Five beasts a week…

Tengu

β€œThere is a kind of lazy pleasure in useless and out-of-the-way erudition.”

β€”Jorge Luis Borges, from The Book of Imaginary Beings

A-lan

Kris is posting photos on his blog of each and every one of the hand-illustrated mythical beasts in his unique and personal bestiary, Teratologus.

I’m glad he’s finally doing this…there are over 200 beasts in it, and he has painted or drawn them all, as well as compiled as much information as he could about them (and not just from the internet, which is full of incredibly misleading, misinformed, copy-and-paste-from-each-other style research!) Because of the impossibility of reproducing this book with its full-color pages, it can only ever be shared this way. At least a few more people get to see these illustrations…until now it’s been a kind of household treasure that only a handful of friends have ever had the chance to browse.

It was a labor of love for him for at least 15 years…something that he did out of passion, with no other motives or promise of any sort of reward beyond the old-fashioned joys of research and scholarship, and the pleasure of imagining and illustrating each character.

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7 thoughts on “Five beasts a week…

  1. That’s a mighty task! An illustrated bestiary! looking wonderful already, especially that stair-filled castle from a dream… I love that you guys keep doing these things. its like having a wiff off the sea somewhere inland.

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        1. Hon, we’re doing that on the blog. No way are we shelling out the dough required to publish a book where every page is in full color. If we had that sort of capital, it would make more sense to just print money. πŸ˜‰

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          1. Nat, ever heared of print on demand???? πŸ˜‰ Just make the book, upload it and those who want it can pay as much as it costs to print one copy! It’s a lot of work, but a awesome way to create a book… πŸ™‚ I made a whole year of my blog into a book once, and I still adore that book!

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