This was another one time during this challenge where I kind of cheated drawing a story, Dr. Know-All, I don’t know why I put in the tupperware, to begin with. So I drew a second time and got Rumplestiltskin.
I think I finally came up with something decent freehand. Other than overthinking what the whole turning straw into gold thing looked like, it went pretty well.
Since most of Thumbelina is a “Pearls of Pauline” style travelogue, this was another story with lots of options to work with. I was really tempted to do the scene with her and the Mole but I wasn’t sure anyone who only had the basic knowledge of the story would know what it was all about. So I went with the beginning of the story with Thumbelina appearing in the flower.
Maybe it’s just me having read way too much manga lately, but looking at this picture after I finished it, I’m seeing an unintentional Attack on Titan vibe. Don’t worry the nice old lady isn’t going to eat Thumbelina.
This weekI decided to go for some comfort viewing with one of my favorite subgeneras of science fiction, cyberpunk. Regrettably due to the rules of my dipping into Scarecrow’s collection, most of the examples of the genre on film (english language anyway) I’ve seen… as well as many of the mediocre ones. So this week I found myself watching what was left.
I confess that this description was a little unfair since the first film on my list, Strange Days was actually pretty good. It’s December 31st 1999 and the millennium is upon us and the city of Las Angeles is a burning pit of civil unrest. Ex-cop and black marketer Lenny Nero, (Ralph Finnes),is spending it hustling, d buying and selling memories. That is to say complete immersion recordings of first person memories. Apparently they’re illegal.. Nero is a pathetic human being barely making ends meet an only respected by his two remaining friends, bodyguard and limousine driver Lornette “Mace” Mason (Angela Bassett) and private investigator Max Peltier (Tom Sizemore).When he finds a recording of a murder left in his car he finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy… Or is he?
I enjoyed this movie, My only problem with it was the problem I had with Inception. Where the near future setting is virtually identical to the present except for one piece of magical technology that should be reveioutionalry with tons of different applications but instead in little more than illegal contraband…. But Angela Basset kicked ass, literally and figuratively, so all is good.
The next film in my list Cherry 2000 takes place in what appears to be a post apocalyptic future. Most of the world are anarchic wastelands, everything is being recycled, and sexual encounters require complex contracts… because of the last one sex droids are popular. When a young business man breaks his vintage Cherry 2000 he has to go out into the wasteland with the help of a beautiful tracker to find another one. Will he survive long enough to get a replacement? Or will he discover the love of a real girl?
I don’t think I’m exaggerating much when I say this is one of the worst films I’ve seen in a long while. There were a few times where they might have been trying to be satirical, for example the villains being caricature of california yuppies, but just couldn’t pull it off. That’s probably the best thing I can say about it.
It looks like I drew a Hans Christien Andersen story twice in a row for two days. So for today, I got what is probably his best-known story, The Little Mermaid. This is another tough one. The first rule is to ignore the Disney version. For me this is easy. It’s not that I dislike the Disney version (I watched it three times the first week it came out.) It’s just so different that, other than her species, dear sweet little Ariel has absolutely nothing to do with Andersen’s tragic heroine.
Sources that are harder for me to ignore are the illustrations of Kay Nielsen and an obscure Ranken-Bass film called the Daydreamer. It’s mostly silly but the animated Andersen stories are done completely straight. Because of this hearing Burl Ives as the sea king telling his daughters, in a whispery deadpan, how humans are mortal and will die… but unlike immortal mermaids, they have souls, sticks in my mind.
Ultimately, I think I was mostly inspired by the statue in Copenhagen harbor. I decided to ignore most of the story and present the little Mermaid with her back to us, alone dreaming of something she can never be part of.
Today’s fairy tale Hans Christian Andersen’s Steadfast Tin Soldier, (it’s usually called the Brave Tin Soldier but frankly I like steadfast better) was another one that I really didn’t want to do. Regrettably, that’s the whole point of this exercise. I need a better excuse than “I don’t like this story” isn’t a good enough excuse. It has to be something like “I can’t find an English-language version of this”, as in getting The Grimm Brothers’ the Raven yesterday, or when I was doing my Nursery Rhyme challenge last year, “This is a saying about predicting whether from the colors of the sky. There’s nothing I can do with it in this monochrome medium”. So, Yeah… I had to draw The Steadfast Tin Soldier.
Because I didn’t like the story, I never did more than scan the original and only knew the cliff notes version of it. In fact, most of what I knew about it came from the Fantasia version of it (which I also considered one of the weakest of the entire collection.) So I admit I didn’t know the fine points. For example, for some reason, I had it in my head that the climactic scene of the story, which I’m using for this sketch, was a house fire. After quickly reading it I found it was some kids throwing the toys in the stove.
Finally, this was a strain to my 40ish aesthetic. Most of the toy soldiers boys would be playing with at the time would still look like soldiers from the Napoleonic war. So this scene would be deliberately anachronistic. Even more frustrating when I did a quick Pinterest search for pictures of toy soldiers, all I got were detailed models soldiers from world war one and two made by and for history buffs and wargamers, and illustrations of this story. (and I couldn’t look at those because that would be cheating.)
All in all, I guess it came out okay… I think I botched the ballerina. Though I can use the excuse that she’s a paper doll and I can claim she was badly drawn.
Well For today’s sketch the magic Tupperware told me to draw… The Raven! But since it was one I never heard of and I couldn’t find an English version of it, leaving me wondering why I put it on the list in the first place, I drew again. So today I’m drawing one of the best-known ones, the Frog Prince.
This one was a bit of a challenge. Mostly in how I could stick to my nineteen forties theme and have something that said princess. Other that that it was choosing which of the two scenes to go with, and since I wasn’t crazy about showing cruelty to frogs, I went with the Frog retrieving the princess’s golden ball. (honestly, I don’t know where the whole kissing thing came from.)