnant of our most worshipped deity, one mister antonin gaudi, in the largest part of our bodies. later in development, this part of us, also the most honored part of our bodies, eventually becomes opaque and covered as we develop.
    finally, our birth is complete. in the first part of our lives we float upwards through our first homes, where we discover which was we want to be.
    our smiles always show up when we least expect them (usually when we discover where we are most fit to survive), but they always occur in the same place: where mr. gaudi made his mark at our birth.
    once this occurs, no one know where we will travel, but i have chosen the air as my home. what joy!

  • yi shun
    28 November 2007 12:38 pm

    on another note…goodness gracious.

  • Brooke N.
    28 November 2007 3:12 pm

    High Coo
    I am more than skin
    Existing in the image
    Of M.C. Escher

  • Danielle
    28 November 2007 5:09 pm

    Wow! That animation was my favorite yet, it went through all those settings and they all morphed to each other.

  • 28 November 2007 5:43 pm

    I’ll have to check back later. My mind changed about a story as often as you changed plans. I LOVED the eyes in his brain image that you covered all up.:(
    Then his smile appeared where I least expected it. Are you on meds?….*L*

  • kc bickley
    29 November 2007 4:02 am

    Wholy Crap! I can FLY!!!! WEEEEEE

  • 29 November 2007 8:07 pm

    haha This one is GREAT! I also liked the brainy eyed creature though!

  • 3 December 2007 11:18 pm

    Brains! Braaaiiiins!
    boing boing
    blub blub
    bob bob
    That was fabulous. Wowzers.
    Brooke: high-five-seven-five on the ‘high coo’ 🙂

  • Stephanie
    4 December 2007 2:45 pm

    Mother always told me not to get myself all tattooed up. She told me that it’s not healthy and it’s just not right. She said that I would cry from the pain and that no sea-living creature in his right mind would go out and get all tattooed up.
    But I had to do it. I just had to. My skull itched with anticipation for the brain design that I so diligently sketched out, all by myself. I took that design to the tattoo shop on 13th and Lincoln (Larry’s Lifetime Commitment is the name of the shop; I highly recommend him), and I told Larry that I had to have this done right away. He just laughed and asked if I had the “Getting Inked Itch.” Right away I knew I had found someone that knew all about the need I was feeling.
    But like most good ideas, and things I get excited about, the excitement wears off and then I am left with a tattooed skull and no joy. What to do next?
    Hmmm, maybe I will get out of this ocean, and go be with the birds. To see the world from a different angle, is always a good idea. Perhaps the joy will last…….

  • 5 December 2007 3:56 am

    Once upon a time, there resided in the vast aquamarine ocean a squid-monster named Limerick. He was a timid but friendly fellow; he didn’t have too many friends, but no one thought ill of him, and he was secretly admired by many. Limerick enjoyed all sorts of aquatic activities – swimming, diving, traveling along the sea floor – and he loved to meet whatever creatures he met on the way. Overall, he was pretty happy beneath the waves, floating along through the water.
    However, one day, he saw a strange, beautiful sparkling on the sand beneath his tentacles. Intrigued, he began to follow what turned out to be a ray of light; he swam and swam along this ray, going far higher than he’d ever gone before. Soon, he had reached the surface of the sea, yet he had still not reached the source of this beautiful light.
    Limerick was not the type of squid-monster to let trifles get in his way. Using his massive, well-stocked brain, Limerick thought and thought about the light, focusing on it with all his might. All of a sudden, he found himself rising up, up, up above the waves, passing cloud after cloud, floating now in the delicate blue of the sky. And there – THERE was the source of the magnificent light – a large, glittering yellow-red-orange-white orb, indescribably beautiful, and unlike anything that Limerick had ever seen before!
    Limerick grinned with glee. Now, he had an entire new world to explore, just as beautiful as the one he had just left.
    “I’ll make all kinds of new friends!” he thought as he floated higher and higher into the atmosphere.

  • Sue Bebie
    7 July 2008 1:16 am

    Do the Twist…
    Man sieht nur mit dem Herzen (im Gehirn) gut…
    Schau in dich hinein, spür die Kraft in dir, die Wandlungsfähigkeit…Unmöglich Scheinendes wird plötzlich möglich!

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