mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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Oblivion Unbound. (13)

A Book of Mostly Creatures by Allison Theus.

Claw & claw unfold.
Then part waving tentacles.
Her face behind, blinks.

Allison Theus is an artist who draws at the intersection of biology & fantasy. Let me back up a minute. You know how every so often someone asks me how I find all the neat pictures for my roleplaying campaign, & I don't really have a good answer for them? There isn't a trick; I just read lots of fashion blogs, lots of interesting tumblrs, lots of gothy art blogs, lots of hipster art blogs, & lots of geeky art blogs. Well, Allison Theus has popped at a few of the geekier blogs I read-- & you know that I mean geeky in the best possible way. I think I first spotted here on Creature Spot, but then she was mentioned as a collaborator with Brynn Metheny of FishHook Studio & for the kicked at Wizards of the Coast's Art Order. Not a bad pedigree. Mostly Creatures is a collection of sketches, presented without context-- what is the deal with the Lock? Who engineered the adaptable Common Shiro to start with? Is Zlsh her Dragonborn character? A few pieces jump out particularly-- X marks the spot, Billy Goat Gruff, "parasite adheres to dog" & a few unnamed drawings-- I especially like the things that have human faces when they shouldn't. I think her advice to herself under her piece "Reindeer" really describes Theus' style best: "Everything is better part shrimp." She mentions it later, as well, & I can't say as I disagree.

(Bacon Fu by Allison Theus.)
Tags: art, books, haiku, theus

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