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Jackalopes are an American South West indigenous species slightly related to the jack rabbit but also has some jaguar and chupacabra genes mixed in. Known to eat rattlesnakes for appetizers and feral hogs for the entree. One backpacker is said to have seen one but it was at sunset with bad light and didn’t have his camera ready. But he did say, “I saw it…for real!”, multiple times so it must be true.
Jiangshi translates as “stiff corpse,” and it is a zombie/vampire-like creature.
Jiangshi are usually depicted wearing official robes of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). They have pointy teeth and sharp claws. Due to their stiff corpse, they hop around instead of walking. These creatures also found their way into Japanese pop culture, known as Kyonshi. The old jiangshi Hong Kong movies of the 1980s are fun to watch, for instance, “Mr. Vampire” (1985).
Hi Valoisa. I have the same problem as you. I’ve been parenting/unparenting an armature as i’ve needed to swap between scultping and altering the pose. I haven’t had much luck with the pose brush, but I’ve just watched this video and found out that I haven’t been using it properly. Have you tried adding UV seams and then initializing the face sets? I think the seams should then work as joints…
This is a great piece and would have been my favourite, if not for the clashes in mythology/culture. Sorry to be picky, but Jiangshi have nothing to fear from a stake through the heart. Nor would they have been buried in a coffin. Especially one with a Christian cross on it . If not for those things bugging me, the Jiangshi look great.I really like the First Person video game-esque perspective. Would make a fun game. But quickly painting pictographs onto ghost money and sticking it on their heads probably wouldn’t be as satisfying as slamming a stake through their chest.
Thank you for your feedback I really appreciate it.
I fully agree with your points of constructive criticism. However, let me try to relativize some aspects.
I think today’s idea of a jiangshi is a product of clashes in mythology/cultures. I believe that influenced by Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” (1897), Chinese writers added the vampire features.
In a Chinese folk tale I read in a book of the 1930s, a jiangshi sucks blood, stays in the dark, flies around, and is eventually stopped by a priest spitting holy water in its face. However, it is Daoist holy water and not Christian holy water.
I think in some movies, jiangshi are laid out in wooden coffins.
I absolutely agree that the Christian crosses look out of place. Therefore, I replaced them with Daoist Yin and Yang symbols But from a purely theoretical point of view, the jiangshi might have been Christians. The Jesuits arrived around 1550 in China, successfully converted at least a few high-ranking Chinese officials, built large cathedrals, and worked themselves at the Qing court as high officials.
As you correctly pointed out, staking a jiangshi isn’t a way to stop them. There are usually Daoist methods to stop a jiangshi. Sticking a Daoist spell on its forehead seems to be most common. I took the hammer and stake because it is easier to understand for most viewers that probably don’t know anything about jiangshi. But, it is true that it is inconsistent. Let’s pretend the jiangshi hunter in the picture doesn’t know how to deal with them, or his mom gifted him the wrong weapon
The first-person perspective actually reminded me the whole time of the old game “Doom.” I even considered making it look more like a game by putting a lives and ammo counter at the top