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[#DrawWithMango × #DailyMovieSketch] The Professional a.k.a. Léon (1994)Directed by Luc BessonHappy International Women's Day!For @mangopenciler's #drawwithmango #90snostalgia Art Challenge, I have been making sketches of movies from the 1990s, one for each year in the decade. I planned the movies and the people to draw, but realised all were male!I will still go forward with all those I planned to draw, so this is an additional sketch for 1994 — a drawing of @natalieportman as Mathilda from Luc Besson's "Léon" a.k.a. "The Professional". She was 12 years old at the time she made her debut in this excellent action thriller, and seeing her acting here, it's no wonder she went on to do great things in the future.I had bought the videotape of "The Professional" in 1995, which was a shorter US version, but it was only several years later that I watched the longer International Version (or version intègrale), titled "Léon". A couple of days ago, I ordered this Bic Fine Multi Colour pen from Amazon and it was delivered yesterday, so I did this sketch with it. Inspired by @tamster_c and @nicolasvsanchez I tried blending colours (green and red for example can give you a brown), I'll need a lot more practice though. I used a little bit of Gelly Roll as well and the drawing was done on an A6 Brustro sketchbook. There is a photo of this drawing that I posted on my @karthikabhiram account. #422 / 8-Mar-19
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[#DrawWithMango × #DailyMovieSketch]Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992)Directed by Stanley TongThird sketch in my series of 90s movies for @mangopenciler's #90snostalgia art challenge. This is the third "Police Story" movie and the first in the series not to be directed by Jackie Chan. Jackie is an undercover cop trying to take down drug lord Chaibat. Michelle Yeoh co-stars in the movie as an Interpol officer.I watched this movie in the theatre in the early 90s and I remember it fondly. For this drawing I actually rewatched it (on YouTube – both versions are available, more on this later, beware of the US version) and it's a terrific movie. At a brisk 95 min, the movie is fast paced. There is comedy but the central story and characters are treated seriously.The action scenes are fantastic with some amazing set pieces, and Michelle Yeoh proves to be Chan's equal in the fights. If you have not seen it in many years, you will enjoy rewatching it. And if you haven't seen it at all, you should. You can enjoy it even if you haven't seen the first two. Here are a few things about the movie – • The original version of the movie (on the film itself and even the posters) credits Michelle Yeoh as Michelle Khan, and that's how I saw it.• Quentin Tarantino considers this movie one of the best movies ever made since he started making movies. (For my 1992 sketch, I could've picked Tarantino's first, "Reservoir Dogs", but I drew that in 2016)• The movie was released in the US in 1996 as "Supercop". Like all the American versions of Jackie's movies released by Dimension Films, please stay away from that version. I think this film is not as severely affected as others but, the US version has an extremely cheap looking title sequence added, is cut by around 10 min, has cliched songs ("Kung Fu Fighting", really?) added and a replaced music score. Some of the movies have as much as 15 or 20 min cut. I can't bring myself to watch these versions! (Out of morbid curiosity, you can check for these on YouTube.) I drew Jackie Chan from the movie, it was drawn with the @ns1pen, Gelly Roll pen and yellow colour pencil, on A6 Brustro sketchbook and scanned.#421 / 5-Mar-19
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[#DrawWithMango × #DailyMovieSketch]Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)Directed by James CameronContinuing my series of #90snostalgia sketches, one for every year in the decade, for @mangopenciler's art challenge.One of the best sequels of all time – T2 is a landmark movie. It was one of the early films that use computer generated imagery for visual effects, winning an Oscar for that. I watched it some months ago and it still holds up well. The first two films are far better than the sequels that came out in subsequent years. There's a T6 coming up with James Cameron's blessing and Deadpool's Tim Miller involved, but I am not keeping any expectations. If it's good that'll be a pleasant surprise.What most of us would have watched in theatres or on videotape back then (in 1993 or 1994 I bought the tape and watched it many many times that the tape wore out) would've been the 136 min theatrical release, DVD / Blu-ray Extended editions run about 15 min longer. I also had bought a novelisation (remember those?) of the film by Randall Frakes, based on the script by James Cameron and William Wisher. You can find a PDF online of you look for it.I drew Schwarzenegger from the ending steel plant scene where he tells the T-1000, "Hasta la vista, baby". The drawing was done with the @ns1pen on A6 Brustro sketchbook. I also used a blue and red ballpoint pen, and Sakura Gelly Roll white pen on this. This is a scan. The reference image is from the theatrical trailer, which apparently used a different take of the scene than the one that ended up in the actual movie. I drew from here, as the shot in the movie is framed tighter and Arnold's hair wasn't visible.Next up — 1992! Can you guess which movie I'll be drawing? #t2 #terminator #terminator2 #schwarzenegger#ns1pen #ink #inksketch #blackworknow #ballpointpen #ballpoint #biro#420 / 4-Mar-19
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[#DrawWithMango × #DailyMovieSketch]Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)Directed by Steve BarronA couple of days back @mangopenciler and I were discussing about a lot of nostalgic things from the 90s. Yesterday, I also made a post on @karthikabhiram documenting this as well so do check that out. For the new #DrawWithMango challenge, the theme was decided as 90s Nostalgia. It's a wonderful theme and I decided that I'll draw a sketch covering one movie from each year in the decade. This is the first entry — from the 1990 movie adaptation of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. I actually watched TMNT II and a few episodes of the cartoon on videotape, before watching this. TMNT II was one of the videos I had as a kid, and I must've watched that movie scores of times! Go Ninja Go Ninja Go! And in the early 90s when the TMNT show was aired on TV, I was a huge fan and watched every episode.Here are a couple of things you may not know about TMNT (more in comments): • The director, Steve Barron, made the A-Ha "Take On Me" music video.• This film and the two sequels were a New Line Cinema and Golden Harvest co production. You might remember the Golden Harvest logo from Jackie Chan movies of the 1980s and early 90s.• The Turtles' and Splinter's heads are all animatronic puppets, controlled by several operators. The puppet effects are fantastic and hold up so well even today, the characters have such lifelike expressions that it's hard to believe you're watching puppets.• The film takes inspiration from an early comic story arc.• The 1980s animated show theme song was co-written by Chuck Lorre, creator of "The Big Bang Theory"! I drew Raphael from the film, this is from an early scene where he comes out of a theatre having watched "Critters" (another New Line film, and another bit of 90s nostalgia), and says "Where do they come up with this stuff"! This is right before he runs into Casey Jones.I drew this with my new @ns1pen and Reynolds red ballpoint pen on A6 Brustro sketchbook. This is a scan. #419 / 1-Mar-19
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Alita: Battle Angel (2019)Directed by Robert RodriguezI watched "Alita: Battle Angel" in 3D 4DX on Sunday (first time I'm watching a movie in this format). While it was good to experience once, I think the extra effects were gimmicks and didn't add much to the experience of the movie, which was entertaining on its own. The movie is set in 2563 and opens with cyborg specialist Dr Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) discovering the head of a 300 year old cyborg (with a human brain) in a scrap heap. He gives it the cybernetic body of a teenage girl, and names her Alita. Alita can't remember anything about her past and doesn't know the present world, and through her, the audience surrogate, we are given exposition. Alita and Ido live in the Machine City, and the wealthy and privileged live in the Sky City of Zalem. We are introduced to the other characters that make up the world of the film, the sport of Motorball, the other antagonist cyborgs and the Big Bad, a character called Nova.The world building they've done here, is terrific. I love a good cyberpunk film and this is well executed (kind of reminded me of "Altered Carbon" and "Elysium", though those are very different). It has exceptional visuals and effects. I don't think the technology to accomplish this would have existed a few years before. The cyborg characters are entirely rendered in CG. Initially Alita with her big anime-style eyes takes some getting used to, but the effects are photorealistic enough that you accept it as being real. The acting from Rosa Salazar as Alita is great, and Christoph Waltz has such an amazing screen presence in anything he's in. This felt more like writer James Cameron's movie to me, than a Robert Rodriguez film. Nevertheless, I liked it a lot, and felt it was much better than what I was expecting. The movie sets up a lot of story threads to be resolved in a sequel (I hope the movie is successful enough that we get one). I liked the music score by Junkie XL (here credited as Tom Holkenborg). The action scenes are very well done.I drew Alita from the movie, this was drawn with my new @ns1pen on A6 Brustro sketchbook and scanned.#418 / 27-Feb-19 (More info in comments)
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Gully Boy (2019)Directed by Zoya AkhtarAfter yesterday's drawing featuring @ranveersingh as Murad from the movie, I wanted to draw @siddhantchaturvedi as MC Sher as well. So I did, late last night / early this morning.The movie was awesome, I loved it and you can see what I had to say about it in the previous post with the drawing of Ranveer. If there was one person whose screen presence equalled or beat Ranveer's in the movie, it was Siddhant, as MC Sher. This was my favourite character from the movie.This drawing was done with Uni Pin Fine Liner 0.1 and Gelly Roll 05 on Strathmore Toned Tan paper and scanned.This was inspired by a couple of @alberto_sting's drawings that used the same combination of pens.#DAILYMOVIESKETCH#GullyBoy #ranveersingh #siddhantchaturvedi #mcsher #apnatimeaayega #bohothard#unipin #fineliner #gellyroll #blackworknow #pendrawing#417 / 24-Feb-19
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Gully Boy (2019)Directed by Zoya AkhtarI watched "Gully Boy" a few days back and absolutely loved it.The movie stars Ranveer Singh as Murad, a young man from the slums of Dharavi, who has been inspired by rap music and rappers, and writes his own rhymes. Seeing MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) perform at his college introduces him to the Mumbai street rap scene. Under Sher's wing, Murad is spurred to realise his dreams as an artist, despite his abusive father and his background of poverty. Alia Bhatt stars as Murad's girlfriend Safina, a medical student and the person in his life who stands by him. Although you know how this will end, the joy of the movie is in its storytelling and seeing the journey of Murad.The movie is excellently made – among its many standout aspects are the characterisation and storytelling, the cinematography by Jay Oza, the acting (everyone is on their best game here, Ranveer is brilliant as is Siddhant Chaturvedi in a fantastic breakout performance, my favourite character), and the music. The rap battles, the impromptu performances with beatboxing, and the later more professionally produced songs are all superb, with beats that energise the audience. The soundtrack apparently has upwards of 50 artists who contributed to it.I watched the 11 PM show – even at 2:30 AM, once the movie got over, it had the effect of leaving one exhilarated. Like "Sultan" a few years back, where I was wishing for few more MMA fight scenes, I wouldn't mind seeing an extended cut of this movie featuring even more music scenes!The first entry to my "Best Movies of 2019" list! Very good! Recommended watching.I drew Ranveer as Murad, this was drawn with ballpoint pen and Gelly Roll pen on A6 Brustro sketchbook and scanned. I think I messed up one of the eyes and didn't get the likeness exactly right though.#DailyMovieSketch #gullyboy #apnatimeaayega #bohothard #murad #ranveersingh #ballpointpen #gellyroll#416 / 23-Feb-19
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[#DailyMovieSketch × #KarthikAbhiram — Best Movies of 2018 & Awaited Movies of 2019 Artwork]Here it is finally! After 15 to 20 hours of work, I’m very happy to present to you my yearly roundup of 2018’s best and awaited movies of 2019. I’d been very busy with work of late, so this art is coming in February instead of at the beginning of the year. It was all done with a single 0.5mm 2B mechanical pencil on A5 Canson paper sketch pad, and this is a scan. Each drawing is one inch square in size. I kept spraying fixative on each row once it was complete, so as not to smudge the artwork. The image can be viewed upside down as well and is being posted on @karthikabhiram and @dailymoviesketch, in each orientation. For last year’s artwork, I had made a t-shirt design available, the site I used then isn’t operational now, so have to find an alternative. Movies marked with * appear on the drawing. Do you agree with my selections and recommendations? What were your favourite movies of 2018? Is there any 2019 movie I missed?Overall Best:Deadpool 2 *Avengers: Infinity War *Searching *A Quiet Place *Black Panther *Mission: Impossible — Fallout *Daredevil Season 3 *The Haunting of Hill House *Annihilation *Incredibles 2 *AndhadhunSpider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseBlack Mirror: BandersnatchVery Good:AquamanUpgradeGoodachariKarwaanAnt-Man and The WaspSacred GamesAltered CarbonPad ManRangasthalamBohemian RhapsodyAwaited in 2019:Glass *Spider-Man: Far From Home *Captain Marvel *Joker *Avengers: Endgame *John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum *Hellboy *Once Upon a Time in Hollywood *Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw *Us *It: Chapter TwoLove Death + RobotsYesterdayStranger Things 3Black Mirror Season 5The Lion KingAladdin3 From HellMen in Black: InternationalShazam!Pokemon: Detective PikachuGodzilla: King of the MonstersX-Men: Dark PhoenixThe New MutantsStar Wars Episode IXAlready Out:The Lego Movie 2: The Second PartThe Punisher Season 2Will it be released?: NaragasooranDhruva NatchathiramComing in 2020:Wonder Woman 1984Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)#415 / 19-Feb-19
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Almost there — 17 done, 3 to go, I think I'd have spent around 10 hours on this so far. This is my @dailymoviesketch art featuring the Best Movies of 2018 (of which 3 remain) and the Movies of 2019 (completed). You can't clearly see all the movies represented here (that's by intent, once I complete it I'll post a scanned version) but can you guess what some of them are? #canon #5dmarkiii #85mmf18 #KARTHIKABHIRAM #DAILYMOVIESKETCH
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