And there will be rambling and fangirling ahead. 🙂
So the weekly schedule of posting my artwork on Wednesday has become null and void. For one thing, I haven’t been drawing much until recently. For another I attempted National Novel Writing Month, and ended up with a checkered experience. I’ll probably post about that later. For now, I have plunged headlong into new fandoms and never looked back. And immortalized my obsessions with artwork.
First, I revisited the Christopher Nolan Batman universe with a quick drawing; I found a picture of Bruce giving a quirky look, and knew I had to draw it…
And I painted this scene of Christmas treats that turned out well…
So, the new fandoms? One is an interest I never, repeat never, thought I would have. Remember the doodle of Igor in my last artwork post? It’s from the 2015 film Victor Frankenstein. I was mildly interested in the film when it came out, but I read enough reviews to conclude that it wouldn’t be worth my time. Then one final review changed my mind. It called the film a genre mash-up, but claimed that the story didn’t examine how the genres influenced each other once combined. Huh. Since I also write genre mash-ups, I finally decided to watch the film, see if I agreed with that conclusion, and take note of what the story did right or wrong to learn for my own novels.
As it turned out, I do agree with the assessment in the review–but the main problem with the film is that it doesn’t ultimately know what it wants to be or what it wants to say. Is this an origin story for Frankenstein or Igor? Is Victor the true monster of the story, or a misunderstood genius, or both? Is he sympathetic or a psychopath? The film also included an ethical debate for and against creating life, but ended up a mixed bag of statements–sympathy is obviously with Victor’s argument, but on the other hand, the guy goes full-out psycho-obsessed with his creation before the end and contradicts his own initial motives. To the point that you kinda have to side with Inspector Turpin…until he also becomes single-mindedly obsessed with stopping Victor… Yeah, the story is a mess. I want to review it, in-depth, but since I have the DVD on my wish list, I’ll wait to see if I get it for Christmas first.
Despite its problems, the story captured my imagination somehow, and won’t let go. Hence, my drawing fan art. 🙂
Igor is absolutely precious and must be defended at all costs. He is the kindhearted, sensitive, but loyal and resilient sort, and has already inspired a character of my own. 🙂
Quick sketch of Victor Frankenstein himself, though I have a better portrait in the works.
Quick sketch of Lorelei (Igor’s fellow performer at the circus and love interest and confidante). (I usually start with a simple portrait/profile to practice drawing the characters proportions and features before moving onto a more difficult post or angle.)
Also in the works are drawings/paintings for Christine Smith’s work-in-progress The Nether Isle–her aesthetic for the story inspired me to draw/paint it, and Christine very kindly gave me permission to do so! I have sketches or line art finished for four scenery drawings, and I hope to render them in watercolor very soon. So stay tuned for that!
Also stay tuned for Part 2 of this artwork post, because to include the 8+ pieces of fan art for Star Wars: Rebels in this post, plus my i
ncoherent fangirling opinions about the show, would make it ridiculously long. 🙂