A while back–sheesh, it’s been a few years now–Sarah found an ad on craigslist looking for an artist to help design a monster in a low-budget horror film. She sent it to me and I responded. The filmmaker emailed me a very loose idea of what he was imagining along with some story background for context. Not sure why, but my first mental image was of a Pac-Man frog.

The monster wound up more toad than frog-like in appearance, but kept a lot of the frog’s other attributes. Generally squat in stature, but actually quite tall when it reared up to its full height (little known fact: frogs rear up like bears to intimidate), it would be fat and almost half mouth–I took for granted that it ate people and other large mammals which needed to be consumed in one or two bites. For gore’s sake, I added the tusks. I imagined the monster having an affinity for warm organs, so from the low squat, it would get close to its prey (or let the prey get close to it), then it would spring up, impaling the prey on its tusks. Next, arching its back, the monster would suspend the prey’s abdomen over its mouth and with a quick, snapping chomp, open up the prey’s stomach letting the guts spill out into its gaping maw. The mouth took on some beak-like characteristics to accomplish this.

The filmmaker liked the design and some day, you might get to see this guy do what I described above.

Pac-Man Frog From Hell!

Sketching / penciling / inking practice In MangaStudio EX5 on a Yiynova MSP19U using @FRENDEN custom brushes

UPDATE: For reals, this is unfinished on purpose. It’s a practice piece that I’m using to familiarize myself with a tablet monitor, Manga Studio EX 5, and Frenden’s brushes. It shows three different stages of work: blue line sketching, refining pencils, and inks. The inks are all over the place as I’m getting used to the tools and refining a style.