Friday, June 3, 2011

The Dream Hunters

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This illustration is based on Neil Gaiman's "The Dream Hunters" in which a clever Fox and a sly Badger make a wager to steal a Buddhist Monk's temple home from him. Which ever one chases the Monk away gets to keep his home as their own. In the process of this wager, the Fox takes human form and falls in love with the Monk. If you want to know the rest, you'll need to read the story ^^

I decided to set my illustration in the dream world where the Monk and the Fox spend some time together and consummate their love for each other. I also attempted to incorporate some classic Japanese-esque elements into my composition such as the symmetrical layout of the clouds and figures. The graphic swirls in the clouds and the color palette were inspired from many Ukiyo-E prints from ancient Japan, specifically Hokusai and Hiroshige. Although these elements are taken from the Japanese masters, the illustrative style remains my own.