Friday, January 26, 2007

Illustration Friday - RED

A RED col-erase pencil sketch of a character that should typically be GREEN, from a lagoon that is BLACK. My all time favorite classic horror movie character, THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON from 1954. Here are a few interesting bits of trivia about the film: The physical appearance of the Creature was modeled after a likeness of the Oscar, the figurine awarded annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Two different stuntmen were used to portray the creature and therefore two different suits were used in the movie. Ricou Browning played the creature when it was in the water and wore a lighter suit. Ben Chapman played the creature when it was out of the water with a darker suit. The Creature's appearance was based on old seventeenth-century woodcuts of two bizarre creatures called the Sea Monk and the Sea Bishop. The Creature's final head was based on that of the Sea Monk, but the original discarded head was based on that of the Sea Bishop. In this film, the eyes of the Creature were a fixed part of the rubber construction of the suit. The actors who played the part of the "Gill Man" could barely see, if at all. In the second film, the eyes have been, somewhat ludicrously, replaced with large, bulbous fish-eyes to assist in the actor's vision.

4 comments:

mike said...

That's a lot of knowledge about the creature. Is that off the top of your head? He's one of my favorites too.
I'm surprised I've never done a realistic illustration of him.
Looks like you put a bit of time in on yours. Was the original red or did you alter that digitally? Looks good...

Patrick said...

Mike, some of the trivia I was aware of, but I gathered some bits from the internet. This was actually drawn as is with a red col-erase pencil, no alterations in photoshop on this one.

Detlef said...

Good to see that you've got the trifecta of colours referenced: red (drawing), green (original creature) and black (lagoon).

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