New one for AF. Reminder – as mentioned in the image’s small print – Nick does NOT smoke. The cigarette is just for effect from a recent show comment to a superchat (below).
Like many other people I found “that scene” from the recent Joker (2019) movie so intense and awesome so I wanted to recreate it somehow. I ended up trying to lay it out like a comic book and tried to do it in a way that felt like the classic “Arkham Asylum” Batman graphic novel. I’m not sure how successful I was in the latter (I have zero experience creating comic books) but I am happy w/the final version in any case. I was torn on putting in any modern-day/non-movie elements but in the end I couldn’t resist fill the top center window frame with some of the evil icons of our “society” as well as an America First ad on the top right television set. Oh yeah and (belated) semi-spoiler warning if you haven’t seen the movie yet (but if you haven’t seen the movie yet – +1 week after opening – I don’t feel bad).
Why the hysteria about the Joker movie?
Few clips I pulled together that sum up the hype/hysteria (and reason for it):
Time Lapse Videos
Here is another iPad painting idea I wanted to try of my late grandparents: Douglas and Irene. I originally was just going to try creating a painting of Douglas on the bench by himself but as things went along I threw in a cat, then *attempted my best* at including Irene (rough photos to work from) and then threw in a second cat. Everyone who knew them will hopefully appreciate the cats because there were always a healthy gang of them living there (under the house in “Cat’s Below”) or in the nearby woods. I think the top cat’s name was “See More” (?) and the one under the bench was the infamous “Beast” ( or “Beasty” as Douglas like to call him). I also threw in a 99th Infantry lapel pin on Douglas which I’m sure he would never wear but his being in – and surviving – WWII’s Battle of the Bulge is something I’ll always find fascinating/inspiring. Also I don’t think it came out great but I love Irene’s kitten sweater.
I have plenty of artistic perfectionist gripes about things here I wish came out better but I am happy about the overall final product because it reminds me of them. I will hopefully find a way to print and frame this one in my house. By the way for anyone curious the high res file – you can see by clicking the main painting above – should print well up to 24″x16″.
For the record, I’m still on the fence on how respectable this approach of using a photo for trace outlines and color selection is – but as with my previous uses of this technique I was/am more interested in the final product than how noble the artistic origins of the project were.
See below for a time lapse video and some reference/related photos. My thanks again to Brian, Melissa, my Mom and others for helping me find some good reference photos.
Time Lapse Video
Quick but fun pass at an America First vs Turning Point USA image. After last week’s photo drama (below) I wanted to pile on as much as I could.