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These Gnarly Rock'N'Roll Illustrations Do the Monster Mash

Australian artist Brooke Penrose writes detailed scenes for every intricate creation.

by Beckett Mufson
Jun 5 2017, 4:44pm

Steeped in the lore of Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, and rock'n'roll history, Brooke Penrose draws detailed heroes, villains, and monsters with backstories as rowdy as their line work.

In September 2016, the Australian illustrator began a daily monster challenge called the Monster Drawing Club. In the beginning, he fleshed-out fusions between rockstars and mythical beasts, including a Phish-inspired Fishoid, a vampire that loves Batman, and a Pumpkinhead chopping his own head off with a guitar. When the month ended, he began other challenges to generate ideas.

Part of the joy in Penrose's work appears in the detailed captions that accompany each grizzled figure. He describes demons, goblins, and creatures problems with romance, bad timing, and politics, in a way forgiving them for their "otherness." His imagination earned him gigs designing posters for bands like La Bastard and The Scouts, as well as his own group Saint Jude. He's currently working on The Post-Apocalyptic Coloring Book, which you can sneak peek along with his monster mashups in the Instagrams below.

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