Recently I had the idea that it would be fun to take a stab at creating my own Kickstarter. I know many artists have that same idea, and while many go the route of sketchbooks and other collections of their art, I wanted to do something a little different. I just wasn't sure what. while doodling some sketches for "evil" Halloween candy inspiration hit. Why not do sticker sheets of monsters? When I was a kid back in the 80's, it seemed like cool stickers were all over the place, and what I remember (and maybe it's filtered through little kid lenses) was the art was actually a lot of fun! Yet these days I walk through stores and see art put on stickers (and other products) that is boring and uninspired, and little better than generic clip art. Also, as a guy who loves Halloween, I go into Halloween stores that pop up every season and find that most of the stuff has pretty horrible art on it! If you are going to make something, why not pay a little extra to have an artist at least make it as cool as possible?
So the idea was born for me to do my own version, and call them simply "Monster Stickers". I created three test designs, each with a theme (and admittedly used work I had previously created in the third sheet, but why not? None of those designs had been previously printed or even seen outside my blog here). At the time of this post, the Kickstarter is down to it's final 12 days, and is sitting at 43% funded. Will it get funded? At this point, it actually seems unlikely. It seems to have stalled out a week ago, with a trickle of new support here and there still, but with $2 and $5 pledges being the most obvious options for someone who doesnt want a TON of stickers, it just isn't getting the kind of viral views it would need to make the distance. Despite this, I'm far from discouraged. It's been fun to try, and I've learned a lot. I'm also planning on retooling the idea and trying again. Maybe instead of sheets of monster stickers people would respond to a smaller run of single monster designs, such as a larger die cut sticker of just the Cthulu design, or the Monster Candy all posed together rather than individually on a sticker sheet. Hmmmm, we shall see!
It's been a little while since I had a decent update, so here's some new art! First, a couple of monsters!
Next, some figure studies from a Drink and Draw a few days ago. Not the most finished works of course, but for 15 minute poses in a bar while drinking, not bad I don't think :P These were done on the Surface Pro 3 running Photoshop. Definitely one of my preferred ways of sketching in color away from home now.