I’ve been terribly busy the last few weeks, but I made sure to save some time for Jim Emerson’s Contrarianism Blog-a-Thon, which is running all weekend at Scanners. This cartoon is my first contribution; the second can be found right here.
I had to draw this damn cartoon twice after coming to the bitter conclusion that Rutger Hauer is impossible to caricaturize. It’s funny: the man has such an onscreen presence yet so little remarkable features. Hauer has the face of an angel, possessed by Satan himself. Come to think of it: he’s the visual opposite of Jack Black, who looks like Lucifer haunted by the spirit of an innocent toddler.
At least it forced me to radically alter my angle and use a weakness as a strength. Don’t force me to explain the color scheme, by the way. I just thought it looked menacing.
A woman in trouble, all right… 😉
A friend of mine warned me that in some religions, it’s considered sacrelegious to depict Kubrick. Oh well, too late now…
The only hand-drawing I do these days is the occasional storyboard or logo sketch, so when the idea for this cartoon popped in my head, it seemed like a good excuse to pick up on an old love of mine. Drop a comment if you like it and maybe I’ll post more in the future. I’m still not sure if I’ve found the right balance between wacky and naturalistic, but I love the combination of fineliner strokes with digital coloring and added film grain.
I’ve been suffering from a major digital handicap since my laptop broke down. The situation is still far from ideal (as I type this on an ancient iMac, I’m sitting on my living room’s wooden floor), but at least I’m online again. Expect new posts in the days to come.
Happy New Year, y’all!