Little Monster

Little Cute Monster Artist Halloween Watercolor Illustration Painting

For our prompt of “Monster” today, I knew I would never be able to sketch a scary one, so I made up a little baby one. I imagined my monster to be part cat and part monkey with giant anime eyes, a colorful lizard tail and matching horns, replete with candy corn toes. And, of course, this little one would be an artist, because we were all artists at this tender age. Best of all, we were all masters. And, every little piece of art we created was pure perfection and ready to show the world immediately upon completion. Okay, the world most often consisted of simply mom or dad, but that was more than enough of an audience to feel a true sense of pride. I’ve no idea if monsters have refrigerators, but if they do, I’m sure this little one hopes this masterpiece will soon be hanging there. And, each day, when I show up with a little sketch, I still feel pretty much the same way.

This month, I’ve had a lot of fun handing the pen and paint brush over to my inner child and letting him make whatever he likes. In turn, it’s been a rather wild month of perfectly random things. Many of which, I’ve never even attempted previously or ever expected to appear here, so I’ve been having a blast. What I’ve found is that beyond that instant pride I always felt as a child when it came to my art, there was something more. I can’t say that it was bravery or courage back then, because I wasn’t afraid to try. But as I grew older, those pesky fears would crop up and so attempting to draw and paint suddenly required a touch of courage after all. I suddenly wasn’t sure that I could do what I had done so easily when I was very young. Sure, maybe my work lacked the finesse of someone older, but it was full of happiness and heart. My own mother still has a few of these drawings in a box somewhere and one day I’ll look at them again.

For today, it’s enough to just channel that little master inside and try the new things that scare me a bit. I’ve never drawn a monster before, after all. Many times, that fear of failure that holds me back is quite personal. I have a vision in my mind and I really want it to appear on paper as I imagined it. This has actually never happened. Not once has the picture I had in my mind truly appeared on paper in that form. Instead, it’s a mix of what I thought I wanted and what wanted to come out. While this was frustrating at first, I rather adore the process now. It’s quite exciting to find out what bits and pieces will finally come out and how they’ll all assemble themselves on paper. Just like when I was young, I simply have an idea, not a plan. That makes creating much more free and fun. So, each day when I sit down to sketch, I don’t worry about what comes out, I just look inward, and I’m excited that it’s once again time to paint, just me and my little monster.

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38 Comments
  1. Lyla 1 month ago

    Love your little monster. So much you said I can relate to…thanks for sharing! I had fun too doing a monster!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Lyla! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this post! And thrilled you had fun making your own monster as well!

  2. Fatima Chamkha 1 month ago

    Absolutely gorgeous you little monster!!

  3. Karen Fortier 1 month ago

    So adorable Charlie! And another month starts to wind down. Snow is predicted tonight. Right now it’s raining and cold! I’m thankful that I can stay inside curled under a blanket with a hot cup of tea.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Stay warm!! It’s actually warming up this weekend here. But a hot cup of tea and blanket sounds lovely!

  4. Jacob 1 month ago

    Well that’s just monstrously cool! I want to adopt one!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Aww thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I have no idea how hard this little thing would be to raise. But I’m sure he’d love to be adopted!

  5. Nellie Nellie 1 month ago

    Maybe all babies are a little 🤏scary! 😆 But they all have great potential and the eyes, oh the eyes! Don’t they just invoke the offer of puppies and ponies! How do all you grandparents manage!

  6. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Totally adorable! Love those candy corn toes!

  7. Unique Tales 1 month ago

    Too cute to be a monster. Sorry 😊

  8. Brenda Mohr 1 month ago

    Most lovable monster ever ❤️ !

  9. JA Wilson 1 month ago

    Love it!

  10. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    Your muse has conquered the monster doubt by turning it into something cute! Still fussy and hard to handle at times, but worth the trouble of of wrangling into art.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      So true! 😃💕 And yes! Turned out making a cute monster is super fun!

  11. Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

    Awww, Charlie, I used to have a Monster. 🐕🐶 Your monster is so cute! He reminds me of a contestant on The Masked Singer. I love that show. 💜 I know that painting requires real talent unlike crafting a card with rubber stamps, but I understand what you mean about the idea in your head and the end result may be different. Surprisingly, better than we expected. It happens to me with my cards. My card idea takes a turn I didn’t plan on because of one reason or another and then I am shocked when it’s better than my idea. Anyway, your monster is super cute! 💜 haha Candy corn toes. So smart, Charlie. You’re awesome!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Aww thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yes, you did have a little Monster! And so true… this would totally be one of the costumes on Masked Singer. lol Truly all crafting takes skill … everything requires us to make a choice of some kind. And I love it when we surprise ourselves!

  12. LoriCtoo 1 month ago

    Oh my gosh! I love him! Complete with his artwork and paintbrush. Those candy corn toes! Darling!

  13. Lisa 1 month ago

    You know, I was always good at art and took all the art classes offered at my school. I was an A student. So when I decided to be an artist and started college I was humbled to find that the cream had definitely risen to the top and I was only middling at best. I quickly became an English major instead. In some ways I wish I had stuck with art. Since going to grad school in library science doesn’t require any special undergraduate degree, I could have had the fun of art school and ended up in the same career.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Yeah, that’s true! I started as an English major and then switched to art! hehe I did really enjoy the art school thing, though probably too much! 😉

  14. jkpringle21 1 month ago

    Energetic little monster, who looks like he would be into all kinds of mischief and have a Halloween of a time.
    I’d hang his photo on my wall for creative inspiration. Awesome imagination.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoyed this little guy!

  15. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    That’s a cute little monster, Charlie.

  16. Mugdha 1 month ago

    Hello Charlie,

    The Monster is adorable from head all the way down to his candy corn toes! And his face and eyes are really aglow with the pride of a child who has finished yet another masterpiece for the kitchen art gallery. 🙂 I so relate to the idea in my head – or even in the reference pic – being nowhere close to what turns out on paper. It makes me wonder if I’ll be any good at painting ever. But I plod on hopefully. Largely, thanks to your conviction.

    Love,
    Mugdha

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed him… was hoping to get that glow across! And as for painting… it’s just a lot of practice and giving ourselves permission to play and loving the journey. If the goal is fun, we’ll always surprise ourselves with that unexpected awesome thing. Even if it’s nothing like we ever imagined!

  17. writerleenda 1 month ago

    More of your coolth Charlie! I love your harmless little master monster. Watch for me riding my broom tomorrow night.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Thrilled you enjoyed him… and enjoy your broom ride as well! hehe

    • Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

      WRITERLEENDA: You are so funny! I don’t know if you got my message, but I replied back on The Spooky Path post. 😋 Have fun on your broom and don’t scare too many people. 😂

      • writerleenda 4 weeks ago

        Oh now I found your messages! Sorry about that, I had to go to confirm follow to find this.

  18. shawnthompsonart 4 weeks ago

    I was a little monster at one time, I’m sure I made all kinds of devious messes.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      hehe! I think we were all little monsters once in our own way! 😉

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