Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Mummy for Halloween

Another Universal Monster for Halloween!
Boris Karloff as Ardath Bey as Imhotep the Mummy, from Universal's original 1932 version. Not a great movie as horror movies go - it's pretty slow, the plot shuffles along with the mummy, although the atmosphere is wonderfully creepy and the lighting and sets are great. Plus I just enjoy drawing Boris Karloff - he had an amazing set of facial features even without all the monster makeup.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Frankenstein For Halloween

You know, as scary as Frankenstein is, he's got nothing on the scariness of an uncertain future. Last week I and about 50 co-workers were laid off from Slipgate Ironworks, where I'd been for two years, as the project was cancelled. It's the second time I've worked n a project for two years only to have it killed. I'm beginning to wonder if it's something I'm doing? Well, not this time anyway - this time it was because of "Insurmountable technical problems" early and ongoing decisions made by people who are still at the company. Ha ha - the current state of American Business - what are ya gonna do? Ha ha!
I am, in all honesty, much relieved, in spite of the scary uncertainty. The project had settled into a routine of instability and constant upheaval, and morale was beleaguered if not gravely wounded. Pulling the plug on the game, it turns out, was actually a blessing. May it rest in pieces. Once I landed from the rug having been pulled out from under me, I realized I could do any number of things, go any number of places - it was very freeing.
So anyway, Halloween is a mere ten days away, so I'm getting into the mood with the help of Frankenstein's Monster! (also, the DrawerGeeks subject this week is Frankenstein - http://www.drawergeeks.com/index.php)
Boris Karloff's monster is eternally fun to draw and paint - even more fun than Abe Lincoln - so I try to never miss an opportunity. Enjoy! And Happy Halloween!