Wednesday, January 27, 2010
2.25" x 3.75". gouache.
The Ebony Horse was Kamar al-Akmar's mount.
I'm familiar with some of the other 1001 tales, but not this one, so I had to look it up. Here's the gist:
From the classic ur-anthology The Arabian Nights (1850), it is basically a clockwork horse made from ebony and decorated with gems and gold, etc. It can fly, and Kamar al-Akmar, Prince of Persia, rides it around on his adventures. It even carries him into space, near the sun. The horse is not presented as a magical creature, but a clever invented mechanism driven by wound keys and everything. It is ultimately destroyed at the end of the tale. As such, "The Ebony Horse" is an early example of science-fiction :)
The work is all in the public domain and easily found online.
The Saw-Horse was Jack Pumpkinhead's mount, and my favorite in this bunch :)
Here's a charming illustration from one of the original OZ books. The illustrator was John R. Neill.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
4.5" x 3.5" x 2". found objects, hot glue, paint, flower pod.
I was cleaning out my home studio and was about to throw out a bunch of things, including some action figures. Then I noticed my hot glue gun and got busy.
I didn't pay a cent for any of these things; all found objects. The action figures were each pulled off the street and were quite mangled. I think the legs belong to a chunky little Batman figure. I didn't recognize the figure that yielded the arms; it was some sort of goblin thing. An opened hairclip for the shoulders, and part of a ski boot buckle for the back. The collar piece was from a shattered foam dart gun.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
~4.5" x 10". gouache.