Here against a background of the loft at 116 Lexington Avenue, where the Outer Space Men were created, are some of the original concept sketches for Series I and Series II.  Quickly done with marking pen and no underlying pencil preparation, many were inspired by photos in Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine.

“I gathered my 60 some issues together, and looked through every page of every one, placing a strip of paper in any page that had a visual image that attracted my attention.  Then, I went back through every page that I had marked, glanced at the image, and looked away, as I built an idea around that starting point.  I was seeking inspiration, but didn't want to merely copy.  So one rule, I set for myself, was to grab the spark, then never look back. To do so would be cheating in this little game I had created.”

“Among the many rough sketches that I did that day, some designs were simply awful.  One of the wisest lessons I ever learned in art school was that in order to learn how to do good art, one must not be afraid to do bad art.  And believe me, many of the ideas I whipped out were bad or worse.”*

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