Monster Truck originated when a passerby at an art show was mentioned to his companion about going to see “monster trucks.” The idea of classic movie monsters and pickups with enormous tires was hilarious to me, so Bob’s your uncle, Monster Truck was born. (Translation for those who don’t speak the Queen’s English, “Presto, Monster Truck was born.”)
(By the way, the first time I ever said “Bob’s your uncle” to my American bride, she looked at me with her big brown eyes and said: “Yeah...so?” Turns out, she has an uncle named Bob and couldn’t figure out why I was reciting her family tree.)
The key to making Monster Truck was getting spectacular shadows like you would see during tension-filled moments in the B-movie horror flicks of the 1960s.
The best way I found to get these shadows was to extend the arms of the monster action figures and and then angle the light from the bottom in such a way that it projected the shadows to the top of the image - much like a kid in the dark shining a flashlight on their face for scary effect. I was particularly pleased with how the shadows of Dracula’s fingers turned out.
Another aspect of this image that adds to the drama is the palette used. When I depict more modern toys made out of plastic, I usually adjust my palette to feature brighter, more synthetic colours, as with the vibrant orange and yellow tones you see here. As a comparison, I invite you to check out Heirlooms, an image that features an early 1900s toy and a more organic range of colours.