Crushing Cars! Freeze Rays! Bad Guys! Bouncy Ball Guns! And curling up with a good book? It’s the Big Eyeball Monster by Alina! Alina is 6 – and her monster is a good monster. He fights bad guys. And when he’s not fighting bad guys, he loves to read. Apparently only having one eyeball means he doesn’t have 20/20 vision, and he needs glasses… glass, gla, oculus.. a spectacle to help him see the words.
Alina had a lot to say and show about Big Eyeball. He’s got friends in different colours, he lives in a cave. Here, let me show you the original artwork and the description:
Big Eyeball Original and Description
Wow. That’s a ton of detail about this monsters a’doings and a’going ons. Let’s break that down:
- Name of Creature: “Big Eyeball”
- Is a big green creature with a big eyeball
- Fights bad guys
- Can freeze people
- can crush cars
- Likes having adventures in creepy and haunted places
- glasses are to help him read his book
- his friends are other colours of creepy eyeballs
- his gun shoots bouncy-balls
- lives in a dark cave
I know for sure that’s at least the second monster that has the car crushing ability specifically mentioned – it might be the third. I think that’s funny that crushing cars is a benchmark of strength/terror for kids. Now, with this one, I wanted to be really careful that I wasn’t just drawing a legless Mike from Monsters Inc. The temptation to go a route that would look similar to him – so I decided to enlarge that eyeball to epic proportions and really let him earn that name. I wanted to exaggerate the eye like features, so I made the eyelashes and ducts pretty prominent.
Also, I was thinking I’d start trying to do more action-y poses with some of the monsters, but for this one, the thing that sticks out for me is the reading. I thought that was apropos of a giant eyeball monster. So, without further ado, here, sitting in his comfy chair reading his book is Big Eyeball Monster: