Sunday, March 29, 2009, 12:19 AM ( 2 views ) - New images - Posted by AdministratorI'm watching replays on ESPN360. Yep, if you guessed, I used to be a wrestler.
149 Finals-Caldwell vs Metcalf was one damn exciting match. Both guys were 37-0 going into the finals. Congrats to Caldwell for the great match!
Friday, March 20, 2009, 12:39 AM ( 18 views ) - New images, New images, New images - Posted by AdministratorI worked on King Lear last year as a concept artist and I helped design the opening sequence among other things. Unfortunately, it was shelved earlier this year by Ruby Films in London due to 'economic fears'. The announced cast was a really good one too. Sir Anthony Hopkins, Keira Knightley, Naomi Watts and Gwenneth Paltrow.
So, here's one image. It's of King Lear directing his army down the hill right after his army attacked the barbarian camp with fiery boulders via catapults.
Here's a link to a story about King Lear being shelved from Wales Online in the UK:
Plug pulled on Anthony Hopkins’ King Lear film
And here's the full story:
WHEN he last played King Lear on the London stage, Anthony Hopkins shook his fists and raged against the cruel fate befalling his character.
But 22 years later, he may well be wanting to vent his spleen at the recession, as his £18m film version of Shakespeare’s tragedy apparently becomes the movies’ first high-profile victim of the credit crunch.
Plans for a big-budget King Lear had been unveiled at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. With a glitzy A-list cast already lined up, shooting was slated to start soon.
Port Talbot-born screen legend Sir Anthony was to play the ageing monarch alongside Keira Knightley as his youngest daughter Cordelia. Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts were to take on the roles of Lear’s treacherous elder daughters Regan and Goneril.
Filming for the star-studded project was due to start in Britain and Ireland this year.
However, a spokesperson for London-based Ruby Films has now announced the feature is a non-starter, and refused to give a reason why they had pulled out of the venture.
“Ruby are no longer doing it,” she said. “The film will no longer go ahead.”
Last night, industry insiders blamed the global financial crisis for such risk-averse decisions.
Producers may also have feared for their profit margins after an announcement that Hollywood icon Al Pacino is set to make his own rival Lear project.
Business expert Professor Brian Morgan of Uwic said the Government should be making a particular effort to help UK film-making during the recession.
“It’s ironic really, given that in the Great Depression of the ’30s film was one of the few things to flourish as people turned up in their droves to watch films as a way of escaping the rather miserable reality of their situations,” said Prof Morgan.
“That still might transpire to be the case as the current climate worsens. Who knows?
“But if it comes down to a choice between light frothy romantic comedies to take peoples’ minds off things or a Shakespearean tragedy full of death, madness and destruction, then I know what the ticket-buying public will look for.
“What we have here, as money gets scarcer, is a huge increase in risk perception, not just in the film industry but across the board.
“As the recession bites harder, less and less risky projects are going to get made, and, unless we can find a way to mitigate that risk, we could lose out on a lot of smaller but cultural very important pictures.”
Prof Morgan also blasted the lack of tax breaks afforded film-makers in this country.
“Unlike the US and other parts of Europe, the UK doesn’t have very good tax incentives to entice people to work here,” he said.
“The Government needs to put in place a consistent, tax-efficient process to encourage use of home-grown British expertise in this field because we’re just lurching from one extreme to the other come the announcement of each new financial bill.
“We talk and talk about our creative industry but have one of the worst regimes in which to foster it.”
He added that an economic slump meant there was far less interest in making different versions of the same story.
“It’s like running two sets of train tracks side by side to the same place. One set is inevitably going to get used more than the other,” said Prof Morgan.
“So I imagine Pacino’s plans to make his version of King Lear definitely impacted on the decision to pull Hopkins’.
“Cast your mind back a few years, I can recall there were two or three opposing adaptations of Dylan Thomas’ life story knocking around, but, in the end, only The Edge Of Love got made – and that hardly set the box office alight.
“Risk perception goes through the roof in cases like that, I’m afraid.”
Saturday, March 7, 2009, 02:23 AM ( 11 views ) - New images - Posted by AdministratorSo, after doing those 10 minute painting exercises, I decided to try a painting for 5 minutes and see what I could come up with.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 07:22 PM ( 1 view ) - New images - Posted by AdministratorI started this yesterday at work for a few minutes and it was just a bunch of value blobs all over the place. I eventually started fleshing things out today and I finished it in a little over an hour.
So, onto MUCH quicker paintings. A friend of mine is really rusty with painting in Photoshop. I had an idea and I basically made him do these exercises without warning and I'm glad he jumped into them. I told him that I'd find an image of a simple object online and we'd both paint the object. The main thing was that we had ONLY 10 minutes to paint whatever the object was. I made the time short to force him to make decisive brushstrokes in his paintings because I noticed that his mark-making was very hesitant and not very confident at all. So, we did 5 paintings in total. We alternated finding the object images. The main thing I was looking for in the objects I found was to find objects with different materials. Glass, metal, ceramic, rubber, etc...
So, who found what object scrap? Well-
him: wooden car
me: french press
him: some really weird ronald mcdonald toy
me: red wagon
So, here are my 10 minute paintings. I only used one brush as well.
It was really fun painting this fast for the both of us, but especially him. We're looking forward to doing these exercises more in the future.
Friday, February 27, 2009, 11:42 PM ( 22 views ) - New images - Posted by AdministratorSo, I was thinking about Street Fighter and I did this quick painting. A little over an hour...