The Home of the Creative Mind

Welcome to PooBahSpiel, the online voice and home of the creative mind of Mark Monlux, Illustrator Extraordinaire. Prepare yourself for an endless regaling of art directly from the hand of this stellar artist. And brace yourself against his mighty wind of pontification. Updates are kinda weekly and show daily sketches, current projects, and other really nifty stuff.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Unboxing: They Live! Stickers

I talk about how I randomly created stickers. I also mention my upcoming Kickstarter.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The Comic Critic Reviews "Liquid Sky"

 

 

During the late Seventies and early Eighties, a crazy club scene emerged in New York City. A strange vampire with the swirling mental compass of Punk while decked out in the fluorescent neon pastels of New Wave, it greedily sucked the last little bit of life out of Disco. The nightclub scene was fueled by drugs, sex, nihilism, and an endless parade of anti-fashion. A miasma of chaotic, creative, spirit-led people pursued all sorts of outlets. Super 8 cameras were readily accessible and were picked up to create commentaries that paid no heed to established film standards. Pirate shooting was the norm, sets were accessible rooms and spaces, actors were often anyone free at that moment, and lighting was anything you could manage. These films formed what would become the No Wave movement. They were an inspiration to numerous filmmakers to just pick up a camera and start. Forget Hollywood  formulas—just go for your vision and damn the consequences. Liquid Sky is one of the success stories from the No Wave movement. Made on a shoestring of $500,000, it would garner a slew of prizes at film festivals while achieving a gross profit of $1,700,000 worldwide. It became the most successful independent movie of 1983. Liquid Sky is a cautionary tale suggesting people are cattle. Whether it’s society, fashion, music, relationship, sex, or aliens, everything is just a rope around their necks guiding them to the slaughterhouse. Liquid Sky looks trashy with all of the esthetic of a Nagel print left forgotten in a fraternity's garage. Yet somehow, its dated kitschy look only enhances the atmosphere and the spirit in which it was made.

I sort of took the Pandemic as time off from sending out this Newsletter. I want to get the blood flowing again. I also want to keep you up on my activities. So, you will be seeing neat stuff at the end of these emails. And please, share these emails with others. I'm going to be promoting this list. I'm also booked at some conventions.


I'm prepping for my next Kickstarter, a series of enamel pins I'm calling "Atomic Age Alien Series". The pins will be two inches tall with to studs on the back to hold it in place. They will be mounted on movie poster themed backers that will be 2 x 3.5 inches. Here's an idea of how "Invasion of the Saucer-Men" will look like:

 

I will give you an early heads up because there will be an early bird discount within the first hours of the campaign. Let me know if you desire a special reminder. And again, please let share this email with your friends.

I've been posting regularly on my Patreon page during the Pandemic. It's the only place right now where you can get a daily dose of "The Return of Stickman." Also, I'm posting new movie reviews there. This is a link to My Patreon Page.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

TAIP 11: Coloring 02

 


I decided it would be faster to color as I usually did with one color at a time rather than one object at a time. This is how I typically think. I usually have an idea as I put the image together what colors are going to fall where. So, I save a little time by going around and dropping that color in everywhere I think it belongs. I can then change my mind later on as the image fills up. Initially, I was worried about the file overloading, but that doesn't seem to be an issue.

If you want to add your support, you can always buy one of my many movie-inspired items at my online store.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

TAIP 10: Coloring Begins


 


This is the start of the coloring process. Earlier, while I was creating the elements and determining the layout I was also selecting the colors. Since I want each person to be drawn and colored with colors that are associated with them by their friends, I decided not to rely on color for composition. What I could do to create a sense of unity is use the same consistent palette through the image. And, to make the work best represent me, I would pull upon two palettes of color I created already. The first was a set of colors I created for a Mermay challenge. I went on to use those colors in most of my work for the rest of the year to create a consistent look for my portfolio. When you look in my Instagram you will see that as a result of my color selections, all of my images complement each other.