And Now for Something Completely Different

OK, it’s not a flying circus, but it is a sideshow.

Lately, I’ve been working on improving my illustration skills by making ATCs or Artist Trading Cards. It’s fun to make little art and trade it with other folks, and themed swaps make me stretch myself to see what I can come up with to fit. But what, you may ask, does any of this have to do with bones? Well, I haven’t posted here recently (though I’m going to aim for at least one post a week from here on), as I’ve been busy with art and writing and various other things. But this past week I had a chance to draw some bones for an ATC swap.

So, without further ado, may I present A Scientific Study of Sideshow Freaks through their Skeletal Anatomy (which is, of course, not scientific at all–though it would be fun to re-do them as Victorian-esque scientific drawings, come to think of it).

Exhibit 1: The Rat-Tailed Boy

The Rat-Tailed Boy

Exhibit 2: The Two-Headed Man

The Two-Headed Man

Exhibit 3: The Three-Legged Woman

The Three-Legged Woman

Exhibit 4: The “Mermaid”

The Mermaid

Next post, I promise to get back to the more serious business of bone study.

Published in: on 31/03/2010 at 8:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Taxidermy in Art

There’s a great post on taxidermy in art over at Dr InSectus’s Cabinet of Curiosities. The art of Ron Pippin, Jessica Joslin and Rosamond Purcell are all covered (with pictures!), and the work is just beautiful. I was already familiar with all three artists, but there were a few images here I hadn’t seen. I’m especially fond of the work of Rosamond Purcell (who I’m also a fan of on Facebook). I’ve got a couple of her books, which I’ll probably talk about in later posts, and I’m working on a triptych of linoprints based on one of her photographs of fossils. (OK, sometimes I secretly want to be Rosamond Purcell, except mostly I’m too fond of being myself.)

Some of this is the kind of work I can imagine myself doing, if I had more tools and more skills. Lately I’m imagining mounted and posed cow skeletons lurking in the bushes around my 5 acres. I know where to get the skeletons, too. Maybe this summer I’ll get ambitious and learn how to mount them. If BillyZee will let me fill our property with skeletal cows. He might not like that.

Published in: on 16/03/2010 at 8:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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