Sketch of Amanda Palmer done with a bit of leftover paint. I just listened to her book The Art of Asking. Really excellent!
A couple of the songs on the audiobook are stuck in my head. I guess I will have get some of her albums on iTunes.
It is a nice companion piece to the Neil Gaiman portrait I did a while ago.
Lots of irons in the fire right now including the first Catbat mini. Stay tuned!
Getting into the spirit of Halloween in the sketchbook today and National Cat Day yesterday.
This is from my favorite movie growing up, Bell, Book and Candle.
I even had a cat named Pyewacket (I spelled it wrong though as Piewacket). She was not a Siamese but was memorable for her desire to kill all humans or at least stick her claws in them.
His monologue from the movie (and scene):
Parry: It begins with the king as a boy, having to spend the night alone in the forest to prove his courage so he can become king. Now while he is spending the night alone he’s visited by a sacred vision. Out of the fire appears the holy grail, symbol of God’s divine grace. And a voice said to the boy, “You shall be keeper of the grail so that it may heal the hearts of men.” But the boy was blinded by greater visions of a life filled with power and glory and beauty. And in this state of radical amazement he felt for a brief moment not like a boy, but invincible, like God, so he reached into the fire to take the grail, and the grail vanished, leaving him with his hand in the fire to be terribly wounded. Now as this boy grew older, his wound grew deeper. Until one day, life for him lost its reason. He had no faith in any man, not even himself. He couldn’t love or feel loved. He was sick with experience. He began to die. One day a fool wandered into the castle and found the king alone. And being a fool, he was simple minded, he didn’t see a king. He only saw a man alone and in pain. And he asked the king, “What ails you friend?” The king replied, “I’m thirsty. I need some water to cool my throat”. So the fool took a cup from beside his bed, filled it with water and handed it to the king. As the king began to drink, he realized his wound was healed. He looked in his hands and there was the holy grail, that which he sought all of his life. And he turned to the fool and said with amazement, “How can you find that which my brightest and bravest could not?” And the fool replied, “I don’t know. I only knew that you were thirsty.”
UPDATE: You can now listen to Terry Gilliam’s commentary for The Fisher King online.
Sadly, it was never on the DVD; only laser disk…
I have been really swamped lately but and still doing these studies in my sketchbooks. Here is Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers. These are in honor of the Dr. Who premiere coming up.
In addition, here is a little doodle of Peter Capaldi charming snakes in the 1988 film Lair of the White Worm. This movie had everything: Bram Stoker, Amanda Donohoe, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant, vampires, a giant snake and topped off by being directed by Ken Russell.
Also notable are the curly, floppy locks of Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi in the movie.
I think it is still on Netflix…