TAKE THAT! SERIES

PSYCHO (1960)

"We all go a little mad sometimes." Psycho is one of Hitchcock's best films. It is considered to be an early example of the slasher film genre. The black and white cinematography enhances Anthony Perkins creepy performance. It was a bold film, killing off the main character halfway through and finishing with a great twist ending. I love the look of this film!

 

I used a series of shadow layers to punch out certain elements of the design. I wanted to make sure the house is featured because it is the heart of where Norman's psychosis exists. He spends a lot of time running back and forth between there and the motel constantly in conflict with himself and "Mother".

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REAR WINDOW (1954)

Rear Window is a 1954 classic Alfred Hitchcock film. This slow burn thriller locks us in a single room with Jimmy Stewart. We experience the entire film from his perspective as he/we spy on his neighbours from his window. It's as close to a perfect film as they come and one of my all time favs!

 

I used a series of colour and layering techniques to capture the voyeur nature of this film, while also conveying the menace and suspense that eventually builds.

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DIE HARD (1988)

Now I have a machine gun. Ho-Ho-Ho. The 1988 film Die hard is the gold standard for action films and still holds up today. With career making roles for both Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman, what was expected from action films was changed forever. Yippie ki yay!

 

I was inspired by this sequence because I like the contrast of the man made right angle structures up against the fury and unpredictability of nature and fire. It is an iconic and memorable sequence in a movie that is full of memorable moments.

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SKYFALL (2012)

The name's Bond... James Bond is a lethal example of how to re-invent and refresh a franchise. The franchise has had ups and downs, but Daniel Craig is at the top of the list of best Bonds. Skyfall was a fantastic film and beautifully shot.

 

I was inspired by the multiple levels of action going on at once during the train sequence. The location was unique and I like the design aesthetic of old trains.

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ARMY OF DARKNESS (1992)

Groovy! The film, Army of Darkness came out in 1992 and was the perfect mix of action, adventure, comedy and creativity. Plus Bruce Campbell is the King! Still one my favs to this day!

 

I was inspired by the creepiness of the old broken windmill. It was the sequence in the movie that was most like the origins of the series that took place in an old cabin in the woods.

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THE ROCKETEER (1991)

This is from the 1991 film The Rocketeer, based on the comic of the same name. It wasn't a huge success at the time of release, but I've always had a soft spot for this film and the time period it is set in.

 

I was inspired by the old Hollywood art deco design of the film. What is a more iconic visual than a Nazi zeppelin floating above the old Hollywoodland sign?

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COMIC SERIES

BATMAN

The character of Bat-Man was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger in 1939. Eventually renamed to Batman, he does not possess any superpowers; rather, he relies on his genius intellect, physical prowess, martial arts abilities, detective skills, science and technology, vast wealth, intimidation, and indomitable will. Batman has always been my fav superhero and I wanted to put my own spin on the character.

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THE JOKER

The character of the Joker was created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson in 1940. Originally intended to be killed off he was spared and quickly became the archenemy of Batman. The Joker is my fav super-villain. The antithesis of Batman in personality and appearance, the Joker is considered by critics to be his perfect adversary. Theatrical, unhinged and completely off the wall he is such a memorable character. I had to do a companion design to my Batman drawing.

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