Some concepts for two characters of mine: blink and belly!!! these aren’t their final colors.
Blink has eyes but is often not aware of its own surroundings - it finds it difficult to fully pay attention to the world around it. Belly can change the position, sharpness, and number of its teeth and it clicks them together in order to echolocate. It’s able to be more attentive and aware than blink.
i wanted to show them exploring each other, since they’d never experienced something like the other before meeting. belly had never encountered eyeballs and was very interested in them when feeling blink’s face, but you can’t really touch someone’s eyeballs with your feet…. and blink was fascinated with belly’s teeth and wanted to know how they were attached. it’s no great loss to belly to lose a tooth.
Tomorrow (Saturday the 27th) marks the opening of the 30 Year Anniversary Tribute to Naughty Dog at Gallery Nucleus!
There’s going to be so much rad stuff there and I’m super lucky to have snuck these four pieces in!
So I like to think of these as a part of a bigger collection: my collected curiosities (stuff you’d find at a curiosity shop or in the back alley of a shady part of town). There’s something beautiful yet slightly sinister about taxidermy and eyes in jars.
Anyway, these skulls were inspired by Naughty Dog’s game, The Last of Us, and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m way too much of a coward to play something like this. The research images alone haunted me for days!
So prints will be available through the gallery shop and I’ll update when they’re live and I have the exact details.