1000 Heads: the book

1000 heads, my illustration book

Inspiring books for the creative type


31.1.06

Public Domain Movie Torrents à go-go

The Public Domain Movie Torrents website is an invaluable repository of the strangest artifacts from the past of cinema, especially from the realm of B-and lower movies.
For example, let's take a look at some movie like The Attack of the Giant Leeches (!). The synopsis goes like this:

After local-moonshine swilling trapper Lem Sawyer (George Cisar) sees a giant creature, people start disappearing. While searching for illegal traps Steve Benton (Ken Clark) and Nan Greyson, his girl-friend (Jan Shepard) find Lem dying with giant sucker wounds on his body. One couple Liz Walker (Yvette Vickers) and Cal Moulton (Michael Emmett), forced into the water by her enraged husband Dave Walker (Bruno Ve Sota), gets taken by the leeches. When police refuse to believe Dave's story, he hangs himself. Soon after this, 2 more trappers disappear, the local Game Warden Steve Benton gets involved. He and Nan's father Dr Greyson (Tyler McVey) realize that the people were taken by the leeches and the leeches live in caves under the swamp. Using dynamite, the 4 missing bodies are discovered and the leeches are destroyed.

So, prepare for an indigestion of monsters, flying saucers and Ed Wood-like ineptitude with charming titles like Atom Age Vampire, Creature from the Haunted Sea, Plan 9 from Outer Space (yes! the Ed Wood's one, reputedly the worst movie in the history of cinema...) and many many more.

29.1.06

Roy Lichtenstein, deconstructed

an example of the collection of Deconstructing LichtensteinHave you ever wondered where did all the images used by Roy Lichtenstein in his works come from? Now there is an easy way: just browse the Flickr collection called Deconstructing Lichtenstein. At the moment there are over 100 images, where you will find all the familiar comic strips, ads and other popular culture paraphernalia that ended up, enlarged and altered, in Lichtenstein canvases, drawings and printed work.

28.1.06

Transparent Watercolor Society of America

an example of past exhibitions from the TWSA


The Transparent Watercolor Society of America states as its purpose “to advance the stature and foster appreciation of transparent watercolor as a major medium. The membership includes dedicated artists from all over the United States and Canada who share a passion for transparent watercolor and seek an avenue for its expression.” The website features past exhibitions of the society, with some excellent examples of the technique.

22.1.06

Wrong colours?

I have added a few photos from my latest sketchpads, with some improvisations and tests in watercolour. The one I’m showing here is a kind of challenge from my younger son, who discovered that it is possible to paint with the “wrong” colours and yet make something recognizable. This picture and some more can be seen in more detail in my Flickr page.

21.1.06

Feline subject

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A completely different subject and technique for this week’s Illustration Friday theme, “cats”. This is a crosshatched ink drawing on paper. You can see bigger versions in my Flickr page.

20.1.06

Illustration friday: cats

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This is a “cat” related illustration for this week’s topic on Illustration Friday. I have made a rather simple vector drawing, then enriched it a little with some texture. Finally I couldn’t help adding some lettering. Great fun.

(you may click the image to see bigger samples.)

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