Monday, June 13, 2011

Imaginary Beings

When not sketching environments or people, we all also sketched beasts from Borges's The Book of Imaginary Beings. Seeing everyone's different take on a base concept is always fun; it's a great exercise. Here are scans of a couple of mine. Perhaps I'll clean them up a bit and add color / rendering as time permits.

Humbaba, a giant from the epic of Gilgamesh, is described as having brassy scales, vulture talons, lion's paws, the horns of a bull, and the head of a serpent on the end of his tail and "generative organ". He defends the forest from Enkidu and Gilgamesh.

T'AO T'IEH (饕餮)
The T'ao-T'ieh (Taotie,饕餮) is a beast from Chinese mythology, described as having the giant head of a dragon, tiger, or person atop two bodies, with a shared set of forearms. The T'ao-T'ieh was also described as an "ogre-mask", inspired by the "devil of symmetry". It serves as a warning against self-indulgence. (Fitting to have sketched this while in Amsterdam.)


JAY said...

These are really fun! "T'AO T'IEH" = Jason's new shoulder tattoo. :P

spikytiger said...

Ha! I'll stick to my hypothetical astronomical tattoos for now. Seeya this weekend buddy! OOOOOOooooooooo

Kumpulan Artikel said...

Hello. I have a friend, his name is Bullion Dragon. Can you sketch that combination of that 3 animals (bull, lion, dragon) for me? Thanks.