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Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Monkey King, Transformed

I was invited by dear colleague and good pal Su Haitao to participate in the book project 72 Transformations: Concept Designs for the Monkey King, doing my very own interpretation of the popular Chinese character. I thought it would be nice to share a work-in-progress piece here on the blog.

My idea, however, was to put the character not in a typical Monkey King action or combat scene but something more "behind the scenes". The hero inserts his famous flying cloud (with the assistance of a - for me typically - Steampunk insert-apparatus) right inside a kind of a giant lindworm or wingless dragon in order to make the monster be able to fly and to apply it as a chic sky-roadster with a nice Steampunk-ish cockpit attachment.

The complete process and the final artwork will be shown exclusively in the book.

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  1. Ha ha - awesome! Love the non-traditional take.

  2. Florian, thanks for the shout out on your website. Best of luck with your work, I'll stay in touch with you.

  3. Hi, so cool work! real awesome! The Publisher let me to tell you, they really, really like your unique work, and want to express to you Deep thanks! :)

  4. I don't know anything about the Monkey King, but I really like the bicycle contraption he is riding. Especially the use of the teapot.

  5. are you kidding? the honor is all mine!! thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting on my art!! I am a HUGE fan of yours and you are an immense inspiration for all my artwork!!! I just hope I was able to capture a bit of your style in my tribute piece to you and Barbucci! :)

    and beautiful sketches, as always!! :)

  6. Josh! Thanks! :)

    Taylor, it was me a pleasure :)

    Su! Hey, thanks for stopping by and letting me know! CHEERS!

    Hello Michael, long time no see, how are you? Thanks for leaving a comment here!

    Christian, absolutely, this is a brilliant piece of work! Thanks!