Thursday, April 29, 2010

One Thousand Words


Graphite on copy paper.

Something funny is going on with his arm, but overall I am satisfied with the proportions of the figures. Foreground could use some work.

Not much to say today; I'll let the sketch do the talking.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Shallow Pool From Whence It Came.


Old movies are a hidden treasure of genius and mediocrity. They are the stock from which newer movies are pulled and remade into a more acceptable entertainment which is then regarded as a more "original" creation. Lately, it's been getting a little ridiculous. Seriously, we're remaking Spiderman? The Hulk has already had a do-over. Batman came back, but I have to say that at least that was a little warranted and timely. Some of these others though are a little too fast to tread on the corpse of bygone movies.

Notice the ones being re-rolled are usually superhero or action movies. I'd like them to take an obscure, nearly ancient movie and improve on the premise by combining it with something unexpected rather than puking out the same drivel. Take The Ghost and Mrs. Muir for instance. It's a brain teaser in some respects because the situation defies logic. That could be explored more. Even better, what about all those cheesy westerns that were a dime a dozen back in the day? Joss Whedon's Firefly does a gainful job of using this old archetype in an appealing way.

The point I'm getting at is mainly that the selection of movies being remade are deficient in variety; they all come from a homogeneous pool of thought, and a shallow one at that. They are reusing a story that you've heard in the same context, which at first glance is appealing because of special effects and actions, but other than those flashy techniques and a budget easily comparable to the national deficit, are generally stale. The story stagnates because the source is the same.

If it were easy everyone would make original movies. Their scarcity make them alluring. Wouldn't it be wonderful if instead of trying to fleece the masses with hype over an action flick, Hollywood actually managed to make some engaging episode both intriguing the mind and pleasing the sense? Although, they might suffer from a paradox in which the "original" movie then becomes the norm, thus not original and inevitably we are found in our front yard barking at the same tree all over again.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wizelwaud Returns!



It had been far too long since I sketched her last, and it was time to renew the "bonds" of sketching happiness between artist and fictional character. One of these days I will have to actually use all the characters I come up with in a comic/graphic novel (whichever term you prefer).