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DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE MONSTER MASK NOW

Good morning again. While I'm tweaking the Halloween Monster, I thought I'd upload a little bonus gift for you. If you're like me, you may not have planned a Halloween costume for yourself. You may be considering a quiet night at home, just so you don't have to reveal yourself as shamefully undisguised. Well, let me save you from this grim and lonely fate with the exclusive Daily Monster Halloween Mask. (A big Thank You for the great idea to Stacy Rausch and Sam Berkes!)

Allow me to demonstrate:

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(This is not a blurry photo, by the way. This is what I actually look like at 6.30am.)

The mask is formatted to print on a standard 8.5x11 sheet on any inkjet or laser printer. Minimal instructions are included on the sheet, but it's all pretty self-explanatory. You can download the PDF by clicking on this link or on the image below.

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Now, if you're so inclined, I'd love it if you'd take a photo of yourself donning your monster mask, and send it to me. I'll post it right here on the blog. But you certainly don't have to. All you have to do to make me happy is have fun! Why? Because 344 LOVES YOU


GALLERY: OPEN SOURCE MONSTER 21

Good morning! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Thank you for checking in on the monsters on this most ghoulish of holidays. A very special Halloween Monster is rendering for you right now, so please check back in a little bit later to be properly tricked and treated. For now, I hope you'll enjoy the excellent monsters you sent in for Open Source Blot 21. They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky. Hell, they're all together ooky. See for your self:

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Oskikeri21
Nguyenlinh21
Koldewynvictoria21
Gidejalexis21
Duquetteadam21
Brauneteresa21
Binwer21

Fine, fine work, everybody! Thank you so much for another batch of fabulous drawings. I can't think of a better way to ring in the day. As I said, please stay tuned for a very special Halloween Monster in just a few hours. Until then, please rest assured that 344 LOVES YOU



MONSTERS IN PUGET SOUND

Good afternoon. While more monster surprises are bubbling, I thought I'd show you a few photos from my trip to Seattle. I spent five days with the creative team at Starbucks as part of their creative retreat. I told them a little bit about what I do and led them in a fun monster workshop. They're a great group and they came up with brilliant stuff, both in my session and across the board. It was a pleasure to meet them.

As part of my talk I also gave a monster demonstration. I drew a monster before their very eyes, live and in full effect. Which I had never done before, so I was drawing with my fingers crossed. Especially since I suddenly found myself in front of an 18x24 drawing pad (vs my usual 8.5x11 sheets.) I'm a little bit scared of large formats, so I thought "OK. Let's see how this goes." But you can always count on the monsters to come through when they're really needed. Presenting the biggest monster yet:

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I really like the way that one came out. The large format let me change my mind about the final shape a few times in the process, and that's fun. So... keep your eyes peeled for future large format creatures.

Until then, here are a few snapshots:

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Beautiful Orcas Island:

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Puget Sound and the SAM Olympic Sculpture Park:

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Mount St. Helens, I presume:

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Mount Unknown:

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On the way home, just before we touched down in Burbank, we descended through a few separate banks of clouds. Looking out the window I noticed our shadow on the lower layer, ringed by a perfect little rainbow that followed us for quite a few minutes. As you can see from the Orcas Island photos, nature is such a showoff sometimes --- a bit of a slut for attention, really --- but I enjoyed the subtlety of this one.

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You can see more photos right here.

This concludes our test of the emergency broadcast system. We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming. 344 LOVES YOU


WEEKLY MONSTER 119

Good morning. How are you? I'm on the road at the moment---giving a talk in Seattle, don't you know---but through the magic of the pre-programmed post, I can still present to you a brand new Weekly Monster! (What an age we live in!) Ol' 119 is a simple little creature... or is it? Well, see for yourself:

I hope you'll be inspired to leave your theories about what makes 119 tick. Or flip, as the case may be. If you're so inclined, please...

Postyourstoryhere

Even while the dog, the pony, and I are out and about, you can bet your bottom dollar that 344 LOVES YOU


OPEN SOURCE MONSTER 21

Good evening. Finally! Finally! With much delay,
here is a brand new Open Source Ink Blot for you.

If you haven't taken a stab at making a monster of your own---and with Halloween right around the corner---this may be the perfect week for you to get in on the action. Here's how it works: Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 21, print it out, and have at it in any way you like: Draw, paint, origami, film, sculpt, write a screenplay about it. Just scan, photograph, or otherwise document the result and send it my way at opensource@344design.com and I'll put the result on the blog right here. If you can, please make your file 480 pixels wide. If you can't, don't worry about it.
I'll resize it for you.

For now, I hope you'll enjoy this week's monster gallery.
I know I am. And you know that 344 LOVES YOU


Wong_emily_20_2
Williamsonkevin20_2
Williamsonkevin20b_2
Verliefde_sebastien_20_2
Szczerbaramona20
Koldewynviktoria20
Kleinkerstin20
Kleinkerstin20b
Fultzryanne20
Fultzryanne20b
Chenliane20
Bradernathan20
Berkessam20
Akpokiere_karo_20b


ADVANCED PLACEMENT MONSTERS

Hello again. Long-time monster maker Jennifer Cobler is a high school art teacher. She teaches a class called "Advanced Placement Studio Art" and got her students to make some truly excellent creatures based on the Open Source Ink Blots. Take a look at all the great characters, and the beautiful colors! Great work! I hope you'll love them at least as much as 344 LOVES YOU

Osmamym
Osmbcaitlin
Osmheatherl
Osmjerryl
Osmmeggans_2
Osmnataliet
Osmbsara
Osmbstephanie


WEEKLY MONSTER 118

Good morning. How's the week treating you so far? I hope the onset of fall sees you nice and cozy. My thanks to all of you who came to see me at the AIGA Conference in Denver on Friday. I had a great time meeting you.

Now that I'm back in the office, and I'm done designing the Monster Book, I've moved on to designing... more of the Monster Book. One of the DVD extras is a PDF with a log of the entire Daily Monster blog for the 100 Daily Monster period. The book proper has just shy of 50,000 words. This PDF has almost 120,000. Even I am not crazy enough to kern the whole thing, but just the basic formatting takes time, and I am doing a bit of triage ragging to avoid the really nasty widows. Of course, every time I forget to take out a story that doesn't come with a release form, all the page breaks change and I have to go through it again. It's a bear.

So it's been a nice change of pace to make a new Weekly Monster for you. I hope you'll like it.

I hope you'll tell me what this jolly fellow's story is. Clearly something mysterious is happening to him at the end there. I know you've already got an idea what it is, so please...

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For now, I must get back to work. Open Source Monsters are coming up shortly! I promise.In the meantime, I hope you'll have a fun Wednesday (if such a thing exists.) You know that 344 LOVES YOU

P.S.: As you may have noticed, you can now record some monster sounds on the right there. Here is a great example of a sound for Monster 117, courtesy of iconsiderhelobster, who has this to say: "It's the sound of his wings, in really, really slow motion." Check it out: