Christmas Eve had quite a bit of running around.  In the afternoon I went out and picked up some last minute gifts.  One of the stops along the way was this really cool shop in Fullerton called Otto.  Otto carries all sorts of cool designer toys, books and decorations.  The owners, Pam and Mike, are super friendly and over the years they have become more like friends.
Jenny and I both love their style.  They own two shops right next to each other.  The one I mentioned, Otto and then Out of Vogue, an insane vintage furniture store next door.  Pam runs Otto while Mike runs Out of Vogue.  The two shops connect in the back and their super smart and stylish 8 year old son, Van, hangs out between the two.
Their situation is one to be appreciated.  Whether they’re at work or at home they get to spend it with family.
This is all a lot of extra information but while I was there at Otto I saw these really small simple paper-craft monsters.  The moment I saw them I thought future creative thing.  Basically, they were intricately-cut paper characters that were folded once at the feet to create a paper platform to stand on.
So this evening, a little too late for comfort, I decided to design some myself.  Luckily, I had recently purchased some colored construction paper from Michaels.
I started the design process with a google search for the term “Robot Monster”.  The results were surprisingly good.  I discovered that there was an old B-movie called “Robot Monster” with a funny creature that consisted of an old-school diving helmet and an ape costume.  I decided to jump from there and started by drawing the space guy you can see on top in brown paper.
I drew two more robot-monsters but only had enough time to cut out one more.  So, I decided on the blue guy you can see in the last photo.
I think they turned out pretty cool.  Although, if you were to compare them to the ones I saw at Otto mine are at least twice the size.  I may try to challenge myself in the future to create even smaller ones.  It takes quite a bit of concentration to cut small and precise lines with an X-acto blade.