Sep 8 2011

#131 “The Big Fun Party”

From Hannah in Orange, California

It doesn’t get wilder and wackier than this, my friends, but it also doesn’t get any more lupine. For most of you, the last word that you would use to describe this wolf illustration would be “traditional.” I won’t disagree with this; this picture truly isn’t a conventional rendering of the wolf, but it certainly does encapsulate many aspects of the lobo very accurately.

Let’s examine some of the elements of this picture and discover how they relate to the idea of the wolf as a whole.

The burger: This fleshy delight truly represents the carnivorous nature of the wolf, but the fact that this wolf is dining on what appears to be a traditional cheeseburger also represents the fact that we are linked to the lobo by our own carnivorous nature. We don’t necessarily view ourselves as being carnivores because our food is presented to us on classy glass plates. But this doesn’t change the fact that what we are eating is still just a hunk of meat, sometimes still dripping with blood.

The ribbon/hair: While much of this wolf’s coat seems a little straggly, the bow adorned across the top of its brow accentuates the fact that the wolf’s appearance is both beautiful as well as raw and sometimes even crude. The animal is the perfect combination of natural beauty and inherent coarseness.

The feces: Nothing suggests the primal nature of the wolf more than this steamy, stinky pile of refuse. It suggests a nomadic nature and an unrefined and unabashed lifestyle. It suggests that the wolf exists clearly outside of human social norms and suggests and a raw instinctual nature to simple follow the body’s urges to the utmost degree. The wolf does what it wants, regardless of what others may think. It is its own master, and follows the urges and impulses of its own body.

The spots: This aspect of the wolf’s appearance represents the fact that each wolf is unique. With the birth of each creature, the mold is broken. The spots could never be recreated the same way on any other creature. Each one is special. Each is a snowflake of individuality.

The skull mask: This item is indicative of the fact that the world the wolf resides in is one of constant struggle and hardship. Literally, everyday the wolf must make choices, the results of which will result in either life or death. The wide eyes set inside this morbid disguise clearly are meant to point to the stressful toll that a life of daily survival must take on an animal. It’s true that the being is one that is created and equipped with the necessary mindset to handle such pressures, but with the ever increasing encroachment of man into wolf territories and the increased prejudice against the animal, who can blame this particular creature for his apparently worrisome outlook?

Overall, this illustration has to be one of the most beautifully twisted and creative that I have received thus far over the life of this project, but trust me, this picture isn’t the only trick that Hannah has in her bag. If you check out her website here, you will be transported into a world of warped wonder in which you will be introduced to fantastic and whimsical creatures of all shapes and sizes. It’s a “Big Fun Party” of magnificently perverted beauty that will suck you in and dig its claws deeply into you, but trust me: I think you’ll like it just the same.

Aug 29 2011

#121 “When the going gets weird…”


 From Hikage in Quebec City, Canada

What do you get when you cross an acid trip with a breakfast cereal commercial and then sprinkle it with Saturday morning cartoon shows and a dash of depraved and twisted humor on top?

What do you get when you combine two parts MGMT music video with one part “Space Ghost”/”Adult Swim” and multiple by a clown’s wildest dream and the inner workings of Chuck Palahniuk’s childhood imagination?

The answer to both of these questions is the illustration that you see before you today. As the famous pioneer of Gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson, once said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” And in my humble opinion, this illustration displays weirdness at its most professional. The picture seems to represent a refreshing sense of nostalgia that is weird and twisted, but it is also beautifully and artfully rendered. It is a perfection combination of warped childhood wonder, tame kinkiness, and true artistic talent.

In the end the viewer walks away from this illustration with a healthy confusion of disquietude and pleasure that is not easy to come by. For although the picture seems innocent enough on the surface, underneath the viewer is left with an almost twisted feeling that innocence has somehow been distorted here. The viewer may find himself asking whether the playful attitude/tone of the illustration genuine. But then again, maybe this attitude towards the illustration suggests more about me as a viewer than it does about the illustration.

Either way, I simply can’t stop staring at this colorful illustration which has caused a rainbow of thought to fill this clouded brain.

Also, just in case you’re interested, you can check out the Nyan Cat video below. I had actually never heard of this particular meme until the artist informed me about the reference in the illustration. On and slightly unrelated note, I can’t figure out whether I am embarrassed by my ignorance of the Nyan Cat or not. Either way, here it is. Enjoy!