Chris McMahon started drawing weird monsters and various comic book characters when he was just a kid. He then went to the University of Iowa, branching out into painting and sculpture, taking his skills to another level. Eventually, McMahon wound up teaching high school art. Throughout all of this, however, his admiration for weird, whimsical creatures never faded.

But over time, McMahon has come up with so many beings, his imagination can't house all of them. So, the man started browsing secondhands for paintings where they could relocate to. After he spots a suitable piece, McMahon buys it and adds his monsters to it. The end result is so good, one even became a Weezer album cover.

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I would totally buy this, SO CUTE!

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"Originally, I would look for paintings that were being discarded and use them as a cheap source of canvas, simply painting over them," the artist told Bored Panda. "Eventually, I came across a landscape painting that featured an open body of water in front of a few mountains and, feeling it was pretty decent but sort of empty, painted a sea serpent into it. After repeating the process a couple of times, I posted a set of three to Reddit, and wound up getting some attention for them. After that, I just stuck with the concept."

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I love the pure dismissive contempt

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One of those first three, called Mountain Monster, really impressed Weezer, an American rock band from Los Angeles. In fact, the musicians loved it so much, they made it the cover of their 2014 album Everything Will Be Alright in the End.

"What I look for are actual acrylic or oil landscape paintings (no prints or reproductions - they tend to be more difficult to work with) that are 'complete', but have open areas in which to integrate some sort of giant beastie," McMahon said. "I like paintings that look like they were made by people watching Bob Ross videos."

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No no no no no just noooooooooooooooooooooo!!! This is just wrong.

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"Generally speaking, I start by loosely sketching the original landscape on paper and then drawing a monster where I feel it should live in the painting," Mcmahon explained. "I try to set it up so the monster is interacting with the landscape in some way. I then draw the monster in charcoal onto the landscape painting and use sandpaper to smooth out any textures which the monster is in front of."

"I'll get a color palette ready, paint the monster, then do my best to repaint any elements of the landscape that should be in front of the monster for whatever reason (tree branches, foliage, water, etc.) or alter the landscape to make it appear 'lived in' (ripples in water, shadows, footprints)." If there's an existing signature, McMahon doesn't just hide it. He acknowledges the original artist by adding his own next to theirs.

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"Shrinkage is REAL"

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He'll go and search for them in local thrift stores, auctions, rummage sales, etc. but never any actual art sales. "I avoid any art being sold by the original artists, looking more for art that's being thrown away or discarded. If I purchase a landscape painting to alter, I rarely pay more than $10."

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The Emerald Triangle
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2 months ago

Did someone just touch my butt?

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Colin L
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2 months ago

I can just hear Bob Ross.... making happy little monsters.

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2 months ago

Wow I like it

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The Emerald Triangle
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2 months ago

Looks like a game of hide and go seek. "He'll never find me over here!"

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MaryBored Pasaribu
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2 months ago

This is the best one

chachkimooch
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2 months ago

I agree!

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Avery S Alberico
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2 months ago

Lapis llama, feared by all the cabin goers

Onyeoma Abengowe
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2 months ago

cool

arjelio mas
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2 months ago (edited)

I just recently watched the program where Bob Ross painted his piece that this one came from. I recognize that shack and where it's positioned and how the greenery on the right was painted. This artist did different mountains. Good mountains.

XianJaguar
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2 months ago

Aw, it's Babe's Big Blue Ox! So cool!

Virgil Blue
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2 months ago

So floofy

The Emerald Triangle
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2 months ago

No I did not just fart in the lake!

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The underlying painting is already incredible, and now it's even incredibler.

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Avery S Alberico
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2 months ago

Ultimate bigfoot

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Julia Bates
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2 months ago

AWWWW!

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Good camouflage... 9/10, would die screaming in the wilderness.

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The Emerald Triangle
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2 months ago

Some vampires don't turn into just bats

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David
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2 months ago

Some of those started out as paint by number... I like what you've done with the place(s).

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You seem to be leaking air and rainbows, sir.

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2 months ago

The wedding has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

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2 months ago

That's what you get seagull for stealing my fries!

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2 months ago

SAMSQUATCH!

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Artemis Thorne
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2 months ago

me at 7:00 am on a weekend being like: "wHo dArEs DiStUrb mY sLuMbEr?"

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Bootyful

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Lavender Brown
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2 months ago

This is actually really cute.

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Weeeeeeee!

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Avery S Alberico
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Clifford the big pink monster

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Virgil Blue
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Left gonoleer: "Alfredo? I think the sky just winked at me..."

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Mac
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It looks like a furry potato.....i love it

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LORT vibes

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Me at 3:00 am when I realized that I had an essay due the next day.

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Rawr

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