Tuesday, September 28, 2010

0070. Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae is an American musician and performer who founded the Wondaland Arts Society, a band of performers and thinkers who bear the creed "We believe music is the weapon of the future."

Monae recently released Archandroid,  a sweeping epic album that's taken the music world by storm not only because of its intelligence and beauty, but also because of Monae as a character- her energetic, gender bending performances have captivated viral media.

Monae recently turned some heads by doing a photoshoot with a moustache, and defended the look with integrity and sincerity when the "girlstache" was challenged.  This is what piqued my interest in her as a performer and a persona, though I was well converted to a fan the moment I heard her album weeks prior.

Find her and Archandroid at http://www.jmonae.com/.

Monday, September 20, 2010

0068. + 0069. Mulder and Scully

Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are the dynamic lead duo from the TV/Movie franchise, The X-Files.

The show, centered around the pair of FBI agents investigating paranormal activity, was a hit in 1990's because it examined growing public sentiments regarding the government, conspiracy theories, and extraterrestrial and spiritual phenomena.  The true staying power, however, was in the characters, whose theoretical dissonance and unresolved sexual tension made the show captivating and addicting.

Friday, September 17, 2010

0067. Bala Krishna

Krishna is one of the many forms of Vishnu, and  the worship of Bala Krishna (child Krishna) attests to the strength of his childhood mythology and legend, and the value of the concept of lila, or "Divine Play."

Bala Krishna stands out to me as a deity with a rich narrative civilian legend.  The eighth son of Vasudeva, he was conceived without sexual union, but rather through the minds of his parents, and was surrendered to foster parents to avoid being murdered by his uncle who was fated to be destroyed by Vasudeva's eighth child.  It is in his country life where his legend flourishes- from tales of transforming a basket of fruit to jewels for a kind lady, to sucking the life out of the teat of a woman sent to poison him!

As a child he is revered for his brightness and love of fun and affection, but as a god, he represents also a strong sense of morality, cleverness, and retribution.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Posting Delay

A quick note to mention that new idols will not be posted until next Friday (9/17/10) as I focus on completing an another project this week.  Thanks for following along!

Friday, September 3, 2010

0066. Shiva

Shiva is the "destroyer," and third in the Hindu trimurti.  This particular depiction of Shiva is the Nataraja Shiva, performing the universe-destroying dance that makes way for Brahma to begin creation again.  The dance represents the destruction of illusion, and is usually represented in a bronze sculpture.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

0065. Oscar François de Jarjayes

Oscar François de Jarjayes, also known as "Lady Oscar" is the heroine of the monumental Japanese comic hit The Rose of Versailles, a girls' comic from the 1970's about a young woman raised as a knight who serves Princess Marie Antoinette. The comic has been a lasting favorite of Japan, retold in animation and musicals and still marketed through merchandise to this day.

The Rose of Versailles was born at the peak of the golden age of shoujo manga (lit. girl's comics), starring a brave and determined woman knight that inspired countless other manga artists. Lady Oscar was a direct influence on another comic girl knight, Tenjou Utena from Revolutionary Girl Utenawho shaped a large part of my drawing style growing up, and who lingers in many of my illustration sensibilities today.