Man + Animal = "Manimals" = Eerie Portraits
Artist Daniel Lee draws on the Chinese Zodiac to manipulate these images through the computer. His series, titled "Manimals", exhibits portraits showing the animal signs of these people. The 12 Chinese Zodiac signs are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, cock, dog and boar.
The animal for a specific person can be determined by the year a person was born. Each animal has different personalities and characteristics. It's believed that a person can portray characteristics similiar to the animal year in which the person was born.
Daniel Lee finds people that were born in each year of the 12 signs. He then takes a portrait of them and scans it onto his computer. From there he alters their human features by adding animal characteristics. He uses Photoshop to do all of this. He gives a little insight of this process on his website : "I have to change the eyeball from a human eyeball to an animal eyeball; I have to remove the eyebrows to make the nose broader."
This series is currently located in the National Museum of Art in Taiwan.
My Chinese Zodiac animal is the horse. Some of those characteristics are: quick-witted, intelligent, talkative and perceptive. It also says that I can be rude, fickle, gullible and stubborn. Yeah, that sounds about right.
What about you? Does your Chinese Zodiac animal represent the personality that you have?