Saturday, 28 April 2012

Maybe One of You Can Explain This to Me

Most of the time, I feel like I have an idea of what went wrong in the bad lions I post.  In the ones created before the 20th century, the answer is obvious: they'd never seen a lion.

But in this case?

I have absolutely no idea how this happened.

Thanks for the submission, Will!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Over More Than Thirty Years, You'd Think He'd Improve

Albrecht Durer has popped up on this site already, and I’ll warn you now that he’s going to show up again. Because this guy practically made a career of bad lions.

 How do I know that? Because I just went through 844 images of his work.

And here’s what I’ve learned:

 Things Albrecht Durer can’t draw:

 1.  Lions
 2.  Horses
 3.  Women’s buttocks (the guy had some exceptionally strange ideas about female anatomy. I guess he
      didn't get out much).

 Things Albrecht Durer could draw:

 1.  Birds
 2.  Rabbits
 3.  Rhinoceroses (?!)

 And, finally, things Albrecht Durer could draw, but shouldn’t:

 1. Nude self portraits.


 Anyway, here’s a lion:

Albrecht Durer, Penitent Jerome, 1494

I mean, I GUESS.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Shapes Found in Nature

Ah, the Great Rectangular Lion of the savannas.

A noble, if unwieldy, breed.