Mongol General: What is best in life?
Conan: To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.
(Qt. from ‘Conan The Barbarian’)
Another experiment for me in gouache copying the head of Conan from a Frank Frazetta painting: Conan the Avenger. On the book cover Conan has a different head to the one I’ve been looking at. My version looks more like his grandad!
limbering up with some foot and leg studies
A small gouache colour study of a Viking character from Dark Kingdom by artist Frank Frazetta.
These are the main members of the gang in Stanley Kubrick’s film noir ‘The Killing’ from 1956. The film has great diversity of characters, some of the more sinister ones I have yet to draw. George Peatty the ticket teller played by Elisha Cook Jr. is my favourite in this, with his hangdog look and thwarted expressions but it’s a great cast all round and full of noirish atmosphere, striking shadows, litter and cigarette smoke.
This is a copy done (left) this morning in charcoal pencil of Terror or Fright by Charles Le Brun the 17th century French painter and theorist on character and expression. Copying certainly makes you realise how great the ancients were at rendering and how immaculate their line work was.
(Could this be Scorpio!)
Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May…