The origin of my sad drawings was actually accidental:
While I was doodling one day, I drew a picture of Frankenstein’s monster. Usually while doodling, I draw over-dramatic smiles on my characters’ faces, but it seemed unusual to put such a happy smile on a such an individual (I mean, he is a monster). Yet, when I gave him a frown, it made the monster seem too sad for such a simple doodle. In an effort to lighten up the mood, I decided to have him say something positive. In general, the Monster is a bit of an enigma to me. I mean, he has neck bolts to conduct electricity to give him “life,” a scar from the brain transplant, I assume he’s greenish because of some sort of decay, but I ultimately have no explanation for the flat head. Oh well, at least he has character.
The problem with using “Frankenstein” as a subject matter is that people are very opinionated about him. Every time I show this piece, people love telling me I’m wrong about his name. These are the three most common replies I get in response to using the character’s various names:
- Frankenstein: “Frankenstein is actually the name of his creator, not the monster. Have you only seen the movie?”
- Frankenstein’s Monster: “Uh, if you read Mary Shelley’s book you’d know that ‘Monster’ is not an acceptable name. After all, in the book he was a vegetarian. His actual name is ‘Adam,’ as confirmed by Mary Shelley. Have you only seen the movie?”
- Adam: “Who? Don’t you mean Frankenstein? Did you read the book or something?”
One person also decided they hated me after I referred to Frankenstein as a zombie, or at least a type of zombie. I feel like zombies are reanimated dead so it makes sense to me. This guy I met, however, did not agree with me, but then again neither does the Zombie Research Society.