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Friday, March 24, 2006


These are my pictures for Illustration Friday. The theme is
Monster. Both pictures were drawn on a scrap of multi-purpose copy paper, then cleaned up and colored in Photoshop. The Sperm I drew this morning. The Monster I drew a few weeks ago is actually a doodle I did while watching the news. I hadn't planned on ever posting it, but since the subject came up I decided why not.

What makes a man become a monster? How could such a cute little sperm grow into such a beast?

I used to have a monster under my bed. He did himself in after the above monster got elected. Before he died he told me he just couldn't compete with the nightmares the above monster was gonna create.

Are you scared of monsters? Are you going to leave some love?


  • Wow, great caricatures and such simple lines, too. I have a feeling others share your sentiment this week...

    By Blogger Amy Zaleski, at 13:30  

  • Oh gosh, I could hardly wait to see what you would come up with!! There is so much more to this illo than at first glance--the philosophy is wonderful. Love to you!!

    By Blogger Teri C, at 13:33  

  • I thought that sperm looked familiar!Perfect monster!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13:37  

  • Hah ! I just noticed that th' United States is sticking it's tongue out as it gets choked !

    Delicously devilish, and properly pointed.

    By Blogger steve, at 13:55  

  • These are great. The Bush monster should get some airtime!!! Mary :-)

    By Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt, at 13:59  

  • Oh, I couldn't agree with you more about this! Great job!

    By Blogger Persephone, at 14:51  

  • What a great illo, and a well put statement.

    By Blogger JO, at 15:09  

  • Love...

    By Anonymous elsa, at 15:26  

  • I've seen his look-a-like on tv.. and I was scared. But I love your illo!


    By Blogger Hillitty Kukko, at 15:39  

  • Very true Unknown, very true. Funny and philosophical post here. Excellent Illustrations to boot!

    By Blogger steve, at 16:15  

  • Yikes....... your monters are way more scary that the ones at my place! Sheesh.

    I am sending a whole lotta luv to you!!!!

    Big Safe Smooch,
    The Tart

    By Blogger The Tart, at 16:27  

  • It's sad that this monster has been able to grow so large. Great job on both illustrations! Much love!

    By Blogger Lou, at 17:13  

  • This reminds me of that cartoon where that baboon tried to get married. I can't remember what it was called but he was friends with a weasel... anyone?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18:36  

  • Oh man, I am becoming such a fan of you.

    By Anonymous bozena, at 20:06  

  • interesting how the sperm looks like the crazy neighbor, i thought there might be a connection between all these monsters. love always.

    By Blogger gorky love, at 23:53  

  • Maybee it would have been better, if that monster had come down under your bed, I suppose. On the other hand - poor you!
    The sperm is not guilty alone - you know. Couldn't you elect another monster? Oh - I know, that's not as simple as that.. I'm scared of monsters, if they're quite free and hungry! But we must take care of each other and send a little love out around the world - hugs from Denmark

    By Blogger georg, at 00:08  

  • amy zaleski: Heh, thanks.

    teri c: :-) Thanks.

    catraven: Ha, thanks.

    steve: Heh, heh... thanks.

    taittems: Ha, thanks.

    persephone: Aww... thanks.

    jo: :-P Thanks.

    elsa: :-)

    hillitty kukko: HA! :-)

    steve: :-)

    jocelyn: Run away, run away!

    lou: Sad indeed.

    asian lep: Hmm... That doesn't ring a bell with me? How old is it?

    bozena: Aww... What a nice thing to say. :-)

    gorky love: You think our neighbor looks like sperm? ;-P

    georg: Time will tell. Time will tell.
    Thanks! :-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 01:35  

  • To the point!
    The frightening thing is that it seems he genuinly believes he is doing good...

    By Blogger cristosova, at 03:50  

  • Can sperm fly as well, those ears??
    As far as I know sperm swims, maybe he just listens carefully ???

    By Blogger Stipi, at 07:30  

  • The lyrics of Bruce Cockburns song immediately came to mind when I saw your MONSTER:

    Call it Democracy

    "Padded with power here they come International loan sharks backed by the guns Of market hungry military profiteers Whose word is a swamp and whose brow is smeared With the blood of the poor

    Who rob life of its quality Who render rage a necessity By turning countries into labour camps Modern slavers in drag as champions of freedom

    Sinister cynical instrument Who makes the gun into a sacrament -- The only response to the deification Of tyranny by so-called "developed" nations' Idolatry of ideology

    North South East West Kill the best and buy the rest It's just spend a buck to make a buck You don't really give a flying fuck About the people in misery

    IMF dirty MF Takes away everything it can get Always making certain that there's one thing left Keep them on the hook with insupportable debt

    See the paid-off local bottom feeders Passing themselves off as leaders Kiss the ladies shake hands with the fellows Open for business like a cheap bordello

    And they call it democracy And they call it democracy And they call it democracy And they call it democracy

    See the loaded eyes of the children too Trying to make the best of it the way kids do One day you're going to rise from your habitual feast To find yourself staring down the throat of the beast They call the revolution

    IMF dirty MF Takes away everything it can get Always making certain that there's one thing left Keep them on the hook with insupportable debt"

    Sorry for all the words but I found them to be quite fitting.


    By Blogger Brian the Mennonite, at 08:36  

  • You can listen to the above song at:

    By Blogger Brian the Mennonite, at 09:04  

  • Both takes are scary... Scarier still is that we (or 50.5% of the people who voted) have done this to ourselves. Peace and love to you and to our country and the world.

    By Blogger Twisselman, at 09:41  

  • "we stand for things…"


    looks like your monster is standing on a lot more than the poor! great work!

    By Blogger Michael O'Connell, at 09:57  

  • You do such great things with so few lines. love

    By Blogger the heartful blogger, at 11:26  

  • cristosova: I wonder sometimes. Maybe he's just a puppet or is he really that stupid.

    stipi: I've seen sperm fly. That is all I'm going to say about that. :-)

    brian the mennonite: Cool! Good stuff. I like Bruce Cockburn. Thanks.

    brian the mennonite: Umm... My pc wont let me open any sound files. :-(

    twisselman: Hmm... I don't recall any vote asking the people if they wanted to start a war.
    You can try to convince me otherwise but I believe it's all about money.
    People should never die for money.

    michael o'connell: Heh. Yeah. I drew this while watching some news report about another tax break for the richest Americans.

    tammy hanna: Hee, hee. Thanks.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 11:29  

  • you always come up with unique ideas.

    By Blogger isay, at 11:46  

  • Hehe, what a horrific sperm. The other pic is well worth posting, and I'm sure you felt a bit better for doing so. It certainly is a funny old world.

    By Blogger modroom, at 12:19  

  • He he, cool work !

    By Blogger Rowantree, at 12:29  

  • Two for the price of one? Wow super deals in bad art this week!


    By Blogger Caroline, at 13:06  

  • I love the second one!! It's the best political satire I've seen in ages, if ever! :)

    By Anonymous carra, at 13:22  

  • I think yours are the scariest I have seen so far!

    By Blogger rzdesign, at 14:26  

  • Very Cool Indeed!

    By Blogger cosmos, at 14:41  

  • amazing work, love! you really know how to capture the axis of evil!!! reminds me of that bowie song "Scary monsters" love and more love

    By Blogger ValGalArt, at 14:41  

  • ohh bad bad monster! but it seems he's not happy about being bad too! tssk... poor poor monster!

    By Anonymous irvine, at 14:55  

  • Yup, gotta agree. I love your idea, well done!

    By Blogger Simple as that, at 15:35  

  • isay: Thanks. :-)

    modroom: Funny old world indeed.

    rowantree: :-)

    caroline: Everything is priced to go!

    carra: Wow! Thanks.

    rzdesign: :-)

    cosmos: Thanks.

    valgalart: Thanks and super creeps. I love that album.

    irvine: ignorance is bliss.

    simple as that: Wee Hee! Thanks Love.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 16:34  

  • hahah u are something special hun! i would have never thought of sperm being bad!!! and the ones you mention on my blog arent.. sorry dear!!!


    H e l e n a

    By Blogger ragazzahelena, at 16:38  

  • problem is the monster got out from under your bed and invaded Austalian politics.It was a very sad day. None the less your love will keep us all going.
    Love Zoe

    By Blogger a nice day out, at 16:41  

  • All this time I thought you were just hilarious and creepy handsome, Now look what you've done, I'm gonna have to think of you as, the hilarious, creepy handsome, really smart, Unknown guy!

    By Blogger HARDWAX, at 16:43  

  • ragazzahelena: Hee, hee. Thanks.

    a nice day out: Yeah that bastad invades anything he can.

    hardwax: lol! Ha! Funny. Thanks. (blush)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 16:48  

  • Kind looking monsters :-))

    By Blogger Katili, at 16:48  

  • katili: KIND!? Don't be fooled by it's cute demenoir.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 17:00  

  • *ugh* a monster indeed.
    i hate the fact he lives down the road from me.

    By Blogger igotmoxie, at 17:20  

  • really great work

    By Blogger Alison Ashwell, at 17:33  

  • Hey these are great- (I saw your image on a comment you left for mace and was impressed and curious). I wish I knew how to post pics on here- got a silly drawing of Medusa. But you'll just have to rely on imagination- so image the most awesome drawing of Medusa ever and you've got it.

    By Blogger Morgyn, at 17:53  

  • This is fun
    Definitely he belongs to the mosnters' race

    By Blogger Fiestoforo, at 17:56  

  • Lots of love to you and I LOVE your illo this week...your a gem!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18:29  

  • Thanks for your comments on my blog, glad you liked my monster illustration. Your theme is strong, well done.

    By Blogger Amanda, at 18:31  

  • I love the way you suggest the transition of a cute sperm turning into a beast. And the colors and details on the monster is great!

    Thank you for always leaving a kind comment on my blog too!

    By Blogger Missus Ong, at 18:37  

  • Cheers for the comment on my blog, where's the freedom fries? hehe

    By Blogger Clip, at 18:48  

  • so sad, so true. I especially like the bottom monster. When I say like I mean hate! You know what I mean.

    By Anonymous kaya, at 18:52  

  • Makes you wonder - would we be better or worse off with his opposition in charge. Hmmmmmmm.

    Love for us all.

    By Blogger IdiotHead, at 18:59  

  • Love love the grown up Monster idea. Very eloquent.

    By Anonymous Marie, at 19:18  

  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! LOL!!!! he is a f***ing MONSTER!!! very good illustration...once again I salute you...and to tell you the truth i definately am scared of this monster... Living in fl and all... him and his bro uniting against anything liberal! but w/e... cool drawing... and as my bumper sticker says " Don't Blame ME! I voted for KERRY!!!"

    Tons of love for you hon...
    see ya

    By Blogger (¯'·._.·[ (DÅNÏˣϯ|¯Ä) ]·._.·´¯), at 19:29  

  • Even without all his make-up, he looks like one! Reality bites! Yes I'm afraid of him... and of many others. Not just from the USofA. I can't say nice monster. But very effective, yup!
    Doublelove my friend!
    We need it!

    By Blogger merlinprincesse, at 19:48  

  • Hello,
    In France it's similar, some grow rich on back of the poor.Really vision of the world!Bravo beautiful illo! Love!

    By Anonymous marc, at 19:57  


    Great job--love the editorial piece.

    By Blogger Tony Sarrecchia, at 20:09  

  • Thanks for writing a comment, nice stuff!

    By Blogger Liberty, at 20:50  

  • Great idea. Very nice!

    By Anonymous Rev. Josh!, at 03:30  

  • lol I used to dream that a green monster with violet little flowers chased me around my block. I guess it was due I always took flowers from my neighborgs to give them to my mom. Yeap... I was crazy ;)

    By Anonymous Pati @-;--, at 03:59  

  • LOL! great job!

    By Blogger wendz, at 04:36  

  • Does he have to be clutching NY?? This is going to give me nightmares!!

    By Anonymous CathyB, at 06:12  

  • Oh yeah, he's a monster alright, he scares the bejeebers out of me!

    By Blogger Francesca, at 06:14  

  • Don't even get me started.... suffice to say, this is a perfect illo to see after the converstaion we had at dinner last night. Love to you:>

    By Blogger carla, at 06:20  

  • The monster the whole world fears. The crazy cat bum on him is hilarious.

    By Blogger Pickledog, at 09:50  

  • He is an authentic monster!!, but you look a good man ;) Great illo!

    By Blogger Lu***, at 11:14  

  • ROFL!! Awesome job...and, as usual...great post to go with it! Very telling illo.

    By Blogger TXArtcGal, at 11:44  

  • Mayhaps you wonder why I deleted my last two comments. I was getting really political... from the same side of the fence as you... but this is not the forum for it. Sorry. The second deleted msg. was asking you to delete the first deleted msg... which I didn't know how to do... And then I found out how to... so I deleted the second also. Sigh!
    Okay... Love to you, Unknown.

    By Blogger Twisselman, at 14:27  

  • here's some love. thanks for all your nice comments on my blog. you've got quite an imagination.

    By Blogger 2danimator, at 17:31  

  • u mean george sr had a bad sperm count that day!!!!! or was barbie just havin a bad hair day? oh the problems of being feed with a sliver spoon.
    lets just hope he doesn't have a strangle hold on the country to much longer. i thenik we could all use a breather. OHHHHH!!! ur drawgs were great to. just got carried away with ur commentary on those spermized monsters. Now thats really scary!

    By Blogger michael dailey, at 20:30  

  • igotmoxie: Wow! Really? What a drag. There goes the neighborhood. :-)

    alison ashwell: :-)

    morgyn: Thanks.
    Posting pictures is easy once you learn how. Try it! Please.

    fiestoforo: Ha! Thanks.

    andrea: Thanks. A gem eh? I think I'm still that piece of coal hoping the pressure will turn me into a diamond. :-)

    amanda: You're welcome and thanks. :-)

    missus ong: Ha! Thanks and you're welcome.

    clip: Indeed! :-)

    kaya: Heh, heh. I hear ya!

    idiothead: Yes it does. I hate voting. It feels like I'm making a choice between who I want to blow smoke up my ass. :-)

    marie: Thanks.

    daniela: Ewww... Jeb? Lots of luck Love.

    merlinprincesse: Yeah. Too many monsters in power all over.

    marc: It's a bummer.
    Someday, maybe, the human race will get it together.

    tony: Thanks!

    liberty: Thanks for the reply.

    rev. josh: :-)

    pati@--;-:Ha! That's funny. Umm... was crazy?

    wendz: :-)

    cathyb: Well. it was the part that looked most like a neck. :-)

    francesca: Me too!

    carla: Cool. Thanks.

    fivedog: Ha! Thanks. My favorite part too.

    lu***: Aww... thanks.

    txartcgal: Shucks. Thanks. :-)

    twisselman: No sweat my friend.
    It's Ok to spout here if you want and all opinions are welcome.
    Even though I make my opinions pretty obvious. :-)

    2danimator: Heh, he. Thanks. I should stop drinking cough syrup.

    fuzhen: Ha! I like to say GW was born with a silver foot in his mouth and thanks.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 22:32  

  • You are simply hilarous. Love it.

    By Blogger Christine Lim Simpson, at 00:22  

  • christine lim simpson: (blush) :-) Thanks.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 00:35  

  • Very original and provocative, Unknown. I smiled and started thinking, which is always good:-)

    By Anonymous Paula, at 01:31  

  • Truly excellent! Much love.

    By Blogger Aravis, at 06:49  

  • 75 comment. Oh, 76. That's a lot of Love. I had to see what kind of monster Unknown would show. I guess I am not alone. Good post.


    By Blogger Gabe, at 14:20  

  • Bush SUCKS.

    I couldn't help but notice that neither monster has a penis.

    That would make these illustrations anatomically correct.

    Love you. Hate his guts.

    By Anonymous catnapping, at 15:36  

  • tee hee catnapping is funny!

    our country might be a mess but we still have art therapy.

    really like the dragonbush w/ the count chocula teeth.


    By Blogger kat@ohmtastic, at 18:50  

  • now I'll never get to sleep tonite, this monster doesn't go away when I close my eyes and blink...I need medicine...XXXOOO

    By Blogger Lee, at 19:04  

  • . . .share your sentiment! He sure is - just a great take on the topic! And fantastic illustration as usual - I love the tongue on the usa and dubba's eyebrows. .. You ROCK!

    By Blogger tiffinix, at 19:18  

  • I like it ;-D
    very well

    By Blogger Adamea, at 07:28  

  • I know how it could turn into such a beast... it has in-laws like mine ;) I like your pick and thanks for popping onto my site.

    By Blogger Michelle, at 08:54  

  • Great illos! love the Bush illos. very funny.

    By Blogger Suzan, at 09:26  

  • ain't that the truth!

    By Blogger Andrea, at 11:13  

  • This illustration will be in history books of the future. Like John Paul Jones says "I have not yet begun to fight!"

    By Blogger Large Art, at 17:18  

  • A sperm is only half a person after all!

    And yep, even in times of economic affluence, the megarich need to ensure that the poor stay that way! You've identified a major monster there - nice work!

    By Blogger Ian T., at 20:50  

  • Oh my gosh! The poor monster! couldn't you have saved him?

    By Blogger Rayne, at 14:52  

  • I know I am scared now! Love

    By Blogger Holly, at 15:42  

  • hahahaha, i dont know if this is intentional but that definetly looks like George Bush!!! its great. I luv you work, keep drawing!

    By Blogger thesecondnun, at 06:55  

  • paula: OH NO! Just don't think too hard.

    aravis: Much thanks.

    moon: I know! I'm getting spoiled. :-)

    catnapping: Yes! He sucks! :-)

    kat@ohmtastic: Yep, she is. Ha! They do look like count chocula teeth! :-)

    lee: Well good luck getting the medicine you need with this dipstick running things.

    tiffinix: Hee, hee. Thanks. :-)

    adamea: :-)

    us: Ha! My in-laws were beasties too! :-)

    suzan: :-) Thanks.

    big a: The sad truth. :-)

    large art: I can only hope. Thanks.

    ian t: Heh, heh. Thanks.

    robin: I tried loving him but greed and stupidity took hold and won the battle.

    holly: You must be paying attention. You wouldn't be scared if you weren't. :-)

    thesecondnun: Oh yes, it was intentional. God Bless Free Speech. :-)

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 15:52  

  • Very real monster. Good simple drawing. Those beady eyes give away who it is.

    By Blogger Kaladda, at 00:07  

  • Yep, scariest monster ever. You have to laugh to keep from crying.

    Great blog!

    By Blogger Chrissie A, at 04:45  

  • kaladda: Mom told me there was no such thing as monsters.

    chrissie a: I'm laughing all the time.

    By Blogger The Unknown, at 11:55  

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