sketchbook edition #3

 The fun part of moving is going through all the fun stuff I have packed away in my closet. Not only did I discover some half empty sketchbooks with plenty of drawing room, but I also found plenty old pieces I’ve drawn that I am actually proud of! Most of the following are Supernatural related, save for the last one (yay Sherlock!) 

Season 9 – experiments with multiple subjects – not complete but not too bad

Dean

Charcoal! I should do more of this – I adore the tones

Jo Harvelle – because I needed a subject other than the boys.

Baby Sam and Jessica

Dean

The Boys

Meg – another attempt at a female figure

This was more of a full figure study as opposed to his face

More figure studies

Working on interactions between people – Bobby and Ellen

Baby Sam and Dean – more interactions

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Figure studies of the boys

Tried changing the perspective of his face – Dean

This was for Andrea a while back – also muscles are fun to draw

John Watson – fun with light sources

Sketchbook Edition #2

While time is limited – I am still working hard at my sketches – slowly but surely trying to get better! Here are some recent samples as well as some work that I did for GisHwhEs this year!

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This picture was for Gishwhes – I had to portray what I thought Love was. I was quite proud of how it turned out.

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Clearly for Gishwhes – this is Misha and the Queen as Pin-Ups.

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one of many Dean sketches – not great but getting closer #practicepractice

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Head Studies

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The Boys #winchesters

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Dean

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Studies

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Dean – beginning to experiment with planes

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Planes!

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A not-very-happy Dean

More to come soon – I am working mostly on heads and planes at the moment – but I also intend on creating more finished looking sketches. They’ve been more rough as of late and I want to try to finish a picture.

#alwayskeepfighting

The Sketchbook

Art!!

Here’s a peek into the most recent additions of my sketchbook – I’ll try to make this a regular thing as it is nice to look back and see progress!

This was a significant moment in season 10 for me – as I hone my skills I shall return to it. I’ve titled this ‘Castiel Returns’ in an attempt to sound as pretentious as I can – HA – no I just thought it was appropriate for the moment.


Studies of Sam – more significant moments for me that I attempted to capture. Playing around with head angles and such to get the right proportions and perspective. I’m gonna just label the whole set ‘Faith’.


Kevin! Several fellows from work……’encouraged’ me to draw something other than the Winchesters – so I drew a surrogate Winchester #notsorry


All the studies – practice practice practice. I also really love eyes……


Hiccup – this one was for Trinya =] On my list of top five favorite movies – I’m honestly amazed it took me this long to sketch him.


Dean studies – because honestly I believe getting him right is nearly impossible, but it’s a task that I have taken upon myself to complete. I’m not there yet, but I’ll keep plugging away.

So little time…..

I’m quite proud of all I’ve accomplished in the last several weeks.

I’ve applied and been accepted to ASU Online! One step closer to finishing a degree, still no clue what I’m going to do with it but it’s a start.

I watched the 1966 Academy Award winner A Man for All Seasons. Adapted from the Tony award winning play, it tells the story of Thomas More, whose silence over Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn cost him his life.

It was an excellent film that was rather modern in it’s storytelling. It was a piece that reminded me more of The King’s Speech or The Imitation Game which both have far different tones than the previous winners ( i.e. The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Ben Hur). 

I both read and watched The Outsiders for the first time.

I adore the book. It’s dark and gritty and very real. It’s been very hard for me to finish books as of late, probably due to technology ADD, amongst other things; this book I finished in practically two days, I couldn’t put it down.

The movie wasn’t as satisfying as I had wished it to be, despite the amazing cast. Often the acting was a wee bit stiff and the directing a little over dramatic. The beauty of the story is its simplicity, and the drama hurt the film a bit. That being said, it was still fun to watch, especially since alllllll the greats are in it (Tom Cruise, the Karate Kid, Patrick Swayze….).

Speaking of Patrick Swayze – I also watched Ghost and Too Wong Fu Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. (me? On a Swayze kick?? Nooooo….)

Ghost is now on my list of favorite films ever.

I went into it thinking it was a lame-o chick flick – but alas! No! There’s more to it than just a beautiful relationship, there’s Whoopi Goldberg and scandal and theft! I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Allllsooo, the music was pretty bomb.

Too Wong Fu  is where I really learned that Patrick Swayze was more than just a pretty boy in tight pants. My roommate and I would watch scenes when it came on TV and I was amazed by his performance as Vida (I had no idea it was him till Jess pointed it out). SO of course I had to watch the whole thing and it’s a fun movie.

I’ve also managed to begin reading Slaughterhouse Five which I suspect is the beginning of a long love affair with Vonnegut. I think much like what I enjoyed with S.E. Hinton, he’s very honest and not as stiff as other writers (particularly the classical ones…..).

OH OHHHHH.

I also went on my first date this past Friday.

I suppose this officially puts me in the game…???

If I keep this up it will be a very productive year!

The Olden Days

I have a love of many of the arts.

Apparently I have a problem with picking one and sticking to it.

I like to think it makes me well rounded (whether it actually does or not remains to be seen).

Tonight in particular I found myself watching a video, here, of Vanessa Hudgens performing a song from her show Gigi for Kelly and Michael.

Yes my friends, Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical is taking the place of Leslie Caron for the new stage version of Gigi.

I cried a little when I first heard the news. Not only do I sincerely love musical theatre (having grown up with the classics and performed for a wee bit) but it’s also a classic film with a wonderful wonderful actress (I adore Leslie Caron – watch Lili or The Glass Slipper – that is providing you have already seen An American in Paris and Daddy Long Legs). 

It is so very hard for me to watch classic roles taken over by modern artists – there’s a timelessness to these works that can rarely be achieved again.

Now all of that being said – I wasn’t as automatically horrified by her performance as I had expected to be. Her voice is quite devoid of the pop tones that kill the atmosphere for me.

I might actually want to see more…….**rubs chin**

Thoughts??

 

 

Dapper Day

It was my first official Dapper Day – was pretty much useless while a friend took my brothers senior pictures.

On the bright side I got some cool shots of them! 

My brother is quite dashing – and there’s nothing like Disneyland for a backdrop.

Ok – it’s not my brother – but Carsland is my absolute favourite – I won’t ever tire of it.

The man who started it all =]

It’s an Imitiation Game Alright

It’s Oscar season and I have  been binge watching as many of the Oscar nominated films as I can.

To be honest – most of them are pretty disappointing. Should that come as a surprise? No. Does it still disappoint me? Yes.

The Imitation Game is the exact premise of The King’s Speech (and basically every historical film ever produced) with a different cast of characters.

Boyhood is being lauded for its format – a 12 year project is quite impressive, however that doesn’t make it a great film (that was 3 hours of my life I can never get back – I’d rather watch the Friday the 13th remake – twice).

Birdman  was the most relevant film I’ve seen thus far, and by far the most creative and artistic. Sure there were moments where I scratched my head a bit, but it was far more enjoyable and thought provoking then the others.

No one is talking about The Judge which was a truly great ensemble and a touching story. One of the few films I’ve seen this year that didn’t feel like a walking cliché (and yes I know Robert Duvall got a nom for the film but does any one else feel that it was sort of obligatory?).

Guardians of the Galaxy – yes, it’s about a bunch of petty villains that save the universe in space but does that make it any less of a great film? Just because a film doesn’t take itself seriously (or happens to have a racoon with a bazooka and a talking tree) shouldn’t mean it gets passed over for other less innovative films.

Apparently Captain America was a great film (no I haven’t seen it yet don’t judge me), as well as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. 

Now, I’m not saying that I want to see every decent movie that is released make it on the nomination list – but I would like to see a little more variety. Every year it’s always the two or three dramatic historical events and then a couple experimental pieces.What’s the matter with comedy? A movie that we don’t have to take seriously or think critically about?

ORRR or let’s get crazy and throw in an animated film – whhaaatttt. I mean, when was the last time an animated film was nominated for Best Picture? (I looked and it was for Toy Story 3). Both The Lego Movie and How to Train Your Dragon 2 were well received this year, and they aren’t even Disney films.

Why don’t we even rephrase that question and ask – when was the last time an animated film was looked upon as a film and not merely children’s entertainment?

In case you were wondering – the last genre film to be nominated and win Best Picture was LOTR: Return of the King. Though to be fair there are far less decent genre films than there are animated ones (I’m looking at you Hobbit). 

Let’s make some changes people! Art itself is not discriminatory – so why should we in turn discriminate against its different forms?

 

Random News – Just for Fun

In case you hadn’t heard….

Supernatural has been renewed for it’s 11th season. ELEVEN. 

Not only is this exciting for me as a fan, but it’s incredible to see a genre show with limited viewership get this far.

I keep hearing ‘that show is still on the air!?!’ followed by gaping jaws of disbelief. It’s been ten years and yes, it’s still on. And the best part? It’s still relevant. The show is about the boys again, and the current story lines are deeply personal and weighty (I was going to include a joke about how you can’t really relate to the Mark of Cain here, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it because it actually is very real and symbolic – someday I’ll write a whole novel about that).

So say what you will, I get that some people are annoyed about it but that’s the way it goes. I for one am ecstatic – deal.

That being said – Jane the Virgin was also renewed which isn’t surprising considering their Golden Globe win. To be fair, I haven’t seen any of the show, so I don’t really have any just reason to be as angry as I am. But it’s aggravating to see other shows with talent get passed up, especially for the CW. Let’s be real, there isn’t much there that is worth awarding (save for a certain show I could mention about a pair of brothers who hunt evil……ok and Whose Line – duh)

Lea Michelle and now Nick Jonas have joined Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens for the coming year. This terrifies me because I cannot stand Lea Michelle (I tried, I watched some of Glee and I tried)  and last I checked Nick couldn’t act for beans. Though I suppose in retrospect – Ryan Murphy is pretty hit and miss to begin with so we’ll see how that goes.

New photos from the set of Sherlock have emerged (I say new but it’s been, like a week). You can view the new and interesting costumes here. There are a slew of reasons why our Sherlock and Watson look like they’ve joined Guy Ritchie’s adventures and none of them make any sort of sense within the logic of the show. I’m doing my very very best to hold out my thoughts till the special airs, but I’m already massively annoyed with Steven Moffat as it is.

ABC just announced they’re ordering a crime-thriller from Shonda Rimes – it looks to be headed by solely females which I find fantastic. It’s also been pointed out that ABC is one of the most diverse networks on television. It’s just a pity that all of the shows are so formulaic and bland.

ALSO – big news of the day! Emma Watson has just been officially announced to play Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast. It’s been a rumor for quite some time now and it’s nice to know it’s official. I should be wary – as we didn’t need a live-action anything. However I adore Emma Watson and Beauty and the Beast will forever be one of my favorite stories. And it’s Disney. I may just weep tears of joy until it’s release.

In case ya’ll are interested in more news like this – follow me on Twitter! I make valid attempts to retweet all the interesting industry news for those who care like I do. I like fun facts and staying in the loop!

Also – Happy Monday everyone – I’m proud of you for making it through the day!

 

 

 

‘It takes a special talent to make your viewers empathize with something they know doesn’t exist.’

I said that to my friend late the other night and she suggested I expound on that here. We were talking specifically about Doctor WhoSherlock, and Supernatural. Though really, this sentiment extends to anything in the genre realm – be it Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy or Agent Carter (Firefly, Star Wars, Fringe, X Files – the list goes on for years).

It really is a gift, to be able to take these characters and universes that are so far removed from our own and make us empathize and care for them as if they were real. And that’s the ultimate draw isn’t it? Sitcoms don’t address humanity in the way that genre television often does. The symbolism that attaches us to certain characters or stories just isn’t there.

Not only do these shows address humanity but they do so in universes that are far more interesting than our own. Doctor Who is set in a reality where aliens successfully take over the government, and where giant Titanic spaceship sails above our skies. The X Files is set in a universe where aliens exist under our very noses. The Originals, Buffy and Supernatural all have monsters living amongst us.

As a viewer we know aliens aren’t sneaking through our sewers, nor (generally speaking) do we believe our neighbor is possessed. But we still completely believe these worlds and buy into them.

I love it! I really love that some genius sits in a coffee-shop or in an office and comes up with these wonderful ideas. I love that someone else takes those ideas and creates set and light designs. I love that actors believe in these stories enough to tell them in complete honesty. I love that there are whole conventions devoted to bringing together people with similar interests, so they can enjoy these stories together.