I figured I should do a video of ‘the creative process’ in creating an ‘eye monster’ so here it is…
It’s pretty hard to get a true sense of the timeline involved in something like this. After 77 other characters, trying to make the next character unique makes me rethink those first few lines. Sometimes I have to just make that first line coming out from the eyes to get me started.
Once the ‘unicorn’ horn was drawn I was torn with going several different ways. For example – making the horn the nose, with a long neck going up to the top corner, but instead decided on drawing the line down from the horn. I still had no idea what the creature was going to be…until I drew the lower jaw. Then he started to take shape. After that, he went together quite fast. I had to remind myself to stop and scan the image once in a while. (which is why the three spikes appear on the back of the neck at the same time. I drew them together without scanning them in between).
Drawing in the legs, and ‘rider’ with the lance happened really quickly after that.
My only regret is that I didn’ expand on the background more…
The Daily Drawing – ‘Eye Monsters’ series is an exercise in creativity. Each day, I start by drawing the ‘same’ set of eyes somewhere on the two page spread of my sketchbook. Granted as you can see in the image above, they’re not exactly the same.
When I start the drawing, I don’t know what kind of creature I’m going to draw, so my goal is to make them as different as I can. The only limits, are the size of the paper and my imagination.
I like to think of this exercise as an extension of one we had to do in school, where a student would draw a random line on paper, and then pass it on to the next student, who had to turn that line into an image. It was one of my favourite exercises.
My goal is to draw 100 of these characters…by that time, I’ll be ready for a new set of eyes, and perhaps some new drawing rules.