Everything You Need To Know To Draw The Charles Mill Lake Monster


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Like the Creature from the Black Lagoon if said lagoon was in Ohio and he didn’t have arms!!


I’m in the middle of a pond project and summertime makes it harder to find the time to beast, so I’m letting this bad boy run another week. So those of you who havent drawn yet… now’s yer chance!

It’s getting on summertime, and here in the midwest, we don’t so much have you sandy beaches and salty seas. Nope, we’ve got murky bottomed, leach laden, frog brimming tubs of amber and weeds nestled between our forests and plains. Does that stop the fun, hell no! I might go as far as to say the constant questioning of how deeply you’ll actually sink into the muck adds a flavor you’ll never get on the coasts. And it’s at one of these midwestern lakes that this beasts story begins.

Put yourself back in time to say 1959, in Ohio… what’s that like? I don’t know maybe Imagine you’re in Stand Bye Me, (lots of horn rimmed glasses and short sleeve button up shirts etc)… but you’re old enough to drink down by the lake with some buds… which is exactly what your are doing when a beast with the following descriptors shambled from the night blackened depths!

  • Stands approximately 7 feet tall
  • Large flipper like feet, that left deep footprints as evidence
  • long, skinny and somewhat amphibious looking legs
  • A long wormlike, green torso with no discernible arms
  • A fish-like head described as similar to a famed lagoon loving movie monster,
  • Piercing emerald eyes that glowed with horror

That’s what you got! Keep in mind it was 1959 so their movie monster references are going to be somewhat limited. If you want to include a lil of 1989’s Leviathan, I won’t tell….All I ask is you don’t try too hard and have fun with it! I’m extending this one a week so We’ll now close off submissions for judgement midnight of Friday the 9th … As always, We’ll gather the judges council and pick one to win a shirt, so get your asses doodling!

Judgement Is Complete

The First Place Charles Mill MonsterEntryThe Judges have convened and decision rendered! Here’s their reasoning!

Judge Cody says
I’m voting #3 for the subliminal, jazzy dick design. I like to think that hat is just glued to his fin, awkwardly dangling as he dong-dances.

Judge Ken says
i’m going with #3 as well. not overly detailed, but what is there works together in elegant harmony. that is a perfectly drawn little fish hat!

Judge Mona says
#3! My dad LOVES Bugs Bunny cartoons, and this guy reminds me of the hello my honey, hello my baby dancing, top hatted frog from that, so…in honor of Fathers Day, and my awesome pops…I felt it appropriate to go this route. This one’s for you Big Mike!

Judge Me
went for number 9. I’m giving points for new blood, those freaking silken boxers (sure you can say its swimwear but i won’t believe you) and that amazing awkward school photo smile!

And Judge Sarah went with
#6 I have to give this one to D Howe. Love the line quality and attention to detail. Plus, I have never experienced so many conflicting feeling about overalls.

Disagree if you must but know that judgement is law and to the winner a shirt will go…. Thanks to drawers and judges alike. And even though the contest is done we’ll always welcome new Charles Lake Monster drawings for the archives! So draw on, and remember, 25 beasts drawn earns you a shirt!


The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 1

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 1

See I bet a lot of you cynical folks out there see this as a picture of soon to be “bobbed” for and devoured fisherman… In turn I offer you that this is a lifelong friendship and symbiotic relationship, where the beast provides the shade and structure to attract the fish and the fisherman in turn shares his catch and companionship with his drooly and armless friend… swooon!

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 2

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 2

You know as countless Ohio born drawers have shown over the years, I know very little about their state… well besides the fact that their McDonalds used to have pizza, they get all the test market sodas aaaaaand they are obviously masters of the serpentine, sultry walk!

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 3

The Charles Mill Lake Monster Entry # 3

You know I was curious if everyone was just going to ignore the fact that, to a lot of us, an arm-less CFTBL looks a lot like a scaled ween upon first imagining. Plus this ones got that high contrast stretched gate, psych record feel, that’s hard not to love!

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 4

The Charles Mill Lake Monster Entry # 4

Look at that sad lil fishy mouth! But! On top of the list of things I learned from 2001’s “Evolution” is this. The fact that a creature looks a lot like it wants a hug, has very little bearing on how much it also wants to eat your face!

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 5

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 5

Yes! So wormy! Like whats at the other end? does it stretch through a portal to mindless blackness lit only with glowing pustules that may or may not be eyes? or is it just two tiny little legs… I know if it were me I wouldn’t wait to find out!

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 6

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 6

Man good frenetic line quality! Those legs are so loooong! and I love that there are two things that scream middle america… first and most obviously, the tractor but the more subtle one is that, given his lacking of sewing limbs, that some kind soul is obviously making racer back coveralls for animals!

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 7

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 7

I love it when you guys do a little of your own research, That beast appearing on the especially unique regulation sign is Orange Eyes, the slightly more famous and squatch-like beast from the Charles Mill Lake region… And now I can’t help but imagine years ago when a young Kermit sized version of our frog spotted, arm-less hero, would wish upon wish to just get that tall…

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 8

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 8

Haha you know what i think I like best about this guy, well besides the obvious “flipper toes” is that if you could find a whiskered fish willing to wear a greenscreen body sock… then just dangle a few assembled soft plastic baits… and you could make a pretty entertaining movie version of this guy!

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 9

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 9

So even if those were slippery silken boxers, (which they do look like given the drape) I still think it would be more work than its worth to pull my undies with my teeth…
But I have never really bought into that ol’ “better to look good then to feel good” sch-tick and dammit this guy does look like a lizard of means! And seriously, those webbed eyelashes are genius!

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 10

The Charles Mill Monster Entry #10

Man look how those toes grip down to counterbalance that giant wormly neck! I wonder how those lil legs kick? frogged or wiggled like a snake? And what? do you think that neck was evolved to reach hard to reach treed people? or maybe those famous ohio apples? (yeah i know they arent famous for apples…jeeeze!)

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 11

The Charles Mill Lake Monster Entry #11

So I think the obvious question here is if he were to start running as fast as those lil flippers could… would he lean comically forward or backwards? Also, did they have giant hot dog costumes in 1959?

The Charles Mill Monster Entry # 12

The Charles Mill Lake Monster Entry #12

You may say he’s swimming in a horribly broken “there’s something wrong with me” fashion… but it brings me a comical joy to imagine he’s curled up for a soothing nap on a much larger monster parent!