Thursday, 26 November 2009
Detail from a Christmas card design for The Faceless Company. I don't want to spoil the image by showing too much here, enough to say that that Snowman will never smell carrot in the same way again. In the mean time we're off to Keswick for a short break with parents over the next few days. Time to mooch, eat, drink and draw, hopefully avoiding flood water and disaster.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Not strictly part of my Horror Film watching over the Halloween period but I did watch Babel and it was horrific. I admired the storytelling, but like the previous two films in the trilogy, (Amores Perros & 21 Grams) it left me feeling depressed. I guess its the randomness of fate and destruction of lives which gets me down, my drawing is of the two Moroccan brothers on the hill side about to release the near fatal bullet which connects the film's stories.
When I went to Blockbusters for my 'Five for £5' deal this was the only Horror Film I could find on the shelf that I haven't seen. After watching the trailer I had low expectations of this twisted tale of tequila fueled young people seemingly hunted down by... an ancient Mayan Temple. Low expectations indeed. The film delivers on all fronts and has genuinely queasy body 'invasion' moments. Sympathy for the victims emerge when you realise there is no way out from the scenario, even when they do what you think they should do if it was you caught in the same situation. Digging a bit deeper into the history of the film, it comes from a 'Best Seller' Novel, Dreamworks and Ben Stiller... see what the horror hides.
I watched both these movies via the BBC iPlayer where they look old and not really that scary and the prototype for nearly every horror film from America since? I might have seen them on release and remember then thinking, nothing seems to happen. Late into the night I endured the hammy acting and seventies tank tops that is until the last few minutes of Halloween 2 which actually got good and then it sank in, this is a slasher movie. Michael Myers surely has the smallest knife bestowed upon a movie zombie villian. Ever.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Part of my Halloween celebrations involved, as well as eating huge homemade vege pies, chips and mushy peas, watching scary films. Over the next few days I'll show you drawings from the ones I watched. Today I start off with the twisted tale of mushroom fueled young people seemingly hunted down in a spooky wood.... SHROOMS.
I do like fantasy and horror films. They are the home of invention and ideas because people expect so little from them, that is where the pleasure lies. When something surprises you whether an idea or an image, that is when the film lifts you off the sofa and into their universe. Films, especially fantasy and horror films employ a lot of creative artists and it's usually from that that aspect I am looking at how the film works. I don't get scared at what I'm seeing, be it galleons of gore or the soul of a child haunting an orphanage, I'm too busy working out how they did it, why it works. Saying that the trend for endurance torture a few years ago (Wolf Creek, Hostel etc ) did make me feel queasy... and a bit bored.