Δευτέρα, 30 Απριλίου 2012

Mummies from Peru as 19th cent. illustrations

'Antigüedades Peruanas' (1851) by Peruvian museum curator Mariano Eduardo de Rivero and Swiss naturalist Dr Johann Jakob von Tschudi was a cultural and historical book, full of illustrations of artifacts, items and burial cuctoms from Peruvian precolombian civilizations. It was the result of their long survey and reasearch during 1830s and 1840s in Peru. And it was a scientific and artistic achievement of their time. The drawings of peruvian mummies are very impressive. You can see all illustrations of the book scanned in Flickr

Τρίτη, 24 Απριλίου 2012

Vania Zouravliov


Russian-born Vania Zouravliov was inspired from an early age by influences as diverse as The Bible, Dante’s Divine Comedy, early Disney animation and North American Indians. Something of a child prodigy in his homeland, he was championed by many influential classical musicians including Ashkenazi, Spivakov and Menuhin. He even had television programs made about him and was introduced to famous communist artists, godfathers of social realism, who told him that his work was from the Devil.


By the age of 13, Vania Zouravliov was exhibiting internationally, visited Canterbury several times as well as Paris, Colmar and Berlin. He subsequently studied in the UK, and during this time began creating illustrations for The Scotsman and comics for Fantagraphics and Dark Horse in the US. His most recent projects have been for Beck's The Information and National Geographic.


Erotics, Death, Violence, Bondage fantasy and romance in a dark-gothic serene scenery. So, she has some stylistic similarities with Takato Yamamoto.Visit her gallery HERE and HERE, also her FACEBOOK

Πέμπτη, 19 Απριλίου 2012

Carlo Farneti's illustrations for Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal.


Carlo Farneti (1892-1961) was an Italian artist born in Naples who moved to Paris in 1926. He illustrated works by Zola, Poe and Baudelaire. I present some of his illustrations for 1935 edition of Baudelaire's 'Les Fleurs du Mal'.

Δευτέρα, 16 Απριλίου 2012

Bob Eggleton, fantasy-horror art

Bob Eggleton (1960-) is a multi-awarded science fiction, fantasy, and horror artist.
Eggleton's drawing and paintings cover a wide range of science fiction, fantasy, and horror topics, depicting space ships, alien worlds and inhabitants, dragons, vampires, and other fantasy creatures. His view on space ships were that they should look organic, and claimed that as a child, he was disappointed with the space shuttles and rockets NASA produced; they were nothing like fantasy artists of the twenties and thirties had promised. His fascination with dragons originated with his childhood interest of dinosaurs, which can be seen in the book Greetings From Earth. His paintings are commissioned and bought at science fiction conventions, and used as book covers. Eggleton has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. Eggleton is a fan of Godzilla and worked as a creative consultant on the American remake. While in Japan he appeared as an extra in one of the more recent films.
Asteroid 13562 was named Bobeggleton in his honor. Visit his SITE for more illustrations.












Τετάρτη, 11 Απριλίου 2012

Manananggal, the horrible vampire from Philippines


The Manananggal is a mythical creature of the Philippines and is described as being an older, beautiful woman, capable of severing its upper torso using black magic in order to fly into the night with huge bat-like wings to prey on unsuspecting pregnant women in their homes. Using an elongated proboscis-like tongue, it sucks the hearts of fetuses or blood of an unsuspecting, sleeping victim. It resembles a Western vampire, in being an evil, man-eating monster or witch. It is described as being a hideous, scary vampire-like creature, capable of severing its upper torso in order to fly into the night with huge bat-like wings to prey on unsuspecting, pregnant women in their homes; using an elongated proboscis-like tongue, it sucks the hearts of fetuses or the blood of an unsuspecting, sleeping victim. The severed lower torso is left standing, and it is said to be the more vulnerable of the two halves. Sprinkling salt or smearing crushed garlic or ash on top of the standing torso is fatal to the creature. The upper torso then would not be able to rejoin and will die at daybreak. Manananggal means "the one who separates itself" (in this case, separates itself from its lower body). The most prominent characteristic of a manananggal is its ability to dispatch its torso from its legs.