Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bear and Wolf

Bear is a jovial character, and the abstract symbolism on his paws is a version of Salmon that the Tlingits use. The face on his back represents Sam McGee, a man that he becomes very close with in the story.
Wolf, although a protagonist in the story, acts as a Hades-like creature to the humans. The people are greedy and corrupt both to the land and each other. Wolf governs their consequences. He is Eagle's opposite (represented on his back), and therefore his ovoids are upside-down(negative). The 3 "U-forms" between his eyes are potlatch rings that will be translated into a hat when he is in his human form.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


This is a revisit to Eagle as I am refining his design.  Eagle is the top of the totem, and most powerful spirit both in my story and Tlingit culture.  The hands on his chest foretell his ability to transform into a human.  You can't quite understand his other symbolism without me posting Bear, Wolf, and Beaver yet, but Bear's repetitive Salmon design is Eagle's eye.  The "eyes" on his neck and knees are positive (upright in Tlingit design), where on Wolf they are upside down because Wolf is the spirit of the Underworld like a Hades in my story.  
I'm also including a working version of the five spirits in traditional Tlingit coloring so you can enjoy their awesome graphic style.  I have yet to do other color options for Beaver, which I will post soon.

...and yes, Tlingit Eagles have "ears."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Drunk girl...and a parot

Again, this was the theme that the model was acting on in a workshop I attended last month.  These were done in 10-20 min.

Monday, January 5, 2009


Thought I'd show you my elephant and elephant creature-thing I did last semester.  Why does the potentially dangerous elephant have cute Disney eyes, you might ask?  I'm not really sure, except that the odds that I had a Disney movie playing in the background while I was drawing this are exceptionally high.