Why Kaiju? We both mutually thought it was something cool that hasn’t really been done in Sydney especially from a full illustrated standpoint. We both share common love and influence from that side of the East, so stepping out as a collaborative force we thought it would be the perfect fit.
From the onset while planning the gallery with Gerald, we knew we wanted to go big, loud and colourful. Gerald’s art before this point was all precise and detailed black and white ink work so it was a big jump out of his comfort zone to go into large scale canvas colour.
Check out his works over at his fb page.
Kaiju themselves aren’t really bad nor good. As opposed to Western monsters they are strictly born to fight and most of the time born to lose. They come in wacky shapes, sizes, colours from menacing to just plain goofy. The creative freedom is pretty much limitless.
With my Kaiju I wanted to draw influence from the “boss” monsters. The guys that would typically fight at the end of a long battle. I knew Gerald was going to infuse a more classic Kaiju look as well as act as an extension of his “Rhombians” so I wanted to go a bit left field by playing with pattern and other cultural influences.
Big Thanks to everyone who came: friends old, young, new, hairy, kaiju extremists etc! Gerald & I had a ball and I hope you guys enjoyed the work as much as we enjoyed making it. A special thanks goes out to Qwux, Chris, Sarah and Phyllis for helping us bump in and get everything ready. Here are some shots from the night taken by Qwux and Lisa.
A more comprehensive write up can be found on the Rah Collective website.
“VERSUS THE CITY”
Chris Yee X Gerald Leung
Kaiju (怪獣, kaijū) is a Japanese word that means “strange beast,” but often translated in English as “monster”. Coming in all shapes and sizes, these creatures rise from the dark of the ocean and volcanic undergrounds of Earth to do battle, with the city as the ultimate battleground.
Paying homage to these bizarre beasts, Chris and Gerald venture through slipstreams of influence from old legends of the silverscreen, the dynamism of the manga panel and the wacky nature of the East to give birth to their creations.
The Tate Gallery
345 Glebe Pt Rd
Wednesday August 29
Some ideas i had based around the theme of high fashion combined with the Low Brow. Think Alexander Wang meets normal Wang (an Asian boy who loves manga). Alot of fun to do.
I also drew an illustration for a WUD short story which can be found here.
A villain’s equivalent of a megazord. Click for a larger view.
On another note has anyone else noticed that Cell is the silkiest villian ever designed?
Lime green all over print? game over.
Some new new of that upcoming apocalyptic future
human>black goo>kaiju>stomach alien>death>zombie? in that order
The World Watcher
One of the first organic beings ever created, this guy can be found quietly scanning the world from the clouds above. He creates order in the world fighting off incoming dangers aswell as restoring balance by materializing animals and nature from his consciousness when needed. Or something like that…
In other news Quake 3 is on flash!
its kinda dodgy and takes ages to load but it exists nonetheless and that blows my mind, truly closer to that Prometheus promised future.
more kaiju, more eyes
So I saw Prometheus and left confused. I mean the graphics and design were second to none and there was enough meat there to geek out on, but alot of open ended questions and pointless characters. Good to see big budget Geiger stuff on screen once again though especially the full space jockey armour. Magneto killed it as usual.
On a similar note be sure to check out Sunshine if you haven’t seen it already. A personal favourite from a few years back, it is also a good example of a modern sci-fi done right (the first half at least) and I think many slept on it.