Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy Noir Fool's Day!

I have no pranks for this holiday, but a film festival to link to:

http://www.film-noir-alley.com/festival-of-film-noir.html

I can't wait! I attended two years ago, I'm not sure why I didn't last year, but I definitely plan on going again this time around. I love black and white noir-looking drawings and comics, and it's one of my favorite styles to work in. So, seeing these movies is always really fun and inspirational.

Apart from getting ideas from movies, I also get ideas from photos that I've taken. I took a photo of some former students of mine a while ago, and turned it into an ink drawing. I don't know why (maybe it's just my subconcious coming through and being... well, dark and moody? noir-y?), but in the drawing they came out looking a lot older, and the setting just seemed darker. Like, they were having some kind of top-secret conversation. Or, at least, that the girl in the hood knew something was up. Her being in profile made it more mysterious than I expected.

"Grabbing A Slice," c. 2007

This next one was meant to be more noir-y, and I did it for the 2008 annual "Love and Hate" exhibition at Mattie Gomez's gallery down in Long Beach.
"Picture this Gallery:" http://picturethisgallery.weebly.com/gallery.html also does framing, and Mattie is one of the sweetest people ever!
There are meant to be multiple stories going on in the picture. A friend of mine told me that I reminded him facially, not of the chick in the background... but of the woman in the foreground. Dunno, I'm in my twenties, but maybe he can see the future and clicked on his brain's fastforward button, and knows what's to come. Ha ha! Seriously, though, I'm knocking on wood because I'm pleased with how this piece came out, but not so sure I'd feel the same way if I were to live it. Y'know?

"All I Want For Christmas," c. 2008

This last one was meant to be noir-ish when I did it, too. I think women getting followed around, especially on trains and such, happens a lot in noir films. And she seems to know she's being followed, too--something not every noir lady is lucky enough to realize before the villain tries to off her.

"Crossing Cars," c. 2006