My most recent self-portrait in markers, added also into the Self-Portrait gallery.
This is the first decent drawing I’ve made in quite a while. For whatever reason, I just hadn’t been drawing much–until I broke my wrist. It wasn’t a bad fracture and it healed nicely in 7 weeks, but the thought that I could have hurt myself more seriously and never drawn again brought the desire right back.
A good effort…if not perfect. It’s sad how fast I go from “oh cool!” to spotting all the things that are wrong with it. I’m still pleased. And it felt very good to be playing with color again.
Happy lads, Ron and Harry, to gladden your day…
You can find more of Harry’s friends here.
Ah, Professor Snape…
Mixing it up a little today. No gingers. Instead, I sketched another of my other favorite Harry Potter characters, Severus Snape. I’m trying to envision him for myself, casting off the image of the wonderful Alan Rickman, who embodied the role through the eight films. I tried to capture his relative youth (he’s in his mid-thirties), his abnormally large nose and stringy hair. Did I get the sallow complexion and dour expression? Maybe. I wasn’t sure I liked it at first, but it’s growing on me. It’s my first try. I hope you like it.
You can find more sketches of the Harry Potter crew here.
Basking in an unexpected day off mid-week, I spent my morning browsing images, enjoying other Harry Potter fan art, generally goofing off. Until I found an image of Ron (Rupert Grint) from the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. I couldn’t resist his apprehensive teenage gaze.
I’m pleased with it overall. There are mistakes, some of my usual distortions, but yeah, I like it. The colors that go into creating vibrant ginger hair–and that set it off–make me so happy. Sometimes I think the only reason I draw is to have something cool to color in. I still haven’t got freckles down as well as I’d like, but I’ll keep experimenting. You’ll find more drawings of Ron (and his friends) here.
Or I’m going to try to be.
It feels good to be drawing more again after a creative hiatus last fall–stressful work, health issues, fun visits with my sister all seemed to throw me off. And after I’d had a good summer for drawing, especially with Prismacolor markers. I’m not sure why, but it seems after a break, I come back stronger. Maybe it’s just the cyclical nature of things. But it could also be that I stopped trying so hard to do so-called “great work” and just drew for the fun of it, just drew what I liked. I drew chibis, I drew Harry Potter, I used lots of color. I’m not a professional and I’m never going to be.
I’d also like to be active on this blog again. As a sign of that, here’s a recent marker drawing of one of my favorite Harry Potter characters, Ron Weasley. He, along with drawings from last summer, can now be found in my newly updated Harry Potter gallery. I hope you enjoy it.
Ready for some summer joy?
So far, this summer has been perfect: warm days, cool nights, thunderstorms and comparative freedom. (A heat wave is coming, at which point I will hide.) Also perfect is the balance I’ve struck between obsessing over Twin Peaks Season 3 and some lighter, positively joyous, fare. Over the last few weeks I’ve enjoyed Moonrise Kingdom, My Life as a Zucchini and Yellow Submarine. All of them are visual knockouts with charming stories.
The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine is probably lightest on story. Psychedelic animated music videos alternate together with silly puns and tomfoolery as the Fab Four journey to save Pepperland from the Blue Meanies. While John, Paul and George joke, gibe and insult the people around them, superior in their grooviness, Ringo befriends the uncool Nowhere Man. Their friendship is the core of the film. This movie remains beautiful to me every time I see it, and this time I was struck by an early sequence of industrial Liverpool at daybreak. Simply done, but breathtaking.
My Life as a Zucchini (French title Ma Vie de Courgette) tells the story of a little boy called Courgette who suddenly finds himself an orphan. The story and music are lovely, and the visuals are astonishing, quirky, funny and sweet. All of us have the fears these kids do even if our stories aren’t as extreme as theirs, and they show a lot of heart as they make the most of what they have. I saw this alone, but I imagine kids would love it–and their adults will too.
And last but first is Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. I love Anderson’s visual worlds and the weird but sincere people who live in them. This story centers on two teen misfits who fall in love and run away. But the course of true love never did run smooth… The stylized compositions, a color palette like a faded Polaroid, maze-like locations and manic chases reminded me of the visuals of The Grand Budapest Hotel. The writing and acting here are similarly terrific. These were first performances for both the kids. Amazing. I especially enjoyed Bruce Willis, cast against type as a forlorn and gentle local lawman. Some people complain that Anderson’s movies try way too hard, but what’s wrong with that when it succeeds like this? I can’t recommend this one highly enough.
Be sure to leave a comment with any joyful, charming films you’ve seen recently. I want more!
René Descartes, the French philosopher, walks into a bar. The Bartender says, “Hey, René, you want a scotch?” Descartes replies, “No, I think not.” And then he vanishes.
Happy Birthday, Monsieur Descartes!