Saturday, December 30, 2006

The 'Kappa' knocking some beats out on the MPC!

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Above is the elusive 'Kappa' of Japanese folk lore. They are generally about the same size as small children, however they are much stronger and usually depicted as humanoid tortoises. The Kappa has a varied reputation, generally considered mischievious, they are known to fart loudly or behave like peeping toms! However, the Kappa is also known for some extremely terrible crimes such as rape, kidnapping and more notoriously eating children! The natural habitat of the Kappa are normally ponds, lakes and springs in the forests of Japan, perhaps they were created to explain accidental drownings and to warn children of playing irresponsibly by ponds, as Kappa are described to grab children by the ankles and drag them into the water. Kappa are notoriously tricky characters, their main source of weakness is contained within the bald patch of his head-sometimes simply a bald patch, a small dish or even a leaf in the parting of his hair where it holds water! The idea is to out smart the damn demon and make it knock the water out of the recipticle. All Kappa are suckers for formailty and etiquette and cannot resist bowing if they are bowed to first, done Japanese style this would mean that the head is bowed far over out of humble courtesy, thus spilling the water from the spot! All this said, not all Kappa are supposed to be bad, and if you happen to save one from danger or befriend one, they will become your best buddy and carry out all manners of services in reward!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Vampire cat of Nabeshima

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Also known as Bakeneko or Nekomata- "Nekomata" means forked cat in japanese. These big cats are shape-shifting demons much like the fox and Tanuki (japanese racoon), who also like to take on the form of humans which allow them to get close to their victims. What the Nekomata then does is suck the blood out of the humans and then as in the story of the above title, they take on the form of the victim and then attack another house member. Many japanese folk lores include animals endowed with a variety of abillities, shape-shifting being the most common attribute. The pairing of nocturnal creatures and fantastical powers would as much serve to tell colourful tales of morality and horror as to remind the listeners of nature's mystery.

ghost fam

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Vice magazine and Lynx Deodarant Collaboration

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Vice/Lynx brief: Lynx improves attraction...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Tanuki and the Tengu's Magic Fan

This is a childrens book I designed and illustrated in my final year at university. It ties in quite neatly with my interests in folklore and mythology, hope you like it as much as I did in making it.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Hoody season 001

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Just thought i'd put this one up-its gettin cold pretty soon so u better get ready!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Kirby's revenge!

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This is an homage to my favourite artists, musicians, cartoons, anything! I just let my mind go on this so theres a lot of strangeness going on here and there! Enjoy!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Diplo Magazine November

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Heres an image about Bush and Blair's objection to Iran having nuclear power factories-the article in Diplo talks about Iran's potential for renewable energy sources.
Just to explain the image a little because some folks have asked about it and have misread it a little,the composition is taken directly from Hokusai's screen print of Mt.Fuji, what Ive done is to re-draw the main elements and placed Blair, Bush and the president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a boat. Where they're sitting it can be interpretted (as I see it) in two ways: 1) With the gigantic lava like wave looming in front of them the three leaders are heading towards a potentially disastrous future, much like the topic of anything nuclear, current or otherwise. And also: 2) As leaders of their countries they have the potential and obligation to work together and deal with the heating situation; as literally interpretted they are sitting in the same boat (Yes quite naive and idealistic but I think the idea and the image work well together, therefore it delivers the message in its own way!). Also, looking at their seating arrangements you can see theres a comment on the relationships between the leaders, who's gettin on who's back, especially with Blair and Bush! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did drawing it! Please leave a comment on what you think of either the image or the topic!

Anti v.2

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Heres the one that went to print!

Anti v.1

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Promotional posters for an Independent Hip Hop night @the AfroBa! Oh yeah and look out for all the film references in this poster, its loaded with em! Please submit guesses to my blog or myspace! The first person who gets them all wins a prize! I just counted and there arent actually that many...hmm

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Tatts 2005

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Night Parade...v.2.1

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Here's what they look like all together at the moment-im still about 70 short of a hundred though...

Night parade...v.2

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Some more of those creepy crawlies-the points and dots was something ive never wholeheartedly tried before , which quite disturbingly has become a bit of an obssesive thing of mine now yet creating a printed quality(?) anyway that and many of the creatures was also inspired by another artist named Mizuki Shigeru! Enjoy, there'll be more soon...

Night parade of 100 Demons v.1

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The images here will be part of an on-going project to document the myriad of characters from inside my mind and also those that I have been inspired by. The project of the 'Night parade..' began as I was researching folk-tales of Japan and its plethora of spirits and goblins known as 'Yurei' and 'Yokai.' The idea of the night parade is taken from Toriyama Sekien's 'Myriad of a hundred Ghosts and Demons' and initially began as an homage to it. However as the different personalities of each creature came to be put on paper, I gradually became more and more carried away with the characters from within my head also-so here we have it! Ive barely begun this project, but it looks like the traditional Yokai parade will also be shaired with the characters from my own little world...