OPEN SOURCE MONSTER 16

Good morning. Weekly Monster 110 is posting to the Revver server right now, and what better time to post the new Open Source Ink Blot, along with some of the incredibly cool Open Source Monsters you sent in for he past few blots. Every time I think you've reached the peak, you guys top yourselves. It's just brilliant!

Judge for yourself below.

More importantly: Get in on the action!

Here's how:

Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 16, 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.

Amyhua15
Ngodanielle15_2
Nelsontiffany14b_2
Penenancy15_2
Sam_b_blot151_2
Sam_b_blot14_2
Sam_b_blot13_2
Sam_b_blot12_2
Wongemily15sneak
Wongemily15butterfly

Isn't that an amazing lineup? I'm adding my own version
only for the sake of completeness. I've got nothing on you guys...

Osm15

Oh, and lest I forget, here's today's Book Map,
with six more spreads finished:

Bookmap080707

Weekly Monster 110 is going live as soon as I get the green light from Revver. For now, check out the 60th Segment of the World's Tallest Monster, maybe?

Man, you've gotta know by now that 344 LOVES YOU


Gallery: OPEN SOURCE MONSTER 15

Good morning. How are you? I hope the week is starting out well for you. Please take a look at these great new drawings that came in for Open Source Monster 15.

It's not too late for you to get in on the fun. Here's how it works:

Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 15, 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.

Why? Because 344 LOVES YOU

Powell_james_15b
Powell_james_15a
Nelson_tiffany_15
B13_blot15


OPEN SOURCE MONSTER 15

Good morning. Before I leave on a jet plane for the next day and a half, I thought I'd post a new Open Source Ink Blot for you to play with over the weekend.

If you haven't haven't done an Open Source Monster yet, here's how it works:

Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 15, 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.

Don't worry if you haven't done this before, or if you don't think you've got artistic chops. We all have some monsters bumping around in our heads. Just let the little beasties come out any way they want. As long as you let them grow their own way, you'll have a lot of fun!

For inspiration you can always turn to this weeks' excellent group of new monsters from the friends of the monsters.I bet your monster will fit right in! I'm excited to see what you come up with! Until then, you bet your bottom dollar that 344 LOVES YOU

Wong_emily_14_smarvellous
Wong_emily_13_camo
Wong_emily_13b
Powell_james_14b
Powell_james_14a01
Nelson_tiffany_14
Luciensmonsterdrawing01
Luciensmonster02


OPEN SOURCE MONSTER 14

Good morning. i hope you're already on your way to having a great and relaxing weekend. I thought I'd give you a new Open Source Ink Blot to play with, along with another inspiring entry for Open Source Blot 13 by Eric Grab and snowgods, and a whole squad of monsters by James Powell based on blots past.

For those of you who haven't done an Open Source Monster, here's how it works:

Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 14, print it out, and have at it in any way you like: Draw, paint, origami, film, sculpt, write a song 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.

Don't worry if you're new to the game, or if you don't think you've got artistic chops. We all have some monsters bumping around in our heads. Just let them come out through your hands. It's fun. (Kinda tingles, too!) I'm excited to see what you come up with! In the meantime, even on the weekend 344 LOVES YOU

Grab_eric_blotmonster13
Snowgods_monster13
Powell_james_blot01
Powell_james_blot02
Powell_james_blot08
Powell_james_blot09

I noticed that I had never done my own version of Open Source Blot No.1. (In fact, I can't find the original blot! Drat!) And it's been an awfully long time since we've had a monster horsey, so I put a third mortgage on my kingdom and presto...

Osm01


OPEN SOURCE MONSTER 13

Good morning. After working on the latest (and last) INK & CIRCUMSTANCE column for the last two days straight, I thought I'd unwind by formatting and posting some of the savage creatures you sent me in response to the latest Open Source Ink Blot. There were also a few monsters based on older blots, and on some entirely self-made blots, too. Very cool stuff! You certainly can't beat the variety this time around! Surf monsters, turf monsters, and monsters of the sky... Please check it out! And do, of course, remember that 344 LOVES YOU

Nelson_tiffany_13
Wong_emily_13
Powell_james_13b
Powell_james_13a
Powell_james_12
Powell_james_04
Pinkin_michael_03
Pinkin_michael_02
Pinkin_michael_01
Michaelwolffblot13
Michaelwolffblot12
Duquette_adam_12
Biondi_joseph_13

Me, I felt like making another big-beaked bird...

Osm13


OPEN SOURCE MONSTER 13

Good morning. How are you? I hope you're having a good week so far. It's been a bit tense on my end, but what can you do? These things happen. And what better way to reboot the brain than with some monster activity?

It is, of course, high time for a fresh Open Source Ink Blot! If you're a monster first-timer, here's how it works: Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 13, print it out, and have at it in any way you like: Draw, paint, carve, film, or sculpt. Just scan or photograph the result and send it my way at opensource@344design.com and I'll put the result on the blog right here.

Don't worry if you have no artistic training whatsoever. Don't worry if you've can't draw a straight line to save your life. Don't worry if you're 89 years old. Or 5. All monsters are welcome!

And if this particular ink blot does nothing for you, don't think twice about using one of the previous blots. (That's exactly what Tiffany did yesterday.) In fact, let me list the links to all blots so far:

Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 12
Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 11
Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 10
Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 09
Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 08
Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 07
Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 06
Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 05
Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 04
Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 03
Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 02
Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 01

Check out another great batch of Open Source
Monsters that came in over the weekend!

Grab_eric_12
Nelson_tiffany_03
Nelson_tiffany_05
Snowgods_12

I had some fun, too!

Osm12

I'm excited to see what you'll do with Number 13! I know you'll blow my mind.
You always do! It's one of the many reasons that 344 LOVES YOU


OPEN SOURCE MONSTER 12

Good morning! Before you head off into Independence Day bliss, it's my pleasure to post some truly exceptional Open Source Monsters that have found their way to me in response to Open Source Ink Blot 12. What a lovely variety of styles and ideas! Interestingly, all of you saw fishes. (Or aquatic mutants, as the case may be! I'm looking at you, Keith.)

Which takes care of surf, but what about turf? Maybe there will be a second wave of land-based monsters? Or a few birds perhaps? If you haven't sent in your monster yet, there's still plenty of room out there! (And if you'd like to do a fish, too, I won't hold that against you, either. :^) Please don't be shy! Use some of your free time this week and get in on the Open Source action.

Here's how it works: Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 12, print it out, and have at it in any way you like: Draw, paint, origami, film, or sculpt. Just scan or photograph the result and send it my way at opensource@344design.com and I'll put the result on the blog right here.

Beard_douglas_12
Birks_thomas_12
Hopkins_jason_12
Nelson_tiffany_12
Wasden_keith_12

Oh... and I thought I'd give you a little something extra, too:

Several people have told me that they miss the more free-wheeling monsters from the first 100 days. As you know, I've lately gotten into doing longer animations with the Weekly Monster. That kind of animation works really well if there are articulated limbs. Arms, legs, ties, and tails that can flail, hop, flap, and wag. But it does preclude some of the weirder shapes. It also takes forever. I often spend 12, 13, 14 hours on one of the Weekly Monsters. They're fun hours, no doubt, but sometimes hard to fit into the schedule.

So I thought I'd start a new little sideline of Bonus Monsters---going back to the original method of shooting the drawing process and putting the result online without any bells and whistles. Both methods are fun, and this will hopefully let me get more creatures out to you faster---especially in weeks when there's a lot of other work that keeps me from more elaborate affairs. What do you think?

You gotta know by now that 344 LOVES YOU


OPEN SOURCE MONSTER 12

Good morning. How's summer treating you? If you're in the U.S. I hope that you're all set for a short holiday week. For now, I thought I'd get you all set with a new Open Source Ink Blot.

If you're a monster first-timer, don't be shy! Here's how it works: Download OPEN SOURCE INK BLOT 12, print it out, and have at it in any way you like: Draw, paint, origami, film, or sculpt. Just scan or photograph the result and send it my way at opensource@344design.com and I'll put the result on the blog right here.

Below are some excellent monsters that sprang from Blot No.11. I hope they'll inspire you. And please don't be intimidated by any of the work. Some of the people posting are trained professionals, but you certainly don't have to be! Some of the most fearsome beasts have come from people who haven't used a pen for anything but phone doodles in years. As long as you have fun, you'll end up with a fun creature!

Two of today's Monsters actually escaped
into the third dimension! Very exciting business!
Check it out:

Ngo_danielle_011
Koldewyn_victoria_blotto11
Sam_b_blot11

As always, I couldn't keep from getting in on the action, too:

Osm11

A new Weekly Monster is waiting in the wings for Monday.
Until then, I hope you'll have an excellent weekend!
Please don't forget: 344 LOVES YOU