Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Monster High Monsters: Skelita

From my deviantart page:

Monster High is one of the greatest inventions of this decade. Stylistically speaking it is successful by combining unique ideas; in this case classic movie monsters with an upgraded modern fashion edge, which is then marketed to little girls. They are imaginative, strange, beautiful, versatile and have captured an audience beyond it's intended age group of preteen girls.

The original designs are, of course, meant to appeal to children therefore the 'monsters' have been stripped of everything that makes them, well, monsters.

Monster High Monsters is a series of art pieces that are intended to rethink the monster of Monster High. What if they were painted as they were meant to be, as the creatures and ideas that terrify us as a culture, as a society?

Monsters are, by definition, deadly, frightening- existing to lurk in the shadows, to serve as a cautionary tale, to keep us out of the woods and huddled by the fire in fear of what waits in the dark. What if THESE ideals were infused with the Monster High monsters?

Is it fanart? Well, sort of. I certainly am a fan of the series, though I am most definitely an adult. But I am an artist too; one that wants to see these strange, beautiful dolls from an adult perspective by exploring why monsters frighten us so and translating that into art.

Skelita was one of the stranger ideas for a girls fashion doll - she is a Day of the Dead skeleton; traditionally a Mexican holiday that focuses on remembering their departed loved ones. A little heavy (and maybe insensitive?) for a children's toy. I went through about three separate designs for this piece before settling on just the skull and the trademark hairstyle of the character.

Part 2 in a series of at least 12 different monsters.

I don't know, I really like this one. This was me messing around with gouache and pencil - something I plan to do much more of in the future. I have other art things but I don't know, they were sketches so they remain on the devianart page instead of here. Don't expect me to crank out something like this everyday though; you're looking at like, fifteen hours of painting and drawing.

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