monday art: hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world

by brandon as book art — brandon Mon 10 Apr 2006 1:31 pm

New routine. I’m gonna start putting up two new pieces of art every Monday. The first will be an illustration from or inspired by a book I have, or a book I’ve read – I have a good-sized stack of books so it’s going to take a while to get through them this way. At least a couple of years. I don’t know that I’ll keep this up that long – I have no idea what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be two years from now – but, let’s see how it goes.

Art Monday #1 is from Haruki Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World:

the golden beasts

Spring passed, summer ended, and just now as the light takes on a diaphanous glow and the first gusts of autumn ripple the waters of the streams, changes become visible in the beasts. Golden hairs emerge, in scant patches at first, chance germinations of some unseasonal herb. Gradually whole fields of feelers knit out through the shorter fur, until at length the whole coat is gleaming gold. It takes not more than a week from start to finish for this ritual to transpire. They commence their metamorphosis almost at the same time; almost at once they are done. Within a week every animal has been completely transformed into a beast of gold. When the morning sun rises and casts newly golden over the world, autumn has descended upon the earth.

The goal here is more to capture the hallucinatory, magical-realist quality of The End of The World as it appears in the book than to focus on a faithful depiction of the beasts, which, as I re-read the passage, may be somewhat less shaggy and more unicorn-like (the unicorn aspect comes up elsewhere in the novel) than I’ve drawn them; but the way they act always evoked giant sloths to my mind.

I should stress that this picture in no way will prepare you for what I have in mind next week. I’ve already decided. Muhuhahaha ha ha.

2 Comments »

  1. Comment by fossfor — May 21, 2006 at 4:04 am

    very nice illo,it makes me want to read this book,i have never heard of it

  2. Comment by Bron — October 31, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Stumbled across this while looking for book cover images for Hard Boiled Wonderland – beautiful illustration. ^_^

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