Monster Sketch Theater Episode 02: The Horror From Planet X

I just finished the second episode of Monster Sketch Theater. This time I decided to paint a creature that I imagined could be living on the mysterious Planet X. I started thinking about this because I recently read an article that talked about the possibilty of an undiscovered planet. According to the article, the existence of this planet is still purely theoretical. However, the mathematical prediction of a Planet X could explain the peculiar orbits of other smaller objects in the Kuiper Belt. Whether there is an actual planet out there still awaiting discovery or not, I thought the idea of one was really cool and it definitely got my imagination going!

Making these videos has been a great experience so far and I've been learning a lot. My hope is that as I make more of them I will continue to learn and refine the process. One of my favorite parts of the process, besides designing the creatures, is researching the subject matter and learning new things. And then, of course, coming up with some absurd idea to design a creature from!

It was surprising to me that there was a possibilty of another planet in our solar system. I also thought is was insane that it's orbit could take ten to twenty thousand earth years! I'm really hoping that it will come back into the range of our telescopes in my lifetime...but I'm not holding my breath. :)

I'm not sure what the next episode will be, but I'm excited to start exploring ideas. Stay tuned!

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Monster Sketch Theater

Hey, everybody! Today I’m launching episode one of my new YouTube series, Monster Sketch Theater.

As is pretty obvious from my website, I’ve always had a passion for monsters. It never fails, after watching a movie with great creature designs or coming across a new little insect while on a hike, I always want to break out my sketchbook (or computer!) and come up with some designs of my own.  

For anyone else out there who shares my appreciation of the macabre, I thought it would be fun to make a YouTube series of me painting some of these monsters and creatures.  The creature in this first video is a ghoul.  I wanted to start with something that was a little more… down to earth. He’s your typical scavenger who hangs out in cemeteries, so he can take advantage of the regularly delivered corpses. It’s a pretty straightforward design, but it was fun to do.

The video is definitely not a tutorial, but you can see my process for color sketching. The original sketch took about two hours to paint. I mostly talk about the ideas and thoughts I have when concepting creatures. Admittedly, some of it is a little out there. But thinking about a monster’s motivation or particular habits, or even its physiology, is one of the most enjoyable parts for me.

I’m by no means a professional narrator, but my brother-in-law Tim Baldock did create music for it. Hopefully, it will mask any irritating speech patterns that might otherwise drive you away.

I hope you enjoy episode one of Monster Sketch Theater!

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