Day 19 – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999): Mustafa

I can’t stand to be asked the same question three times. It just irritates me.

It would have been very easy to draw any of the larger than life characters in Austin Powers The Spy who shagged me but I had to go with the character that made me laugh the most and continues to, to this day and that is the assassin Mustafa who meets his end (?) at the bottom of the cliff.  With his very broken leg and his quite a lot of pain, it had me in tears in an already hysterically funny film.  I still quote his adherence to the three questions rule.

I thought I might exaggerate his judo/karate stance a little which he goes straight into after climbing up the cliff, though I was also tempted to show him at the bottom of the ravine with the bone protruding from his leg and beginning to smell like almonds.

If only he had a band-aid or some antiseptic cream.

This is part of the 366 Characters from 366 Films project running throughout 2020. The original illustrations go on sale over on the Etsy store the same day (around 9:00 am Brisbane time) and are available until someone snaps it up.

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Happy 25th Anniversary Voyager – Sally of Nine 3 of 3

I had to draw Sally twice because it’s pretty humid here in Brisbane and the ink didn’t dry completely on the comm badge and smudged ink everywhere. Which is fine but a good reminder.

These were a lot of fun today, I wish I had time to do them all but I’ve got a bunch of things going at once so this was just a quick little detour to mark the anniversary and give me the chance to draw some Trek Nuts!

The originals will be available up on the Etsy store a little after this is published.

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Happy 25th Anniversary Voyager – Peppermint Janeway 1 of 3

I’ve wanted to do a new Trek Nuts mash-up series for a little while now and with the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek Voyager this week, I thought I might do a three-part Voyager / Peanuts set.

I’m pretty sure this writes itself.

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Day 18 – How to Train Your Dragon (2010): Toothless

“Everything we know about you guys, is wrong'”

I’m not a How to Train Your Dragon franchise follower, I really loved the original film but just have no interest in spending more time in that universe (I think I’ve seen one of the sequels, I don’t remember – which is no reflection of its quality!).  I think at the core of it is that dragons don’t really do it for me…

GASP!

Oh, settle down.

I don’t know what it is but I’ve never been much of a fantasy fan and I don’t get the appeal of dragons. 

What I do LOVE about this film is that they took the mannerisms and movement from cats to bring Toothless to life and there’s that scene where the hero puts his hand out and Toothless touches it with his head that just melted me.  I thought all that was exceptional and wonderful artistry.

This is part of the 366 Characters from 366 Films project running throughout 2020. The original illustrations go on sale over on the Etsy store the same day (around 9:00 am Brisbane time) and are available until someone snaps it up.

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Day 17 – Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace (1999): Queen Padmé Amidala

“I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee!”

Terrible dialogue, exceptionally beautiful production design.  Whatever one’s opinion on the Star Wars prequels I think you would be hard-pressed not to recognise the sheer majesty of the visuals and costumes.  Queen Amidala’s costumes are stunning and as an aside I applaud Natalie Portman for making the absolute most of some truly terrible writing.

Lucas is an amazing visionary and caretaker of a universe but he can’t write believable dialogue or relationships, female characters definitely suffer.

This scribble nearly flowed off the page LOL as I didn’t anticipate the size of it all in relation to the face.  Once you finish you have the call to make, start over or live with the wabi-sabi.

This is part of the 366 Characters from 366 Films project running throughout 2020. The original illustrations go on sale over on the Etsy store the same day (around 9:00 am Brisbane time) and are available until someone snaps it up.

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Day 16 – Back to the Future (1985): Marty McFly

Is it weird to feel a little ambivalent towards the Back to the Future franchise?  It is clearly one of the most iconic and possibly perfectly executed trilogies ever and I have fanatically loved it over the years.  But I find myself less inclined to revisit it despite not having seen it for quite a while now.  Perhaps a rewatch would rekindle my enthusiasm.  I think I’m a little more keen to watch the third one as it’s probably my least-watched instalment and there’s some really cool stuff in there (of course the third instalment is part of the 366 master list anyway).

As much as I like Marty’s costumes in the sequels there is an undeniably iconic sense around his “life preserver” outfit from the original Back to the Future that is so recognisable.  So it was a pretty easy choice for this film, I did consider his radioactive Darth Vader from Planet Vulcan outfit.  Maybe I should do that as an alternative?  Am I doing alternatives???  I’m not sure that’s in the rules.

This is heavy.  

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Day 15 – Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989): Kiki

“We can fly with our spirit.”

In a completely random occurrence Tracey and visited Kiki’s bedroom, over a bakery in the small town of Ross in Tasmania.  It’s such an interesting story, the owners apparently didn’t even know they’d unwittingly recreated Kiki’s room until it was pointed out by tourists.  They embraced the similarities and when we were at the bakery we overheard another table discussing it, we googled the story and asked the owner if we could take a look and they were so awesome about the hassle of it and let us check it out.

It’s kind of a no-brainer for me now to mention how much I love all of the Ghibli films, I’m yet to watch one that doesn’t charm me on some level or the other.  Kiki is no different.

This is part of the 366 Characters from 366 Films project running throughout 2020. The original illustrations go on sale over on the Etsy store the same day (around 9:00 am Brisbane time) and are available until someone snaps it up.

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Day 14 – Alien Resurrection (1997): Ellen Ripley Clone 8

My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are.

Oh man, this was a tough one and I had to go back and watch the film again to lock in the character I wanted to draw.  I knew I wasn’t going to “waste” Ripley for this one. But then she shows up in that basketball scene and it is just too amazing not to draw. 

Technically this is the clone of Ellen Ripley but I’m not going to split hairs over the uniqueness of the character LOL.  Besides, there are plenty of characters throughout the first three films.  

Alien Resurrection, the special edition is nowhere near as bad as its reputation may indicate.  Sure the whole human/xenomorph baby thing is a little left field and I could live without but overall the film is some good fun.

Someone over on Twitter pointed out that it is a proto-Firefly which I honestly never really considered until it was pointed out and yeah you could totally swap the Firefly crew in.

This is part of the 366 Characters from 366 Films project running throughout 2020. The original illustrations go on sale over on the Etsy store the same day (around 9:00 am Brisbane time) and are available until someone snaps it up.

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Day 13 – The Last Starfighter (1984): Beta

A beta unit is a simuloid. An exact duplicate of you, only not as loud.

The Last Starfighter is easily one of my favourite films of all time, I get that some of it is shallow wish fulfilment for guys of the 80s but I don’t care – it is very good at what it does.  Again there is any number of characters I could have picked but the Beta Unit mid-transformation scared the shit out of me as a kid and the image of that face has stuck with me my entire life.

I would like to note that one of my favourite lines in a film is in The Last Starfighter when Alex and Centari return to earth and he says I’m just a kid in a trailer park and Centuri says if that’s what you believe, what you truly believe, then that is all you’ll ever be.

As a kid from a poor family living mostly in regional country towns that line resonated with me and even today, I find it inspirational, not bad for a wish-fulfilment film about video games.

This is part of the 366 Characters from 366 Films project running throughout 2020. The original illustrations go on sale over on the Etsy store the same day (around 9:00 am Brisbane time) and are available until someone snaps it up.

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