drawings and the like
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printable outline from a children's coloring book. perhaps the iconic form of frankenstein's creature, it appears here in a zombie-type stance, with a blocked head, equally-blockish haircut, torn clothes, and neck bolts.
cartoon strip by phil nelson, featuring frankenstein and his monster. and a shark.
a feature illustration of dick briefer's comic book the monster of frankenstein
two sketches of the creature's visage, created by illustrator george coghill. the distinct aggressive smile and glassy eye in these iterations of the creature make it look like decidedly maniacal, if cartoonish.
a sketch of the creature, from the imagination of blogger/illustrator nikki, who calls this pencil drawing "extreme doodling" (16 september 2007). nikki highlights her attention to detail: she wished to make the creature's parts look disproportionate and mismatched. the result is much like the image of the iconic helper, igor, or literary hunchback quasimodo, a famously sympathetic creature.
a gravesite from a jewish cemetary on union avenue in pennsauken, new jersey (28 december 2005), photographed and posted by the owner of the blog eCache.
illustration from nighthawk comics contributor berni wrightson, titled chapter 23, page 171: "death of elizabeth". particularly odd about this drawing is elizabeth's noteably gangly arm, rather like a chimp's. (see the front-and-back view of the creature just down the page for an interesting comparison.)
sketch by charles roller, the creative director of the marketing deparment for the university of central florida. spot-on with the features of the iconic creature, but noteably advanced in age and comparatively stitchless.
illustration by artist scott morse for little book of horror: frankenstein. purchased in limited edition at comic con 2005. here, frankenstein looks contemplative, either in the process of thought or, having become self-aware, studying his brutish hands.
homepage image from watershed online's frankenstein pages, entitled a frankenstein study: anatomy of a story. watercolor media aside, note the image's resemblance to da vinci's vitruvian man, a work thought to be a sketch of "the proportional man".
illustrations by allan sanders, originally posted on his blog, loopland. the top image is simply a drawing of the creature. the bottom image, explains sanders in his blog entry, is a rough draft of a product for a national education client. interestingly, the two images appear to be disconnected, but are placed one below another on the same web page.
illustration of the creature at his most anthropomorphic, from the blog of writer michael may. note the creature's chisled, veiny, adonis body, almost like a superhero in towering build, and how its frame quite contrasts its rotting, skeleton-like face.
from the blogspot of andi north, who reviews a literature challenge in which she has recently participated (31 october 2007). note the violin that the creature carries, and his apparent propensity to commune with nature.
a sketch with front and back views. of note are the creature's impish, ape-like qualities, such as scrawny legs, nearly dragging knuckles, and patchy hair; recall stevenson's alter-ego figure mr. hyde.
while a cartoon, it is interesting to observe that "nature's call" does control frankenstein, making him an immediately sensitive to whom the reader may somehow relate in a visceral manner.
a musing for an alternate book cover illustration from classic comics, a website that translates classic novels into accessible graphic novels. the image evokes the feeling that the creature is filled with rage--or certainly, with power--and is angry, vengeful, or worse: triumphant.
a thoroughly sympathetic creature--with sad eyes, a pressed coat and haberdashery shirt, a crinkled frown, and a cherishing posture--cradles a wilting rose. the sentiment that the creature cares deeply about fragility, even as far as it is a champion of the weak, is evoked in this image. this image recalls tim burton's clay-mation style.
a mask created by way of celebrating the "day of the dead" holiday. here, the frankenstein visage appears to be sewn onto an actual human face, implying either a synthesis of creature and human or perhaps that one underlies the other, and that one is beginning to emerge where the other once dominated; the image suggests either fusion or conflict, and celebration, regardless.
here is a full-head mask built for a costume of the creature; it is part of a larger, full-body costume. eerily reminiscent of the mask worn by michael myers, villain in the legendary halloween horror film series: note the lifeless eyes, tousled hair, and expressionless lips and jawline.
frankenstein poster design from david lance goines, a freelance designer. especially interesting is the skeleton's life-like possession and manipulation of a rose, and the flower's orientation at the exact place that classicaly denotes feeling and inter-human empathy: the heart.