Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I’ve said it on more than one occasion. I am NOT a fan of Disney ‘s Star Wars. They feel shallow movies, without vision and a soul. It gives you a feeling that a bunch of producers stood in an office and thought: ”How can we make a lot of money out of this movie?”. And this is Disney’s Star Wars: a collection of beautifully made SCI-FI movies, without a soul and with a lot of elements to hit strong different box office markets. Continue reading

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Good/Bad Writing

“When talented people write badly, it’s generally for one of two reasons: Either they’re blinded by an idea they feel compelled to prove or they’re driven by an emotion they must express.

When talented people write well, it is generally for this reason: They’re moved by a desire to touch the audience.” 

 Robert McKee

To paraphrase Stephen King, we writers are notoriously bad at understanding our own craft. We have absolutely no idea why some days we write shit, while others we write brilliant first drafts. All we know is to sit at our desks and do our thing.

But I do have to agree with the fact that, even though writing is the most lonely of human experiences, its sole purpose is to make someone else feel less lonely.

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My top 5 illustration of 2017

Stunning work by Alison Sargent…

When Dogs Get Wings

This is a bit of a self-indulgent blog post to celebrate the end of the year.  My best bits… according to… me!

I was aiming for a top ten but to be honest I could really only manage five drawings that I was sufficiently pleased with to call my top illustrations for the year.

So here they are in no particular order (okay “Stella” is my fav, but after that …)

Stella - gouache and graphite pencil illustration “Stella” 2017

Alisha Nesvat for Mani - graphite and pencil illustration “Alisha Nesvat for Mani” – 2017

fashion illustration of Lindsey Wixson in Chanel “Lindsey Wixson for Chanel Fall/Winter 2013” – 2017

Fashion illustration - Eudon Choi Spring 2018 “Eudon Choi Sprint 2018” – 2017

Graphite and pencil illustration Untitled – 2017

I am adding in one more illustration as a special mention.  This illustration of Alisha Nesvat in Rodarte Spring 2018 is a bit of a love/hate one for me.  I really like the concept, the composition, the negative space, the hands.  BUT …execution let me down with the flowers and the gold background.  If…

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On Love

On Life, and Love, and Other Stuff

What love is for a human being,

The art of passion and romance.

An itch that comes and needs to settle

Does not differ if beast or belle.

It spreads like rush, a sickness I would say

You may consider I’m in hate.

But love and hate are much related.

Both come from things we deeply share.

Then you discard me for my wronging

But if I am, that’s my mistake.

And yet mistakes are made for learning,

It is the process of our fates.

– Julia Grimm N. –

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IMDb Top 250: #203 Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Paul Haggis (screenplay), F.X. Toole (stories)
Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

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I was never a fan of happy endings. I never truly believed in them. So when I watched Million Dollar Baby, I had mixed feelings. On one had I was touched by the powerful emotions, but one the other hand I loved the darker tone. One that didn’t have happy ending. Continue reading

Metafiction

“We’re all searching for something in our art. There are questions, and we always feel close to finding the answers, but we never do.

Artists never create art for what they might find. Some want to free themselves from nightmares, others want to inspire, or raise questions, or make people understand the world around them. Some want to entertain, others want to get rich, but it seems to me that no matter our reason for choosing to become artists, we all find more happiness in the stories or paintings or songs we create than we find in the real world. This is the sad truth: artists choose to live with one eye always closed to the world, the here and the now, and use that awareness to see what others can’t.

Inside the artist’s soul there is always a part that feels no remorse or fear when it comes to all that is dark in human nature. It seems to me that a part of the artist’s soul gets damaged to such an extent that it grows impervious to pain, heat, or cold. Like a scar.” Continue reading