Sunday, March 29, 2009

En-Uk as Artist

My nine-year-old son, En-Uk, got interested in computer art sometime last year and created a number of images that I found rather striking . . . though I admit to bias. Perhaps I should submit these to the judgment of such professional artists as Terrance Lindall or Anahit Vart?

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure (or not), here are En-Uk's works of art -- the first one being a self-portrait:

I Got Hit (나는 맞았어요)

Trust me, I didn't hit him. The scene (whatever it bloody well is) springs purely from his crimson-and-clover imagination.

Next we see a screaming man, creatively titled "Screaming Man":

Screaming Man (소리지르는 사람)

Contrary to appearances, this screaming fellow is not me. Unless he's actually screaming a song. In which case . . . it is me. Capped, too. You can't top that.

We find next the plague of yellow dust blown from the Gobi Desert that annually descends upon the Korean Peninsula in springtime:

Yellow Dust (황사)

Not especially very yellow. More like a princely purple rain.

Now comes a figure typical to the Korean scene:

Mister (아저씨)

Mr. Ajushi. He's everywhere. All the time. He likes his soju and his kimchi. Hmmm . . . so do I. Well, not so much the soju, I guess.

Next, we see yet another scene typical to Korea:

Iguana (이구아나)

Iguana, but more commonly known as 'hoguana', it is typically seen in pet shops. (With a bit of paternal nudging, I might turn the artist into a Razorback fan.)

But here's something never seen on the peninsula:

Strange People (이상한 사람들)

No strange people here in Korea. None with navels so elevated, anyway. Plenty of aliens, however:

Alien (외계인)

Me, for instance. But I'm a legal one, and I promise never to abduct you. Much as I'd like to. For science.

Then, for some reason, this:

Stone Fish (돌 물고기)

Never seen a stone fish in Korea. But the following is currently rather common:

B-Boy (비보이)

Your typical B-Boy is something like a break dancer. Possibly "B-Boy" means "Break-Boy." Possibly. But probably not.

And what's this I hear in response to my musings:

Unpleasant Laughter (기분 나쁜 웃음)

I thought so. Unpleasant laughter.

But there are worse things than the laughter of ridicule:

Ghost (귀신)

The 'monster' known as a ghost, for instance!

Next, the fabulous "Zola Man," impersonating a lamppost for Félix Fénéon and his anarchist friend to converse behind:

Zola Man (졸라맨)

J'accuse! That's a misspelling, En-Uk! Should be "Jola Man"! But it ain't . . . according to the artist.

Finally, we turn to the old, very old, very paleolithic-old Stone Age. Out of Bedrock. It's a page right out of history:

Strange Dino (이상한 공룡)

Poor Dino. Very far from home, I fear.

Rather like me in that respect.

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At 5:13 AM, Blogger Bill said...

En-Uk's a computer Picasso.

At 5:25 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I'd like to think so, but we're not the most objective of art critics, of course.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:50 AM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

I'm not an art critic, but as someone who does a lot of cartooning and Photoshopping, I think En-Uk has a great sense of composition and mood. I like all the drawings, but my runaway favorite is "Isanghan Saramdeul." Second place: "Kibun Napbeun Useum."


At 7:53 AM, Blogger Hathor said...

The boy needs a digital stylus.

Stone fish my favorite.

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, Kevin. You're the expert . . . but cut out the glossalalia. I'm Southern Baptist, you know.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:00 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Hathor, is that a software program for creating art?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Future for this young fellow! Terrance Lindall

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, Mr. Terrance Lindall. From you, that's high praise indeed. I'll tell En-Uk.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:37 AM, Blogger Conservative in Virginia said...

Jeffery, what Hathor means is you need to buy En-Uk a tablet and "pen" like this one. It's supposed to be much easier to draw with a stylus than a mouse. En-Uk and Sar-ah would have a lot of fun creating art with one.

At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Everyone will tell you here that I ahem uh - "inpressed by all other -especially Cran and (I think:"Cuz Bill" (dubious as that sounds)

However En-Uk never forget where I took the "them" from

blank statement.

Anyway, "Art-Critic" that I am (which of course, even Cran recognizes I

En-Uk, pssst. quiet here. ok

your uncle cran of dubious ancestry (given his youthful propensities - is gonna

well, whatever he does - bound to be impressive.


Cran's asleep waiting for the chickens to get up

I did say "Art Critic?

Not me actually except to say that maybe try somthing in this order -

"Screaming Man, Zola Man?"


At 2:03 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, CIV. Sounds like my wallet will get lighter...

Jeffery Hodges

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At 2:05 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

JK, I'll see if En-Uk can interpret your secret message (the verbal equivalent of his art).

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nine work, En Uk:

The one that especially struck me was UNPLESANT MAN.

Did you get the inspiration for that one as you watched your dad reading one of my blog entries?
I suspect that is how he looks when he finds one of my typos.


At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As, for instance, me not knowing how to spell UNPLEASANT.


At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

or even Cran.

Uncle CB

At 7:47 PM, Blogger Bill said...

Jeff & JK:

Is the "I Got Hit" picture truly En-Uk's self portrait?

On a second study, I wonder if it might be En-Uk's artistic interpretation of his persecuted Great Uncle Cran (cRAN,CB) wounded and bleeding from our attacks on his writings.


At 8:40 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Uncle Cran, has somebody spiked your grape juice again? Or have you not yet had your morning coffee?

Anyway, En-Uk will be pleased to hear of your praise: "Nine work."

He might not understand it . . . but he will be pleased.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:41 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Well, Cousin Bill, it does say, "I Got Hit," so I guess that it's a self-portrait.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:21 PM, Blogger jeanie oliver said...

incredible! I am someone who worked with children of En-Uk's age for a good many years and these are VERY good!

At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Unpleasant Laughter:

Yes, I was on my first cup of coffee.

I could almost hear the laughter from Korea, of possibly from Topeka, Kansas.

My brain and fingers aren't coordinated.

But at least it brightens up some people's day, (individially or in concert).


At 12:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may've thought you were imagining laughter from Korea, and I can understand why. Too far away.

But you should indeed have been able to hear it if it originated somewhat south of you Cran.

Yes Bill.


At 3:33 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Jeanie, I was also surprised. It's nice (or as Uncle Cran would say, "It's nine") when our children surprise us. I mean when they pleasantly surprise us.

Perhaps you could ask your father's opinion. I thought of him yesterday and wondered what he would think.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:36 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Uncle Cran, consider my day 'individially' brightened.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 3:39 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Somewhere south? But JK, wouldn't Uncle Cran know if his own body were laughing at him?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 4:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The laughter I heard was not what I would associate with a phone line witch.

The loudest was that which would be more connected to sinus problems caused by a high, bulging forehead, and other issues, or perhaps the strain of college level professorial instructing.

The weaker one was more to the northwest, possibly caused by a brain affliction associated with too many cigarettes, or perhaps by breathing too much train diesel smoke.
There is also a possibility that keeping one eye on birds and animals, while looking at the road may have caused him to have a cockeyed sense of humor, as well as strange driving habits.

Some folks will laugh at anything.

But we don't want all this tit for tat to cause us to lose sight of the fact that En Uk demonstrates a wide range of interests and artistic ability.
Nice work, great nephew.


At 4:59 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

For a moment, I thought that Uncle Cran had written a flawless comment:

"There is also a possibility that keeping one eye on birds and animals, while looking at the road may have caused him to have a cockeyed sense of humor, as well as strange driving habits."

But I then noticed that a comma is missing after "road" . . . yet a good try, so a big hand to Uncle Cran.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:53 AM, Blogger Hathor said...


If it is more than fascination with the computer, then a 64 box of crayons and scrap paper would be cheaper than the stylus.

Download Google SkecthUp it's free.

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Hathor, thanks. I'll check it out.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Be careful when writing on this blog.

A wrongly spelled SketchUp, without the following comma, dash, or a series of dots, will negate the force of your entire comment in dear nephew Jeffery's eyes.


At 8:06 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Nah, Uncle Cran. I never treat my friends that way. Just my relatives. You can't choose relatives, so everything follows. But friends . . . well, one has to cultivate friendship.

Your misfortune is to have been born my uncle . . . not that you were at that time. I was still on God's shelf. But you get the picture.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your son's drawings, Jeffery. They are original compared to drawings done by US students. I wonder how they compare with those of his peers. That is, are the drawings truly original or is he imitating styles and images circulating among peers or seen in internet content. While teaching Korean elementary students several years ago, I observed that certain drawing styles or certain cartoon characters were popular. Imitation isn't such a bad thing. Many talented artists started by imitating an established style and then developed their own distinct style.

One advantage of raising your kids in Korea is that middle-class Korean families provide their children with cultural enrichment in the arts.

At 7:50 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

That's a valid question, Sonagi. There may be influences.

I was talking to my daughter about En-Uk's art and suggested to her that he had been influenced by Korean and Japanese comic books for the sense of action that he gets by displacing the figures off-center and only partly within the frame -- as though they are moving into or out of our line of vision.

Zola Man is certainly influenced by the stick figure Jola Man, but I don't know where En-Uk gets the weirdness for his other figures.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


So now it is confirmed.
I have been selected to be your whipping boy on this blog.
If this is a case of tough love, I beg not to be loved to death.
I have something of the same reaction of the fellow being ridden out of town on a rail, (a story told by Abraham Lincoln, incidentally). When he asked what he thought of it, he said that if it wasn't for the honor of the thing, he would rather walk.
But thank you for the honor, anyway.
Uncle Cran

At 8:54 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Uncle Cran, a man can just get off that rail if he's tired of the railery, can't he?

But consider that you are being honored.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He wasn't permitted to get off the rail until he was out of the town.
Unfortunately, my obsessive addiction to your blog will not allow me to get off it, either.

At 4:04 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

If I can just get enough people addicted and then start charging for reading . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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