Today we will be talking about brand new original piece Bai Chu (2015) by Filipino sculptor, painter, and illustrator Björn V. Eding, who is better known under the moniker Otto Bjornik.

My Impressions of Bai Chu

The packaging is a rather plain box but it’s perfect for this piece. Made of very thick cardboard and filled with foam insets, it’s a very protective design for the rotocast resin figure inside. Measuring 5.5″ tall, what makes this figure so necessary to be protected is the fact that each one is completely hand-painted by Bjornik. Yes, these are true works of art rather than mass-produced, fabricated pieces of art. Now you might be wondering what is Bai Chu representing here? What is this wee little lad?
Otto Bjornik's Bai Chu - Unboxing
It’s a jiangshi, better known as a Chinese hopping vampire, which many people know from a film called Mr. Vampire that came out in 1985. Really a transitional time for the jiangshi, changing it from a piece of Chinese folklore into a cult cinema icon. Jiangshi hop around with their arms outstretched and all their clothing is the official garments of the Qing Dynasty, elements that Bjornik captured perfectly in his depiction, from the robes right down to the braided hair.
Jiangshi have one notable weakness: a talisman that, when placed on their heads, usually prevents the vampire from running amok and causing trouble. In the case of Bai Chu though, this talisman reads “I Hunger,” a cute little parody element. Held on by magnets to the piece’s forehead, this is a really well thought out and truly brilliantly constructed aspect.
The sculpting of the overall figure is perfect, very simple but very immaculately handled. And, as you can expect from Otto Bjornik’s work, the painting is perfection, especially the eyes. Bjornik’s work is always focused on letting the eyes be the window to his art’s soul.
Otto Bjornik's Bai Chu - The figure's eyes
Now, you might be wondering: Bai Chu, does that mean anything? In Chinese, it does mean something like “white out,” but that is not the reason Bjornik chose it. Bjornik chose the name Bai Chu because it sounds like “Bite You!” Another little cute element. And let’s face it, it is a very cute figure.

Editions of Bai Chu [show]

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