Riggs, Lethal Weapon Illustration part 2

artwork Mel Gibson Lethal Weapon

And here's Mad Mel as Riggs to go with last week's Murtaugh.

Since that first Lethal Weapon movie came out Shane Black has pretty much just carried on making films where two guys (one fast talking, one slightly less fast talking) solve an incredibly violent and tangled mystery in L.A. while bickering constantly. And as long as he keeps doing that I'll keep watching them.

Murtaugh, Lethal Weapon Illustration part 1

Poster illustration Murtaugh Lethal Weapon

So, when I watch Lethal Weapon now, Murtaugh is so much more relatable than Riggs. When I was a kid I was all about Mel Gibson running around like a madman, but after having a job for a decade I have way more time for the guy who just wants to get through the day with the minimum of fuss so he can go home and have a sit down.

I'm not saying my college library job is exactly the same as working for the LAPD, but if I got partnered with a new maverick librarian like Mel Gibson I think I would do a lot of side eye and sighing too.
illustrated artwork Baby Driver

So I saw Baby Driver on the weekend and it was fantastic. Go watch Baby Driver.

And then I came home and decided to draw this scrappy poster. It was just a quick one, but it's been a while since I saw a film and immediately felt like making a poster for it. And it was fun as Hell.

I've been a big fan of Edgar Wright since back in the days when I used to watch Spaced on hard rotation, so it's great to see him absolutely killing it, and especially good to see the weekend box office kick the ass of Transformers: The Last Knight. Some might say that you shouldn't have to see someone else fail in order to feel joy. But in this case I'm going to say that doesn't apply.

Doc Brown Poster

Doc Brown Poster Christopher Lloyd Back to the Future

So here's Doc Brown. Drew this back during the 80s movie portrait drawing marathon I put myself through for Inktober.

If you get the chance go catch him in I Am Not A Serial Killer. It's always nice to see Chris turn up in anything, but this one is especially good. It's such a weirdly heartfelt and unique slice of coal black film-making, and he is fantastic in it.

Anyway, there's the Doc. I don't think Back to the Future needs a shoutout - it's doing fine.

Sigourney Weaver - Ellen Ripley Illustration

Ellen Ripley Sigourney Weaver James Cameron Aliens Artwork

So I went back to the Sigourney Weaver Ripley drawing I did back in October, fixed the shape of her head and added some colour.

Did you ever see the trailer for Aliens? It used to play at the start of my Nan's VHS of Commando. If you want a lesson in trailer-making that doesn't give away plot but is also an unbearable onslaught of horror and tension then that's where you should start. (And then go watch Aliens again. Because it's perfect. And the second best film about a xenomorph. After Alien.) 

Anyway, here she is.

Etsy Prints

etsy poster Hannibal

Her Joaquin Phoenix print

Ramones Poster print

Whiplash JK Simmons Print

The Shining prints

So, this week I'm really pushing the boundaries of what can be considered new work.

But I've been selling my work on Etsy for a while now and here are some of the prints.
  
I get these made as Giclée art prints using archival ink (that'll last for a hundred years) on heavyweight recycled paper from the fantastic Niche Frames in Bristol. If you want work done and you live in Bristol then it's the place to go.

So I just thought I'd put that out there. Really not keen on the idea of shilling so hard this week, but I have nothing finished I can post that isn't a commission waiting to be used by the commissionee. I did just have four days off work and, theoretically, I could have used some of that time to make some new stuff. But guys, it was really sunny.

David Lynch Twin Peaks Portrait

David Lynch Twin Peaks Gordon Cole art

So, I've posted a few bits of Twin Peaks stuff over the years. And now it's back on the television so, in between commissions, I had to make this thing that I did.

Needless to say, the new season of Twin Peaks is a thing of sublime, inscrutable, sinister, absurd beauty. Damn fine television. And listen, just like everyone else watching I might have felt a slight twinge of worry when I realised during that opening two hours that we weren't going to get a nice warm nostalgic update of what we got before. But this is some of the most exciting beguiling television I have ever seen. 

I didn't intentionally make it look like a presidential campaign poster, but what with the thumbs up and the American flag pin it sort of went that way. We can dream, right?

David Lynch Gordon Cole drawing

More from the sketchbook

illustration sketchbook doodle Quentin Tarantino director portrait

Illustration Steve Buscemi portrait sketchbook

Drawing sketchbook Oona Chaplin
So, while I'm busy with commissions here's another batch of sketchbook drawings this week.

First, there's Quentin Tarantino being passionate and opinionated about cinema.

Then Steve Buscemi - he's got this reputation for being a really weird looking dude, and I'm not saying he doesn't have a distinctive face (I'm not insane) but the guy is suave as Hell. Look back at Reservoir Dogs, he's smouldering in that film. Also, learn how to say his name correctly - it's pronounced "Steve". 

And finally, I'm not sure how much this actually looks like her, but this was supposed to be Oona Chaplin - seducer of the King of the North, tortured citizen of the Black Mirror, great-granddaughter of Eugene O'Neill and granddaughter to Charlie.

Fargo Movie Poster

Coen Brothers Fargo movie artwork

So, I'm obviously incredibly grateful that we're living in THE GOLDEN AGE OF TELEVISION and I'm a huge fan of Noah Hawley's Fargo TV show (just like everyone who has seen it because it's great).

But. Saying that. Marge Gunderson is where it's at. So there she is.

This is a relatively quick one that I drew a while back (and wasn't completely happy with). Believe it or not I do exercise a small element of quality control when I'm deciding what to post online. But I'm neck deep in commissions this week so I no longer have that luxury.

18 Year old Bowie and George Michael school photo illustrations

Drawing young David Bowie postcard

Young George Michael illustration

So I was commissioned to make two postcard sized drawings a little while back on the theme of "music". And I thought it'd be a nice thing to commemorate two of our recent fallen idols.

But there's already a ton of Bowie artwork out there (some of it from me) so I went for a drawing based off a pic of him around 18 looking (I suspect at least somewhat on purpose) a little bit square. And then to close the loop I found an old school photo of George Michael for his picture.

After these were painted and sent away I got all inspired by the idea and decided to do a whole series of icons when they were young and looking a little less iconic. But as I have proven time and time again on this blog, having the idea for a project and following through on it are two entirely different things.

So there are the two above, and maybe I will get around to doing some more at some point.

Here's the Bowie with some paint put on it:

watercolour David Bowie 18 years old