Darjeeling Limited Movie Poster

Wes Anderson Alt Movie Poster artwork Darjeeling Limited

So here are the three Whitman brothers hanging off the back of the Darjeeling Limited.

I've posted a lot of Wes Anderson artwork on this blog over the years (take a look at it all here) but I've barely scratched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how much Wes Anderson artwork I intend to make. There are entire films he's made I haven't even touched on.

So if that's not the kind of thing you dig, I suggest we shake hands now, thank each other for four pleasant years, and go our separate ways. Because if his next film is an uninterrupted 90 minute shot of a blinking turn signal, I'll be making some artwork commemorating that piece of (no doubt meticulously constructed) piece of film-making at some point.

Wes Anderson poster art

Capaldi on the TARDIS

Doctor Who Twelfth Doctor Artwork

So, Doctor Who's back on the telly (in April where it belongs) so here's a picture of Capaldi sitting cross-legged on the TARDIS that I was commissioned to make a while back.

Looking back on it, this blog isn't exactly short of images of the Twelfth Doctor, (see evidence of that fact here) but he's been with us almost as long as I've been posting this weekly claptrap. Along with Bill Murray and Jack Nicholson, Capaldi just has a great face that I'll never get tired of scratching out on some bristol board.

Anyway, we're not going to delve too far down into Whovian geekdom here, but I thought Saturday's episode was pretty good. I like the Doctor as a weird old University professor, and Bill seems great. When the BBC is owned by Rupert Murdoch we'll look back on this time with a fond smile.

Doctor Who Capaldi TARDIS

Bill Murray Portrait

Bill Murray drawing artwork

So, it's been four years (pretty much) since I decided to start a blog called The Sunday Dog Parade and post a new illustration on it every Tuesday. And if you've been with me for a while, you know that I celebrate annually by posting a portrait of Bill Murray.

Because if I didn't limit myself then I'd draw him every week and it would get weird. Like that girl in Fear and Loathing who keeps painting Barbara Streisand.

When I started doing this, I didn't intend to only post portraits. And I didn't realise that's what I've ended up drawing exclusively until just now. But what else is there that's worth doing?

I've been weak this last twelve months and I've already drawn him a bunch of times. But here's Bill in all his forlorn glory. Like a beautiful wet shoe. Or a garment bag that's blown out of the window of a taxi cab.

bill murray line drawing illustration

Admiral Ackbar "It's a Trap" illustration

It's a Trap Ackbar poster

So here's The Admiral - objectively the best character out of all seven (at the time of writing) Star Wars films (and probably all the books and comics and games and that too... but I'm just assuming there).

I read this list of trivia about Ackbar when I was looking for source imagery and read this great thing about how Richard Marquand deliberately picked the weirdest concept design they had lying around when he was deciding how he should look. And he stuck by it when people said it was going to look dumb as Hell. Later on he said, "I think it's good to tell kids that good people aren't necessarily good-looking people and that bad people aren't necessarily ugly people." Which makes up for a thousand Ewoks.

Indiana Jones Illustration

Indiana Jones Poster art
Nothing shocks me, I'm a scientist

So here's Mr. Marion Ravenwood himself, Dr. Henry Jones Jr. (everyone knows Indiana is the dog's name).

Check out that lopsided cocksure grin there. Harrison Ford is such a gigantic grump these days its easy to forget what made him so likeable in the first place. I'd say he's more than earned it though.

Anyway, more eighties stuff next week probably. It's really got me jonesing for some movies with recognisable theme tunes. I miss the days when you could walk out of the cinema with an earworm.

Blues Brothers Illustration

Jake and Elwood Blues Brothers illustration

So, the Blues Brothers has been one of my favourite movies (periodically it cycles around to be my favourite movie) ever since I saw it for the first time as a little kid. I had the soundtrack on cassette tape and the film on VHS. And every few years I circle back around to try and make some piece of art that captures how much I love this film. One day I'll get there. This is not that day, but there's the latest crack at Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues above.

I was planning on researching a blog entry about the production and (specifically) the phone book sized "script" that Dan Aykroyd wrote. But I started reading this great article on Vanity Fair about the production of the movie and I just read that instead of doing a blog entry.

So here's the article: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/01/making-of-blues-brothers-budget-for-cocaine. Just go read that instead and pretend that I plagiarized it here.

If you're also a fan of The Blues Brothers then watch this space - I'll be making another poster in 2020 or thereabouts.

Love that Joker!

Jack Nicholson Joker wet face drawing Batman

So, I tend to stay away from drawing established comic book characters. mainly because there are literally thousands of other people out there already doing it and doing it better than I could. But I'm ploughing through my Inktober linework and adding colour so here's Jack Nicholson as Mr. J in Tim Burton's Batman.

Which makes this the sixth time I've posted a Jack Nicholson flavoured blog entry in two years. But the man just has such a Goddamned drawable face (I also have an oil painting of him that I haven't quite finished, clogging up the pipeline). I think it's the eyebrows.

And say what you want about Burton's 1989 Batman, but that movie definitely went far out on a limb there. So there's this week's thing above.

Incidentally, I've just given my website a long overdue overhaul. It's at www.ryangajda.com
if you fancy taking a trip on over to see an unnecessarily large collection of my favourite work (that I have already posted here). If that's not an exciting prospect then I don't know what is.

Molly Ringwald as Claire in the Breakfast Club Illustration

Molly Ringwald Breakfast Club Princess artwork

So, this week on the Sunday Dog Parade I guess I'm embracing my inner Princess - here's a colourised version of the drawing of Molly Ringwald (as Claire in The Breakfast Club) I did back in Inktober (I've been getting a lot of mileage out of those drawings).

As great as that film is, I don't think I can ever forgive Claire for the "makeover" she gives Ally Sheedy. But I was drawing eighties movies for that whole month, and Molly's about as eighties as it gets. And you have to love that quote. So there she is.

Bladerunner poster - Rachael

Sean Young as Rachael, Ridley Scott's Bladerunner poster
So, I love Bladerunner. The production design is some of the best you will ever see in any movie, the performances are great, the cinematography is flawless,  the score by Vangelis is insane and it's sort of based on a book by Philip K. Dick.

But every time I watch it there's one thing that always jars with me (aside from J.F. Sebastian's weird "toys" played by little people) and that's the bit when Harrison Ford's Deckard rapes Sean Young's Rachael. I don't think that was the intention of that scene, but it definitely plays that way whenever I see it. 

In my opinion she is certainly the most sympathetic character in the whole film. She finds out she's a replicant and all of her memories have been taken from someone else and artificially implanted in her head. And then she has to deal with the full force of Harrison Ford's considerable capacity for scorn. Not even Kate Capshaw had it as bad.

So that's why I concentrated on Rachael when it came to Bladerunner during my eighties movie drawing marathon in October. And that's why she's the focus of the poster above.

(And there's no point going on about how amazing Rutger Hauer's self-written speech is because we all know all about that already.)

More sketchbook drawings

Troy Barnes Community Drawing

Michael Shannon Illustration

Harry Dean Stanton illustration

So here's another batch of portraits from the pages of my Ciak sketchbook.
Donald Glover as Troy Barnes looking suspicious from Community... I really need to get around to making a proper illustration for that show, I've watched it through from start to finish more times than I would like to admit here.

Michael Shannon staring with the intensity of a dehydrated cobra watching a burning oilfield.

Harry Dean Stanton just chilling and being his usual amazing self. He's cropped up in some of my favourite films of all time (Repo Man, Alien, Wild at Heart...) as well as pretty much every movie that's ever been made. But this was actually drawn from a screengrab of Fire Walk With Me because it's been far too long since I've drawn anything Twin Peaks related and I was jonesing.