I'm sure regular readers will remember that two of my paintings recently appeared in the book SciFi Art Now. Editor of the book John Freeman has just posted up a creator interview with me over on the SciFi Art Now Blog so go check it out.
While I'm here I'll just mention that I do realise that I haven't posted a lot of new material other than reposts from Scotch Corner recently a trend which may continue for a little longer I'm afraid as work is keeping chained to my drawing board. I will endeavour to fit in a few sketches soon
Saturday, February 12, 2011
This was done with my Pentel Brush pen for Vader, Staedtler Pigment Liners for the background and then out with the Promarker colour pens.
Labels: Darth Vader
Friday, February 04, 2011
Repost from Scotch Corner - Over on Scotch Corner, Tom started doing a Marvel Comic A to Z collections and I joined in at C with this Conan pencil drawing. The original illustration is availble to buy over at the online shop!
Marvel produced Conan the Barbarian comics mostly during the 1970s, written (again mostly) by Roy Thomas and illustrated by Barry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala and a few others. I'll admit to having read none of those comics so I'm no judge if they are any good, certainly Savage Sword of Conan seems to have been a popular title and I did read one issue of that years ago as Scottish artist Colin MacNeil illustrated the story.
I know Conan the Cimmerian through the books of Robert E Howard which I read mostly in my teens and the two Schwarzenegger films 'Conan the Barbarian' (1982) and "Conan the Destroyer' (1984). So my rendition finished just today I feel leans more towards the fantasy look of the character rather than the comics version.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
If you glance to the left of this post you'll spot a new button link for 'Original Scribbles' your one stop handy online shop to buy Graeme Neil Reid goodies. Most of the ink sketches that I post here are destined for sale at various comic conventions but I get a lot of contact from people who just don't make it along to these events and who want to get a hold of a particular ink sketch or piece of artwork. Well, hopefully now everybody will get a chance.
I plan to keep this shop regularly updated with sketches, art, comics, prints and other goodies. So if you spot something I post that you simply have to own there's a good chance if you are quick enough you can head over to the shop and grab it. All postage in the UK is free but there is a charge listed with each item for postage outside of Great Britain.
Remember that if you see something on any of my sites that you'd like and that isn't in the shop you can always contact me to check its availability. And it never hurts to remind people that I am open to ink sketch commissions so drop me a line at email@example.com
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
This was posted over on Scotch Corner a month or so back but I didn't want to repost it here without writing up a little bit about the film. 'Alfie' is a 1966 British film starring Michael Caine in the lead role. Written and adapted from his own novel by Bill Naughton it follows a young man called Alfie Elkins around on his various romantic adventures. This film almost single handedly set up the 'jack the lad' wise cracking image that followed Caine around for a long time.
It is a remarkable film both in its subject matter and in the way it tells its story. Alfie breaks the fourth wall and speaks directly to the viewer something which was uncommon but not unheard of in film, a well used device in theatre, and this element makes Alfie such an endearing but flawed character. You love him, he's a funny, charming, exciting guy to be around but he's such a horrendous bastard at the same time.
The film is well known for its abortion scene which must have caused no small amount of out cry in the 60s and is still just as hard hitting today, and the other well known factor is the hit record 'Alfie'. The film was already released in the UK before the track was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, sung by Cher for the US release and also recorded by Cilla Black for the UK market. Here's the end credits to the film which feature not just the scraggy mutt which sums up Alfie Elkins perfectly but some brilliant photo cutting.
I love Michael Caine's performance in this film and its helps that he plays of some remarkable actors like Shelley Winters and Vivien Merchant. He's a wonderful actor and even in some of his more notoriously (critic hated) poor films in the early 80s he still commits himself and turns in some fine performances. His resurgent career in the last decade shows that he is a class act and a true master of his craft.
There was a remake of Alfie in 2004 starring Jude Law which I've never seen. I'm not one to bash remakes so if I happen to be sat in front of the TV when its one time I'll watch it but I find it hard to think that it would offer any more or mean just as much as the original. An excellent film, a classic from the moment it was made.