Throughout the Argent’s Bestiary I wanted to create an historical past to the Teen Wolf universe that also payed tribute to the current show. The left side of the Oni spread contains some examples of this.
ALTERING THE ONI MASK
At the beginning of the Bestiary project, I had visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to photograph items in the collection that I felt might work as reference material. In the museum’s Armory section, there were Edo period Japanese masks (circa 18th century) that I wanted to use as reference for the Oni. However, the Oni masks shown on Teen Wolf have a very sleek, modern design. I queried MTV about this discrepancy, and everyone agreed that the costume styles for supernatural creatures could change over the years as styles have changed historically in the normal world.