How to draw 120 cute monsters

This month Halloween fever affects everyone. But for us it have started much earlier, in spring, when my the most awesome client Oleg asked me to make a series of illustrations for the game Gizmos - Spooky Adventure  - a Halloween sequel of the game Gizmos: Riddle the Universe we used to work on before.  

Game screenshot

Game screenshot

The challenge was to create a 120! different cartoon characters with the Halloween theme. In the very beginning of project I thought it will be a piece of cake; there are so many diverse frightening creatures exists in the world that it's not gonna be a problem to find 120 of them. But in reality it wasn't that easy. A huge majority of characters people usually use for their masquerade costumes, appeared to be protected by copyrights. A lot of characters are unique for some particular culture and hardly defined in the rest of the world. And finally, it was just difficult to make some of the characters look cute. 

But  in spite of the obstacles, Oleg and I made the work done. I really enjoyed the process of creation, working in this particular style and I've learned a lot about representation of "evil" in different cultures. I'm proud of our work. 

Pixie

Pixie

Zombie

Zombie

Dragon

Dragon

Santa de la muerte

Santa de la muerte

The whole process was very nice: I started with pencil sketches, then I inked them and scanned. After that I imported the sketch in Illustrator where I draw outlines over the sketch. I colored the pictures in Photoshop because it seemed faster and gave me some half-tones and so on. After all I think it could be better to skip an inking step and to draw in Illustrator right over the pencil sketch. But such kind of mistakes are a part of learning process during work, so for the next projects I already didn't waste time on inking.

Every character has a puzzle representation and making up the puzzle was part of my job as well.  

Character creation steps

Character creation steps

So the game has 120 unique characters. To see them all play the game