Friday, February 27, 2009

Monsters, no ink...

I was encouraged (a.k.a told) I should post more drawings.

To appease the (sparse) crowd I shall, but with a slight twist since I don't like to always do exactly what I'm told. Besides, sculpture has always been one of my favorite forms of art.

I sculpted this guy while living abroad, teaching English in Japan (he was even exhibited in a big art show in Sendai). To give you some idea of what that involved, this sculpture in particular was completely almost entire during working hours (that's how much they cared about learning English... I kid, I kid).

The experience did garner one of my more interesting altercation with a Japanese co-worker about how an artist's mind works. He didn't understand that the design for this creature came from 'my imagination'. He kept asking me where it was from. When that proved to frustrating, he moved on to ask if it was a whale or a camel. I finally told him it was a kind of kaiju like Godzilla and Gamera. You think he would have understood that.

Good thing he never saw this guy... it would have blown his mind.


Asterisk Animation said...

It's a camel. Whales don't have legs.

Liesje Kraai said...

Well, the piece was called 'Evolved' so the idea is that in the future, whales will re-develop legs.

But you can tell my co-worker it's a camel if you want.

Elliot Cowan said...


Liesje Kraai said...

Thanks! More art to come soon... I promise!