The good people who put together the Sketchbook Project every year do these fun, little creative projects you can participate in throughout the year. Even though I didn’t get my sketchbook finished in time for this year’s tour, I did decide to participate in their free project, Infinite Scroll | Monsters.
We’re calling out to 500 people worldwide to make one segment of what will become a really long, continuous drawing [...] We’ll start the drawing off with a monstrous head and end it with some grotesque feet – everything in between is up to you!
How could I resist? Of course the head and feet tend to be the most coveted parts of a monster, but, with 500 participants I’m sure the body will be a lot of fun.
At first I thought about adding some extra hands or maybe a squiggly body segment, but then it hit me! Stomach contents. I have a huge love of anatomical models, in fact I have two mini models of the human body and skull. I thought it might be fun to show the inside of an infinite monster. I started by looking at different animal stomachs, but ended up just making it a ball. I’m sure an infinite monster has more than one belly, better to go simple.
Then I needed to decide what should go inside. As always my love of juxtaposition decided it had to be something adorable, yet not terrifying. I decided on a kitten, but a whole kitten. I image an infinite scroll monster would eat their dinner in one big gulp, like a snake. Besides, kittens are both cute and insufferable curmudgeons. If having been eaten by a monster I don’t imagine a kitten would be all that amicable. Plus they have claws, so they’re bound to be the type of food that gives you a tummy ache.
UPDATE: See all of the Monster’s parts on Flickr!