Monday, February 14, 2011

Don Kenn and the Awesome of Post-It Notes

Don Kenn makes fabulous drawings on Post-It Notes. I mean it’s really fabulous stuff with monsters and places, and barely-hinted characters. It’s kind of like Edward Gorey and the Monster Manual and some other stuff thrown in.

There are these pictures of these horrible monstrosities just on the verge of devouring, cursing, or carrying away the hapless human denizens of Kenn’s world.



His technique is gorgeous. The gesture of the drawings is perfect. But what really gets me is the subtle way in which each picture shows something happening. It’s kind of subtle at first, but it’s never just a picture of some monster, next to some thing. It’s a monster reacting to that thing, with an expression that might be ravenous, but might be something else, like sorrow, or longing, or dread. Each picture sets up a relationship and a story.

I love this stuff. I just had to say that. Go check out his blog for more!

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7 Comments:

Blogger JDJarvis said...

great stuff.

I can picture a caption for the third one along the line of:

"Foolish mortals dabbling in afairs best left alone? They went that way."

February 14, 2011 at 6:14 AM

 
Blogger Paul said...

Yes! I've been enjoying his stuff for a long time. All his pieces have an air of dreadful expectancy.

February 14, 2011 at 6:40 AM

 
Blogger Ed said...

Holy moley. Thanks for the link.

February 14, 2011 at 7:12 AM

 
Blogger Ed said...

He found some creatures I used to see in nightmares and drew them: http://johnkenn.blogspot.com/2011/02/blog-post.html

February 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM

 
Blogger Plotspider said...

Wow. I love the post-its, but I REALLY LIKE THAT BACKGROUND. Where'd you get it, do you design them, can I have one?

February 14, 2011 at 4:17 PM

 
Blogger Tony said...

I think I could run a whole game based on these - use them instead of In a Wicked Age oracles. :)

Plotspider, the background is the only successful result of a failed brilliant art project from some time back. Glad you like it! You're welcome to use it. Alas, I have no others like it, at least not currently.

February 14, 2011 at 6:04 PM

 
Blogger Stuart said...

Wow! I absolutely love this artwork. Thanks for sharing the link. :)

February 15, 2011 at 5:16 PM

 

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