So, I accidentally began a series of “classic art” zilla paintings a few days ago, and couldn’t stop once I got rolling.

This isn’t to say I won’t do more, but I’m posting what will either be the first or last seven.

UPDATE Aug 16: All 12 are finished!

Zilla Versions:

1. Mona Zilla

2. Venus de Zillo

3. The Birth of Venuszilla

4. The Scream(ing Zilla) – likely due to him being chased by robots!

5. Hand with Reflecting Zilla

6. Starry Night(of mayhem!)

7. Hokuzilla’s Great Wave off Kanazawa.

8. American Godzic

9. Night Hawkz(illa)

10. The Runaway Zilla

11. The Creation of Zilla

12. A Zilla in Need

Hokusai has long been a huge favourite of mine, but I’m also a big fan of M.C. Escher.
Find out more about the masters below….

Learn about the amazing originals:

1. “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci

2. “Venus de Milo” by Alexandros of Antioch

3. “The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli

4. “The Scream” by Edvard Munch

5. “Hand with Reflecting Sphere” by M.C. Escher

6. “The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh

7. “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai

8. “American Gothic” by Grant Wood

9. “Nighthawks” by Edward Hopper

10. “The Runaway” by Norman Rockwell

11. “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo

12. “A Friend in Need” by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

For my 12th and final #ruiningclassicart (and last page of my sketchbook), I wanted to do one of the most well known artworks by one of the least known artists.

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge painted a series of paintings involving dogs playing pool, poker and more – none of them titled “dogs playing poker”. The one I based this off of was actually titled “a friend in need”.

I discovered that he and I have a couple of things in common – we both wrote a comic opera(King Gallinipper in his case, Too Much Coffee Man in mine), and neither of us attended art school(I’m sure you’re not surprised in my case, haha)…that’s probably where the similarities end though. He was not solely a career painter – he had an interesting life holding various jobs and also founded the first bank and the first newspaper in his hometown. He also holds a patent as the inventor of comic foregrounds – those caricatured wooden panels of cartoon bodybuilders, swimsuit bodies, etc with an opening for your head you take photos with at amusement parks.

His various “dogs” paintings were largely intended as reproduction art (similar to how comics are) that adorned cigar boxes and so on, as well as prints to be hung in homes everywhere. You can read his full bio at

seeya soon,

boring details about today’s comic:
made with: ink & watercolour