Louisa Giffard

Month: December, 2013

The Killing of Sister Twist

Just putting up two title cards I did recently.

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This title card is for The Killing of Sister George, about a grumpy lesbian actor in the 1960s. I was originally going to do it in the style of one of those sordid lesbian pulp novel covers – but then I found out that the original poster art essentially was already in that style, so for me to repeat the same thing would have been redundant. So instead, we get something which is…low-effort, but on some level effective. My colour scheme, applied to the main character.

This didn’t take me very long to paint, unlike the next one.

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This illustration is for Twist – one of two male prostitute Oliver Twist movies in existence. That green singlet thing figures in the movie as if it has some kind of significance. I don’t know why.
Pretend the bad framing of the image is an artistic choice – in actual fact, it’s due to bad placement when I was sketching, and then not being bothered to redraw all the figures 1 cm to the left. They were all initially mapped out in green, which gives a very weird effect to the flesh tones (blue or brown would be a much more logical choice – but there seemed to be so much green in the image that it seemed logical.)

Both images are watercolour, and in the case of the first one, a bit of ink.

 

 

Bremen illustrations continue

The latest in my illustration project – illustrating the Bremen Town Musicians. Sorry to drip feed all the illustrations to you, but I’ve been doing a few out of sequence, and I can’t really post them until I have a chunk ready all in the right order. If you’re unfamiliar with the project, the first set of illustrations is here, and the second set is here. 

Continuing on – the musicians have broken into the house, and are now using it to their advantage. The robbers have fled into the forest.

The four companions now sat down at the table, well pleased with what was left, and ate as if they would not eat for a month.

The four companions now sat down at the table, well pleased with what was left, and ate as if they would not eat for a month.

As soon as the four musicians had finished, they put out the light and each looked for a suitable sleeping place. The donkey lay down upon some straw in the yard, the hound behind the door, the cat upon the hearth near the warm ashes, and the rooster perched himself upon a beam of the roof. And, tired from their long walk, they soon fell asleep.

As soon as the four musicians had finished, they put out the light and each looked for a suitable sleeping place. The donkey lay down upon some straw in the yard, the hound behind the door, the cat upon the hearth near the warm ashes, and the rooster perched himself upon a beam of the roof. And, tired from their long walk, they soon fell asleep.

When it was past midnight, the robbers saw from afar that the light was no longer burning in the house and everything seemed quiet. The leader of the robbers said, “We shouldn’t have let ourselves be so frightened!” And he ordered one of them to go and inspect the house.

When it was past midnight, the robbers saw from afar that the light was no longer burning in the house and everything seemed quiet. The leader of the robbers said, “We shouldn’t have let ourselves be so frightened!” And he ordered one of them to go and inspect the house.

The robber crept in, finding everything still and quiet, and went to the fireplace to light a candle.

The robber crept in, finding everything still and quiet, and went to the fireplace to light a candle.

Again, everything’s so dark at this point, or it should be, but I’ve made everything a bit brighter for clarity. I still have about 11 illustrations left to go, and a front cover. Argh! Hopefully I’ll be finished by the end of December, but we’ll see.