Shape Language Monster

Shape Language Monster - student project

I watched the Sergio Pablos video, and then I ended up watching some from his YouTube, and I am so glad I did. He said something in the video about how you will throw away the first one, the second one, etc. I went through four or five full characters and scrapped them. I invested time into them, too, and I hated them. So I just started over. Super frustrating, but Sergio also said to persevere. So I did that, too. And eventually, I found something that worked.

I only managed to save two of my monsters. One was a sludge monster that started to look like one of my bosses. Not sure what that means, but I'm sure it's some subconscious means of purging negative energy.

The monster I sketched up after that one demonstrated my frustration with this process. I kept getting really hung up on the anatomy, and everything I drew looked like a person. So I just started furiously drawing, and I got this guy.

Shape Language Monster - image 1 - student project

He seemed a little aggressive, and I wanted a more, subtle character.

Considering I couldn't handle giving my character emotion without it being over-the-top, I decided to go with a more neutral character. An everyman monster who is just doing a regular activity. Calmly. So I started with shapes. Circle head. Square body. And a triangle at the bottom, just for fun. I wanted him to be gentle, but strong.

Shape Language Monster - image 2 - student project



Not sure what activity he was doing here, but it looks like a regular activity.

Shape Language Monster - image 3 - student project

Maybe he was going to be ironing. I think perhaps I was meaning to make him a little nervous.

Shape Language Monster - image 4 - student project

Then it got weird, and he appears to be doing something unspeakable with a ukulele, maybe? Maybe he was cooking something? I'm not sure. He also looks less worried, and more like he is looking at something, and I liked that idea.

Shape Language Monster - image 5 - student project

He ended up eating a sandwich, and he's looking at a dog that's barking at him. The dog probably wants some of that sandwich.

Shape Language Monster - image 6 - student project


Started to clean that up a bit. Ended up adjusting a lot of perspective.

Shape Language Monster - image 7 - student project

Got my final outline down.

Shape Language Monster - image 8 - student project


And added color with some fun Photoshop brush. I liked the texture.

He doesn't have a name. He doesn't need one. He's just a dude trying to eat a sandwich.
He's curious what the dog's problem is, but he's not going to do anything about it. He is just going to eat his sandwich.

Stefanie D'Angelo
Artist, Illustrator, Eater of foods
Teacher