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

illustration John Waters drawing

Illustration Karen Allen sketchbook

sketchbook illustration Willem Dafoe

So, some more sketchbook portraits this week.

I know it's hackneyed and only a step away from being a slogan on a T-shirt in Primark but that John Waters quote:

If you go home with somebody and they don't have books, don't fuck them.

That's about as true as it gets. People who don't read books shouldn't be trusted. And they definitely don't deserved to get fucked by you, you lascivious literate lunatic. Maybe you think I'm biased because by day I'm a librarian. But I'm a librarian by day because of books.

Then Karen Allen. For two reasons: My brother's favourite film when we were kids was The Wanderers and, regardless of how weird it is that a seven year old kid's favourite film was The Wanderers, I have seen it enough times to burn out a VHS cassette; and Karen Allen is a sparkly-eyed angel with a smile that could stop a war.

And last - Willem Dafoe. Because I know you have a face. But you don't have a face the way Willem Dafoe has a face.

Mr. T Illustration

Illustrated artwork Mr. T

So here's Laurence Tureaud throwing his customary levels of shade on all those idiots for whom he feels nothing but sorrow.

I'm a bit busy with commissions at the minute, so this is another piece of newly coloured linework originally created for my eighties themed Inktober drawing marathon. And Mr. T is the eighties. So of course he made an appearance and there he is above.

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