Thursday, June 30, 2011

Swimming With The Fishes

Youtube is the BEST boredom cure. Came across the video for The Chemical Brothers 'The Test'... and so naturally I took a few screen grabs. Because it's the thing to do. The video is basically about a raver on an acid trip but the story is quite subtle and the way it's shot is really beautiful. This scene is my favourite; the heroine is swimming in the belly of a whale with a group of electric jellyfish.

I could only do this in watercolour, no ink this time! I'm not so used to drawing like that, drawing with ink first is a good guideline, but the wishy washy style works as it's set underwater. Black is my biggest weakness though. I had the same thing happen with Gia Carangi (my first drawing... God it seems like ages ago) where the black spreads when there's too much water and overpowers the other colours. You can see it in the hair, it's more grey than blue. More practice, hooray!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Marlon Brando

"Nobody tells me what to do. You keep needlin' me, if I want to, I'm gonna take this joint apart and you're not gonna know what hit you." - Johnny - 'The Wild One'


Now go watch The Wild One. Right Now.

Friday, June 17, 2011


Ok, so I looked up bad 80s hair and this was top of the list. Go figure.

I actually could have picked any number of Madonna photos to draw; she's got an incredible face and knows how to take a good photograph. AND she's had so many 'reinventions'... but I chose this one for the colours in her (bad 80s) hair and the contrast of that to the rest of her body and clothes. Watercolour time! I also think her 'Like A Virgin' phase is the best of anything else she's done. It's a shame she's not like that anymore. Growing old is a bitch.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Aleksander Emelianenko

Yay second request!!!

This is Aleksander Emelianenko, a "mixed martial artist" from Russia. He's trained in judo, westling and boxing, he's been fighting since his teens and most of his tattoos were done while he was in jail and have various mafia meanings. He's crazy scary. Look at those eyes! I had to stare at them for a LONG TIME this week.

Pen and ink, with the tattoos in grey lead. My pen nib kind of broke so the lines are really thick and messy looking, but I actually think it works in making him look all rough and ready. It'd look weird if it as too polished... And I blackened his eyes, with grey lead and then in photoshop, to make him look more nightmarish. He didn't look scary enough without it. What do you think?