If you've been doodling monster sketches on napkins and scratch paper since fourth grade, this is your chance to take those skills up a notch. Let Paul "Imperial" Ledney and Chad Scheres show you first hand how to create everything from Frankenstein to an Ed-Roth-style hot rod duck driving a crazy Impala.
Sequential photos by the authors take you through the process of creating believable monsters, one step at a time. Paul and Chad discuss not just technique, but also the tools they use and where they find inspiration and ideas.
More than just learning to sketch, paint and illustrate, the book also explains the process of casting monsters in three dimensions.
With over 400 photos spread across 144 pages, How to Draw Monsters is like being invited into the studios of two very experienced and well-known artists with combined backgrounds in pinstriping, illustration, screen printing and casting.
About the Author
Ledney is a graphic designer, pin striper, illustrator and "monster maniac". His love of art started at a very young age when he began designing his own fonts based on techniques he learned by taking calligraphy classes. The 1970s proved to be an inspiration for Imperial's later interest in monsters and monster movies. "I was especially attracted to the packaging of toys, and movies in the 70s," recalls Paul. "There was a certain 'vibe' attached to that art that I couldn't find anywhere else." During what Paul calls his rebellious teen years, he used all that excess energy to design album covers and logos for local bands. At the same time he began working at a local screen-printing shop - which turned out to be convenient, because if you ask him today what he considers to be his specialties, screen-printing is at the top of the list, followed by pinstriping.