9 Aug 2012

Invisible; like Stars

































































































































































































❦  Among the Tiv people of Wukari, Nigeria, is a secret society called the Mba Tsav. A man from the Mba Tsav may carry with him an amulet of a rubber horse. This horse is adorned with fabric, and at night may grow to that of a size where the man may mount it. The horse carries its traveller over long distances, rendering him invisible for a long and safe journey, undertaken in order to kill a victim and return unnoticed.

My romantically ironic entry for the Cheltenham Illustration Awards, 2012!  ..And shy way of saying hello to guest judge Tom Gauld, whose work makes me smile and laugh. :)

The horses were not said to fly. Turning them into stars is my way of depicting this invisibility.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful! What medium did you use?

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    1. Thank you! It's a mix of various inks and acrylic. Pencil too, but that's probably not so noticeable from the upload. x

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  2. Pretty amazing work and the back-story is wonderful. cheers!

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    1. Aww, thanks for all the recent comments, by the way. Really nice to have been able to discover such an interesting and talented artist through them :)

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  3. pretty amazing, like it a lot! so subtle!

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    1. Thanks, Kayb- Much appreciated way of making me smile :)

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