Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Monday, 10 June 2013
Thursday, 6 June 2013
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Here're some doodles for The Seven Samurai as gangsters. Playing around with body shapes.
Here're the film charcters in order from of drawing...
1. Hayashida HEIHACHI (Chiaki Minoru) of the 'Woodcutter Sword School'. "There are too many enemies to kill them all, so I usually just run."
2. KIKUCHIYO (Mifune Toshiro), the buffoon, the man who would be a samurai. He is the first to admit the faults of the peasants--they are crafty and dishonest. But who made them that way that they are? he challenges the rest of the samurai.
3. SHICHIROJI (Kato Daisuke), Kambei's right hand man. He answers YES to the proposition of there being no profit. Honor, without hesitation. "We might die this time," says Kambei. He just smiles; He is ready.
4. Shimada KAMBEI (ShimuraTakashi), the "lead" samurai. "Such selfishness will not be tolerated. You're all in one boat." "He who thinks only about himself will destory himself, too." "In war, it's teamwork that counts."
5. Katayama GOROBEI (Inaba Yoshio) the first to join Kambei and Katushiro. "My name sounds strong but. . ."
6. Okamoto KATSUSHIRO (Kimura Ko), the young, idealistic samurai, whose story is a coming of age story.
7. KYUZO (Miyaguchi Seiji), the master swordsman "A man only interested in perfecting his own skill"
Info from here.
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Testing the head theory.
I watched Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai the other day. I've seen it before but I'd forgotten quite how bloody good it is. Ghost Dog is such an awesome character. Understated but complex, I wish more heroes were written like this, and that actions in the films weren't so generic good guy style. Anyway, at one point he hints that he has no mates, so here's a stab at another ganster samurai character.
I saw a bunch of Kurosawa films as a kid, and I was thinking of doing a ghost dog inspired take on the seven samurai characters...
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
I'm posting this in quite an excitable mood! I really feel I've learnt something from this drawing, which hopefully is going to affect my work from now on. Basically, the rule I've found is that as long as you get a face nailed pretty early in a drawing then you can be a lot looser with the body work.
The face is from photo reference of a model, and the body is just out of the blue. If you look at the marks they're actually pretty abstract. Value is what really defines the forms - it's pretty subtle, but I think I'm getting there...
Monday, 29 April 2013
Yesterday was the start of the London Sci-fi Festival, so I pottered over to see the costume parade which was supposed to kick everything off. The theme was 50 years of Dr. Who, and obvoiusly all the usual suspects were there - Daleks and Cybermen.
I grew up watching old Dr. Who episodes thanks to my mum. I remember it actually being pretty scary, especially the Sea Devils - a race of wierd reptile things that lived in the Earths oceans. I think that their backstory was actually pretty sad made these freaky monsters even weirder. Anyway, here's a spoiler for the episode, but it gives a good flavour of how cool it was.
There are a bunch of cool images of them, but nothing new and everyone seems to have forgotten about them. I had a go at a redesign...