CMA Stories

Learn to Draw from “Muppets” Illustrator Guy Gilchrist

This past January, world-renowned illustrator, author, and Muppets cartoonist Guy Gilchrist led a virtual all-ages workshop on drawing characters from his latest multimedia children’s book, Monster Dance, published by Madeleine Editions. Award-winning True Blood actor and Monster Dance narrator Denis O’Hare read the story aloud during the virtual workshop.

First, watch a video of Denis reading Monster Dance.

Next, follow along as Guy shows us how to draw the story’s beloved monsters!

About Monster Dance

Meet Maurice, an endearingly melodramatic dog, and Charlie, an artistic little girl, as they take on a world that’s suddenly gone topsy-turvy. A doctor’s initiative, Monster Dance leaves the youngest readers with the lasting and hopeful message that living with a virus — or any sickness — isn’t just “waiting it out.” Together, Maurice and Charlie can make every day count and do what they do best — grow with joy. For every book sold, Madeleine Editions donates three PPE masks to be purchased and distributed by non-profit to arm healthcare heroes around the world. Books can be purchased here.

About Guy Gilchrist

Guy Gilchrist, known as “Jim Henson’s Cartoonist,” created The Muppets comic strip (KFS) for newspapers worldwide (1981-86) and had a lead role on Henson’s creative team on Muppet Babies, Fraggle Rock, and other Henson creations. Guy headed publishing and/or licensing for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Tiny Toons, Pink Panther, and Disney, among others. Guy is the author of 50+ children’s books, and has been awarded three Children’s Choice Awards from the International Reading Council of The United Nations, as well as two Silver Reuben Awards from the National Cartoonists Society (NCS). Guy’s Muppets work was permanently enshrined in the Smithsonian in 1984, with First Lady Nancy Reagan declaring him “a national treasure.” For 23 years, he also wrote and drew Nancy, Mudpie, and other popular comic strips for various news syndicates.

About Denis O’Hare

Denis O’Hare is an award-winning actor known for his roles in True Blood, The Good Wife, and Late Night. In 2003, he won a Tony Award for Best Actor for his performance as Mason Marzac in Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out. Since 2014, Denis has appeared in three films that were nominated for Best Picture, including Michael Clayton, Milk, and Dallas Buyers Club.

More in At-Home Resources

  • New York City-born artist Francesca DiMattio fuses architectural, design, cultural, and historical references to create large paintings and ceramic sculptures. Since 2010, her focus has shifted to still lifes and domestic interiors, specifically ceramic vessels that ask us to consider how… Read more

  • Sculptor Julia Kunin makes otherworldly and often semi-figurative forms with iridescent surfaces that shimmer and shine in the light. Her artwork Iridescent Gorilla Hand is included in CMA’s 2021 Art Auction and Fundraiser Exhibition, Now is Not the Time, which brings… Read more

  • Brooklyn-via-California artist Daniele Frazier creates public artworks that focus on themes of ecology, climate change, natural history, and social critique. Her large-scale outdoor artwork Giant Flower (Daffodil) is included in CMA’s 2021 Art Auction and Fundraiser Exhibition, Now is Not… Read more

Sign up to get updates and special invitations