I am thinking of writing a proposal for This – I think a lot of fun could be had with this subject, i.e. lots of nice embarassing ‘Dad Joke’-esque double entendres and silly word play. I am also considering doing a print making course.
Also, it is AV Festival soon! I will be checking this out in Newcastle so will report back on my findings.
Creativity is slow off the ground at the moment as I am looking for a job in Leeds, but my mother is hosting two art classes today (Adults and then children) So that should be fairly interesting…..
Back in England!
Today I am e-mailing the Kyoto International Manga Museum about an exhibition of Japanese Folklore I saw in August while we were there.
Japanese Folklore is heavily influenced by Shinto and Buddhism, as these are the two main religions in Japan. It features some of the most surreal characters and story lines I’ve ever come across, and I got particularly excited about some of the ‘Yōkai‘ or monster spirit characters, as they have the ability to shape-shift, have supernatural powers and tend to be pretty irritating – for example, there is one character who hides in trees above paths that travelers often tread, transforms him self into a giant disembodied head, and falls out of the tree infront of said traveler to terrify him. There is another character who has a giant eye instead of a bottom, and uses this to terrify people in a similar fashion by pulling down his trousers when they least expect.
Often these characters are a mixture of human and animal, and some can originate from as exotic locations as ‘The Capital of The Moon’ so there’s no end of fun to be had reading about them.
This is ‘Kappa’; a kind of humanoid child sized amphibious river spirit. Kappa inhabit ponds and rivers in Japan and like to fart loudly and look up lady’s Kimonos. Kind of looks very similar to ‘Ponyo’ from Miyazaki’s new film of the same name, but where as Kappa are quite happy just being Kappa, Ponyo is a goldfish who wants to be a human girl. (Sigh, awesome)
I was really impressed with the KIMM – not only does it have an absolutely phenomenal library of Manga new and old, it has a complete history of how it developed and a tonne of interactive stuff like this:
You can also enjoy a beer outside on the astro turf – complete with fake dirt!
Want to go back to Japaaaan.
Tomorrow (The 25th of January, ’10) is the opening of “As is Painting, so is Poetry” at The Norman Rae Gallery, Langwith College, York University – ‘ A showcase of work by ten sets of british contemporary artists exploring the relationship between written word and visual communication.’
Some of my illustrations from my last six months travelling around South East Asia will be displayed alongside work by some awesome artists; Amelia Crouch, Jon Owen, David Steans, Hardeep Pandhal, Kirsty Noble and Gareth Durasow, Nous Vous Collective, David Prosser, Lucy Cheung and Sarah Dee Barrett.
Plus it’s free, and there’s wine.
In other news, I’m currently in Kuala Lumpur, waiting for the Hindu Festival Thaipusam on the 30th of this month. More on that later…
We visited the Kuala Lumpur Art Gallery today, and I was very much impressed with a painting by Zhang Zhengmin, featuring a man covered in pig stamps throwing up over a bird.
Hello there. I’m in Vietnam, spending lots of my hard earned Dong.
I drew this in china but had to use it as an emergency tip money card for our ‘tour guide.’ Who knows what she will have thought of it… it is a drawing of ‘Pixiu’ the Horse Dragon; he is very lucky in China as he has a huge fat behind which means ‘nothing is getting out’ i.e, none of your money is going any where it shouldn’t.
I am currently drawing a lot around South East Asia and hope to do some more scribblings in Borneo in the new year…
Hopefully some of this should be shown in January in an exhibition starting the 25th of January. I hope! hope hope!
No, I don’t know either.
Afernoon. This ‘blog’ is going to document creative stuff and impending trip to Asia, along with stuff what I think is good…I think? Yeah lets go with that for now.