Monday, March 1, 2010

Yokai Explosion! Japanese Cryptozoological/Mythological Creatures

My abiding love for monsters of all shapes and sizes continues unabated in this series of Japanese Yokai, first shown in "Cryptozoology", an exhibition at the MIR Gallery in Nashville, TN, March 2010. The exhibit features six artists displaying their diverse interpretations of various cryptids including Bigfoot, the Lock Ness Monster, etc. Here are mine.

"Nekomusume" (Cat-Daughter)
pencil and digital, 2010

"Karakasa Attacks! (Rise of the Demon Japanese Umbrellas)"
pencil and digital, 2010

"Rokurokubi" (Long-Necked Woman)
pencil and digital, 2010

"Noppera-bō" (Faceless Ghost)
pencil and digital, 2010

Pencil and digital, 2009

Originally made as a spot illustration for Metropolis Magazine's "Last Word" section, published on October 16, 2009.

"The Last Word" article this accompanied is a wonderful piece about the importance of
Yokai in Japanese culture, written by Matt Alt. He, along with Hiroko Yoda and Tatsuya Morino, produced the great "Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide". Check it out.

For more info on this awesome member of our cryptozoological community, you can see
this awesomely comprehensive guide by Mark (who also has good taste in illustration :D)

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