A complete list of monsters you should know about before creating that Halloween costume

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Thursday 23 October 2014

Halloween is right around the corner and if you haven’t planned on a costume, or even dressing up, you’re in for a treat. Created by Big Group, the Halloween Horrors Chart illustrates every kind of spooky monster you’d ever want to be.

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Monster art on Post-It notes by John Kenn Mortensen

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By Eugenia Viti in New Illustration on Sunday 19 January 2014

John Kenn Mortensen gives us a glimpse into a creepy yet curiously beautiful world of monsters through his post-it drawings. These fun drawings almost poke fun at reality by hiding the monsters in the most ordinary of places.

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Calendar of Sexy Monsters by Erika Deoude

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Monday 13 January 2014

If you like calendars but you hate those sexy pin-up girls, here’s an alternative: the Calendar of Sexy Monsters. Erika Deoude, an artist, illustrator, designer, and movie lover, took pop culture’s scariest monsters and turned them into pin-up style, seductive models. She’s selling the calendar and calendar-less calendars (meaning only the prints) on her Etsy […]

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The Monster Project by Katie Johnson

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art, New Illustration on Tuesday 3 December 2013

Art director Katie Johnson began the “Monster Project” back in 2010 to help develop children’s creativity and imagination. She asked students from a second grade class in Faubion Elementary in Austin, Texas to draw monsters. She then created illustrations of the kids’ monsters and gave it back to them. The original versions, alongside the new […]

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Rare mythical monsters from all corners of the globe

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Thursday 7 November 2013

Halloween may have come and gone but that doesn’t mean the kids are safe from nighttime terrors. Especially when these “wickedly spooky” illustrations are created to put a face to some rare legendary creatures. From North America to Japan, the team at Flikli researched some of the more rare legendary creatures and beasts to haunt us while lying in bed.

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Chris McMahon adds monsters into Thrift Store artworks

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By Jake Sheridan in New Art on Monday 14 October 2013

Chris McMahon gets paintings from thrift stores and garage sales and then adds monsters to them. It’s as simple as that. It’s as effective as that. See green lakeland vistas stalked by hulking colossus’s, swamp monsters and even a land narwhal. The pairing of serene landscape and garish monster really works well.

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The dark fairytale world of French artist Ciou

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By Joyce de Gruiter in New Art on Friday 19 April 2013

French artist Ciou is inspired by a wonderful mix of music, pin ups, manga, primitive religious art, art nouveau, tattoos, old toys and Mexican culture. She combines her own marvellous lowbrow Necro Kawaï art style with forms from popular pictures and old techniques. The little girls and monsters are cute and sweet but with an […]

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Menacing cat monsters

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 20 March 2013

For all their fluffiness and flakiness, we knew the cats weren’t just messing about on Earth. These terrorizing feline monsters remind us who’s boss. We should just roll over and play dead right after we surrender everything to them.

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Brian Castleforte’s Papertoy Monsters

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By Didu Losso in New Products on Thursday 7 March 2013

Brian Castleforte is a independent artist, creative director, motion graphics designer, and animator based in Los Angeles and the founder of NicePaperToys, the first papertoy social network. For anyone who hasn’t heard of papertoys, think of it as a mash-up of origami and designer toys, a viral Internet art movement that used to be limited to […]

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Cavity Colors: grotesque art by Aaron Crawford

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By dAVE inden in New Art on Thursday 3 January 2013

Aaron Crawford makes monsters. With beautifully grotesque detail he puts them on prints, t-shirts, books, and even buttons. He draws out original and frightening works while also making pieces inspired by classic horror elements like Night of the Creeps and Goosebumps. A lot of his work is limited edition, but new stuff is constantly coming out. I always get comments on the t-shirts I have.

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Post-It Note drawings by John Kenn

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By Stuart McBratney in New Illustration on Thursday 25 October 2012

Next time you scribble ‘buy milk’ on a Post-It Note, you’ve just deprived John Kenn of a canvas. This Danish artist conjures creepy monster scenes worthy of a midnight movie marathon, all compacted into small yellow squares.

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Sawdust Bear makes anxious monsters

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By Michele Banks in New Art on Tuesday 25 September 2012

Shing Yin Khor (aka Sawdust Bear) describes herself as ‘a sculptor and illustrator inspired by monsters, tentacles, mediocre science fiction movies, bikes, Dungeons and Dragons, and really adorable cats’. Some of her sculpted characters appear in Marlowe the Monster, a webcomic about a lumpy, multi-eyed monster who goes on bad dates and suffers from social anxiety, which he soothes by eating cake.

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Sea beast desktop icons by Jamie McCanless

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 26 June 2012

There’s nothing like sea monsters, cascading across our computer screens masquerading as desktop icons, to motivate us to get down to work fast. Plus, it comes in five colours. Thank you, Jamie McCanless.

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NF and Lover’s Cell Phones Kill street art in the Bronx

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By JL in New Art on Friday 7 October 2011

Street artists NF and Lover have been getting up quite a bit lately. Here’s a recent collaboration that was spotted in the Bronx illustrating the dangers of cell phone use.

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Metal-influenced pop art by Cezar Berger

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Tuesday 2 August 2011

Brazilian artist Cezar Berger, aka Berje, does the metal-influenced pop art really well, his demons, monsters, melting faces, skulls, and goats taking on a sort of counterculture, skateboarder vibe.

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