This illustration was inspired by one of my favorite songs and THE most awesome music video ever that goes along with it; Lullaby by The Cure
Here’s an illustration that I’ve been wanting to do ever since I watched the first episode of Stranger Things on Netflix. I loved everything about this series. It’s spookyness, the endearing and quirky Dustin to total badass but cute as a button Eleven. The awesome 80s vibe and it’s geeky references. Everything is done right, making it one of the most binge-watch worthy shows appealing to middle-graders and adults looking to feed their inner-child alike.
For the illustration I wanted to cram as much references to the show as I could in there. Eleven as the main character, the boys in awe of her supernatural powers, Will trapped in the Upside Down and a hint at the luring danger that’s upon him.
I wanted to present it as an old leather bound adventure book cover with elaborate ornamental designs referring to the show as well.
I wanted to capture the kids’s likeness, but I didn’t want it to be an exact copy of the actors. I tackled this by using reference (by looking at screenshots) for the initial drawing only, then putting any reference aside for the painting process (apart from the clothing).
I believe I succeeded in what I intended to picture with this. I hope you like it as well.
If you happen to love this illustration, I made it available as art print among some other products. If you’re interested, take a look: www.redbubble.com/people/rudyfaber
“Set in the fictional small town of Two Mile Creek, this paranormal sleuthing series follows a middle grade foursome who uncover the histories and mysteries of haunted antiques sold from the girls’ family’s antique shop.”
I’m very exited to show the covers that I did for the mystery book series Hauntiques by Thomas Kingsley Troupe, published by Capstone Publishing. Apart from the covers, I illustrated the interiors as well.
“Those voices are calling from far away, wake you up in the middle of the night just to hear them say: You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave”
An illustration that I made this week. I felt the above passages from ‘Hotel California’ arranged in this order to be fitting.
Oh how song lyrics can be such a wonderful inspiration!
The second illustration centered around the almost mythical (but likely very real) Tomoe Gozen, a legendary 12th century Onna-bugeisha (for us westerners best described as a female samurai) who fought in the Genpei wars between the Taira and Minamoto clans for control of Japan. The famous, almost contemporary epic account on this war The Tale of the Heike describes Tomoe Gozen:
“Tomoe was especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swordswoman she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot. She handled unbroken horses with superb skill; she rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever a battle was imminent, Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor, an oversized sword, and a mighty bow; and she performed more deeds of valor than any of his other warriors. ” (source: http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Tomoe_Gozen)
I have always had a likeness for strong warrior-like female characters in stories, a subject I have often depicted in my personal work, so naturally I took interest in the story of Tomoe Gozen when I stumbled on it a few years ago. This interest went as far as letting Jan-Willem tattoo Tomoe on my lower arm as the main subject in a Japanese full-sleeve tattoo (check out Jan-Willem’s work. His skilled hands developed a unique and personal style that particularly shows in his character work. This all based on his knowledge and respect for traditional Japanese tattooing and the legends they depict)
My tattoo shows Tomoe on horseback and is loosely based on an event in which she cut of the head of the samurai Onda no Hachirô Moroshige (a Ukiyo-e print by Katsukawa Shunzan depicts this very scene).
That’s right; I have a decapitated head, a Namakubi, tattooed on my arm 🙂
This illustration is the second in a series that I plan to do (See below illustration that gave birth to the idea) It will revolve around a young woman who possesses the spiritual power of Tomoe Gozen and will feature mythical beasts and other supernatural entities that I find very fascinating in Japanese storytelling.
I’m not a skilled writer by any means, so I just want to show this through imagery. Perhaps it will result in a graphic novel with the emphasis on ‘graphic’, in which I’ll try to convey a story with as little words as possible.
It’s all a very vague idea and I’m not sure that I will actually stick with it, but for now I’m having tons of fun jotting ideas down and doodle away on my tablet.
This illustration was entirely done in a comfortable reclined position on my couch using my new Wacom Cintiq Companion 2. Yes, I do believe this device is awesome for my back and will be a massive productivity booster 🙂
The illustration itself; something that just came to exist without much planning. I love when that happens.