Tom Hanks in “Forrest Gump”

Forrest Gump (1994)Directed by Robert ZemeckisI posted an @Instagram story asking for suggestions on future sketches. Thanks to everyone who took time to give their ideas! I got quite a few suggestions, but for today I decided to go with a sketch of Tom Hanks from "Forrest Gump". This one is courtesy @mrinalini_82 and @sampath_babu. I realized that I'd actually not drawn Tom Hanks before, so took up this suggestion. I have not seen the movie in a very long time though, I should re watch it. This movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, beating "Pulp Fiction", which I actually like better than this. But this is still a wonderful movie, and Robert Zemeckis would go on to direct "Cast Away" some years later, which also featured an amazing performance by Tom Hanks. This is a scan of the pencil on paper sketch. #241 / 23-Mar-17

Forrest Gump (1994)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

I posted an @Instagram story asking for suggestions on future sketches. Thanks to everyone who took time to give their ideas! I got quite a few suggestions, but for today I decided to go with a sketch of Tom Hanks from “Forrest Gump”. This one is courtesy @mrinalini_82 and @sampath_babu. I realized that I’d actually not drawn Tom Hanks before, so took up this suggestion. I have not seen the movie in a very long time though, I should re watch it. This movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, beating “Pulp Fiction”, which I actually like better than this. But this is still a wonderful movie, and Robert Zemeckis would go on to direct “Cast Away” some years later, which also featured an amazing performance by Tom Hanks. This is a scan of the pencil on paper sketch.

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Emma Watson from “This is The End”

This is the End (2013)Directed by Seth Rogen and Evan GoldbergI received this as a suggestion, that I should draw Emma Watson sometime. So I did today - she makes a cameo appearance in this 2013  comedy about a bunch of celebrities getting together for a party at James Franco's house, the festivities being interrupted by the Biblical apocalypse. A very funny movie that I watched a few years ago. I rewatched it today on Netflix while I was drawing this. This is a pencil drawing and I'm posting a scan. #240 / 19-Mar-17

This is the End (2013)

Directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

I received this as a suggestion, that I should draw Emma Watson sometime. So I did today – she makes a cameo appearance in this 2013  comedy about a bunch of celebrities getting together for a party at James Franco’s house, the festivities being interrupted by the Biblical apocalypse. A very funny movie that I watched a few years ago. I rewatched it today on Netflix while I was drawing this. This is a pencil drawing and I’m posting a scan.

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Featured on Baahubali Instagram Page

Thank you @baahubalimovie for featuring my sketch on their Instagram page! I posted a colour version of this photo on my @karthikabhiram account, this is an alternate edit of the same photo in B&W. #VSCOCam #Canon #5DMarkIII #handsinframe #Baahubali2trailer #WKKB

Thank you @baahubalimovie for featuring my sketch on their Instagram page! I posted a colour version of this photo on my @karthikabhiram account, this is an alternate edit of the same photo in B&W. #VSCOCam #Canon #5DMarkIII #handsinframe #Baahubali2trailer #WKKB

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Best Movies of 2016 and Movies Awaited in 2017, from @karthikabhiram and @dailymoviesketch

For this year’s New Year Greeting, I thought I would make an artwork and a post, with my selections of the Best Movies of 2016, and the movies I was looking forward to watching in 2017.  The artwork is below – showing 24 movies in total.  This artwork was posted on my Instagram account @karthikabhiram.

In April 2016, I started a second Instagram account for movie related sketches – @dailymoviesketch, and an associated Facebook page, Daily Movie Sketch.  I actually did more than 120 drawings on consecutive days without a miss, there – as of today, there are 210 sketches on that page.  This artwork was posted on that account as well.  As this artwork can be viewed even if you invert it, the inverted version was posted there.  Please do follow me on my Instagram accounts, since, I’m very regular in posting on both of them.  I post one picture a day, on each of those accounts and blogging-wise, everything happens there.  Movie reviews are posted on my sketch account.

Happy New Year 2017 Artwork by Karthik AbhiramYou could say, this was the last drawing of 2016 and the first drawing of 2017, as I started it on 31st December and completed it on 1st January.  It was done with one 0.5mm mechanical pencil on A4 paper.  It took me many hours to do as it essentially involved doing 24 sketches.

One side of the drawing has the best movies of 2016, and the other has the awaited movies of 2017.

Here is the inverted version of the drawing –

Happy New Year 2017 Artwork by Karthik AbhiramWhat are the movies represented here?  My best of 2016 list is divided into three categories, the best of the best, the very good, and the notable movies.  This year, the list includes TV shows as well.

Overall Best

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • The Nice Guys
  • Sultan
  • Suicide Squad
  • Doctor Strange
  • Arrival
  • Rogue One
  • Dangal
  • Stranger Things S1
  • Deadpool
  • The Jungle Book 3D
  • Black Mirror S3

Very Good

  • Nannaku Prematho
  • Neerja
  • 24
  • The Conjuring 2
  • Pellichoopulu
  • Dhruva
  • Ash vs Evil Dead S2
  • Udta Punjab

Notable

  • Kshanam
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Don’t Breathe
  • Janatha Garage
  • U-Turn

Movies Awaited in 2017

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
  • XXX: Return of Xander Cage
  • The Fate of the Furious
  • Logan
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
  • Alien: Covenant
  • Wonder Woman
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Justice League
  • Bahubali 2
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Split
  • John Wick Chapter 2
  • The Belko Experiment
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Dunkirk
  • Baby Driver
  • Insidious Chapter 4
  • Saw: Legacy
  • God Particle
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Star Wars: Episode VIII

What were your favourite movies of 2016 and what movies are you looking forward to in 2017?

I also recently created an account on Paintcollar, where you can purchase prints of artwork.  I have made this artwork available as a T-Shirt design.  You can purchase both orientations.  The text in the artwork for the T-Shirt design varies.  Here are the two designs.

This is the first version –

Welcome 2017 Artwork by Karthik AbhiramAnd this is the “upside-down” version –

Welcome 2017 Artwork by Karthik AbhiramThe links where you can view these two artworks are below –

Check it out and purchase my work if you like it.  Also do be sure to follow me on Instagram – @karthikabhiram and @dailymoviesketch.

Deadpool Artwork (and Telugu Parody Poster)

Everything about the upcoming Marvel Comics’ superhero movie Deadpool looks brilliant.  I have not read any of the comics, but when the first trailer was released a few months ago, the movie seemed interesting.  After that, there have been a number of posters and trailers that have come out, and all of them were very creative and well done.  I was really inspired by these and so did a drawing, and also made that into a poster, which you can see below.

Deadpool Artwork by Karthik AbhiramDeadpool stars Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, a former soldier who is diagnosed with terminal cancer, but is put through an experimental treatment that leaves him with incredible regenerative powers (but also makes him completely disfigured so he has to wear a mask and a suit).  From the trailer, it looks like the people who put him through the experiment also kidnap the love of his life, and he has to go after them.

The character was featured in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (also played in that movie by Ryan Reynolds), though he was just some generic villain there.

This movie though, is proudly Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity, and the studio issued multiple Red Band Trailers with violence and offensive jokes.

The first trailer that came out for this movie ended with Deadpool sniffing the smoke coming from his guns, and then saying “Oh, I’m touching myself tonight”, and this drawing depicts that scene (in the trailer though, you only see an extreme close-up of his face).  How I came to choose this scene to draw is this – you see, interestingly, the studio seems to be investing quite a bit to promote this movie in India (though Deadpool is not a known character here), and are releasing dubbed versions of the movie in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu apart from the English version.  A friend literally translated that line into Telugu and in a later WhatsApp conversation, suggested that the title would also be translated, and he came up with “Chacchina Cheruvu” (a pool or a lake that is dead).  I thought I would make a poster out of it.

Here is the Telugu parody poster.  This is all done in fun, no offense meant.

Deadpool Poster Telugu Version - Art by Karthik AbhiramIn the English version of my poster, the line I used is also from the first trailer, in which Wade Wilson tells the people putting him through the experiment, not to make the super-suit green, or animated.  This is a reference to the DC Comics movie Green Lantern, which also starred Ryan Reynolds as the titular superhero, and in that movie, his suit was green and animated.  I did not like that movie at all, and apparently neither did too many other people, so a joke on that ended up in Deadpool.

The drawing was done on an A4 size drawing pad, with a 6B pencil, and a red colour pencil.  For the belt I used an orange pencil.  The drawing was scanned once done, and I added the background and the text in Photoshop.  Here are the stages of the drawing –

Deadpool Artwork - Stages - by Karthik AbhiramAnd this is the rough sketch of the poster concept.  There were initially supposed to be blood splats behind Deadpool, but when I tried that it didn’t look good.  Since Deadpool’s suit is also red, the red colour of the blood was distracting.

The tagline and the title of the movie in Telugu, I had decided, would be in the Deadpool font but would have an English translation below it, sort of like a movie subtitle.

Deadpool Poster RoughThe below Instagram post shows you the finished drawing and the pencils used to make it.

Here is a short behind the scenes video that I also posted on Instagram, early on in the process of drawing.

Here below, are links to all the trailers that inspired this drawing.  All of them are YouTube links which will open in a new window / tab.

  • Red Band Trailer 1 – Released a few months ago, this is the one that has the “I’m touching myself tonight” bit.
  • Red Band Trailer 2 – This is the second trailer for the movie released on Christmas Day, and is a pretty awesome trailer, the one that made me even more interested in the movie.
  • Green Band Trailer 2 – The “safe for work” version of the previous trailer, with no swearing and violence.  All the Indian language trailers are dubbed versions of this trailer.
  • Hindi Trailer – The first Indian language trailer, based on the Green Band Trailer linked above.  Probably, the one with the most swearing in it.  Buzzfeed India featured an article about this trailer, which has captioned screenshots from it.  You can see the article here.
  • Tamil Trailer – Second Indian trailer, nothing much offensive about it.
  • Telugu Trailer – Third Indian trailer, again, not offensive at all.

These are the three songs used in the trailers (again, YouTube links).

The font used in the poster is called Rogue Hero.

A version of this artwork is available for you to purchase as a print (sans text), on my Postergully store.  You can purchase it as a poster, or as a T-Shirt.

Deadpool will be out in theatres on 12-Feb-16 in India.  I’ll see it in as many languages as I can theatrically, and then watch an uncut version later (since sadly, I know that our censors would make cuts to the movie inspite of giving it an adults only certificate).

The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight is Quentin Tarantino’s Eighth Film (well, it is if you consider Kill Bill as one movie).  Being a huge Tarantino fan (his Pulp Fiction is one of my all time favourite movies), I was eagerly awaiting the release of this movie, and I finally got to see it a few days ago.  As expected, I loved the movie, and did this drawing of Samuel L Jackson as Major Marquis Warren from it –

Samuel L Jackson as Major Marquis Warren from The Hateful Eight - Artwork by KarthikThe movie is set a few years after the American Civil War.  It opens showing us a stagecoach with two passengers – bounty hunter John Ruth “The Hangman” (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner, Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), heading towards the town of Red Rock, trying to escape a blizzard.  They are soon about to have company – stranded in the snow are Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L Jackson) and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), and the two are picked up by the stagecoach.  In order to escape the blizzard, the party must stop midway at a place called Minnie’s Haberdashery, where they must stay for the next few days.  Already at Minnie’s are a few other characters – Red Rock’s Hangman, Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), Bob the Mexican (Demian Bichir) and General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern).

Pretty soon, suspicions arise, and John says that one or more of the people at Minnie’s are not who they say they are, and they may have their own agenda involving the bounty on his prisoner.

What follows is an engaging mystery-thriller-Western hybrid that keeps one completely absorbed for three hours.  The characters in all of Quentin Tarantino’s movies seem to be crafted with a lot of love, and it is no different here, and the actors really bring them to life with their excellent performances (Leigh and Jackson are standouts).  The dialogues and screenplay are great, as is typical of a Tarantino movie.  The first half of the movie might be considered to be a little slower moving, but it builds the characters so it’s necessary.  The movie picks up pace in the second half.

The movie features beautiful cinematography (by Robert Richardson, who has shot all of Tarantino’s movies after Kill Bill, except for Death Proof).  It was shot in a process called Ultra Panavision 70, where the image is shot on 70mm film but using anamorphic lenses to create a very wide image (2.76:1 aspect ratio as opposed to the typical 2.35:1 widescreen image if movies are shot on 35mm film or digital).  This is apparently only the 11th film to be shot in that process, and there exists a “Roadshow” version of the movie which was projected on film as well, in selected theatres in the US.  The sweeping and snowy landscape scenes look great, but one might question what difference would filming in 70mm make, to indoor scenes.  It affords the opportunity to create some interesting compositions, as there are several shots where the entire frame is used to show different characters in the foreground as well as background.  There were a couple of instances where I noticed the use of a split-focus diopter to get different planes in focus in the same shot.

Unlike several of Tarantino’s movies, which used previously existing music, this one features original music written for it, by Ennio Morricone (the composer for Sergio Leone’s westerns such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly). I thought the music was very good and liked the opening theme in particular.

One of the inspirations for The Hateful Eight was the 1982 John Carpenter horror movie The Thing. That movie also stars Kurt Russell, it is set in an isolated place in extreme cold, it has characters who are not what they seem to be and a sense of paranoia among the other characters. That movie was also scored by Ennio Morricone (interestingly, John Carpenter got Morricone to score the movie and made him do a very John Carpenter-ish music score), and in fact, The Hateful Eight uses a couple of tracks from The Thing on its soundtrack, and some of the other music is unreleased music originally composed for the 1982 film.

I loved the movie overall.  I felt Django Unchained was a little more enjoyable and more upbeat compared to this movie (the two are set in the same Universe). Overall, I would rate it a solid 9/10.

Warning: If you are watching this movie in a theatre in India, beware that it is cut.  Swear words are muted, but not completely consistently (for example, the occasional “fuck” is audible, while most instances of “bitch” are muted).  It’s distracting.  They have also cut the bloodier scenes, so you would be puzzled at the fate of at least two of the characters whose death is not shown.  You would still be able to enjoy the movie (the cuts total to around 2 minutes), but it’s not the way the movie was intended to be seen.  Unfortunately, if you want to enjoy the theatrical experience, you’ll have to tolerate these alterations.  Of course, there are ways to see the missing scenes if one wants.

It’s sad that there need to be cuts in a movie that is already certified as “A”, suitable for adults only – something I have been against for several years.  David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead didn’t even get a theatrical release in India, while Fincher’s Gone Girl had some weird pans and zooms to cover nudity.  Our censor board is only promoting piracy by doing this!

The version of the movie that I saw (PVR Cinemas at Hyderabad Central Mall) seemed to be projected in 2.35:1 ratio.  While I don’t think any part of the image was cropped, it seemed to be squished horizontally to fit the 2.76:1 frame into the 2.35:1 shape.

Extras

The below video talks about the different widescreen processes (and aspect ratios) that have been employed by filmmakers through the years –

And this video talks about the “Roadshow” version of The Hateful Eight, and also about how Panavision supported Tarantino in shooting this movie on glorious 70mm film –

The Opening Credits feature two fonts (apart from the title of the movie itself, which I think is hand made) – as far as I can make out, the names of the cast are typeset in Rockwell, and the rest of the credits are in Tarantino’s favourite ITC Benguiat.

The movie features Red Apple tobacco (which is a fictional brand used in many of Tarantino movies).

The Samuel L Jackson drawing which I did (in ballpoint pen on paper), is available to purchase here at my Postergully store.  Postergully ships worldwide, and their prices are reasonable.  The prints are of good quality too.  Visit my store here, and if it is your first purchase at Postergully, you can use the code PGARTIST to get a 15% discount.

Quentin Tarantino’s Vega Bros. Poster [What If?]

In an alternate universe, Quentin Tarantino would have written and directed a movie called Vega Bros. starring John Travolta as Vincent Vega (from Pulp Fiction) and Michael Madsen as Vic Vega (from Reservoir Dogs).  Here is a teaser poster for that fictional movie –

Quentin Tarantino's Vega Bros. Teaser Poster - Artwork by Karthik AbhiramThis was a quick drawing done with a 6B pencil on paper, and then scanned and edited in Photoshop.  The text is simple and is in Futura Heavy Oblique.  The fictional release date is my birthday in 1997.

RoboCop 1987 Drawing

This is a drawing based on Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 movie RoboCop that I did this morning. I watched the remake yesterday and the original a couple of days before that. That’s what inspired this drawing.

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I am very nostalgic about the original RoboCop. It was a movie I practically grew up with.  This drawing was done with a 6B pencil on paper and the image above is a photo taken with my phone, processed with VSCOCam for Android and this post is being made from my phone only.

Here’s a RoboCop drawing that I did 19 years ago –

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The remake was pretty good. The good thing about it was that it was very different from the original so you judge it on its own merits.  But nostalgic feelings considered, the original wins out in my opinion!

Nine Inch Nails: The Fight Club Soundtrack [What If?]

In an alternate universe, this would exist –

Nine Inch Nails - Fight Club Soundtrack - Fake Album Artwork by Karthik AbhiramThink about it – there’s a line of dialogue in David Fincher’s Fight Club (one of my all-time favourite movies), where the Narrator (Edward Norton’s character) says, “With insomnia, nothing’s real.  Everything is far away.  Everything is a copy of a copy of a copy.”  One of the songs from “Hesitation Marks”, the latest album from Nine Inch Nails, is called “Copy of A”.  When I heard this song, the first thing that came into my mind was Fight Club.

The 2005 song “Only”, by NIN, from their album “With Teeth” also could be considered to have reference to Fight Club in the lyrics [SPOILER ALERT] – “I just made you up, to hurt myself” / “There is no you, there is only me.”  The music video for “Only” was directed by David Fincher.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails would go on to create the soundtracks for two of David Fincher’s movies – The Social Network (2010) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).

Therefore, there definitely must be an alternate universe somewhere, where the soundtrack for Fight Club was done by Nine Inch Nails and not by The Dust Brothers!  Above, is my representation of what that album cover would look like.  There’s Edward Norton and Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden from the movie, and in the centre, is Trent Reznor, the frontman of Nine Inch Nails.

Trent Reznor - Drawing by Karthik AbhiramI had this idea today while listening to “Copy of A”, and I proceeded to draw this in a gel pen on paper, and then scanned it in and added some paper texture and the text.  The text is in the font Reznor: Downward Spiral.

Trent Reznor Drawing, the Instagram Edition - Artwork by Karthik AbhiramReference images – Edward Norton is from a screenshot from the movie itself, Brad Pitt is from a publicity still, and Trent Reznor is from the recent Rolling Stone Magazine cover.  The Fight Club lettering on top is my hand-drawn imitation of the font Mrs Eaves Bold Italic.

Above are a couple of Instagram / Snapseed edits of in-progress photos of the drawing.  Edit of a photo of a drawing – that’s also a copy of a copy of a copy, isn’t it?

Here is a shot of the notebook page (A4 size) with the pen I used to draw it –

Nine Inch Nails - Fight Club Soundtrack Album Cover - Drawing by Karthik AbhiramThe “Paper Street Record Co.” is a reference to the “Paper Street Soap Company”, Tyler Durden’s soap-making outfit.

You can listen to the entire album “Hesitation Marks” here.  Below, I’ve embedded YouTube videos of the songs that inspired this drawing.

Nine Inch Nails / “Copy of A” –

Nine Inch Nails / “Only” –

Kick-Ass 2 Drawing

This weekend (including Friday night), I watched three movies in the theatre – Jobs, Madras Cafe and Kick-Ass 2.  Out of the three, the most entertaining one was undoubtedly Kick-Ass 2 and I had a real blast watching it.  Hence, this drawing, done today –

Kick-Ass 2 - Drawing by Karthik AbhiramI drew this one in pencil, then scanned it in, added the paper texture in the background and the text.

I like how they expanded upon the storyline established in the first movie.  The movie shows us how Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) inspired other people to fight crime in costume.  Kick-Ass joins a Justice League-type outfit led by Col. Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey).  Meanwhile, Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz) is trying to adjust to life in high school and trying not to be Hit-Girl.

Gangster kid Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) reinvents himself as the super villain The Mother Fucker after Kick-Ass killed his dad in the first movie, and starts assembling an army of thugs to take over the city.

Kick-Ass 2 is a proudly A-rated movie (and I was overjoyed that it was released uncut in theatres here), it’s crude, ultraviolent, and a whole lot of fun.  Christopher Mintz-Plasse was absolutely hilarious as The Mother Fucker, Jim Carrey was great, and as expected, Chloe Grace Moretz was outstanding as both Mindy and Hit-Girl.  I liked the new superhero characters – Doc Gravity, Night Bitch, and the villains Mother Russia, Black Death, Genghis Carnage.  Loved the action scenes and the one-liners.

I read some of the original Kick-Ass comics by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr, but not Kick-Ass 2.  My cousin tells me that the movie follows the book pretty closely.

Kick-Ass 2 has more action than the first and there’s a lot going on.  I liked both movies about equally.  This one I’d rate an 8/10.

Kick-Ass 2 - Artwork by Karthik AbhiramAbove is an in-progress version of the drawing.  The completed poster of mine has the working title for the movie, Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall (I wonder why they changed it).

Check out the extended Red-Band trailer here:

There are two good pieces of music from the soundtrack.  The first one is a version of “When the Saints Go Marching In”:

And this one is a version of “Korobeiniki (Traditional Russian Folk Song)”.  I didn’t know it was a folk song.  You might know this music better as the theme from the game Tetris!

Stay back for the credits of the movie – there’s a short scene afterwards.