The mural and the birth of baby squid monsters…

Pententacles, monocular, biocular, triocular, reversibilus, cuticus, amphibious…all words to describe the baby squid monsters. Sporting 5 tentacles and fin ears the baby squid monsters have between 1 and six eyes! They were birthed from a mural size drawing my roomate and I started with crayon last year…

The crayon Mural, partial, not finished

The crayon Mural, partial, not finished

Above is a partial shot of one of the later stages of my wall of the mural. This was a full corner of our living room and it’s still there a year later, though it hasn’t been added to in a while. There’s sometimes little to do around here. So, one day we were sitting around bored, trying to think of things to do. We had been considering a large printed half wall size thing of the beach for our walls at some point so help get us through the approaching Chicago winter. One of us suggested drawing on the walls, which with the help of a large elmers roll of white paper I had, turned out to be completely possible. It started with just two large pieces per wall and then got taller adding a third. We later did the whole room (20 x 15′) for our halloween party, inviting our guests to join in, but the creativity just wasn’t there.

My part began with a large green alien/monster tentacle creature with three eyes that popped outof his head. And on one of his tentacles was a much tinier cuter, two eyes creature with 5 tentacles, the first baby squid monster:

The first baby squid monster

The first baby squid monster

I quickly decided this was a new favorite creature and given the big creatures many tentacles and the angles they were at, thought this a perfect time to creature more. I decided the big one would be throwing the small ones. And eventually decided they should all be landing in a pile.

early phase of the mural, baby squid monster tossing begins

early phase of the mural, baby squid monster tossing begins

The second baby squid monster

The second baby squid monster

The third baby squid monster

The third baby squid monster

The pile begins

The pile begins

If you’ll note the odd pink creature in the picture above, this I think was my initial reasoning for the pile, since it woudl otherwise be hovering in space unnaturally. Obviously the addition of a large pile of baby squid monsters being tossed over by an alien tentacle creature of similar breed would make the bizarre pink jello creature with glowing eyes appear more natural…

and the pile grew...

and the pile grew...

And so there was a pile of paper squid monsters behind the two headed fire turtle monster, under the pink jello creature with glowing eyes behind the blue leafy plant and the purple bat hippo…

Then I thought I could make this even better. I saw this mural coming to life. In all fairness it was and is a part of daily life in my apartment. For months, anytime we were bored or even while carrying on conversation,making dinner or watching TV we would draw new things on the wall(s). It was quite entertaining and even more amusing when guests would see it. To us it was just an everyday thing, and part of the house. It was easy to forget, and still is that the average person does not have monsters taller than them drawn in crayon, pastel, marker and colored pencil ontheir living room wall. (nor do they have blank picture frames, or hanging sculptures as seen in some of the photos…)
The new idea was to make a pile of baby squid monsters that coudl sit in front of the picture as if they’d spilled off teh drawing and into the living room. And that was the idea that got me sewing. Part of the first round of these is shown in my blog banner and avatar. I have yet to get to the full out pile I’m looking for and now I kind of wantto make all the creatures in my drawing in some 3-D (and possibly 4-d 😉 ) form. In another post I’ll show you more about the first round of the baby squid monsters, and then about the latest batch and new developments. To get a peek check out my tinymishaps.etsy.com site under creatures/plush. These two just went up for adoption today:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32337120
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32319301
More to come 😉

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