Hey do you like good art, Pokemon, or speculative biology? If you don’t get outta here! If you do, check out the Midnight Monsters kickstarter by B9 Kingdom! They only have one week left and they are trending towards not reaching their goal. Their goal is $30,000 and their on track to reach $24,000-30,500 which is VERY narrow to say the least.
Capture Creatures- by Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson Inspired by Ken Sugimori’s feat of designing the original 151 Pokemon in a single year Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson have created 151 unique creatures, relations, and descriptors.
The Exquisite Beast- by Evan Dahm and Yuko Ota A series of illustrations of a monster evolving traded between Yuko and Evan. All illustrations were done with ink and inkwash.
If you were not previously aware, these fine books are now available for preorder! Including-but-not-limited-to my and Evan’s collected Exquisite Beastproject!
We worked really hard on designing these books and the Exquisite Beast book is hopefully gonna be really lovely, especially the deluxe edition. We’re shooting for the deluxe cover to be a three-piece done with black faux leather binding over a cloth cover with a screenprinted design, debossed title area, a pasted-on title card. With a ribbon bookmark. I’m ridiculously excited. 8D
And it’s gonna be full of weird monsters and that is cool, too!
Going to reblob this again because Yuko explains it so well. I am super excited about this Exquisite Beast book; it’s been really fun putting together and I think it will turn out great!
Seventeen. Pushing it further and weirder: its baleen-trough mouth hangs lower to skim the surface of the water, and the front and back limbs are becoming more like fins… I like the idea of a creature becoming amphibious in the air and the water, so maybe it’s going in that direction a bit!
haven’t been pushing the contrast far enough but I think I did a good job on this one
The Exquisite Beast is a project that Yuko Ota and myself, Evan Dahm, are starting. Beginning with this creature drawn by me, we will take turns drawing future creatures, each one representing a visible step in a theoretical evolutionary process. We’ll play with the aesthetic of living things and the process of natural selection, and may or may not end up with a biologically plausible series of beasts.
In the future, Yuko’s monsters will go up on every Friday, and mine will go up on every Tuesday. Thanks for looking!
This is a new project by me and Yuko! Check it out and follow the blog!! It will go weird places!