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Friday, 16 October 2009

The Description of the Curious Creatures

A Single Curious Creature

I love a good book. I can appreciate almost any literature, which is what happened with Amos Tutuola’s The Palm Wine Drinkard. It’s one of those books that can make you cringe in utter disbelief. Some think it brilliant, its simplicity so novel that only genius could create it, others are simply mortified.

I love it for a simple reason; the imagery which is richly elaborate, imaginative, fantastical and vividly coloured by landscape. It’s on the strange side.

Imagine following the “perfect” person, a complete person, refusing to be chased away by their bad attitudes and all those other little indicators that maybe you should run for the hills. Imagine that, then imagine watching as they remove each perfect, complete part and return it to whoever they borrowed it from. An arm here, a lovely leg there; maybe a personality as well. I know I’ve been there.

I ponder over my insecurities and the impossibilities that make me utterly paranoid. Perhaps these ladies are those. Perhaps they’re the insecurities I see in people all around me. Whatever they may seem to you, I hope you heed Tutuola’s advice “DO NOT FOLLOW UNKNOWN MAN’S BEAUTY”.

Two More Curious Creatures

Two Curious Creatures



29 comments:

Aleesuhn_Muhree said...

I absolutely LOVE this! The imperfect girls are ironically, just perfect ;) I think you should make a post card series using these.

The Star said...

I cannot wait to be able to read a good book. I'm def picking that one up you mentioned!

Heliotropism said...

I love to read and plan on getting this book tomorrow! Even though I have three that I am currently reading and four waiting to be read I am going to bump this one to the top!

Your girls are perfect... Perfection is unachievable as it varies from perception to perception. All that matters is your perfection, what you envision within, is achieved.

Retromus-ik said...

Your girls are beautiful, as always. Even more intriguing is the fact that they can be so stunning while missing eyes, lips for some, necks etc. If I finally finish the book I'm writing, God willing I will within the next decade;), I would love you to draw the cover!

Naarya said...

hmmm....for me eyes reflect the soul of a person...so i am not able to enjoy them as much as i would :(
its just my personal opinion....
but your technique is great as always :)

Mae said...

You are so gifted! I'm so glad I found your page : ) I would love to feature you and your artwork on my blog: http://naturalchica.blogspot.com. Keep up the good work!!

for the love of pictures said...

Lovely as always. Your talent is amazing :)

peenkfrik said...

It took me some time to comment but I really like your art. :)

rodell said...

:]

Patricia Grannum said...

Brianna, I love this idea and the execution. Lovely. :-)

Andre Bagoo said...

Cool blog

miss moose said...

My internet is finally running properly and I got to see more of your work... OHMYGOSH. As if I wasnt impressed already girl! I hope you don't mind, but I think I might have a crush on you ;P
Also, thank you for your sweet comment about my blog! I totally dig your vibe too. x.

Dolls of Color said...

I love your colour choices, they are so clear, bright, pure and vibrant. I particularly like your style in depicting people's features too.

Just curious, what mediums do you usually use to colour your illustrations?

Dolls of Color said...

oh nevermind me... I've just checked out your portfolio and found my answer... love love your graphite drawing "Mythos"! (cute owls too)

HaS the Turtle said...

Haha I have to say your voice is a fresh read as well. I enjoyed reading through your entries I hope to read more in the future. I hope you stop by as well and feed the fish have a listen and read my nonsense called a life :)

-Hazey

Eri said...

Hello there,

I just came across your blog and much enjoyed it.
Lovely illustrations!
I hope to see you soon.

www.prettyportobello.blogspot.com

Frederica Belle said...

These girl are lovely. I'd love to have these painting on my wall. They are beautiful. but imperfect, causing the viewer to stare longer, and to become entrapped.
Gorgeous.

Gemma Louise said...

beautiful painting as always xx

ChinChin said...

Woman, start clothing line!!! I love love love the dress in the last picture...and I want it!!!

'Manda said...

i LOVE YOUR PAINTINGS. I've tried to leave you some comments but Blogger isn't getting along with me very well today. I have a blog award for you that I posted a few days ago. Just go to this link and you can pick it up

http://mandablogsabout.blogspot.com/2009/10/look-at-all-of-these-awards-ive-won.html

:::the.kisser::: said...

hey, i hope you get this.
i love your blog and your drawings. i have awarded you the honest scrap award, check out my blog.

.kisses.

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miss moose said...

I hope you post some new work soon girly!
ps I gave you an award (on my blog) in honour of your amazing talent :)

Angela Butler said...

Love your painting. Please let me know how I can purchase one. Thanks.

P.T said...

Wow! You are talented! I love your drawings/paintings!

Nsoromma...Child of the Heavens said...

Loving your work AND the sound of this book. I think I stumbled on a gem!

Julian Tejera said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I always enjoy when someone random and new leaves their feedback :) Much appreciated. I really enjoy your art as well. There's something about your women that really draws the attention of the viewer in, and it even comes thru in your eyeless figures. You may want to check out illustrator Amanda Atkins. She's a good friend of mine with a lovely, similar stylization. Keep up the great work :)

Nana said...

Edgy?! I love it, I'll read the book as soon as I get some time off from school, work and theater :-)

AMBROSE tHEODORE said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE.....BONG!!!!