Lately I’ve been making a series of digital paintings about monsters—for a loose-ish definition of series, and monsters, anyways.
They’re all monochrome, square, digital, and contain weird creatures, at least. Which color the painting is based around varies each time. I’m gradually going around the color wheel.
Whether they really deserve the term “monsters,” however, is a different question. Just because it’s strange, or staaaaaaring at you, or has too many teeth, do those things make a monster?
I’m not so sure. That probably-not-a-deer especially, seems to just be reading. Nothing monstrous about that.
But monster stories aren’t really about the monsters, they’re about the things we’re afraid of. Spiders, the unknown, death, familiar things becoming strange and dangerous.
I should make a painting about something moving that shouldn’t, like scarecrows. That’s one of my big fears.