A new drawing

Finished a new drawing, this one is of musician Nick Cave. He’s among both myself and Christian’s favorite artists.

I don’t really have a lot to say about it. Spent a lot of hours on it, and think it turned out pretty good. Christian was really impressed though. Anyway, here it is:

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Alien: Covenant

So, I saw Alien: Covenant here the other day. It’s pretty much the most anticipated film of the year for me, and I’ve been overhyped for days, cause it was getting good reviews.

And it didn’t disappoint!

Fairly solid film for me. Strong 8/10. I’ve been quite an adamant rater on Imdb ever since I made my account there in 2007? And I always rate films with their 1-10 score. Perfect 10s are among the best films of all time, 9s are masterpieces, and an 8 is a really fantastic film, and so on and so on.

Wait, I guess this will include some spoilers, so yeah, there’s that. Anyway, I’m a big fan of Prometheus. That’s a solid 9/10 for me, so in a way this is a step down, but it still very much delivers. Prometheus is that high for me because it did exactly what I wanted it to do. Create a universe.

I didn’t want just another film where people are in space, there’s an alien, and then there’s a big munching feast. Apparently everybody else did? I don’t know, I was always in that group of fans that figured Prometheus would be looked upon as a masterpiece within sci-fi over the next several years. That didn’t happen. The main issue people have with it is the plot. They don’t get it. What? What is there not to get? It’s not that hard to follow, guys. Continue reading “Alien: Covenant”

American Gods

So American Gods is surely everywhere these days. Why, it’s even on the blog!

We began watching the Television series a few days ago, and it’s pretty good. I honestly can’t say if it does the book justice anymore, cause I read it back when I first got into reading, which was around 2007. (Yes, I was seventeen, real late bloomer)

Phoebe loves everything Gaiman, and actually, now that I think of it, she has shoes she’s painted with art from Gaiman’s Sandman series that she should post. Anyway, she’s onboard with the series as well. Really good, despite the Bilquis (had to look up this) parts being very…um, graphic.

Can’t wait for Crispin Glover to show up, cause he’s just perfectly cast. And Jeremy Davies even shows up as Jesus? Heck yeah! Love that guy. Ian McShane is also excellent as Mr. Wednesday. I originally pictured Harvey Keitel in this role, so this is a good fit.

The reason for this post, however, is because I felt the need to share something. During another trip to my local Outland store, I saw a book that caught my eye. Upon further inspection, I found it to be American Gods, a book I’ve read, and that Pheeb and I both have a version of already, yet I still bought it. Why?

Because it looks fricken’ awesome! Look at it!

I want to stress the fact that this is probably one of the coolest book covers I’ve seen. It’s so retro and striking. It looks as one of those books you’d randomly come across in your local library in the 80s.

It’s medium small, paperback format, which honestly feels like the perfect fit for it. The title is embossed, and the colors are even more vivid in person. You could argue that this picture doesn’t really do it justice, but I like to keep the format of photographing things beside my cool dragon orb lamp.

The spine and back is equally awesome, continuing with the retro theme and appearance.

Hard to tell here, but the back and spine are also grainy, I love it so much. Definitely my favorite cover, for my favorite Gaiman novel. (wait, have I read more than one Gaiman novel? Uuuuh, I don’t think so Pheebs will be so disappoint)

Did some research and found that Gaiman got this version out due to him and his editor feeling that book covers these days were so boring, and the lack of effors going into them. As such, they brought in a guy called Robert McGinnis who is an old-timer book cover designer who went on to design this one. Ace move, cause it looks awesome. Props to you, man.

He’s also done work on some other Gaiman books! Their due out soon. Those books are Anansi Boys, Stardust, and Neverwhere. They look good, but not close to this one in my opinion. Stardust is my fave of these though.

You can check them out here: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2016/09/its-ashs-first-birthday-bare-chin-is.html

Turns out he also has a cute son called Ash. Learned something new today too, thanks Neil’s blog!

Alright, I guess I’ve been gushing over this book cover for too long.

 

 

May 17th!

Mat 17th is Norway’s national day, the date of our constitution. As such, there’s celebrations aplenty. Parades, flags, ice cream, friendly foreign men who sell you very good, cheap balloons my friend.

Anyway, just a short update to honor almighty Norway, the best country in the world. For all other countries are run by little girls. (Ours is run by a large one)

I kid, but it’s pretty great though. We had fun. Here’s a pic:

Phoebe really likes this one, cause it’s a reversal of one we did last year on May 17th. Though, I suspect it might be because she looks damn gorgeous in it.

She also made a cake.

Yes, it’s a brain, what else? It turned out pretty awesome, and tasty.

Yup, so that’s it. See ya around. Fuck the Swedes for trying to rule over us. (Actually, the Swedes are alright, they didn’t last that long. The Danish though…)

Late night scribbles

I write mostly at night. Always have. Creativity…there’s a roughness to calling it up during the day. A lot of this probably has to do with me having worked the night shift at my job for six years now, leaving me to come home fully awake, yet still having that tired feeling in my bones. Somehow it leads to creativity.

It doesn’t go smooth like clockwork though. Which is a shame, but what are you gonna do? I’ll get sidetracked by things, thoughts, ideas.

I backlogged a lot of my scribbles for AA tonight. Reading through all the ideas I’ve had, and seeing whether or not they made it into the first draft of my manuscript, or seeing how much they’ve changed over time.

At one point, this was from last year I don’t know exactly when, I wrote down the line; ‘Trump’s gonna be doing an overhaul on the Penske file.’ And I had a real good laugh, because I don’t remember writing this, and why would I write it in my notes? And wow, it’s definitely me who wrote it, for I found myself agreeing so much with my former self. It’s exactly what he’d do, and he arguably has, right? There kind of seems to be a lot of wacky talk and not much else. Save for firing people, of course.

Anyway, I actually have to go work on my Penske file.

New pair of shoes

I do some artwork on shoes occasionally. I began doing that roughly 5 years ago? Wanted some cool shoes with Daryl from The Walking Dead on them, figured I’d make them myself and voila; now I work over shoes periodically.

Several I’ve made just for me, one pair of work shoes for Christian, and the remainder have been commissions from others.

Finished a pair recently for someone, and they turned out pretty alright. They wanted their dogs to pride their shoes, so it ended up being this:

These people apparently are big dog lovers (who isn’t tho?), cause I’ve received more request for dogs already just based on these. So don’t balk at contacting me for works, whether they’re doggo related or otherwise.

And another thing!

Actually, now that she’s brought up Tim Minchin, I’d like to do the same.

I knew of him, back when he first popped up, but didn’t really check him out. Became a fan due to Pheebs though. Anyhow, the reason why I wanna bring him up again is because of another thing she’s brought to my attention, even if it took me a while to realize it.

I thought the only way to better days was through tomorrow

I’ve heard this in the background in the apartment every now and then lately, and I presumed it was just some new Minchin song. Didn’t really pay any mind to it. Now, however, I’ve learned that while it is a new song of his, it’s a song he’s done for another musical he’s created: Groundhog Day The Musical!

First off, this is better than last time. He’s made a musical adaption before and that was Matilda. Not really my slice of bread. This is though. Despite the fact that either Groundhog Day or Matilda seems clear cut for musical adaptions (why would there be?) it still works, because it’s damn good. At least what I’ve seen of it. If only they’d tour.

Anyhow, the above quoted line is from the chorus, and it really resonates with me. It sounds really good. And now that I’ve learned it is based on the film, and the song is from the point of view of Bill Murray? That is just perfect. Stuck in my head. All day. Along with new Depeche Mode songs. (or song)

Here’s the song. It’s the final endpiece of the musical, and it’s very good. I’m sure the actors do the material justice, but this one’s Tim’s performance at some Awards show. Ignore the presenter who reminds me of a Norwegian Tv anchor. I think he retired. Miss that guy.

See? This is pretty golden, you have to admit.

 

Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin is pretty cool. Fun guy. Needs a haircut. (okay not really, I love his hair)

Anywho, got another oldie up my sleeve. I really like this painting, for it’s the first time I tried my hand at oil painting instead of acrylic. I think it turned out pretty alright. Since this, I have mainly stuck to oil painting. Fell in love with it, and it seems like it’s what I was always meant to use.

It’s another one from 2013, and it’s based on an image. As you can probably guess it is a painting of Tim. Hopefully he’ll model nude for me one day Christian don’t read this

 

 

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The Dark Tower

So, the Dark Tower trailer came out today. Finally, I should say.

The Dark Tower adaption has been doing this dance for a while. Ever since before I came to love it, the adaption of the books have been in development hell, gaining momentum here and there, before finally dying out. This time, it actually came to fruition. And…well.

I’m not impressed. I should start off by saying I had very little faith in this project, its writers, or its relatively unknown director. I do like Matthew McConaughey and think he’s a good fit for Flagg. Idris, on the other hand, eh, he’s okay. I’ve warmed up to him. It would be hard for anyone, really, to step into these shoes. Ever since I began reading the books, I’ve envisioned circa 1997 Pete Postlethwaite as Roland, and sadly he has passed on.

Obviously, I don’t like that they’re not following the books. And now that this trailer has dropped, after being moved further and further back, it really doesn’t look good. Everything I’ve come to love about the Dark Tower is almost absent here. It honesly feels like an action film set in NY. This is not good.

Hopefully I’m wrong? Maybe it is good, and I just can’t wrap my head around all these changes. I still think it sucks, and in my mind, I won’t get my Dark Tower adaption for quite a while. I think there’s big chances this one will fail, and I’ll have to wait even longer before somebody comes along again and tries to adapt in once more.

The gun-reloading here is also putting me off. Isn’t it silly? Is it only me?

Anyway, that’s all from me.

Long days and pleasant nights, folks.

An oldie

She’ll probably upload another work tomorrow.

Well, that was a goof.

Anyway, here’s one of my older paintings. This one is from all the way back in 2013. I do try to title all my works, and this one is called ‘Conscience’.

It deals a lot with how I’ll attain a guilty conscience, and how I feel towards everything and everyone during those moments. I both like and dislike my older works. On one hand, they look rougher, but on the other hand it shows how much I’ve improved. I’ll upload a more recent piece soon, to illustate my point.

Oh, also, he did not mention this, but that drawing of a mouse in the previous entry? I did that, sure, but really hastily. You know those times…when your boyfriend casually tells you to draw mice for reasons unknown, and you’re unsure if he’s serious or not, so you draw up a quick one anyway? This was one of those moments.

Anyway, here’s an oldie. Classic, really.

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