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Monsters

A project by Ben Rubin

I never really believed they were so bad and scary, as people described them. I loved to spend with monsters some of the most exciting moments of my life, until one day I started to grow. From that moment, I think I understood the purpose of their presence here, their true nature: to warn us someway, about anxieties and joy of an ordinary life.

Monday through Friday, Ben takes the subway from Park Slope, Brooklyn where he lives, to his Manhattan office. He uses his time on the train to create drawings that fantastically re-imagine everyday life in New York City. He draws the subway Doodle on his iPad during his traveling time. There’s the grotesque one of a severed head under a subway seat, or the bizarre one of a giant who’s fallen on a New York neighborhood.

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He takes pictures and adds his own character changing the scene dramatically. Ben knew he always had a passion for cartoons and wanted to be a cartoonist. He claims his inspiration is anywhere and everywhere he goes. He gets his ideas from movies, book, and even other people. His drawings also include a green, horned monster leering at kids in the West Village and Yoda hanging around outside a senior citizens’ center in Brooklyn.

“I started sketching on my iPad during my commute just to pass the time. One day, I took a picture with my iPad on the train and drew over the picture. It was fun, so I did another. And another. Then it just kind of continued from there.

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