Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dark Passage #4

Victor keeps trying to leave Irene so she won't be involved in his problems, first when he gets his plastic surgery - but his best friend gets murdered. After the bandages come off, he sets out again. I usually desaturate the figures, but I left the blue morning light in this one. Eventually he gets to a diner, but never gets to eat his bacon and eggs.
Films will be continuing into August, I remembered The Third Man and spent about an hour last night on Joseph Cotton's clothes - the Criterion restoration lets you see every tweedy nub.

Edit: I had to link to this . I found it hysterically funny, but I don't know if anyone who is not a visual person will see it that way.

24 comments:

ger said...

Poor man... - he even seems distressed enough not to wear his heightenhancing heels...

Caio Fernandes said...

the second picture is a real tresure !
i like when mix real people with the charaters .

ArtSparker said...

Ger- Not in a scene with Bacall, so not needed. Apparently this is the first film for which he wore a full hairpiece.

Laurie Cannon said...

Love the duds
looks so much like the man

ArtSparker said...

Caio - I like to mix it up with real people. Unfortunately, a certain neighbor who agreed to play the murderer in a certain film seems to be avoiding me...Dude! you are missing your shot at immortality.

Laurie - lovely to see you, I am glad you are still stopping by.

mum said...

Susan:
I'm still dropping by, even if I'm not commenting as often. I love the blue light in the top pic.

I also love the scene in the movie where Lauren Bacall snips off the mask so neatly - you have to wonder what it was doing there in the first place. :-)

cheers from Graulhet.

ArtSparker said...

Mum - I know you are busy right now, and I appreciate your stopping by. Don't even get me started on the plastic surgery- the original Victor face, as shown in the newspaper, is twice as wide as Bogart's. How does THAT work?

Chris Wolf said...

I loved the link! The reference to loads of Scotch Tape is also probably worthy of more thought! Perhaps a post?
Your talent shines in the textures of your art. Thanks for visiting.

notmassproduced said...

howq great is this...those shadows and the way the woman at the stand isn't even batting an eyelid

Bee said...

Poor Victor! His world is all out of kilter.

Those nails remind me of my sewing, somehow. I use too many stitches to compensate for the fact that they aren't very well-placed or confident.

justdoodleit said...

I like Victor's pinstripe suit!

Gene said...

Looking forward to The Third Man. It's my dad's favorite movie and one of mine.

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I really love this series. Your blog is always such an inspiration, and it makes me want to get back to more stop-motion film-making and tableaux.

ArtSparker said...

JT - what a lovely thing to say. Inspiring people is certainly my deepest wish.

Jasmine said...

I loved the link, bodge jobs have a certain charm, and so do rusty nails!

ArtSparker said...

J - "bodge jobs"?

You can't beat British slang with a stick.

Titus said...

Great face.
And it was funny.

bindu said...

The first picture is so moody - the light is great.

Rohzi E. said...

LOLOLOLOL @ the link. That was refreshingly humorous.

You have such an interesting way of illustrating misery and/or distress. I like.

mum said...

narrowing the face - an old Jivaro technique, maybe?

Tammie Lee said...

Love those eye brows, he looks so sad and distraught.

Spirithelpers

California Girl said...

The first thing I noticed about the second image is the shadow and his foot off the ground. It's great. Really looks like he's moving.

The Third Man sounds good. You really like the noir stuff. How about a costume drama? Something like "Blood and Sand"...bull fighters, Rita Hayworth, Tyrone Power. He's probably be easy, slim, heavy eyebrows, great matador costume, hat & cape.

Amy C said...

I love how you did his pinstripe suit - its perfect.

inkcaravan said...

Oh pooor Victor! The pain, the drama, the growling tum... I have just discovered your blog through Illustration Friday. I love love love the drama of it all, am now hopelessly addicted to your site and your sense of humour. : )
~ Alisa