Day 12 – Ex Machina (2014): Ava

Isn’t it strange, to create something that hates you?

Ex Machina was a real find for me.  I had heard some buzz about it but didn’t get a chance to see it in the cinema.  Then when we finally got to see it it was very buzz-worthy and if you’ve not seen it I would highly recommend seeking it out.  It’s worth it if only for the ending!

I saw one of the VFX people react to special effects talking about AVA and how it was cleverly designed to appear as life-like as possible by using texture and only animated sections that lend themselves well to the process.

For me, I wasn’t quite sure how to approach this and I was wondering how I’d go capturing all Ava’s translucent parts in watercolour but I like the challenge and to be honest, this is so much better than what I would have done for X-Men Origins Wolverine!        

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 11 – X-Men: First Class (2011): Erik Lensherr

Peace was never an option.

Another day, another comic book film.  I promise you that it won’t be all comic book films for the year!!!  I will confess that I swapped tomorrow’s film out because it was X-Men Origins: Wolverine which I was fine dropping and I didn’t want to do another X-Men related film so soon.

The first class uniforms are really awesome and I think that it revitalised the franchise when it came out.  Of course, film after film hasn’t proven that kind overall and I suspect we’re in for another reboot sooner rather than later.

I chose Magneto because I like the helmet and uniform combination and he’s probably the most interesting though I might draw Mystique in a later film if I end up doing them.

Sorry to all you Origins Deadpool fans but I’m sure you’ll all survive!

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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Australia Animal Scribbles for Wildlife Bushfire Recovery Original Illustration – now live

A huge thank you to everyone who’s shown their support for this and expressed their concern for the wildlife of Australia! 

For those of you only just reading about this now go check this post out.

So as I said ALL the illustrations are on sale now even though there are a bunch of them not done yet.  The sad reality is I’ve only had about an hour a night to work on them and I’ve been wrapping my head around how to draw some of them (who would have thought an emu would be the thing to trip me up?!?!?).

So on the listings if I have the pencils already done I’ve added those and for those not done yet I’m including some of my reference photos so you’ll know what the animal looks like.

You can now buy them at https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/leedrawsstuff?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&section_id=27836393

UPDATE: THEY HAVE ALL SOLD OUT AND YOU ARE ALL WONDERFUL AND I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU.

They’ll all be finished this weekend so I’ll be updating as they get done. 
If you want one I probably wouldn’t wait I’d just lock it in and if you hate it when complete I’ll refund it.

Again thanks for helping me contribute to the recovery of our wildlife and consider donating directly to Animals Australia who will make sure the funds get to the right place!.

Day 10 – The Incredible Hulk (2008): Milwaukee Man Drinking From Bottle

Wow.

I think “Milwaukee Man Drinking From Bottle” is one of my favourite Stan Lee cameos, certainly the first to really jump out at me as including Stan in a legitimate part of the film.  I mean I have a bunch of his cameos that I love but I think this will be Stan’s only appearance for this year.  I still have plenty of options to draw Hulk coming up.

It’s weird seeing how the randomiser has sorted these films, I’ve included a lot of Marvel so I guess it makes sense that they’d keep coming up but this is the third one!?!   No Star Wars or Star Trek either which surprises me.

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 9 – The Goonies (1985): Stephanie “Stef” Steinbrenner

This is ridiculous. It’s crazy. I feel like I’m babysitting, except I’m not getting paid.

Originally I was going to draw Data with his neat gadgets and trench coat but then I remembered I wanted to be a little eccentric in my choices and just pick some striking characters.  I was looking over the Goonies and just really liked Stef’s look. I like all the characters in the film so there’s no great differentiate there. 

I guess the obvious choice would have been Sloth but like I said I’m not doing the obvious thing here.

I watched The Goonies whilst painting this and I paid special attention to Stef and I love her LOL I’m very happy I picked her.

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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Australian Animal Scribbles – Bushfire Support

Ok, so I finally got a second to breathe and work out how I want to do this. 

For those of you who aren’t aware, I was watching alongside the rest of Australia in despair and helplessness as we watched (and continue to) our unique country burn and the extraordinarily brave firefighters doing battle with the fires. Wanting to do something my wife suggested that I could sell some animal illustrations to support the recovery and rescue of the animals that are suffering so much.

So to support the recovery activities by the animal welfare organisations with “boots on the ground” I’m drawing twenty-five Australian animal scribbles in Indian ink and watercolour.

A lot of people have offered to put orders in and I think you are all awesome but if I open up to requests I think I’ll be buried (a good problem to have certainly but a problem nonetheless). So I’m going to keep it to twenty-five different animals, all from Australia and pop them on the Etsy store at $25 each, which, if they all sell will drop a cool $750 625 (not sure how I added that up wrong!) into Animals Australia’s pocket to distribute to the best organisations that they’re coordinating with.

I’m going to put them all up for sale at the same time and the list of animals is below so if you want one I suggest you have a look at what’s on offer:

  1. Kookaburra
  2. Wombat
  3. Koala
  4. Kangaroo
  5. Emu
  6. Frilled- necked Lizard
  7. Echidna
  8. Quokka
  9. Platypus
  10. Tasmanian Devil
  11. Glossy Black Cockatoo
  12. Galah
  13. Bilby
  14. Wallaby
  15. Tiger Quoll
  16. Goanna
  17. Dingo
  18. Eastern Barred Bandicoot
  19. Brush-tailed Possum
  20. Sugar Glider
  21. Pademelon
  22. Numbat
  23. Dunnart
  24. Eastern Shingleback
  25. Silver-headed Antechinus

There are some animals you may not have heard of so definitely check those ones out as I suspect that the more well-known animals might go quickly.

Kookaburra scribble – ink drying

At this stage, they definitely are not all inked yet but I’m going to put them up on the store at the same time so you can lock-in the one you want. 

I know it would be awesome to do more but I can only set aside a finite amount of time. That said I may offer the whole set up as postcards if there is any interested in that.

Some people are champions and have offered more money – you are all awesome and please consider donating that money to Animals Australia to distribute.

The other thing I’d ask you to do is if you miss out on your favourite why not share an image (no need to tag me) and suggest people donate directly to Animals Australia.

Good luck getting your favourite animal and thank you for caring about Australia’s wildlife!

THE ILLUSTRATIONS WILL BE GOING ON SALE ON MY ETSY STORE FRIDAY AT 7:00 PM BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA TIME. (apologies to those of you who have lives on a Friday night 😉 ) .

Some of the pencils already done:

Day 8 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): Doctor Arnim Zola

“Science could not save my body. My mind, however, that was worth saving.”

I did warn everyone before I started this that I would be choosing some random characters from some of these films as they take my fancy. So with all these colourful characters to pick from I’ve gone with an evil scientist trapped in a green screen 286 computer.

The scene itself really stuck out to me when I watched The Winter Soldier which if I’m honest didn’t really do it for me when I first saw it.  I have more of an appreciation for it now but I don’t hold it in as high regard as many do.

This is also my first landscape orientated scribble for the project.  I did have it in my head to draw all of them in portrait but I wanted to get a good shot of the computer systems and I have another coming up that I think I need the landscape orientation.

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 7 – They Live (1988): Male News Anchor

It looks like you dipped your face in the cheese dip back in 1957.

I’ve done a few scribbles from They Live over the past year so I decided to go with a lesser character and picked the male newsreader from the very end of the film.

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 6 – Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001): Lara Croft

“Right, so… Pretty much touch anything, and you get your head chopped off.”

Wow, I can’t believe it has been nearly 20 years since the first tomb raider film came out!!

I love the art of the Tomb Raider films and games and so it’s fun to be able to sneak Lara into this list. I think I thought LC: Tomb Raider was okay, I think I thought it could’ve easily been better but it definitely had an awesome soundtrack LOL.

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 5 – Iron Man (2008): Iron Monger

You had a great idea, Tony, but my suit is more advanced in every way!

As a huge fan of Iron Man comics in the 90s I was so excited for Iron Man when I heard it was coming out. There were lot of hope tied into that film and wow, did it deliver!

Not only did they do complete justice to the character and create a visual masterpiece that fully realised the comic book character but they kicked off something that would become so much bigger than I think anyone could imagine.

As you know I can only include a character once this year in the official list so I have held Iron Man himself back for a later date. I’ve drawn the Iron Monger before in a slightly different style but I just let this one happen.

I didn’t really plan it out and just drew it this way.

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.

Remember if you dig my stuff and wouldn’t mind seeing semi-daily journal entries which include sneak peeks, behind the scenes and first looks then head over to Patreon and subscribe for as little as $1 (US) a month.