Friday, October 10, 2008


Monster Artist Hopes To Hear Three Little Words

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, but a picture of a monster is worth just three words.

Artist Joe Alterio is putting a fierce face to three words with his charitable art venture called Robots and Monsters, in which buyers give him three words and he creates an original monster or robot masterpiece using the words.

Each drawing goes for $50, with all proceeds benefiting the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Alterio says coming up with a unique mega monster to match random words takes major brainpower, especially when you don’t know what a word means.

He says, “There’s been a couple words that I had to look up. One person gave me ‘pangolin, thunderous, and surprise.’ I didn’t know what pagolin meant, but I found out it’s an Australian mammal that looks like a lizard.”

Alterio believes many buyers give him words that are hard to draw like “remorseful” just to stump him, and expects some will even feed him a fake word to keep him on his toes.

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