"One day, a father went to his three sons and told them that he would die soon and he needed to decide which one of them to give his property to. He decided to give them all a test. He said, "Go to the market my sons, and purchase something that is large enough to fill my bedroom, but small enough to fit in your pocket. From this I will decide which of you is the wisest and worthy enough to inherit my land." So they all went to the market and bought something that they thought would fill the room, yet was still small enough that they could fit into their pockets. Each son came back with a different item. The father told his sons to come into his bedroom one at a time and try to fill up his bedroom with whatever they had purchased. The first son came in and put some pieces of cloth that he had bought and laid them end to end across the room, but it barely covered any of the floor. Then the second son came in and laid some hay, that he had purchased, on the floor but there was only enough to cover half of the floor. The third son came in and showed his father what he had purchased and how it could fill the entire room yet still fit into his pocket. The father replied, "You are truly the wisest of all and you shall receive my property." What was it that the son had showed to his father?"
Last week's answer: Xadrian came the closest. The servant said, "My mother wants to see her grandson swinging on a swing of gold."
Here's one for all you XBOXers out there. Over the weekend, Ajay from All Axis Radio asked me if he should get Guitar Hero 2 for his 360. I was all like, "hell yeah! that game rocks!" I thought I was pretty decent at it...that was until I saw this kid. 8 year old Ben totally destroys this game on expert and makes me feel like a total dork for not being able to get past a three star rating.
For all of you who are scratching their heads wondering what the hell I am talking about, just watch the video. Thanks to Scott for the link.
Thanks to everyone who is finding my monsters on the tubes via Boing Boing. Glad to have you along for the ride. I think I may sell out again on this round pretty quickly, so if you haven't ordered already, please do so. I have upped the number I will be doing this in anticipation of demand. Let's hope that's not premature. In any event, enjoy this little video of one of my recent faves, The Green Girl.
UPDATE: Although it says that I have met the quota of orders, I will be adding an extra 25 to this run to bring the total to 200. Hopefully ordering will be back up and running shortly. Please stay tuned.
UPDATE: MBM is closed for now, but will re-open soon with another theme! Thanks to everyone who ordered this round!
Ok, so I know this place has turned into a Monster clearinghouse, but I can't help it. The monsters are taking up a lot of my time. Not only that, but they are still turning up in mailboxes around the country and around the world.
So, remember a few weeks ago I blogged about Monster 100, "Newborn"? Well, Philip - the "orderer" of said monster - became a proud father this past Sunday. And of course, he spared no time in comparing my silly ugly monster to his beautiful newborn daughter, Yuki.
If you have a monster, I'd love to see them in the wild. Send em via e-mail to me when you get a photo.
Over the weekend, I got a request for Phase 2 of Monster By Mail for "...But The Hokie Always Prevails" along with a note from the person apologizing for being "emotionally charged" but she really wanted to see this interpreted in my style.
Not knowing much about Hokies, I googled it and realized -- oh, that's the mascot of Virginia Tech. Another oh, when I realized the request came from Blacksburg, VA.
Needless to say, I was a bit taken back by the request. I mean, I'm drawing monsters here. Silly monsters at that. This -- this was pretty deep. Last week we witnessed a real monster take the lives of 33 people and wound 15 others. Not only that, but with the theme "Monster Movies", you can imagine my thoughts about how I should interpret the drawing.
Well, after some thought and some creative lisence, I came up with a take on it that serves (hopefully) as a tribute to the students and faculty of Viginia Tech. Remember, at the end of every good monster movie, the good guys win.
My thoughts and prayers go to out to everyone touched by this tragedy.
NOTE: The silence at the end of the video is intentional. As was not coloring in the hand at the bottom of the picture.
Man, if this image doesn't cry out to be photoshopped, I don't know what does. From Phil:
"William Hung, who shot to fame with an off-key audition on "American Idol," makes his film debut in this martial arts musical comedy. Auntie Foon (Nancy Sit), a music hall owner in Imperial China, searches for her long-lost son, as well as husbands for her 12 daughters. Enter kindly singer Ma (Hung), who could be Foon's son. The fun family film also features a priceless Chinese version of Hung singing his signature, Ricky Martin's "She Bangs."
Pick up this monstrosity for yourself here or here.
Man, I gotta find harder questions. You guys finish them to quickly. Here is this week's stumper:
"Once upon a time, in the West Lake village, a servant lived with his master. After service of about 30 years, his master became ill and was going to die. One day, the master called his servant and asked him for a wish. It could be any wish but just one. The master gave him one day to think about it. The servant became very happy and went to his mother for discussion about the wish. His mother was blind and she asked her son for making a wish for her eye-sight to come back. Then the servant went to his wife. She became very excited and asked for a son as they were childless for many years. After that, the servant went to his father who wanted to be rich and so he asked his son to wish for a lot of money. The next day he went to his master and made one wish through which all the three (mother, father, wife) got what they wanted. You have to tell what the servant asked the master."
Those with pets would know that there has been a massive recall of pet foods due to contamination. Well, now it seems like some of the contamination has made it to human plates. Thanks to Monica for the heads up.
That's right folks! Phase 2 of Monster By Mail is now up and running and accepting orders.
A couple things are different this time around. First off, a new theme. The theme for this round of MBM is Fictional Monster Movies. You give me a fictional monster movie title -- like, The Thing That Ate Lakewood or Horror Bikini Motor Bunnies -- and I'll draw you the monster from that fictional film. Unfortunately, because of copyright issues, I cannot draw actual monsters from movies, like Freddie or Jason. But everything else, I think, should be fair game.
Also, the price structure has changed this time around. For $20, you get the original art delivered to you via US mail -- in an envelope mind you, to protect it. For an extra $10, you get a video of the monster being created. Not only that, but you can purchase Official Monster By Mail T-shirts from Angryshirts.com. Some of you may recognize the "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Eat Brains" design from last summer. It is now available for purchase through them. Plus both shirts sport the keen MBM logo on the back.
So -- if you were left out in the cold last round, now's your chance to get in on the fun. Let's get ready to draw some monsters!
Tonight, Laura joins me again in the Nobby annex for a show where I let the world hear my own angry manifesto against that loser who killed 32 innocent people and injured 15 other people earlier this week in Virginia. I also talk about our own near tragedy this past week and how we avoided a major fire here. Thanks to Charles and Richard (the rockstar) for the voice mails!
Well, I did it. I finished 150 original monster sketches to complete the first phase of Monster By Mail. To commemorate, I did a special LEN TV of the final one being drawn. This is seriously the most I have ever drawn in my life. Even when I worked as a professional illustrator, I didn't draw THIS much. To meet the demand, I drew 4-12 monsters per day for three weeks straight. It was brutal, but it was a lot of fun and yes, I will be starting the cazy process all over again very soon. So you too will be able to get your own hand drawn monster!
Thanks again to everyone who ordered a monster and who helped me out. I can't thank you enough for the support. Anyway, enjoy the show!
Got this today from Matt. He ordered "Dignified" and now it hangs proudly above his printer. Woo hoo! My work is frameworthy! Remember to keep sending in photos of how you are displaying your monsters. I love seeing them!
Well, it looks like I am slated to complete Phase 1 one Monster By Mail tonight. I have eight more drawings to go and I hope to have everything completed (fingers crossed) by this evening. Shortly thereafter, Phase 2 will kick into gear. Things are going to be a little different for this phase. Including a new theme. I've given you a little hint as to what is to come. Feel free to guess if you choose. And keep watching this blog and Monster By Mail for more info.
The first phase of the Monster By Mail project is quickly coming to a close. I have about 20 or so monsters to go. Be sure to keep checking back at the site for the start of SUPER SECRET PHASE TWO, which should prove to be equally as exciting and fun as the first.
Until then, enjoy this creepy little number for a Monster called Mr. Jack, which is seriously one of the creepiest things I have ever drawn.
In case you haven't been following the Monster By Mail project, I just drew monster 100 last night. Appropriately enough, the descriptive word was "Newborn". I uploaded the video this morning and put it to Jonathan Coulton's "You Ruined Everything." It's not how I feel about the baby (well, maybe the "need more money" line), but it seemed rather appropriate for this illustration.
Under 50 monsters to go! Woot!
UPDATE: I also found out that the person I drew this for has their own baby due right around now. Actually, today is their due date! Talk about planets aligning and all that.
If you haven't noticed, I've been pretty busy drawing monsters. You can see more of that here,here and of course, here. But it looks as if the monsters are arriving safely to their masters. Proof would be this photo I received from Grant. He got the Ninja monster, and between you and me, this is one I wanted to hold onto for myself. But I have the video proof of me drawing it for him so... anyway, if you have ordered a monster, I'd love to know how you display it. Did it arrive safely in the mail? Are you framing it? Is it now a coaster in your living room? Let me know!
Oh, and I don't know what the rules are for DIGG, but you can digg the story (if you haven't already) here.
I talked about it a while ago on the blog. It is now available here. I did some new original art for some of the cards and also my Code Monkey image is the back of the cards! Woo hoo! I haven't had time to play it yet, but I have to say, it looks like Mike (the creator of the game) knows what the hell he's doing. I wish I could say as much for me.
We are in the middle of a MAJOR winter storm right now in Cleveland. Right now, it feels more like Christmas morning than Easter. Can I just say how stupid this weather is? I refused to shovel yesterday on principle and I paid for it this morning, as I had to shovel a foot and half of snow so we could get out of our driveway. Anyway, Happy Easter to everyone. And for all of you getting hammered with this blizzard on Easter Sunday, stay warm!
For all of you finding this site from Monster By Mail, Drawn, CNET or the dozens of other sources that have linked me up, welcome! I made my quota of 150 monsters in less than one week and now I have to draw...one hundred...and fifty...monsters...
But that's OK! It'll be fun and definitely worth watching. BTW, if you are a creative commons or unsigned artist and you have a monster song in your songlist (or maybe you can write one) let me know and I'll feature your song on an upcoming video. And if it's really good, we may even feature here on Jawbone! Watch the MBM site for more info on that.
To say the response to this project has been overwhelming would be a major understatement. MBM was covered on Drawn! today. Plus, we got a really excellent shoutout by Veronica Belmont on today's CNET's Buzz Out Loud podcast!
I'm really close to meeting the goal of 150 original drawings. In less than a week. Insane. Thanks for all the incredible support. I am now knee-deep in monsters around the house. It's all good.
I really like this one a lot. I was telling someone yesterday that I'm trying REALLY hard not to fall in love with any of these, since I have to give them away. It's kind of like having a baby and then having to give it away... Anyway, enjoy this drawing or a axe weilding psychopath! ROXXORS!
Wanted to link up the newest Monster Vids. I probably won't be linking them all up (unless it's a REALLY COOL one). But you can always see the latest videos at Monster By Mail. You can also see the finished drawings (usually first, since the videos take me a while to create, although I am getting better at them) at my Flickr set.
Thanks again for the amazing response. I plan on getting a few done each day, so turnaround time right now is about a week or so for the art to arrive in your mailbox (maybe a little longer if you are out of the US.)
If you like what you're seeing, tell a friend, link up the site, DIGG it, etc.
Also, a big thanks to Dan who has been incredibly instrumental in making the site and programming the backend. Danco absolutely rocks!
Here is one of favorite ones so far, for the word Ferretlike: