DAILY MONSTER 30
Good morning. I hope that you had a great weekend and that a manageable week lies ahead of you. Not much time is left in 2006 and I’m excited to pop the lid off of 2007 very soon. My wish is that we all get to make it through the final 14 days of this year in one piece and in good spirits.
Monster 29 allowed Magnifico Sam Berkes to spend some quality computer time with his goddaughter Sally K, who sealed their bond with a squishy dab of gooey vanilla wafer on Sam’s cheek. Truly, the family that watches Monsters together, stays together—mess and all.
Sam and Sally see in Number 29 a traveling salesman with a powerful vision for alternative energy generation. Nice work, guys! Milo thinks him a Steve McQueen lookalike, which is very charitable, I feel. Perhaps 29 needs a nice fastback sports car? He could probably manipulate the gear shift with his tongue.
New contributor Amy Lenzo envisions a parsnip-related street performer with dreams of the Broadway stage. Amy, as it turns out, is an expert in ecopsychology, which seems worth investigating. Thank you for joining in the monster fun, Amy. I hope you’ll contribute again today.
Magnificent Rose re-joins us after a day of R&R and brings us excellent verse about Wiffle, the Nasal Suction Monster. From her description, I wouldn’t be surprised if his nose turned out to be an interdimensional portal of sorts. Nice job, Rose. Many thanks for finishing the week on a high note.
Many thanks as well to Laura for selecting David Bowie’s Golden Years as the soundtrack for Number 29. A fine choice, indeed. (Now I’ll have to coax forth a monster that fits Bowie’s Heroes, just because I so love that song!)
Sam and goddaughter Sally asked about the animation technique I use for the monsters that move. He guessed correctly that I use stop frame animation. In fact, I film the whole drawing from beginning to end, including the step-by-step additions to the tongue of Monster 29. I then edit out my hand from the sequence to be animated, clip the “frames” to equal length, adjust the speed, and export it all into a finished sequence. I do it all in Quicktime, which is a laborious and altogether makeshift process, but it gets me where I need to go. I did another little animated finish today. Each frame started out as footage of different lengths, so when I compressed those bits of film to equal duration, the pitch of the ambient noise shifted accordingly. The resulting effect is quite fun, I think. I hope you’ll like it, too.
Visually, Monster 30 marks a return to some formal purity. No period clothing for this guy—just unadulterated monstrosity. What do you make of him? What happened to his eye? Does he inflate it voluntarily? Is it an allergic reaction? The result of a monster bar brawl? A lover’s quarrel, perhaps? Or something far more bizarre? Please tell me! I must know! Have a great Monday! Doors will open for you when you realize that 344 LOVES YOU
P.S.: Over the last few days I kept glancing at the counters on Revver and YouTube as they were approaching a combined total of 100,000 views. Well… I checked again just now, and we’re at 132,986! Unbelievable! Virtual champagne corks are popping! What a way to end Month 1 of the Daily Monster! Thank you all so much for coming. (Monster 31 is hours away.)