This has been a very Potter-centric month for me. I finally read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and got around to doing a Potter-related whiteboard. I’ve known for a long time I’d get around to doing one from these movies but there is just so much to choose from in J.K. Rowling’s expansive and incredibly interesting world. Her imagination is absolutely amazing and I hope she continues to visit and explore the wizarding world in her writings. Ultimately, I love bad guys so I decided to go with a powerful image of Voldemort at the Battle of Hogwarts. I knew that scene with the rubble and people everywhere would make a compelling whiteboard if I didn’t botch it. Despite all the details I thoroughly enjoyed this one from start to finish and it hasn’t probably gotten more love from around the office than any of the others. Here are some progress pics!
John Carpenter is one of my favorite directors. I could seriously do an entire series of whiteboard based solely on his works and it would be immensely satisfying. I’ve already done Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing and now Halloween… I could definitely get behind doing The Fog or Starman. Those would be a lot of fun to do. I seem to be transitioning into a villains motif so perhaps I’ll do another villain after this. (Hint, Hint… VOLDEMORT) And now… Progress pics!
I’m a big Game of Thrones fan. I’ll admit I haven’t read the books but HBO and their collaboration with George R.R. Martin has been pretty stellar. Now that we are nearing the end of the series, it’s gotten really interesting with the television show’s output surpassing where Martin is in the writing of the books. After having to wait for years for the Dark Tower series to be completed, I’m not going to mess with the books until the last one is done. Here are some progress pics!
I’m a little amazed it took me this long to get to a Kurosawa film on the whiteboard. The man was a pillar of film and his masterpiece Seven Samurai has been mined and regurgitated by the Hollywood machine more times than I care to go into. We’ve all seen films where a helpless village hires outsiders to come in and help them deal with oppressors. It’s a classic tale that was made classic because of Kurosawa. So, in a way, we have Kurosawa to thank for The Three Amigos. Just let that sink in for a second.
Man, there is just something so delicious about the crazy excess of Paul Verhoeven films of the 80’s and early 90’s. There’s a common theme running through them, they are completely unapologetic and fully embrace their insanity. He was never afraid to take it a step too far into the realm of utter ridiculousness, which I think is the main problem with Hollywood constantly trying to remake films of that era. They always miss what made the original work and in trying to update it for today’s times they invariably go for a ‘realistic, more ground and dark and gritty’ take on the material. It fails. Every. Time. I’m not specifically trying to blast the Robocop reboot as there are a lot of elements to it that could have been real strengths. I’d rather that energy go into a new idea instead of trading on nostalgia to get butts in the seats. Anyway. Here’s my Robocop whiteboard.
I got to cross another movie classic off the list with this one, Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera. Considering the era, the makeup job on his character is quite good and totally freaky. It’s also in black and white, which makes it easier to translate to the whiteboard. 🙂 My favorite thing to draw in this one is that little statue on the far left. Not sure why. I always have a couple of parts to each one of these pieces that I really liked for reasons that only make sense to me. Like Phantom’s hair. I dig the hair.
I love movies. I always have. It probably stems from seeing movies I was probably too young to see and being transfixed by them, whether it be through being overwhelmed at the imagination on screen or through being genuinely scared by something. The villain that left one of the biggest impressions on me as a kid was Tim Curry’s Lord of Darkness from the 80’s fantasy movie “Legend.” To this day I still think it’s one of the best makeup and prosthetic jobs I’ve seen in a film and the slight voice modulation give him a super creepy voice. He wasn’t a one note villain, screaming all the time. He was calm and terrifying, making his outbursts even scarier. Pair this with the fact that the same guy played Pennywise the clown and Tim Curry is a first ballot villain hall-of-famer.
Here are the pics!
This post is long overdue. I’m already closing in on finishing the whiteboard after this one. This was my Halloween installment this year, John Carpenter’s The Thing (movie poster). So, yeah. Back-to-back Carpenter. Bet you didn’t see that coming. The Thing is such a great, tight character drama with some seriously gross special effects. AND Wilford Brimley sans mustache! What could be better! This one was surprisingly difficult to nail down because of the abstract nature of the original painting. I should have known better, it is Drew Struzan after all.
Big Trouble In Little China is one of my all-time favorite movies. I’ve probably seen close to 100 times and it never gets old. There’s no way that movie should work but it totally does. The humor, the music, the wacky characters, black magic, demons, gangs, Mack trucks, and mullets… What’s not to love? I hope Kurt Russell keeps getting good roles because when he nails one he really nails one. Tombstone is the same way, it’s so watchable and enjoyable no matter how many times you’ve seen it. Lopan was always freaky to me as a kid and that scene where the light first comes out of his mouth and eyes was, like, whoa. Here it is: