Week two of February is upon us and here is my second “love” themed piece for the month. This is a painting based on the movie, The Princess Bride. This is one of those cult classic type movies that has a big following. I must admit that I am new to this movie. I saw it for the first time only recently, in the last two years. And after hearing how great this movie is for so long, I was pretty confident that I would be underwhelmed by it. But, I gave it a shot and I’m glad I did because I did enjoy it. It’s a nice fantasy movie with interesting characters and a fun story. Best of all it has Andre The Giant in it. Since the movie, at it’s heart, is a love story, I figured it would be a fun subject to paint for this month’s theme.
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This is it! Painting 30 for Day 30 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. And since it is the end I figured an old pirate skeleton would be an appropriate subject. This lovely fellow is the pirate who has all the treasure that the Goonies are searching for.
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.
Here is a little smile for making it halfway through the 30 paintings in 30 days.
Here is one version of the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker, as portrayed by Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight. Not only is the look very disturbing but his performance was one of the best ever. Ledger certainly stole the movie with his portrayal. But, a part of me certainly misses the funnier version of the Joker. Like Cesar Romero in the Batman 1960’s television show or how he was in the comics in the 70’s. Once the 1980’s came around the comics changed him from a guy trying to steal money and small crimes to beating Robin to death with a baseball bat. Goodbye to the classic version of the Joker. Don’t get me wrong, the comics have done some great stuff with him but they have certainly pushed him into some very uncomfortable places for us to witness. And the Dark Knight movie definitely showcased that newer version of the character.
This day’s painting also gave me a chance to work more with ink pens and do more of a comic book art style. That is more like the style that I’m more comfortable with. I really enjoy painting but I don’t feel comfortable with it. Which is the perfect reason to keep on with it. And keep on I shall…
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.