Here is a portrait of Vlad Dracula and Mina from 1992’s, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This movie, I find, is a bit polarizing to to many horror movie fans. I think the fact that the movie is more romance than horror is probably the big hurdle. Well, that and Keanu Reeves’ performance. Bad acting aside I do enjoy this film. I think it’s visually stunning. And, I do enjoy the romance between Mina and Dracula. As a monster movie fan I can’t say this is my favorite version of Dracula. I will always pick the original Bela Lugossi film as my favorite Dracula flick. But, the 1992 version is still an enjoyable addition to the Dracula film catalog.
Mina: I want to be what you are, see what you see, love what you love.
Dracula: Mina, to walk with me you must die to your breathing life and be reborn to mine.
Day 28…how sweet it is. I’ve been 28 for 28 for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. I can’t say that I have been doing my best work during this month but there are some pieces that I have been happy with. And this painting is one of them. I have been a fan of the movie, The Rocketeer since it came out. It came out right around that sweet spot of movies, for me, movies like the first Batman by Tim Burton, and Dick Tracy. All of them through my formative years of 1989-1991. I’m not sure most people feel as fondly as I do to those movies, but they are three of my favorites. All three are based on comic books and a comic strip, and that may have something to do with it. I feel that Dick Tracy and Batman are very visually exciting and faithful to the source material. But, most of all they are fun adventure movies. Something, that I feel is missing from movies. Some of the current super hero movies are on target. And Star Wars: Force Unleashed absolutely lived up to the fun adventure movie criteria. I do miss the fun of movies like the Indiana Jones movies, Back to the Future, Masters of the Universe and even Howard the Duck. I think today’s cinema is missing enjoyable fantasy and sci-fi movies too. It feels like movies are all about realism and current day topics. I wish there was more movies for people like me who want to turn off the real world and watch a movie about a guy who straps a rocket pack on his back and beats up some Nazis.
Today threw me a bit of a curve ball. I had a few paintings that I had ready to go in for today and this was not one of them. The pencil work for this was finished yesterday and for some reason while I was at work I kept thinking about finishing it when I got home. And that’s what happened. But, because of the the quick turnaround I couldn’t use oil paint because I wouldn’t be able to scan it with the wet paint. So, I decided to use more ink washes which gives it a bit of a watercolor feel and then gouache to fill in the blacks with a nice solid pass.
I love the movie, Nightmare Before Christmas and have done and sold several pieces of art based on the film in the past. In fact I’m working on a series of big paintings from the movie that I hope to get back to after this month.