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Broken Arrow Stills

Some stills I captured from one of my favorite Jimmy Stewart westerns, Broken Arrow. This one happens not to be directed by Anthony Mann. These feature some angles, compositions and lighting, and take good advantage of the surroundings.

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As was typical of Hollywood at the time, parts for Native Americans went to white folks like Debra Paget and Jeff Chandler. They do a decent job, but this casting mars the film, much like Natalie Wood in the The Searchers, as gorgeous as she is.

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Check this nice write-up for more stills and some Jonny Quest history.

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Portrait of Kubrick as a Young Man

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Hitchcock: Ladies Man

Hitch had a way with the ladies. Truly, he was one sick puppy on this score. He had a history of mildly humiliating his leading ladies since his earliest movies, and as he got older crushes on some of his actresses developed into obsession. Sure, he was married most of his life, and had a child (Patricia, who acted in a few of his movies), but was probably celibate most of his adult life. One repressed dude. And all that bottled up for so long manifested itself in increasingly strange ways as one actress after another moved on, gave up movies altogether, until the controlling, Svengali complex he divulged in his Vertigo was most fully realized with Tippi Hedren. For all his genius, the man had problems. But that doesn't mean we can't love his movies. I sure do. Someday soon I'll list my favorites...

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Take a Mulligan

Carey Mulligan, that is. I grown quite enamored with this wonderful actress of depth and gravity, and pixie-like features. If you haven't yet, check her out in An Education, Drive, and the Dr. Who episode, Blink. She good. I drew this one in Manga Studio, with the Kabura pen - no under drawing or rough. The nice thing about drawing digitally like this is that I can make marks, remove, clean up, re-do and spot blacks with a click as I go. It's like being able to quickly erase ink, giving you the flexibility of a pencil sketch while ending up with a pretty finished drawing. I wanted to capture the sly, playful expression, reinforced by the border and composition. I modeled the hair on a second reference photo.

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Ridin' a Hitch

A couple of the better latest sketches of Hitch, this time directly with a brush, the old-fashioned way...

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Hitchcock Poster


I mentioned yesterday I'd drawn Hitchcock before, a long time ago when I did this poster illustration for a novelty company in Chicago. This was 1984, about a year before we began work in earnest on the first issue of Trollords. I was 20-21 at the time, and drew using pencil and pastels more back then. Most of this holds up pretty well, although it's stiff in a couple places. I used an Ebony woodless graphite pencil to achieve really dark darks, no doubt rubbing it with my finger or stump, a trusty kneaded rubber eraser at the ready. This is a photo of the original artwork, executed on 18 x 24 illustration board.

I was/am quite the Hitchcock devotee, having attended seminars/showings of his work and read plenty of books. For the poster, although I included a few references to specific movies (The Birds, Psycho, Rear Window and Dial M For Murder), I tried to incorporate as many of Hitch's themes and motifs: birds, voyeurism, mirror images (twins), train tracks and the wine bottle from Notorious. I faltered in my execution of the quintessential Hitchcock heroine, an amalgam of Kelly, Leigh, Novak, Miles, Saint, Carroll, Hedrin, Day. As in Vertigo, Hitch tailored his leading ladies to be a certain type, what became known as the Hitchcock Blonde.

I've just discovered a handful of these posters in the Blue Moon archives, so email me if you have interest in purchasing one. I'll update here if I make them available at on online shop.

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An Itch for Hitch

My pal, Jody Nilsen's recent rendition of Hitchcock lit the fuse for me to draw Hitch again, something I'd done many times in the past, as in this comic from years ago. Soon, I'll post more Hitch sketches, and show you a Hitchcock poster I drew thirty years ago.

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Another Attempt at Grace

As my results the other day in drawing Grace Kelly were moderately successful, I took another stab Sunday, jumping straight in with a brush again. Better this time, I think - balancing hard line, fine features, expressive dry brush and likeness. I did some minor re-touching in Photoshop.

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Brush Sketching: Katy Jurado

For my pal, Tim Hodge, upon request, from the Saturday Sketch-Day blog (Jody Nilsen's baby). For a larger scan and lotsa drawings by my sketch buddies, check the blog!

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Grace

Boy, Grace Kelly is tough to draw. I'm posting a few here, but sparing you some failed attempts. I went straight to ink with brush pen with these two: The main one isn't far off, but not quite there. The profile on top right looks more like Elizabeth Montgomery, but I like the drawing so included it anyway. Kelly has such a distinctive profile, I'll take another shot at that sometime. And she has such fine features, I gave it one more stab, this time in pencil (below) from an on-set photo during the shooting of High Noon.

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