How to Make a Monster & Anatomical Art
Rather than post anything political today—you all know if you voted, how you voted, and how you feel about the elections—suffice to note I’m still deep in pushing lead and slinging ink on the “how to draw monsters” book for Watson-Guptill, working title S.R. Bissette’s How to Make a Monster.
One of the early issues on the project was the fact that to just get on with step-by-steps of how to draw monsters, I had to presuppose the reader/buyer/budding/aspiring cartoonists picking up the book (once it’s in print, in 2014, knock on wood) would come in with some working knowledge of anatomical drawing. I’ve concocted an appendix to also steer the reader to preferred anatomical texts (mostly Watson-Guptill texts, natch, given my publisher on this), but still, it’s tempting to include something—meatier, if you will, if only in the vampire and/or walking dead chapter(s).
If nothing or no one else fits the bill, I’m still toying with including images by Andreas Vesalius (1514-64) from his seminal De Humani Corpis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body), the revolutionary Renaissance study of human body. Vesalius was a physician who went on to teach surgery and anatomy, and his immortal anatomical studies of flayed cadavers are still classics and essential reference works. But I’d have to clear permissions and such (though these are public domain images, my publisher would require I clear the best source images with permissions for their use)—and really, it’s so much simpler to just draw another step-by-step zombie…
We’ll see. Open to suggestions, folks.