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...Help me create some FUN Monkey Adventure drawings for DAMON'S Reataurant!
THOR's
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Posted: 2014-03-17 10:16 am   Permalink

Well it's no new news to all here that I LOVE Damon's Steak House in Glendale, CA. I grew up with this place. I find it to be one of the few old school restaurants with tropical "Tikiish" vibes reminiscent of the many great polynesian bubbles one could escape to with family and friends. I designed a mug for them recently that was produced and released through Tiki Farm, currently a vessel for their tropical drinks at Damon's.

Anyway.... I have always wanted to play up the Monkey theme at Damon's more. As A kid, I recall all my favorite restaurants had "characters" that "lived there. The "Jolly Roger" restaurant had its pirates on menu's and such,"Sambo's" had the little guy with turbin and the tiger's. "Bob's Big Boy"....had 'Big Boy" himself and his friends on menus and coloring books. I loved this era that did this. So, I spoke to Damon's about this and offered to help raise the presence of the Monkey's and their antic's at Damon's. They are SUPER excited..both owners and Managers. I am starting by just adding lot's of sepia tone ink style (reminiscent of my rum paintings) monkeys getting into mischief on the new drink menu and food menu soon to be printed. I have a lot of ideas, but would LOVE to hear more and share the fun with the Tiki Ohana.

Sooooo... Add to this thread! Share some thoughts, especially about what you think the monkey's that live at Damon's are up to in their adventures! I will post some drawings soon...rough ideas..etc. All this will culminate in you seeing this come to life in print at Damon's over the next few weeks and Months. I am also doing a fun coloring/activity book that they will be publishing for kids (or the kid in you) available at Damon's.
Hope to hear from you all...let's make this FUN! If there is enough participation, I will start creating some "prize" incentives for ideas used...signed prints...and more. I am mainly doing this all to support the culture, this great restaurant and have a fun outlet FULL of real life...MONKEY BUSINESS!! Below is a sample of the small drink card for tables. I am keeping the drawings a little loose, just line for now, and like they are drawn like old school brown ink character studies.


ALOHA!!!! ~~~THOR







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TikiTacky
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Posted: 2014-03-17 10:31 am   Permalink

THOR,
I love this idea, it sounds like a lot of fun. But I'm not sure exactly what kind if antics you're looking for. Can you give us maybe a single example so we know what you're thinking?

Edit: Oh, you did, it's in the table card. Sorry, my reading comprehension is a bit slow today.

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Posted: 2014-03-17 10:46 am   Permalink

O.K T.T!
I just posted the first thing that inspired this. Note that in this example (the drink Menu" the monkey's are just sorta messing with the type and menu layout. However, we can think beyond this too. We need to create a "story" about them all. The "See no evil..." etc. Monkeys will just be a few of the "tribe. I want to get some mermaids into this...like the monkey's are kinna "naughty" (within reason for a family joint)...flirting with the mermaids and stuff and trying to win their attention. Should their be girl Monkey's too?
Maybe they live on a little Island where Damon's is perched? Maybe Damon's is like the "lodge hut" that hosts all the craziness. Let's think this a bit....I need to have a story that can build like a story book so when I do the coloring book we have this "world" believable in our minds. This is how we do it in the Entertainment Industry that I work...we start with a story...and we eventually "live" in the story with all the characters. Let go and have fun...this is what is called "BLUE SKY STAGE" so let the ideas flow! Everyone can express the idea how they want...keep and sketches SUPER loose...stick figures are fine! Or just describe it in words. ABOVE ALL...make this FUN

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Posted: 2014-03-17 10:50 am   Permalink

Here's some ideas:

* The monkeys preparing to shoot a monkey out of a giant slingshot for the Singapore Sling.

A monkey with a bouffant hairdo and glittery bell bottoms crooning into a tiki mug for the Blue Hawaii.

* A monkey wearing a "witch doctor" mask.

* A monkey in a barrel with his tail sticking out the bung hole, straining and pulling on it like he's trying to get himself out of it (the wrong way).

Edit for More ideas:

* Monkeys drawing cut of meat outlines on a cow (sirloin, rump roast, etc). Maybe they even label them, but spelled wrong.

* A monkey wearing a coconut shell on his head with his eyes looking out two of the coconut "holes."

* A monkey dressed as a toreador in front of a less-than-interested cow, maybe with the sheet tied to his tail with a bullseye on it.
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Posted: 2014-03-17 11:03 am   Permalink

AWESOME!!!!! I will read all these more closely when I get home from work!! GREAT STUFF!!! ~~~THOR

 
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Posted: 2014-03-17 11:06 am   Permalink

We're cross-posting.

OK, what if there's a main monkey (we'll call him Damon) that is easily recognizable, along with a couple other supporting characters that are also identifiable? Maybe one has an eyepatch, or another has funny hair or is a gorilla. They each have different personalities so their actions through your the menu are guided by. For example, Damon could always be up to mischief, like tying things to the other monkey's tails.

Scene: a restaurant in a treehouse on an island, for mermaid interaction.

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Posted: 2014-03-17 11:33 am   Permalink

More ideas:

* Monkey is sitting on a rock coming out if the water. Mermaid is half out if the water with her head propped in her hands looking up at him adoringly. He's playing the ukulele, maybe strumming it with his tail.

* I keep thinking of the monkeys doing something with their tails, such as holding a palm frond over their heads as an umbrella or maybe holding a tiki mug.
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Posted: 2014-03-17 11:47 am   Permalink

Should their be an antagonist of some type that the monkeys are working against? Maybe a big game hunter type? I imagine him like the safari guy in Jumanji, with the pith helmet and monocle and his giant elephant gun. To keep the implied violence down maybe he has a fishnet and he's always trying to catch the mermaid?

Note: I'm bed bound with back pain and a little loopy on prescription painkillers, so I apologize if I'm rambling or incoherent.
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Posted: 2014-03-17 11:49 am   Permalink

Just as a refresher...here's a few of the rum paintings I did for the Damon's Christmas party raffle two yrs ago. I may re-draw these as well. These have rum tone on them...I am going to keep this other stuff more line work for now.

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Posted: 2014-03-17 12:07 pm   Permalink

Take your favorite scenes from movies and replace the actors with Monkeys
like that slow motion walking scene from "Reservoir Dogs" with Mr. White, Orange, Blond etc
dressed in black suits & ray-bans.

007 Monkey, 2001 Monkeys etc.


 
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Posted: 2014-03-17 1:04 pm   Permalink

How about a mischievous monkey hiding the rum for his own use?
A monkey creating flaming drinks would be cute too.
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Posted: 2014-03-17 3:26 pm   Permalink

ERNIE!!!!!! U are responsible for me losing my sprite through my nose today when I looked at this. Sooooooo good!!

 
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Posted: 2014-03-18 12:09 am   Permalink

This is sure a fun thread. Wendy

 
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Posted: 2014-03-18 07:33 am   Permalink

What a fun idea. I remember those themed restaurants well from my childhood.

I can picture a cheeky little monkey, laying on a palm tree, making kissy faces at a mermaid, but using his tail to life some treasure from behind her.

Or perhaps wooing a mermaid with pearls hanging from his tail?

A silly monkey floating around in the ocean in an open barrel of rum, cocktail in hand and sharks circling around him?

Can't wait to see what else you come up with. The ones you did on the table card are great.

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