Friday, 31 May 2013

Yay, it's...Friday

Just to take a break from the children's book, here is a
sketch of two people. One happy, one unimpressed.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Friday, 10 May 2013

R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen

It's 2 days late, but here it is!
His movies shaped my fantasy world when I was a child.
His retrospective in parks on summer nights would be awesome. anyone know of anything like that happening in new york?


Thursday, 9 May 2013

Ray Harryhausen

I'm a day late with this. There's nothing I can add to the appreciation of Harryhausen's work other than I think he added an essential character and humanity to it that is often missing in FX work these days.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen: RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!

Today at Drawbridge we honor recently departed stop-motion guru Ray Harryhausen, the special effects whiz behind such classic movies as Jason & The Argonauts, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, and Clash of the Titans (I'm talking about the 1981 original-- the recent remake was an execrable pile of something unspeakable).
Release the, uh, me!
Ah, Clash of the Titans, you're not that bad a film.  I enjoyed you as a child, even though I was driven nuts by the scads of mythological inconsistencies.

The top thing that drove me nuts was the Kraken. The Kraken is not Greek!! It's a Norwegian monster, from, like, two millennia later. In the original Greek Myth, the sea monster that jeopardizes Andromeda is Cetus, a giant whale monster. As an adult, I now know that the reason for the substitution was that  Harryhausen thought that a giant squid monster like the Kraken  would be more fun to animate than a giant whale.

In recent years the catchphrase of "Release the Kraken" has become something of a meme. And it is fun to yell-- I especially recommend shouting it while in the stall of a crowded public bathroom. I decided today to draw Harryhausen's Kraken to honor the man and his work, even if it wasn't Greek ;)

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R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen

Before there was CG, there was Ray Harryhausen. He animated many "monster" or sci-fi creatures who populated the scary movies of my childhood, but the scene that stuck in my head the most over the years was the skeleton fight scene from Jason and the Argonauts.
A movie can mesmerize, but that scene TRIPLE mesmerized me (If there is such a term).
 You can see a clip here:
And here's my sketch inspired by said scene:

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Jamestown Skeletons

With the news about the Jamestown colony skeleton showing signs of cannibalism, I'm being
a bit morbid and sketching a... skeleton this morning. What ever warms up your hands, eh?
You can read more about Jamestown cannibalism here if you're interested: