Monday, November 12, 2012

Today is Auguste Rodin's 172nd Birthday + Frankie's Monster Teaser #2

Today is Auguste Rodin's 172nd Birthday!!

Auguste RodinYou probably realized this if you've done a search on Google today. 

François-Auguste-René Rodin, known as Auguste Rodin, was a French sculptor. Although Rodin is generally considered the progenitor of modern sculpture, he did not set out to rebel against the past.

Born: November 12, 1840, Paris
Died: November 17, 1917, Meudon
Nationality: French
Spouse: Rose Beuret (m. 1917–1917)

So...why are we celebrating it???

Because! He's Johnny Heart's favorite artist!!

As you know, Johnny Heart is our lead male from Frankie's Monster, and he loves Auguste Rodin.

Don't believe me? Check it out for yourselves then:

The Kiss

I haven't felt or heard my heart beat in several years. I don't need to in order to know I'm alive, but to know if I'm in love? The music box needs to tick. It's the only way I have of knowing. Of feeling. Anything.
I haven't felt either, in so long. But when I look at the François-Auguste-René Rodin sculptures, particularly The Kiss and Eternal Idol—the Lovers—I feel the dials and gears in my heart want to start counting for me again. I think the music is about to start playing again. It makes me want to perfect this statue I'm working on. I want to be like Auguste Rodin. Always in love.


I am thinking about The Kiss, the detail, the emotions—it's impeccable. Astonishing even. The male's toes grip the rock, his back is rigid, he's full of passion for the female. They're in the flesh and only in the flesh. His hands are exactly where they ought to be. Her leg is swung over his, her toes caressing his. A kiss? Only a kiss?
I want to be that male. I want to experience that.
It's visually stimulating, but I can't help but wonder if I would even be able to feel what it is that male lover feels with his immortalized female. He will be there, entwined with her like that for eternity. Feeling that way forever. His hands will be all over her, his toes pressed into the rock. He will forever feel the passion. It won't be a fleeting emotion or experience. It'll be everlasting. But the tragedy? Their lips won't ever meet. The Lovers' Lips won't ever touch. They will never kiss. They are frozen together that way, unable to move forward.
They both met their demise, their passion interrupted before it had time to explode into further possibility.
The Kiss was originally entitled Francesca da Rimini. Francesca committed adultery, becoming Lovers with Paolo, her husband's brother, after reading the story of Lancelot and Guinevere—forbidden love between the Queen and the Knight.
Just give into the impulse, the love, the passion, with a disregard for the consequences.
Eternal Idol interests me because their hands never touch. His hands are behind his back, hers holding her foot, and he's kissing her breasts and belly.
Hands that never touch. Lips that never meet. The Almost Lovers, Never to be.

And the best part is? That wasn't the Teaser!

That was just proof that our Johnny Heart is, in fact, a Rodin fan!
To celebrate Rodin's birthday, and the forthcoming Frankie's Monster 
 here's the real teaser.

Frankie's Monster Teaser #2

What are your tools?”
“My hands.”
“No, I mean your tools for sketching...”
“You're intrigued by everything, aren't you?”
“No. Not everything. Just those things that are intriguing to me.”
“Well, these are graphite pencils that I use for sketching. They range from 9H to 9B. Right now I'm using a 9H. It's hard. Very hard.” He gazed at me. “9H is durable and lasts a long time while getting the job done.” I couldn't help but feel as though we were almost talking about something else, other than art pencils. “It allows for the smoothest strokes.” He touched my hand, rubbing it.
“I have other tools and techniques as well.”

So, what did you think?! Our Johnny Heart is an artist.  I HE[ART] it! Do you? 

and just in case you missed the first Frankie's Monster teaser, you can find it here: Teaser #1


  1. Auguste Rodin
    was born on 12th November 1840 in Paris. His full name is François-Auguste-René Rodin.

    1. Yes, LOL, all of that would be correct.

  2. Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
    - Auguste Rodin