Archive for August, 2010

End of my Adventure

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

So the adventures are over. For now? The traveling was brutal, I’ve never spent so much time on planes as I did over the past 8 months. At times I’d forget where I was going or where I was coming from. Exhaustion was a constant feeling I had every single day. But enthusiasm and love for adventure kept us going even with minimal to no sleep. The chemistry and fun we had as a crew also made things a lot easier specially when you start missing home. It was like a really long road trip with your buds!

The things I’ve seen and experienced during the course of this show was more than some experience in a lifetime. I feel extremely lucky to have had the chance to do the things I got to do. Every trip, I literally was checking off things that would be on a bucket list. Even did things that no sane person or insane person would have on their list! As an artist I’ve traveled around the world, but not like this! I mean, who draws in a damp dark cave in Germany? Who draws on a platform in Bimini, while sharks swam underneath? Drawn in the thick Vietnamese jungle? Insane! If one word were to describe this experience… I’d cheat and use two. FREAKING AWESOME!

Original Drawings Of The Beasts

Original Drawings Of The Beasts

A Dragon Is Born

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Sketch Of Dragon

Sketch Of Dragon

The dragon experienced the most changes of all the Beast’s we’ve created. It truly is our creation. We had to come up with some clever ways for our Dragon, to hunt effectively in the forest. Which changed its look quite drastically. Flight was of the utmost importance otherwise it would just be a giant lizard on the ground.

Figuring out the mechanics of a biological creature breathing fire was another hurdle we had to over come. However it was awesome to find that naturally there were things set in place that we could use make this happen! The Dragon truly is a composite animal of our creation, we had such latitude to pick and choose what we needed from different animals. It’s like a cook having access to every ingredient around the world. It was an absolute blast having this much leeway!

Francis

Feeding Time

Saturday, August 7th, 2010
Dragon After Feeding

Dragon After Feeding

The primeval forest was… uncomfortable. With all the rainfall, it was wet as hell. Unprepared and ill equipped, my feet were wet and freezing cold! Anyways whining aside, it was awesome seeing some bison, even brief encounters with some wild boars! There were definitely a lot of things to eat in here for our Dragon.

The only problem is with all the trees and branches all over the place. How can this thing fly? There’s no room to flap its wings. At least not without alerting every animal in the surrounding area. But it’s not a Dragon unless it can fly, however flight may be costly in the forest, and this Dragon would starve to death. Unless it can adapt and fly in another way….

Francis

The Polish Dragon

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Dragon First Impressions

Dragon First Impressions

Poland was fantastic, I loved Krakow! I had no idea that the dragon was so infused in their culture. You could see it in a lot of the architecture especially at the Cathedral including bones hung on some big chains by the entrance. Legends say that if the bones were to fall, so would Poland. Looking at the bones though, I could see how the skull could be mistaken as a dragon skull. The shape of it was freaking perfect for a dragon. We’re on track to build this beast! However the weather had other plans.

We were in Poland as it was experiencing some extremely heavy rainfall. The water level in Krakow was freaky high, looking at the river was insane. The southern part of Poland was experiencing flooding, not too far from where we were. So as we continued on our investigation, a certain uneasiness filled our team. During a 10 hr drive from Bielystock to Krakow we drove right in the middle of a thunderstorm, and we even saw a farm on fire after being stuck by lightning! Oh did I mention that hail started to fall the size of golf balls? I was getting the feeling all signs were telling us to stop our trek.

Checking out the snakes in Krakow, was….freaky. The venom from the snakes was insanely lethal. If that didn’t kill you, the anti-venom had other plans for your body. Climbing up a lions cage…ok. Swim with the sharks with blood drenched feet. Sure. Handle a venomous snake. Hell no!!

Francis

Capturing a Condor

Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Monster Bird vs. Warrior

Monster Bird vs. Warrior

Californiaaaaaa!!! What a trip. Driving up the mountain was long as hell, we just kept going! I believe once we were at the base, we were over 2000 ft above sea level. Along the way the dude from the Condor Sanctuary informed us of the rarity of these Condors along with the fight they had to go through to survive. I mean they were close to extinction, and sanctuaries like this are absolutely essential to keeping these amazing birds alive.

The Condors here flew freely and were not in cages. So we had to set up bait to trap some Condors if we wanted a good look at them. Dragging a stillborn calf at the dead of night while carrying a bag of dead rats isn’t exactly what I had in mind for my evening. But the cover of night was essential so that the birds don’t associate humans to food. They need to keep their wits about them to hunt and not grow reliant on us.

We were very fortunate to get in there with them and see the Condors up close. Studying their physical attributes gave us tons of ideas for what we wanted our Monster Bird to look like. Looking into the eyes of a Condor sent chills down my spine. It was blood red! The bird looked very intimidating, and freaky. The talons were crazy cool! They looked like dinosaur feet! The head was just unreal, it was wrinkly and reddish. Not at all what I think of when I think birds. Just what we needed for our Monster Bird!

Francis