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Posted: May 01, 2009

Colorado Cool Stuff: Monster Portraits

Send Robert Elrod a picture of your face, and he’ll paint a portrait of you as your favorite monster.

Eric Peterson

A graphic designer behind numerous websites, CD covers and comic books, Robert Elrod has been a fan of monster movies since he was a kid. “I’ve always loved this stuff, the Universal monsters and the giant monsters, Godzilla, you name it,” he says.


Elrod decided to mix business and pleasure when he launched Monster Portraits last September. The premise is simple: Send Elrod a picture of your face, and he’ll paint a portrait of you as your favorite monster. “You can be a Frankenstein’s monster or a vampire,” he says. “I even did a Klingon.”

Besides commissions from near and far, Elrod can work in real time at events and shows, crafting monstrous portraits of attendees before the party’s over. $40 to $125 for a custom monster portrait.

Created by Robert Elrod, Parker, (303) 841-9014,

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Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at

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