It all started with a simple equation: monkeys are cool + super heroes are cool = monkey superheroes must be awesome! So, let's start with the most famous superhero, Superman. At the time, I was thinking it would be fun to change the logo and put an M for "monkey" instead of the usual S... Looking back, it doesn't make much sense since the S stands for "super" and it still exists with Supermonkey. But hell, we know what sets Superman apart is the "super," here it's the "monkey"!
So, for the drawing, I adopted a classic comic book-like style, kind of like Greg Capullo draw Cy-gor in Spawn (one of my favorite comic book artist of all time). On the other hand, I was working with splatter effects on cheap canvas, a messy process but very colourful. I thought it'd be great to combine the black and white drawing and the vivid color splatters on the canvas to produce a mixed-media piece. That's how I came up with the first iteration of Supermonkey.
And from there on, why stop at monkeying Superman? For Green Lantern, the character would materialize a giant banana and for Spider-Man, why not go with a spider monkey, like literally a spider monkey...
Green Lantern Money
This is the type of project that I enjoy doing for myself: doodling geeky monkeys and then going nuts on a canvas before combining the two to make it pop. A few of those are still in the pipeline... I am thinking of a gorilla Hulk and a mandrill Captain America... Who knows, maybe at some point I'll tie the knot and go back to the roots of the project and make a Spawn monkey!
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