Matt hooked me up with a cool project- Peter Kato's Astromonger's Monster Challenge show sponsored by Toy Tokyo. We were given the following: "This show explores the relationship between the verbal and the visual by challenging artists to create works based solely on brief descriptions of historical monsters , creatures, cryptids, and yokai. Each artist works from the imagination and in any medium s/he chooses to render the assigned monster. The artists agree not to engage in external reseach; they are barred from viewing existent renditions of these creatures whether online or in print. They work in a visual vacuum. The result is an archive of contemporary representations of the many bizarre and wonderful monsters of the world."
Our assigned creature: The MAKARA (Hindu)
"In hindu mythology , traditionally it is considered an aquatic creature,Matt and I banged out a few sketches for the painting- Matt came up w/ the final design and look of the creature- I painted it. I tried to give the image a "Glyan" feel. The gallery will be open Jan 16-18 at Toy Tokyo's Showroom in NYC. If you're in the city make sure you check it out. Special thanks to Megan and Peter for hooking this up!
with the head the cross between a crocodile and that of a dolphin,
and a body with a mix between a fish & an elephant.
The creature is thought to be a representation of fertility.
It is seen throughout stories as a smart companion or steed to heroes."