I’ve always been a huge fan of the original Universal Monsters for as long as I can remember. I just love everything about them, from their impressive production designs, awesome music and committed performances. There’s so much to dissect (if you’ll excuse the phrase) in the films which make them timeless.
I love the feeling of dread that envelopes Dr Frankenstein after he achieves what he set out to do and realises that he’s made a huge mistake in doing so. It’s palpable throughout the second half of the film as well as the tragedy of the creation itself. It didn’t ask to be created, it doesn’t understand that it shouldn’t try to stop the annoying creatures from tormenting it or that the pretty little girl wouldn’t float like the pretty little flowers.
It’s why it makes me sad when they have to put down dangerous dogs simply because they either have bad owners or people don’t have any common sense and the animal is responding in the only way it can.
I drew our favourite astromech for a “how to” tutorial over on Patreon. If you not a supporter over there yet come on over, it’s only $1 a month and you get access to my daily journal and exclusive previews of tutorials like this one before the rest of the world.
I’m aiming at 100 patrons after which I’ll be getting a tattoo of the Enterprise on my arm!
The hardest thing here was deciding on a skin tone I was happy with, I compromised and went halfway between film and comic book version. Drax is a funny one, I didn’t think I’d like the character (and visually he’s so different from the Drax the Destroyer I grew up with) but he really grows on you.
I appreciate the effort that has gone in to making Rocket a fleshed out character and not just window dressing in the films. I admittedly struggled with his face here because of my no nose approach and the nose does kind of make him but I think you can still tell who he is.
So I’m finally cramming a little extra time in to draw the new series of Marvel sketch cards that I’m working on. I’ve got the full list of characters already planned out and I’ve managed to even ink three of them, just colouring. As with all the Marvel characters, the version I pick is based purely on my mood that day and today was Baby Groot!
I set a couple of hours aside just for me this afternoon and I realised I hadn’t seen The Terminator in a while and not on the big HD TV so I cranked the volume and pulled the curtains and had a blast.
Terminator really holds up well, even the eyeball scene which is the scene that always stands out for me ever since I was a young’un. I think the fake head actually adds to the horror of the sequence and so I wanted to draw that and it’s gross.
Whilst I’ve been enjoying a mini-break from the Star Trek 365 pics (I batched up a bunch of sketch cards to give myself some breathing room) I asked my Patrons over on Patreon what they’d like to see. One of them was something from Blade Runner and after drawing the Galactica the other day I must be in a bit of a vehicle bender because all I could picture was a moody picture of the Spinner taking off in the rain.
I’m really enjoying these quick study sketches, they kind of have to be quick because of the Star Trek 365 being all encompassing. The xenomorph alien has always been a favourite of mine despite the many MANY attempts to completely dilute the franchise LOL. That first Alien film is still one of the most terrifying and brilliant films and I love the design of the alien.
I feel I missed an opportunity to have him holding a coffee cup, Thor drinking coffee and smashing the cup is pretty much the most charming thing to come out of those first two Thor films. They were very lucky with Hemsworth, I’m not sure anyone else could have played him so well.
I did take liberties with the costume, it needed a little bit of colour and I added the leather parts to break up the design. I’m really happy with this, I think it’s probably the only way to draw Thor for me now LOL.