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Title: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Listie on September 04, 2017, 11:05:08 PM
Is anyone else aware of Garrett Sander's Instagram account? If you didn't already know, Garrett is the creator of Monster High. Well, he's started posting some of his favourite original doll designs, and mentioning a little backstory on them, every Monday. Here's DotD Clawdeen & NS Catty Noir.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYV-LDChcGu/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BYV-LDChcGu/)
(https://instagram.fakl2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/t51.2885-15/e35/21147355_1986396024971899_4311009969513168896_n.jpg)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYoBNvlBVKJ/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BYoBNvlBVKJ/)
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Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: DogMom on September 05, 2017, 07:57:10 AM
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Oh! Thanks for sharing this, awesome!!
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Lhianneth on September 05, 2017, 05:46:35 PM
His instagram is interesting. He shares some really cool products on there. I'm wondering whether he's still involved in all those lines or not, however (I know he's trying to get Mattel to de-shelve She-Ra, but he posts a lot of the WWE super star dolls, too).

These throw-backs to his original design concepts are neat, though. You can see where things wouldn't work for a doll and were simplified (Catty's belt pattern for example; printed ribbon would work, but is it cost effective and worth the effect?), and that's really quite interesting to learn from for the sake of customs.
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Carrehz on September 06, 2017, 11:53:57 AM
Oooh, thanks for sharing! I love seeing production stuff like this :D.
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: DogMom on September 06, 2017, 01:05:47 PM
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Really excellent point, Lhia, about reading with an eye geared toward customs….
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: mistic_imp on September 13, 2017, 01:28:20 AM
interesting! I am totally following!


 so like, does anyone have th scoop on what happened with MH..I mean yeah the reboot, but it sounds like garrett isn't  involved anymore?  did he step down? get fired? 
 I know times change , but are there other reasons for the reboot that we don't really know about besides cut backs and $$

 i think when a designer leaves, it can really impact and change things, so curious.

 
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Listie on September 13, 2017, 01:53:44 AM
interesting! I am totally following!


 so like, does anyone have th scoop on what happened with MH..I mean yeah the reboot, but it sounds like garrett isn't  involved anymore?  did he step down? get fired? 
 I know times change , but are there other reasons for the reboot that we don't really know about besides cut backs and $$

 i think when a designer leaves, it can really impact and change things, so curious.

I think he still works at Mattel, but he doesn't work on MH anymore. He did design last year's SDCC She-Ra action figure/doll & is hoping to make more characters from that universe. Unfortunately, sometimes what the designers want to do doesn't align with what the higher-up executives want.


On a lighter note, here's his original Ghoulia design; https://www.instagram.com/p/BY6EpXmhQVI/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BY6EpXmhQVI/). It's sweet that she was named after a coworker. I know Kiyomi is, too. I wonder how many others are?
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Manster Guy on September 13, 2017, 03:19:48 AM
Well Garret mentioned on his Instgram that he had fun designing the not SDCC Cleo and Ghoulia pack, so it does appear that he still does some work for MH. Maybe he does freelance work?
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Listie on September 13, 2017, 04:59:27 AM
Well Garret mentioned on his Instgram that he had fun designing the not SDCC Cleo and Ghoulia pack, so it does appear that he still does some work for MH. Maybe he does freelance work?

Oh, I must've missed that. *fail* :blush: ^^;
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: neon_jellyfish on September 13, 2017, 08:26:56 AM
Well Garret mentioned on his Instgram that he had fun designing the not SDCC Cleo and Ghoulia pack, so it does appear that he still does some work for MH. Maybe he does freelance work?

Interesting - he's not mentioned in the box "credits"... At least not by his name (does anybody know who Darko is?). Also, I only found a post where he's giving kudos to Rebecca Shipman for designing the pack and another one where he states that he wasn't working on MH since spring 2016.
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Manster Guy on September 13, 2017, 10:20:43 AM
Oooops, yeah I just reread his comments, my mistake. Seems like he is gone from MH then.
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Kara Zor-El on September 13, 2017, 12:09:09 PM


On a lighter note, here's his original Ghoulia design; https://www.instagram.com/p/BY6EpXmhQVI/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BY6EpXmhQVI/). It's sweet that she was named after a coworker. I know Kiyomi is, too. I wonder how many others are?

To my knowledge, Robecca Steam, Headmistress Bloodgood, and Justine Dancer are also all named in tribute to Mattel designers/developers.
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Carrehz on September 13, 2017, 04:25:15 PM
At least not by his name (does anybody know who Darko is?).

I believe his full name is Darko Dordevic, he's done art for several of the MH dolls (I'm pretty sure he did the original art for the werecat twins, not sure about anything else off-hand).



On a lighter note, here's his original Ghoulia design; https://www.instagram.com/p/BY6EpXmhQVI/ (https://www.instagram.com/p/BY6EpXmhQVI/). It's sweet that she was named after a coworker. I know Kiyomi is, too. I wonder how many others are?

To my knowledge, Robecca Steam, Headmistress Bloodgood, and Justine Dancer are also all named in tribute to Mattel designers/developers.

Oooh, I didn't know that about Robecca and Justine :o
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Kara Zor-El on September 13, 2017, 06:26:57 PM
Justine Dancer is the name of a developer who worked for both Mattel and Kenner in the 80s onward!  I was so surprised to read an article from the 90s and see that name pop up!
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: MonsterHighChecklist on September 13, 2017, 06:33:23 PM
Darko has done a large chunk of the art with Kellee Riley. Plus he's a sweetheart! He does a ton of Disney stuff too. His style is pretty unique to him. https://darkodordevic.tumblr.com/
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: neon_jellyfish on September 14, 2017, 08:07:09 AM
At least not by his name (does anybody know who Darko is?).

I believe his full name is Darko Dordevic, he's done art for several of the MH dolls (I'm pretty sure he did the original art for the werecat twins, not sure about anything else off-hand).

Darko has done a large chunk of the art with Kellee Riley. Plus he's a sweetheart! He does a ton of Disney stuff too. His style is pretty unique to him. https://darkodordevic.tumblr.com/

Thank you both!
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: ReversedUser on September 19, 2017, 07:47:37 AM
Turns out Garrett designed the MM 5 pack: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZMpYGsBd2q/?taken-by=garrett_sander

(https://scontent-dft4-2.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/21910103_282750695562946_6043908932760502272_n.jpg)

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Honestly I love this little tidbit more than the concept art
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Fun fact: this set was originally supposed to be a Fraidie Hawkins 5 pack with 2 couples: #HeathBurns & #AbbeyBominable and #InvisBilly & #ScarahSreams with #HeadmistressBloodgood as the chaperone!

Not gonna lie, even though this is one of my favorite MH releases ever, I would have taken a second release for Bloodgood in a heartbeat.
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Kara Zor-El on September 19, 2017, 12:40:46 PM
He indicated that set made it to the prototype stage too; I would LOVE to see the Fraidy Hawkins prototypes SOOOOO MUCH!
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Wardah on September 19, 2017, 12:45:18 PM
I still wonder what he's working on now.
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: MonsterHighChecklist on September 19, 2017, 03:57:28 PM
DC Super Hero Girls from my understanding.
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: DogMom on September 20, 2017, 10:26:24 AM
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I love the MM 5-pack! Don't have it yet…someday! But yeah, a Fraidy Hawkins set would have been SOOOOOO cool!!!
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: RochelleGoyleFanatic on October 02, 2017, 05:36:08 PM
Wow so according to Garrett we were supposed to get a Seth doll! :mad:
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: nassib on October 02, 2017, 06:17:54 PM
I knew it! Darn it Mattel :(
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: bewilderness on October 02, 2017, 07:09:57 PM
I would've loved a Seth doll. :/
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Cece on October 02, 2017, 08:05:37 PM
Aw man, a Seth doll would've been a first day buy for me. Maybe if we're lucky he'll get a release like the Ghoulia and Cleo set.
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: Kara Zor-El on October 02, 2017, 08:11:15 PM
Man, what a bummer, I really like his original concept design too.  I should be finishing my own custom Seth this week.
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: DEStokes on November 03, 2017, 10:19:16 PM
I love when he reveals these details.  Elle's body parts were originally designed for a CAM add-on pack.  I always loved the creativity of the CAMs.
Title: Re: Garrett Sander on Monster High
Post by: nassib on November 04, 2017, 09:53:08 AM
Just to update with images and included a link to his instagram so you can see the rest of the images there :)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4544/38110168086_c552f1ee73_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/214Ezey)
Quote from: Garrett Sander
It's #mhmonday!! And here's everyone's favorite #zombieghoul #GhouliaYelps!! And her pet owl #SirHootsALot . Ghoulia was designed with the rest of the first wave, which is why she was in the original webisodes too! So it was so fun to see the fan reaction to her knowing she'd be coming along the next season!!! She released in spring of 2011 (which meant she was out right before Xmas 2010). #funfact: Ghoulia is named after one of my co-workers who helped work on the original Monster High Pitch: Julia Phelps! Another fun fact: Sir Hoots A Lot's original name was Brains, we were going to have that be the only word Ghoulia would say - like old times zombies - but that name was already trademarked so Sir Hoots A Lot was born! In the end it made Ghoulia a better character not saying any words. I do love her so much! I love her style, getting to put her in comic inspired clothes later on to continue to show geek shriek style was always so fun! The last pic is Ghoulia from the Monster High 6 pack where we re-released the Ghouls in their original looks! There will definitely be more Ghoulia showing up in future mhmondays!!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BY6EpXmhQVI/?taken-by=garrett_sander (https://www.instagram.com/p/BY6EpXmhQVI/?taken-by=garrett_sander)


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4575/38110168256_34411e4371_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/214Ezhu)
Quote from: Garrett Sander
Happy #MHMonday #ghouls and #mansters! This week brings you Monster High’s very own #HybridMonster #NeighthanRot! Half #Zombie half #Unicorn all #Manster! 😉 Neighthan starred in #FreakyFusion where he and his Hybrid friends started at Monster High. His design stayed pretty close to his original design. His sweatshirt became a baseball tee. With a graphic inspired by vintage anatomy drawings. His pants have a graphic “muscle fiber” print on one leg and his shoes lost the black. He was was our first mh boy with long hair (and a rooted tail!). He was really fun to design. The zombie details on his body are one of my favorites! Subtle but really nice. We also toned down the black around his eyes to be more gray so he didn’t look so sinister haha! His horn was originally black, but got lost in his hair so it was changed to blue, which makes it stand out nicely and I think worked out better! Seeing something in 3D always helps and makes you adjust things you didn’t see in 2D. #funfact the original movie idea had our Ghouls going back to the 50s! But we wanted to take a look back at the beginnings of Monster High and get to meet #Robecca’s Dad #HexiciahSteam!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZeQKptBpFb/?taken-by=garrett_sander (https://www.instagram.com/p/BZeQKptBpFb/?taken-by=garrett_sander)


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4572/38165982241_e83a1703c9_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/219ACQz)
Quote from: Garrett Sander
Happy #MHMonday everyone!! Since this outfit reappeared in #adventuresoftheghoulsquad I thought I’d share her original design from #BooYorkBooYork and since you’ve seen a #CattyNoir design before I am also including the original design for #SethPtolemy! #Funfact: In the very beginning of designing the Boo York Boo York line Seth was supposed to be a doll! There were going to be two two-packs: Deuce and Cleo and Catty and Seth! Unfortunately the catty and Seth set was dropped early on, we used the Catty design for a Three-Pack, but Seth never got a doll. I really loved his design too. He was so fun to work on. But at least he got to come to #unlife in the movie! I love this outfit on #Catty! It’s pretty much exactly as it was designed! Some of the binding changes to stitch detail, but that usually happens when changing to doll scale. Her shattered pink holofoil jacket is my favorite piece!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BZwYWPqnmq_/?taken-by=garrett_sander (https://www.instagram.com/p/BZwYWPqnmq_/?taken-by=garrett_sander)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4543/26389200969_28d240cba3_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GcVy4B)
Quote from: Garrett Sander
Happy #MHMonday Ghouls and Mansters!! Here’s #HauntedRochelle!! Designing the #MonsterHighHaunted line was really fun! We went for a pastel color palette even making blacks grey to give the Haunted school and the ghost world it’s own look. #RochelleGoyle was super fun to work on, this was the first and only time I got to design for Rochelle (she was created by the ubertalented @rebecula13!) She is pretty much the same as the original design, added some contrast stitching on the #fluerdelis in light pink to make it stand out a bit more. Her skin also looked extra clawsomely for her ghostly version! Because she is made of Stone we speckle her skin and making it translucent made it so you could see the “stone” specs floating inside her! #FunFact: the bracelet #Rochelle comes with (and she, #Draculaura, #Twyla and #Clawdeen wear) was originally a part of the story. The Ghouls wore the hourglass bracelets as the #boogiesand would only keep them as ghosts until the sand ran out! The story changed somewhere along the way, but we were too far in production on the toy to change it. But it’s still a cool accessory!!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BaCT8u1nS8c/?taken-by=garrett_sander (https://www.instagram.com/p/BaCT8u1nS8c/?taken-by=garrett_sander)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4447/26389201179_f50334913f_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GcVy8e)
Quote from: Garrett Sander
It’s time for #MHMonday!! And this week it’s #Elissabat from #FrightsCameraAction!! It was really fun getting to design her and go a bit darker goth vampire. She is pretty much in almost all black with a nice dark purple accent. #Funfact: the story originally called for Elissabat and #Draculaura to be cousins who looked very similar (you can see the heart on her cheek in the original sketch like Draculaura’s). But the story changed after the head sculpt was already done to resemble Draculaura’s. She’s still a super cute ghoul and your Reigning Queen of the Vampires! I really love the fabrics on her, while dark in color they are soft and shimmery, and I just love how her boots turned out! The only thing we got rid of was the headband, she just didn’t need it her hair looked so pretty without it!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BamZboOHLcS/?taken-by=garrett_sander (https://www.instagram.com/p/BamZboOHLcS/?taken-by=garrett_sander)


(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4520/38110168496_9af299a52a_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/214EzmC)
Quote from: Garrett Sander
Happy #MHMonday!!! I present #ElleEedee from #BooYorkBooYork! #funfact: Elle’s robot torso, lower arms and lower legs first came to life for a later edition #CreateAMonster add-on pack that got dropped. The parts were so gore-geous they just had to be brought to unlife somewhere so I design a futuristic robot girl to join our cast of #Ghouls and #mansters in the #booyork movie! #designing Elle with all the sparkly metallics was so fun! Once we got to the 3D model the necklace just wasn’t working so I changed her belt to be a larger more statement piece and made it silver so it stood out more. Her satellite headpiece was changed to wrap around her ponytail, which made it stay on better and to a metallic blue to stand out better against her purple hued hair. She lost her bracelet, but she really didn’t need it, the shimmer in her skin made her sparkle on her own! I love her cape it’s so pretty and the print turned out so nice! As I was working on her face design I made her iris’ into the photo shutter style, all the rest of her was so unique she needed that special something in her eyes as well! And my absolute favorite part is her speaker-like ears and that her earrings are like earphone jacks and plug in! I also love that we have a steampunk robot and a futuristic robot in the line! Not every robot is built the same!
https://www.instagram.com/p/Ba4l6D0Hm4t/?taken-by=garrett_sander (https://www.instagram.com/p/Ba4l6D0Hm4t/?taken-by=garrett_sander)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4484/38110168716_2af8f8ba02_n.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/214Ezqq)
Quote from: Garrett Sander
It’s #MHMonday!!! Here is #LunaMothews who made her debut in #BooYorkBooYork! It was really fun getting to work on all 3 new characters (well 4 with Seth) and getting to design both their day looks and their gala looks! I was so happy we were able to do Luna’s wing print train and that when next to one another make a skull! The prototype used for the sales photos doesn’t look as nice as what we got in production. The production version has a great sheen to it so it almost sparkles! But you can’t always get the exact fabric/printing for the prototypes. But always nice when it comes out better than expected! #FunFact: her tiara is inspired by #psylocke from #xmens #butterflyeffect when she uses her telepathic powers. And I love that it looks like it sits so naturally and stays in place pretty well since we used the earring holes as the leg-in to hold the tiara on her head! All of her sculpted detail on her body turned out so cool as well thanks to our talented sculptor Adam!
https://www.instagram.com/p/BaUqkxUHGNN/?taken-by=garrett_sander (https://www.instagram.com/p/BaUqkxUHGNN/?taken-by=garrett_sander)


Also, he's posted cute drafts prior and for halloween