Fatal Attraction

Movie Artwork
“Don’t You Ever Pity Me, You Smug Bastard.“, 2021, charcoal pencils and chalk pastel on toned grey paper, 11″ x 9”

Absolutely wild how the test screening audiences of 1987 robbed us of a much more interesting film with a thematically consistent ending because they couldn’t tell that Dan Gallagher sucked and pretty much deserved everything he got (the rabbit, to be fair, did not).

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Almost Famous

Movie Artwork
“I Never Said I Was A Golden God! Or Did I?”, 2019, charcoal pencils and biro on toned grey paper, 7″ x 5″

I’m flying high over Tupelo Mississippi with the hottest band in America…

…and we’re all about to die. I love this film, and have since it came out. Hopefully the scratchy biro additions are a pretty obvious addition; I myself was an obsessive notebook/pencil case/school bag scrawler of band logos and lyrics throughout my school days. Sapphire’s speech about loving some band or some silly piece of music so much it hurts just gets it.

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Alien

Movie Artwork
“You Are My Lucky Star”, 2021, charcoal pencils, charcoal sticks, pastel pencils and chalk pastels on toned grey paper, 9″ x 9″

I’d previously sketched Ripley in full badass heroine James Cameron mode for Aliens so quite liked the idea of doing a ‘Four Ages of Ripley’ kind of thing. So I wanted to focus more on the quiet, I guess, normality of the original incarnation of Ripley (before the Cameronian action badass iconic overhaul she received in the sequel). Albeit, using the colours of the Nostromo patch to hint at the weirdness to come, but not so much depicting the stark looming darkness of space, but instead the calming off-white and eerie late-70s production design in the MU/TH/UR room.

Now that this one is done at a larger scale and with a pretty different drawing style, stay tuned for a redux on the Aliens incarnation of Ripley soon, followed by bald Ripley when we get around to podcasting about Alien3, and finally whatever was going on in Alien Resurrection. Something with a basketball?

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Jessica Chastain

Drawings
“Jessica C”, 2013, grey coloured pencils on grey toned paper, 8″ x 11″

A very, very early sketch that I laboured over not long after picking up pencils for the first time in years. I drew this using very waxy Lyra Rembrandt pencils, which meant a lot more close attention to detail than I’m now used to and a lot less mess. Of all the sketches I made back then, this is one of only two that I still have around. I’m still pretty happy with it! Jessica Chastain was on such an amazing run of roles for so many years, from The Tree of Life onwards, but especially Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter, which I absolutely love. And, later, her incredibly imposing turn in A Most Violent Year. She’s pretty awesome.

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Triquetra

Drawings
“Triquetra”, 2019, sanguine pencil and white chalk pencil on toned grey paper, 11″ x 16″

This was a practice sketch from an online life drawing pose resource site that I took a bit of a liking to, and decided to finish off with a bit of Celtic imagery. All very instinctive, so perhaps a little short of sub-textual depth, but I still like it. Feel free to make up your own narrative for it!

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Jules

Life drawing
“Jools’ Strain”, 2018, vine charcoal and pastel on sugar paper, 10″ x 14″

Drawn from life at The Moon and Nude Clapham, October 2018.

Jools only modelled for us once at the pub in Clapham, but she was a) very friendly and b) an extremely accomplished dancer and yoga practitioner, which came across in her extraordinary ability to hold this pose for 20 minutes. This sketch may not be one of my most polished, but I do really like the dynamism and at least partially successful attempt to interpret the fantastic pose.

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The Rock

Movie Artwork
“Winners Go Home and Fuck The Prom Queen”, 2021, charcoal pencils, chalk pastel and pastel pencil on toned grey paper, 9″ x 9″

Took a leaf out of Michael Bay’s book on this one vis-à-vis subtlety. You can taste the colours with your mind, brother! I think it kinda looks oddly like Connery is wearing some sort of outrageous late ’90s football shirt, what with the little Alcatraz as the club crest. That Alcatraz was inspired by the terrible Blu-ray cover, which stuffs an awkwardly clipped little jpeg of the prison at some random position under the floating giant heads. I thought it was funny.

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