I have no idea why I started this series, especially since my circus series is up to only two performers. The thing is I’ve become obsessed. My working title is Diner Monsters and I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who is going to love these little guys, but I can’t help it. There is something so silly about the idea of a monster sitting down at a diner and having a meal.
I plan on doing a series of six. Mostly because that’s how many artboards I have set up in Illustrator. I also have a feeling that by the time I’m done this grumpy guy may look a little different. I’ve been creating symbols for things like plates, silverware, ketchup, etc. so I can use them over again and they’ll all look alike. The thing is I’m not 100% sold on some of them, so I may go back and do some editing along the way.
For my first monster I actually chose the meal before I started the monster. I’m not sure why, but I started drawing a hot turkey sandwich. For things like inanimate objects and food stuffs I don’t necessarily need to sketch them out first. As long as I can find something to reference I can draw it directly in Illustrator these days, so I usually have Google images open on a second screen. In fact my sketches have much the same purpose. So while looking at plate after plate of hot turkey my first diner monster came to life. Now I usually like getting fries with my hot turkey, but I noticed that most pictures opted for the mashed potatoes instead. Since it appeared to be the more popular option, and was more interesting looking than gravy covered fries I decided to appeal to the masses.
When it came time to decide on what kind of monster would be dining on hot turkey I decided I wanted an older, blue collar monster. Something about hot turkey just screams old people to me, although I’ve loved it since I was a teen. Since the breakfast monster I’m planning on working on isn’t going to be drinking coffee I decided Hot Turkey would. Drinking coffee with savory dinner items is something I’ve always associated with old people.