About Beach Monster

The Inspiration

“Beach Monster” is a picture of my grandson at four years old.  The print is based on a photograph taken on the beach at Bethany Beach, DE in August 2013, the family annual beach vacation. My grandson has spent a fair amount of time in his fourth year claiming he’s a monster or frightened by monsters that no one else sees.  As a monster, he frequently roars. To capture his “roars”, the print required a dialogue bubble leading me to create this print with a cartoon effect.

The Print

“Beach Monster” is a 20 color print.  The prints were made on Arches 88 paper.  Images are 11” x 16” on 16” x 22½” sheets. Speedball Acrylic Screen Printing Inks were used.  Adobe Photoshop was used for developing the screenprinting plates.  Four prints are included in the edition.  The project was completed in January 2014.

Progression Series

The print progression showing the development of “Beach Monster” can be seen in a series of seven figures.  The first on the left below shows the sky, a blended background from two shades of light blue printed with one plate and the base layer of Max’s t-shirt.   The figure on the right shows the next two layers that create the sandy beach and its shadows.  Three more layers of various blue shades were added on top of the t-shirt base layer to capture the folds and shadows of the shirt, shown in the left figure in the second row.  On the left, the figure illustrates the next three layers, two of which are flesh tones for the face and shadows and the third a red for lips and beach detail.  Four layers, various shades of brown from light to dark, were used to create hair, as shown in the figure on the left in the third row.  On the right, the figure shows four additional layers.  These included green, yellow, and gray for small details.  In addition, there was white used to create the cartoon bubble.  The last figure shows the final layer, black.  This created detail including the t-shirt graphic, the dialogue, and the cartoon frame.
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