Thursday, December 2, 2010

How to survive on 'The Illusionist'

Now 'The Illusionist' has been released (and is soon to be released in the States), I thought I'd share some fond memories with everyone!

Basically, everyday I would get the bus to work and take a copy of the 'Metro' newspaper to read, and towards the 3/4 mark of production I started to do something i'm sure everyone use to do when they were younger (and maybe still do!) - draw on the photos in the newspaper. But as opposed to turning politicians into vampires and celebrities into wart-infested hags, I found it more fun to try and turn them into the characters from the film (yeah, I know .... as If I couldn't get enough of drawing them!).

This arose to some funny images being put on the wall, culminating in the entire wall being covered in a barrage of defaced newspaper cuttings. Below is a selection (deemed appropriate for viewing!)

Shout out to the Olympians!






Back in the U.K now and looking forward to the festive period, with hopefully a few more posts to come!
'Till the Next,
L

9 comments:

Robyn Liebschner said...

Oh my god!! These are so awsome!!! REally inspiring too, I never thought about making the photographs look like characters. Thanks for sharing :D

Kimberley Rabbitt said...

Such a GREAT idea! It really works! I especially love the tit-for-tat one, I'm going to print it out and put it on my wall of inspiration.

Kimberley

L ROSSI said...

Hey, thanks for the comment, Robyn! I didn't expect these to be 'inspiring' but i'm glad you like!

Hi Kimberley! Yeah, I think that one drew the best reaction!
(for those of you who don't know, the main character in the film is called Tati ......Tit-for-Tat.......genius!)
And wow, it makes the wall! Awesome! :)

L

Ben Ho said...

What a nice idea mate! I approve!

rufus blacklock. said...

lovely idea! I have a little crush on Sopihe, so thanks Rossi :]

Ken said...

LOL....

Ahhh good times man :)

Nicola Coppack said...

I love that u did this! can i ask, i can see your great at drawing people/characters already but would you recommend trying this to help with getting better at drawing people or poses?? i need all the help i can get!! >.<

(dont know if i worded that in a way it makes sense =p)

L ROSSI said...

Aww, Hey Nicola - that's very nice of you to say, but I include myself in the 'long way to go category'! :)

I think referencing photos or drawing over them, like these, can definitely help with your knowledge of anatomy, where the weight is and general understanding of the human form.... but when it comes to the actual pose, they will always feel static.....

Thats when you need to push it and think about design elements such as rhythms (natural curves that flow through a pose), parallel lines (not to have them!), mirroring shapes (try and not have 'the same on both sides'), repeating shapes, (try to vary similar shapes), line......

But yeah, any kind of research drawing, even drawing over newspaper photos, will build up that catalog of information in your brain, ready for you to whip out at anytime your pencil touches the page.....

Well... that's kinda what I think anyway... I hope that makes sense! (I'm still trying to get to grips with all this too!) ;)

L

P.S And there is no substitute for life drawing!

Nicola Coppack said...

Thats great thx laurent^^ lots of nice little tips in there perfect! but yeah totally understand no.1 is life drawing! just a bit scarce in luxembourg and i was rather inspire by your newspaper drawings! so thx a bunch and have a merry christmas! =>