Louisa Giffard

Month: March, 2014

Creative Bankruptcy

Ah yes, the title card. Sometimes I come up with an absolutely wonderful way of depicting a movie, while showing my spin on it. Other times…what I’m talking about is nearly impossible to turn into a nice little snappy image. Sometimes it’s because the source material is set in one room, so the shots are just people talking to each other, with flat lighting and boring props and nothing creatively inspiring. Sometimes the themes of the episode are too serious for me to be able to think of a way to jam my rainbow-clad self directly into the image (which is why I often use the colour scheme to represent myself instead, as a cheat.) Sometimes, in the case of this illustration – the camerawork is so tight and handheld that we don’t ever really get nice, classical shots of the actors, or crisp shots of the location, or anything that isn’t shot over someone’s shoulder or directly into someone’s nostril. Which brings me to Southland.

Southland

Sometimes it’s just easier to..just paint something. Creative? Not particularly. But it’s better than stick figures. (I added the “patented infamous queer colour scheme” to the work later, but I like it best in black and white.)

WHAT’S BEHIND THE FRIDGE, PEOPLE. Let’s just pretend it’s me, sitting there in my shirt, and they’re giving me this disapproving look, like “why are you hacking bits out of our show, Louisa, why.”

I know your job is hard, but I’m willing to make a few steps to make it work.

I recently watched a documentary on famous poster artist Drew Struzan – so this is my terrible attempt at making a Struzan-esque piece of art. And what movie did I choose to illustrate? THE WATCHER, of course!The Watcher

The fantastic movie drinking game podcast Alcohollywood is going to be doing an episode on The Watcher very soon, so I’ve drawn them something to show my appreciation for reviewing my favourite bad movie of all time. Let’s hope they have similar appreciation for the movie!

The Keanu density is very high in this picture.

The last of the musicians

Now, I know I should organise these in a proper post, but so far, I’ll just post the final few images. If you haven’t yet seen the other posts, the first is here the second here and the third set of illustrations is here.   The fourth set is here, and the most recent post can be found here. 

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The two cover images! Sorry, donkey’s rear hoof got a little trimmed by the size of the scanner bed.

And because it was neglected from the last post, the final picture in the book!

After this, the robbers were too frightened to go into the house ever again - but it suited the four musicians so well that they did not need to leave and travel anymore.

After this, the robbers were too frightened to go into the house ever again – but it suited the four musicians so well that they did not need to leave and travel anymore.

It’s a bit of a strange conclusion, and I probably would have worded it differently myself, but there you go. The animals may not end up in Bremen, but they end up somewhere else just as good, even though they hadn’t planned to get there. For me, this has been a lot of fun, but I myself am wondering if I’ll end up in Bremen or not!