Whether inspired by picture books, cartoons, or toys, I just couldn’t get enough of creating my own spooky and wacky beasts. As years went on and my aspirational interests weaved between comics and music, my creative proclivities eventually lead me down the career path of a graphic designer. After years of college, client work, and creative day jobs, the time eventually came when I realized I was making absolutely no effort in creating art for my own enjoyment anymore.
In that moment, I knew exactly what would inspire me to pick up a pencil again: my love of fantastical critters. So, I made the promise to myself to get up early every Monday morning, no matter how tired I felt or what challenges lay in the day ahead, and draw a monster. No high stakes, no convoluted brief, no client to please...just a little exercise for myself to kickstart my creativity and flex my illustrative muscle.
I made that decision in 2011 and haven’t missed a Monday since. Sometimes I’m not in love with what I draw; sometimes I consider that maybe a few extra minutes in bed would be better than cracking open my sketchbook; but every single time I am always happy that I held myself accountable and launched my week on a positive note. Rekindling my love of illustration has not only improved the quality of my professional work, but reminded me how rewarding it is to dedicate the time to create for myself.
Monday Mosh Monsters will be my continuing labor of love as long as I can still hold a pencil, and I hope these whimsical (and sometimes a little creepy) milestones I leave along the way bring you even a fraction of the joy they bring me.
You can see more of my work at Motionless Visions