Second Round of Monsterwax: Shock Stories Sketch Cards

More Horror’ific Sketch Cards for Monsterwax!

Second Round Monsterwax Shock Stories Sketch Cards! Recently I was invited back to do another round of 20 sketch cards for Monsterwax trading cards. A month or so ago I posted about my first round of sketch cards for this series, along with a little story of how this was the first company I worked for to do sketch cards.

For this second round of sketch cards, I used a similar approach as the first but I think they came out a little better. I went with a comic /cartoony style and kept everything pretty loose. For whatever reason I ended up drawing a lot of skulls, which is something I’ve always enjoyed doing!

My 20 sketch cards for Monster Wax: Shock Stories

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Commission your own!

I have eight artist proofs available for commissions from the work I did on this set. If interested, please fill out the form below!

Monsterwax 2017 Shock Stories Sketch Cards


Back in 2014 I decided, while still being a full-time project archaeologist mind you, that it would be fun to make sketch cards for a trading card company. I have been an avid collector of trading cards since I was young, and the introduction of sketch cards into these products piqued my interest to the point of where I asked myself, ‘could I do that?’.

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The money from making sketch cards would be nice but even more fulfilling would be to create artwork for a licensed product or a company that would use it in their product. Before this time I really only dabbled in art. Sure, I drew all the time but I had never done much where I would get published or anything. Previously I had done scientific illustrations, which I kind of lumped into the regular practice of being an archaeologist, and had done a few freelance projects here and there like logos, t-shirt graphics, and a couple of music album covers.

I spent about a year applying to different companies, trying to break into making sketch cards. My art continued to improve and the new sketch cards I made were included in my portfolio when applying to companies. I saw an advertisement for a company called Monsterwax¬†on Facebook and thought that could be a fun company to do artwork for as they did a lot of small sets with products that didn’t require a license, like classic horror and dinosaurs. In September of 2014, Monsterwax brought me on board to make some sketch cards for their Monsters and Dinosaurs, respectively, sets. From there everything snowballed by working for Leaf then Upper-Deck, Cryptozoic, Topps, and others.

New Project!

It had been quite sometime since those initial sets with Monsterwax and I thought I’d reconnect with them to see if they were working on anything new. For most companies, like Monsterwax, a set can take 1-2 years to produce, so I figured it would be about time Monsterwax would be working on a new product. Turns out they were and so I hopped on board.

For this project, Monsterwax is producing a horror /urban legends book filled with short stories and artwork. The project is being crowd funded (and successfully at this point as well) on Kickstarter. In connection to the book is a series of trading cards that feature artwork inspired by the short stories or other urban legends that the artist knows of. For my part, I created 20 original sketch cards (below), with some of them possibly being reprinted in the set. When I worked on the Dinosaurs set in 2014 I believe 2 of my drawings were reproduced in the set.

ec comics shock and suspense storiesThis product was inspired by the 1950s/60s EC horror comics so I took that thickly inked comicbook style and used it on these cards with pretty broad patches of copic colour. I kept my drawings pretty cartoony on these and had a lot of fun with that as much of my recent Star Wars stuff is needed to be more realistic.


Artist Proofs for Sale

From my work on this set I have four blank sketch cards I can use for commissions. I may just draw something on them and then put them up for sale later, but if you catch me soon you can commission a custom horror illustration on one of them! Contact me for availability and prices here!

My Contribution to the New Monsterwax set!

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