A cross, perhaps, between the Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, with a touch of those classic Creations, this awkward character is definitely one of those monsters who is fundamentally misunderstood. You can tell from the expression on his face that he is basically a nice guy; he can’t help it that his new body is seething with strange powers that he can’t effectively control. If he can find a safe haven, he might be able to learn to handle his abilities and become a Monster Hero.
This drawing was made entirely with my latest fountain pen discovery, the Lamy “Joy” calligraphy pen. I’ve never liked drawing with flat calligraphy nibs; while I like the lines they make, the nibs themselves tend to be both sharp and slow, great for slow, precise straight lines and rigid, formal curves, not so good for freeform drawing. Any attempt to turn a tight corner with a little bit of flair results in a sputter, if not an actual cut in the paper. This Lamy is nothing like that. It feeds and drops with the same freedom as the Safari writing pens I love so much, and the nib is smooth and flexible and takes quite a bit of twist with serene authority. I’m nuts about this pen and will be writing more about it sometime. For now, click on the image to see what it can do on cheap sketchbook paper.