Monday, November 30, 2009

"Through the Centre of the Earth" The Blondells Musical Comedy Poster, 1905
Edmund Dulac
Illustration from Sinbad the Sailor.

Illustration from Sinbad the Sailor.

Illustration from Sinbad the Sailor.

Illustration from Sinbad the Sailor.

Sinbad's Discovery Of The Genie. 1906
Watercolour, pencil and gouache on paper

The Eastwind flew faster still, by Edmund Dulac.

Death Listened to the Nightingale - The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen - Edmund Dulac

Perseus and Andromeda

Illustration from The Snow Queen.

Dreamland, from the Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Portfolio of prints with illustrations extracted from stories from Hans Andersen, 1911.

An excellent assortment of Dulac's illustrations can be viewed here.

The Animation Archive has several pages of Edmund Dulac art, see them in the following links..

Illustrations from Tanglewood Tales

Illustrations from Hans Christian Andersen

Illustrations from The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Henry Fuseli - Thor Battling The Midgard Serpent, 1788
"The Midgard Serpent, Midgårdsormen, or World Serpent, is, in Norse mythology, a sea serpent, and the middle child of the giantess Angrboða and the god Loki. According to the Prose Edda, Odin took Loki's three children, Fenrisúlfr, Hel and Jörmungandr. He tossed Jörmungandr into the great ocean that encircles Midgard. The serpent grew so big that he was able to surround the Earth and grasp his own tail. When he lets go the world will end." - quote source

Fuseli previously mentioned here.
Frankenstein Poster
Francesco Francavilla

See more here.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Random Yokai

From the Tsuchigumo Zoshi scroll.

I suggest downloading this 2 gigabyte collection of Japanese art, much of it Yokai related. Included is a large array of text documents related to Yokai for those interested in reading up on the subject.
Ooishi Hyoroku Monogatari Scroll, 1801

"The Ooishi Hyoroku Monogatari, a largely fictional story featured in picture scrolls in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, tells of a young warrior and his encounters with trickster foxes posing as yokai. According to the National Museum of Japanese History, the story takes place in 1624 in Kagoshima, where a group of notorious young warriors have assembled. When a rumor circulates about shape-shifting foxes that have hoodwinked some people in the area and shaved their heads, the men decide to test the courage of one of the young warriors, Ooishi Hyoroku, by sending him on a mission to capture the mischievous creatures." - quote source

See the rest of the scroll here.

There is a vast assortment of ancient Japanese books that can be viewed in html or downloaded in pdf format starting here. I don't know of any other files on here that contain Yokai creatures but there's probably a few hiding in that collection.
Yokai Scroll On Ebay

Here are detail shots of another spectacular Yokai scroll depicting the night parade of a hundred demons. View this page to see the original ebay listing with over one hundred detail shots.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Hitoshi Akira Hyakki Yako - Yokai Woodcuts

The entire scroll, broken into sections, can be seen here.