Monday, August 31, 2009

Caliban


Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again; and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me...

- from Caliban's speech to the shipwrecked mariners in the Tempest

We all begin as Caliban when we are children, awkward, clumsy, raging and fearful we will not get what we want, experiencing the world as a mysterious place in which events seem inexplicable. I did an etching based on this speech 30 years ago...I seem to be returning to some old themes recently. Possibly the first black and white one is my favorite. I'm not quite satisfied with it.

Monsters doing the funky chicken here

A thoughtful monster here

I will start posting the Alices tomorrow.

18 comments:

subtorp77 said...

Dunno. I'm more drawn to the close-up sketch. And some cool lookin' monsters, as well! Thanks for the link, Susan :)

mum said...

Oh, I love this speech and your takes on Caliban (did you keep the etching?)

Jasmine said...

So magical! I like your use of colour, it adds dimension, and you have not overused it. The balance feels right.

Sometimes we do revisit old influences, but that can be rewarding. Like seeing something for the first time. Fresh eyes, a new meaning.

ArtSparker said...

Mum- I'm not sure if i have a copy or if it burned in the last Berkeley hills fire. But the idea is much better expressed in this version - it's just still not complete.

Caio Fernandes said...

these works are very impressive and strong !!
if i liked your style of drawing ... now i admire even more .
i liked the composition of then too . i could imagine it as ornaments of arquiteture ... fron a nice magical place . it could be a public work , some for all people be able to see .

ArtSparker said...

C- well, to be repetitive - It's an illustration. I would like it to be more of a painting (possibly partly due to hanging out with painters?). However, the frustration is more interesting to me than irritating. At least at the moment.

Sculpture - well, different eyes see different things. This is amusing, not in a bad way.

Eva said...

I like the second one best. This tensed position, like a cat on the point of being frightened, perfect concentration.

Ande said...

Well, sometimes I have difficulty putting to words how I feel about a work; anyway, I really liked your images of the Caliban. I have had an image in my mind of how he (or she:) looks like for quite a long time, and your images was, well, a sweet air to me.

Titus said...

My favourite the second because it accords most with the Caliban of my imagination - wary, dis-eased, watchful.

herhimnbryn said...

All very Caliban-ish, but the 2nd ( to my mind) shows the hunched and wary Caliban.

Totalfeckineejit said...

I thought it would be all downhill after the zenith of toothless hero but no, these are great.Idon't know the caliban,it looks a little like a phooka. They are all god, but I like the head of the first oneand the body and shade and shadow and colour of the second.The juxtaposition of the colourful flowers, instead of softening, has the strange effect of making the creature appear more malevolent.

a-dog-a-day said...

For the love of sweet line.
Story telling line.

bindu said...

Interesting illustrations!

Oscar Woodruff said...

I like them all. Maybe because it's a close-up, but the third one's expression seems to have more believability. Thanks you for the link. ( ^ _ ^ )

tony said...

They Are Both Excellent!
Monsters With Soul & Beauty.
Yes.Magical.

Tomás Serrano said...

Excellent conbination of your classic pen line and the colored flowers

jude said...

ha! perfect expressions.

justdoodleit said...

They seem the to be poetic variety of monsters!