Over at the Trese blog, Budjette Tan has (NSFW) images of the amazing sculptures of Ian Balba. The sculptures apparently come from Balba’s college thesis on Filipino Elementals or folklore creatures. Balba has a good eye for interpreting the creatures of lore in a way that would still cause nightmares for the modern man, and I can’t wait to see more from this talented young sculptor. Included in this first “Underworld Creatures Gallery” are the aswang, bakunawa, balbal, bangungut, bungisngis, mamaleu, mangkukulam, mantahungal, marcupo, nuno, pugot and sigbyn.
EDIT: The second gallery has just gone live.