When I first saw Tim Paxton’s Monster! back in the early 90s it was one of those way cool photocopied and stapled by hand publications epitomizing the DIY zine culture that began to dwindle with the rise of the internet. The current incarnation of Monster! is a digest-size magazine usually in the 100-page range and available at an attractive price through Amazon’s print on demand service CreateSpace. It’s a great read for monster movie buffs with a strong emphasis on international horror and a strict “no slasher movies” policy. And for the last year or so I’ve had the pleasure of contributing the occasional drawing or film review.
I illustrated the contents page for issue #21 of Monster!, and this seems as good a place as any to show off my handiwork. You can buy that issue here, if you are so inclined. Some of the creatures I chose because they were featured in that issue, while others were just old favorites of mine. Most of these were drawn in pencil, scanned, then “inked” in Photoshop on a Wacom tablet. I will sometimes work entirely in Photoshop, but I find drawing with an actual pencil feels more fluid than the tablet.
Click on any of the images below for a closer look.
This is the final page as it was published.
Now let’s check these guys out one at a time.