104 of 366 – Gremlins (1984): Gizmo

But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget… …no matter how much he cries or how much he begs… …never, never feed him after midnight. Got it?

1984 was an excellent year for film and a pivotal one for me growing up. Gremlins was one of the films that shaped me during my formative years. It’s a surprisingly dark film with a lot more horror than some might remember.

But it’s an interesting modern day fable about the arrogance of people who think they can control the natural world. It’s fascinating to watch as an adult and years ago when we reviewed it for the Midnight Movie Club Dan and I had a great conversation about its many layers.

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

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103 of 366 – Kick-Ass (2010): Damon Macready / Big Daddy

Good at getting his ass… kicked. They should call him Ass-Kick, instead.

Any time Nicholas Cage gets anywhere near a comic book film it’s a good thing, yes even those two horrifyingly awful Ghost Rider films.

He is in his element in Kick-Ass as he channels the Adam West Batman for Big Daddy.

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

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102 of 366 – Thor (2011): Thor Odinson

“This drink… I like it! More!”

I could have easily drawn Thor in all his costumed glory but I like the idea that Thor just hangs out in normal people clothing (well Jane’s ex-boyfriend’s clothes) drinking his new favourite drink.

It’s also my favourite scene in the film – Chris Hemsworth was a perfect choice to play Thor and the film really has no right to be any good but damned if it isn’t.

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

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101 of 366 – The Lost Boys (1987): Edgar Frog

I think I should warn you all, when a vampire bites it, it’s never a pretty sight. No two blood suckers go out the same way. Some yell and scream, some go quietly, some explode, some implode. But, all will try and take you with them.

LOL as with so many of these films it has been years since I sat down to watch The Lost Boys.  At the time it was a surprisingly unique take on the whole vampire genre (well maybe just a popular take – I don’t remember when Near Dark came out).

Whilst I have my rule of only one character per these scribbles I couldn’t NOT include the bare chested pony tail sax player!!!

I really hope there are fan fics written about him.  There are some neat interviews with him on youtube so if you’re so inclined go check them out.

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100 of 366 – Seven Samurai 七人の侍 (1954): Kikuchiyo 菊千代

Hey, everybody! Give your wives plenty of lovin’ tonight, you hear?

Probably the most influential film on this entire list, a true masterpiece. It’s very hard to offer much more commentary than others have already provided and much better than I could.

It’s simply one of the greatest films of all time.

I chose Kikuchiyo because I like his story, the pretender who proves his worth in the end.

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99 of 366 – Thor: Ragnarok (2017): Grandmaster

Oh. Oh. I… I just… I got to say, I’m proud of you all. This revolution has been a huge success. Yay, us! Pat… pat on the back. Pat on the back. Come on. No? Me too. Because I’ve been a… a big part of it. Can’t have a revolution without somebody to overthrow. So, uh, you’re welcome. And, uh, it’s a tie.

Or Jeff Goldblum in space…

I didn’t even know what his character’s name was in Thor Ragnarok all I know is like Gary Busey a couple of days ago my theory is that they just tell Jeff Goldblum that he is now an alien dictator on a junk planet and then proceed to film whatever happens.

I’m doubly sure he just showed up wearing those clothes and wardrobe were like oh ummmm okay lets just leave it at that lol.

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98 of 366 – Silent Running (1972): Drone 2 – Huey

Silent Running is a great film except for the cringe-worthy folk song scenes in the middle which are a little hard to watch but their heart is in the right place.

The three droids/drones are particularly loveable and I don’t see Huey getting as much love as Dewey so I decided to draw him.

I did find them twice in Japan – these little figures but I also found full sized versions in a shop window somewhere but for the life of me I can’t find the photo…

The droids from Silent Running found in Japan

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97 of 366 – A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001): Gigolo Joe

They hate us, you know… The humans. They’ll stop at nothing.

I almost gave up on drawing Joe because nothing seemed to be working except for the head so I inked the head and tried a couple of things with his body.

Basically I had him standing quite statically which I think was the problem (a lot of my reference shots have him hands at his sides as a robot might) so I just added a bit of a flourish and here he is.

I like probably 80% of AI, it’s a beautiful film and it tackles this idea we have of loving but discarding technology really well but something doesn’t quite click for me throughout the film.

I really wanted to know more about the robot future and I loved the homage to the monolith from Kubrick’s 2001.

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Random Trek Tuesday – The Pirates of Orion (TAS)

Kirk faces the Aww-ren-ee-on (Orion) Captain.

I’m not sure what edition this is of Random Trek Tuesdays but I know we’ve already had two TAS episodes.

I think I’d forgotten all about this episodes and the “Orions” which look awesome but everyone pronounces it aww-ren-ee-ons or some variation of that.

Which is odd because looking at the spelling I wouldn’t think of pronouncing it any differently.

At any rate the Orions have themselves a fancy new ship and are nicking cargo from Starfleet freighters. Of course they also steal some medication that Spock desperately needs because he’s slowly suffocating.

Considering our current situation with COVID-19 it’s all a little too close to “reality”.

This is part of the Random Trek Tuesday. I have gathered together EVERY episode of Star Trek, every season, every series and every film except for Star Trek Picard and put them into a big spreadsheet. Every week I let the randomiser pick one episode out which I’ll watch and then draw a scene from. You’ll find the original over on the Lee Draws Stuff shop immediately after publishing here on a Tuesday night (unless already sold).

“They don’t seem to be playing by any civilised rules that I know.” Firefly: Bushwhacked

I could have featured the poor guy gone mad from witnessing the reaver attack but I just really enjoy the opening scenes with them playing… ummm whatever this is that they are playing.

It’s just a fun sequence which actually contains a bit of exposition between Simon and Inara.

The original is available to buy on the Lee Draws Stuff shop.

The Big Damn Print Set containing all 14 episodes is also available for preorder! Strictly limited to 25 sets!

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