Friday, November 24, 2006
This is a view of the yard at my work, a handfull of buses and the sun setting in the background. I just like it and I'm trying to figure out why.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
A very girly affair as you can see and I have to take responsibility for the Barbie covered walls.
Then last night watched the latest Robin Hood. Karen and I seem to be the only people we know enjoying it as most people seem put off by the modern day touches such as last night's Arthur Daly style Pawn Merchant. Karen and I are more intrigued by Robin's character arc as he goes from smug and cocky lord of the manor on a journey towards, hopefully, serious outlaw and freedom fighter. Last night with the death of three more of his "men" and Marion agreeing to marry Guisborne saw his cocky grin take a bit of a battering and I'm hoping this is the direction he's going. The highlight is the pro law and order speech from Keith Allen each week. Allen is obviously enjoying himself as this deeply twisted and nasty character, He's very much in the mould of Alan Rickman's Sheriff but with a greater humanity, afforded by a weekly show and hence less a pantomime character. Allen's sherriff is a coward at heart but willing to fight for his money if he has to and when it comes to manipulating people? When he set Guisborne after Marion, talking of the knife twisting in Guisborne's back after she betrayed him, Allen embued the speech with a mixture of glee and shared hurt that made you wonder about what had made him the man he is. Impressive.
Friday, November 17, 2006
TCM recently showed Bad Day at Black Rock, which I taped and watched a couple of days ago. Spencer Tracy as the one armed Judo expert, Robert Ryan all creepy and evil, totally excellent film, beautifully filmed and scripted with such economy it's a wonder to behold. Moments like this almost make Ted Turners existence acceptable.
Equally interesting if not as well shot was Vincent Price in "The last man on Earth". I'd never seen this before, only the Charlton Heston remake (Omega Man),and was only used to seeing Price hamming it up in his later roles for Roger Corman etc. Finding the film showing on a crappy little satelite channel was a complete accident but one I'm very pleased about. Price is impressive as the scientist who somehow is immune to the zombie/vampire plague that attacks the rest of humanity and the acting throughout was largely excellent, his vampire obsessed colleague was the only real exception. The print was poor but even so it was a very good movie.
For tonights viewing I have X3, mainly because Karen wants to see it. Hopefully I'll have cheered up by then but if not at least the film will make it harder to upset Karen with my grumpiness.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
The black and white with one spot colour was not particularly original but I was very happy with the end result.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Also been looking at Illustration Friday as a tool for making me draw more. Managed to do this pick for the last subject, but not soon enough to post it. The pig was drawn in biro and coloured in photoshop CS. With a five year old daughter playing games on the internet and a wife running a home business on the PC I get little chanceto get on there and practice with photoshop, but I'm slowly figuring it out.
I've also updated my links to include stuff I've found over the past few months and hadn't added before because I couldn't get the HTML right. Particularly I'm pleased to add a link to PaulHD. Paul was best man at my wedding 7 years ago, is a very fine artist and still one of the best people I know. He's just joined the parenthood club along with his wife, Becs, and has one of the cutest babies I've seen. Most babies really do look like Winston Churchill in his declining years but every so often you see one who actually can be called cute without humouring the parents. Olivia is one cute baby.
That's it for now. I have a Christmas story to be getting on with.