xfailurefacex and i have been chatting back and forth about doing a collaboration of monsters. we thought a plush monster collaboration would be amazing, but hard to get going during this month of daily postings. in an effort to scale down to something a little more manageable, we are going to do a drawing collaboration instead.
the plan: i will write a description of a monster here, and we will both draw/paint/render it artistically. we will post our results on both of our blogs. then xfailurefacex will write a description and we will do it again.
the invitation: anyone is welcome to join us, and i am happy to post your pictures on my blog, or link to images on yours.
the description: the monster’s body is vaguely spherical, sheathed in wrinkled, leathery flesh the color of a summer melon. the hills and valleys of its lumpy flesh are marked by occasional tufty eruptions of mangy fur that might be called chartreuse, due to its similarity to the color of a bowl of split pea soup. the majority of this viridescent fringe seems to have congregated at the extremities, and its arms and legs drip with the fuzzy plumage. its hands look strangely human, in the way that the hands of a primate clearly demonstrate their heritage as our ancestors. the feet leave its means of locomotion to the imagination, as walking or running in the usual manner seem unlikely. some quirk of creation took the monster a small step away from the biological tradition of radial symmetry, and its cranium is perched at an angle that makes the whole creature appear slightly out of whack. but what is most striking is the way its enormous eyes, prominent even in a face marked by multiple fleshy protuberances, seems strangely human in their quivery desire to connect.