Friday, April 29, 2011

Thor


Yes, you guessed it, I saw the Marvel comic book movie Thor yesterday. I liked it, even if it was directed by (ugh) Kenneth Branagh (don't blame me, blame the three Branagh films I was forced to watch in my final year of high school including four hours of Hamlet (oddly enough Hamlet is still my favourite Shakespeare play)).


 A Marvel Comic Book illustration of Thor.

Thor by Johannes Gehrts.

Thor by Arthur Rackham.

And now for some pictures of other well known mythological figures found in the comics and the film.

Odin and Sons from the 12th century.

The Punishment of Loki by Louis Huard.

Frigga Spinning the Clouds by John Charles Dollman.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy

Hi, I just had to say how happy I've been made by the recent spike in views.
As a thank you to all those visiting my blog here is a Happy Yellow Monster No. 2 by the always brilliant Gabrielle Rose a.k.a. DrawGabbyDraw;

It reminds me of Doctor Seuss and has inspired me to try drawing some monsters of my own.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dante's Inferno

So I'm back from Byron. It's sad I know.
Sitting at my old computer and my old desk, comfortable though it may be, is a little depressing after the awesome week I had at glorious Byron Bay.
Whilst away (and a bit before) I was reading Jodi Picoult's Tenth Circle, a novel rich intertextuality with the epic poem Dante's Divine Comedy, in particular the first book Dante's Inferno.
Naturally I went to my parents bookshelf and found said inferno and brought it with me to Byron as well as the Picoult.
I've finished neither but am a good way in to both. Once finished I plan to write a little essay about them which I will submit in application for a writing gig so wish me luck. For now however I give you Dante’s journey through the Inferno (or part of it) as illustrated by Gustave Doré;

 Dante in the Dusky Woods (Canto 1)

Charon ferrying Dante and Virgil across the river Acheron (similar to the river Styx).

The Unfortunate Love of Paolo and Francesca (Canto 5)

The Violent Being Tortured by a Rain of Fire (Canto 14)

Dante's Descent into the Abyss on Greyon's Back (Canto 17)

Lucifer in the Ninth Level of Hell (Canto 34)


And now a parting shot of my beloved Byron.

The lighthouse and most eastern point of Australia. We never actually go out of the car (the photo's taken through the window) because we'd brought the dog and it turned out to be a national park (no doggies allowed). It's pretty pathetic I know and we never got a chance to go back, but hey I had a great time anyway.

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Three Graces

The Three Graces can be found in Greek (Charites) and Roman (Gratiae) mythology. They're really just a version of the triple goddess (maiden, mother and crone) though you'll find in the pictures below all three are pretty young and beautiful. From youngest to oldest they are named: Aglaea ("Splendor"), Euphrosyne ("Mirth"), and Thalia ("Good Cheer")

 Michael Parkes, 2004.

 Peter Paul Rubens, 1636-40.

 George Frederick Watts.

 Gennady Privedentsev.

 Emile Vernon.
Hans Baldung.

Koloman Moser.


Raphael, 1504-5.

Lucas Cranach the elder.


Brett Manning, 2009. 
I don’t actually know if this in any way connected to the three graces, but there’re three of them and I like it so I’m going to go with it. (http://brettisagirl.com/)


I'm still in Byron, go home in two days but I don't want leave, I love it here even if I am exhausted from walking everywhere and pretty much being on my feet and doing stuff from 7/8 to midnight or later each day.
Yesterday my cousin and I went shopping and I found a t-shirt with a picture on it by the talented Brisbane artist Courtney Brims at Billabong (and it was half price!)


Today My cousin got an awesome wreath for her hair
 and I was sooo jealous I made my own.
Isn't it awesome (it's a few hours old now so it might look a bit limp but in its prime it was the best!!).

Friday, April 22, 2011

Picture of the Week: Byron Style

So I'm currently in Byron Bay and loving it with my cousin. Were not going to the Blues Fest, but were having a great time nonetheless.
On my first day here we got the local paper and on the cover was a picture by Hieronymus Bosch, and here it is.

The Garden of Earthly Delights, 1480-1490 or 1503-1504.


In the news paper only the middle panel was featured which is full of lots of sexy naked people running around and being naked. The left panel is most likely God showing Adam and Eve the Garden of Eden, and the right panel is a hellish landscape which, if you ask me, stands out from the other two because of it's radically different colour scheme.


In other news, I went to an arts supply store yesterday and got a couple of watercolour sketch books and a book about 15th Century Art (pictured below).



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Autumn

So here in the Southern Hemisphere, and more specifically Australia/Queensland/Cap... (no I’m not going to give you my address) it is autumn, a beautiful season, when leaves change colour and a cool chill begins to play on the breeze. Actually at my house there’s only one tree that has the decency to shed its leaves, and even then it never gets completely bare. But nevertheless autumn is a beautiful season, and here to prove that fact, a few friends of mine…


 Autumn by Alphonse Mucha, 1896 and 1897.


Autumn by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1572 and 1573.

Autumn by Robert Tournieres, 1718.

Beauty in the Autumn Wood by Maurice Denis, 1892.

Falling Leaves an Allegory of Autumn by Hugues Merle, 1872.

An Autumn Pastoral by François Boucher, 1749.
Autumn Leaf and Autumn Storm by Sulamith Wülfing. 

So I'm off to Byron in a few hours, I'll try my darndest to keep to my posting schedule while away, but If I slip up I trust you will forgive me :) enjoy the autumn months (ok and spring for those up north).

Monday, April 18, 2011

Michael Parkes

The amazingly stunning work of Michael Parkes;

Aditi 1989.
I love Parke's style, particularly his lithograph prints, which all of these are.

 Black Rhino 2010.
Who doesn't like a Rhino.

 The Gift 2008.
I like the monument, totem pole kind of feel of this one and the use of triangular patterns.
The Hummingbird Collector 2004.
I love the characters he creates for his art, they're so rich and detailed, my mind starts imagining what they are like, how they act, and speak and move.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Mum

Just a quick little post to wish my mum a very happy birthday because I love her and like to see her smile.

The topic of this post is Mother Goddesses, three in particular that have always interested me; Gaia, Demeter and Ceres.


This image depicts the Titan Gaia from the video game God of War (http://godofwar.wikia.com/wiki/Gaia).
In Greek myth she is the ultimate earth mother, she is a primordial deity and mother to many gods, titans and other mythological beings.

Demeter Mourning Persephone by Evelyn de Morgan (1906).
In Greek Mythology Demeter is the Goddess of the bountiful harvest (amongst other things). Demeter loses her daughter Persephone to the god Hades and the Underworld. During her sorrowful search for her daughter she turns the earth into a desolate wasteland and starves the people.
In the end Demeter is reunited with her daughter but only for part of each year, the rest of the time Hades gets her.

Ceres circa. 1800.
The Roman Goddess Ceres, whilst having different origins from the Greek’s Demeter, came to adopt many of her stories and iconography. As you can see her she wears wheat in her hair like Demeter, and the scene depicted is of a moment in Ceres’s search for her daughter Proserpina.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Isn't It Annoying

It seems inevitable that after I post a themed post I find a myriad of other awesome images that fit the theme but I failed to find prior to posting that dang post.

Like this little ditty by Claude Verlinde that would have set of my Jesters Jokers Clowns and Fools post perfectly.
As for Claude Verlinde, there are a few good sites featuring his work if you just type his name in to google, but nothing official as far as I can tell. He also did this amazing Birth of Aphrodite pic which would have been great for my now ancient Birth of Love post.

I could say something... but I won't.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Picture of the Week

Daga and the Trolls by Cory Godbey (2009).
Similar gorgeous illustrations can be found at his website and he also keeps a great blog called Light Night Rains.
This piece (I discovered through the blog) is based on the Swedish tale Daga and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain, that particular post including a summary of the tale can be found here.

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