Thursday, September 29, 2011

Different X (Anjin Anhut)

Anjin Anhut shows Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, "Marvel Girl," and Angel in all-new ways. He has tried "to make their mutations not only very visible, but to a certain degree disfiguring. Something that renders them to be freaks on the surface so that they can show their humanity in their deeds."

Cyclops' face is scarred (revealing some skeletal structure) from his laser-bursts. Iceman is rougher, able to form himself into any shape he chooses. Beast has two opposable thumbs on his hands. Marvel Girl has an unusually large head and frail body to signify her mind's power over-shadowing her body's weakness.

Angel, Anjin understood as someone who had always wanted to be normal but was still always the one who had huge wings and stood out in a form that normal people would have wished for/worshiped. He was a classic example of someone who has a great gift, but doesn't appreciate in. Anjin chose to change that, making Angel more bird-like, his name is more of a nickname. The cross necklace perhaps hints at a strong Christian influence (probably the source of this now nickname).

Even though other artists have definitely tried to show the humanity of superheroes in different ways (to bring them down to our level), I'm glad that here Anjin changes the physical aspects instead of just the emotions or facial expressions (Click the picture for original source).

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Champagne Showers

      I don't know why, but I really like this song/video. It's probably because of the Blessed Champagne.

The Synagogue and The Church (Statues)

Here are sketches of The Synagogue (4) and The Church (5), two statues found in Strasbourg, France. The Synagogue is stands blinded, barely grasping properly a tool for measurement and almost dropping the tablets of the Law (Ten Commandments). In contrast, Christ has removed the blindfold, creating The Church. She is crowned in beauty and carrying a cross along with the Common Cup. Where as The Synagogue looks blind and ragged, Christ's sacrifice reminds us of His love and our beauty (wearing a crown and dress as His royal Bride).

"Strasbourg cathedral still preserves, on both sides of the south porch, dating from the XII th century, two statues of the Church and Synagogue carved in the middle of XIII th century. Thus these representations carved on the portals of the churches appear to have been made ​​from 1210 to 1260, that is to say, especially during the disastrous to the Jews, that they were persecuted with the most energy in the West. The Synagogue of the cathedral of Strasbourg we give (4) is blindfolded, his standard is broken in his hand, his left arm, while, drop the tables. The Church (5) is a graceful figure, almost smiling, carved with a delicacy rare in this beautiful red sandstone of the Vosges, which is the color of bronze." -Click the pictures for the website quoted above.