Thursday, November 09, 2006

Tribute


I got the news that film composer Basil Poledouris died this week. Being a fan of motion picture soundtracks, he was one of my favorite composers. No matter how critics feel about the 1982 film "Conan the Barbarian", it is widely believed that his score for that film is one of the greatest of the last 20 years of motion pictures. It is one of my all-time favorites.
I did this drawing today as a tribute to Mr. Poledouris.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi james,

how about this one? would you mind giving a run-down of your drawing process? from concept, to drawing, to making it a digital file? don't get to converse with many "talents" such as yourself.
thanks!

tyler j.
tylerj@tylerj.net

James Groman said...

Tyler,
Glad to hear back from you!
This one is pretty simple, down and dirty. I challenged myself to do a drawing, embellish it a bit in photoshop, and post it as quickly as I could. I got totally inspired at around 7:00 AM before work began and just dove into a quick underdrawing with prismacolor pencil on a sheet of Beinfang Graphics 360 marker paper. I finished in about an hour and a half, working at lunch, and by the end of the day I scanned it into photoshop. There, working in layers, I dropped in a sepiatone paper background and changed the pencil line color to a brownish hue. I added some white highlights to the figures and a dim rusty orange to the background, then adjusted the transparency of these 2 added colored layers until I liked what I had. I then hacked away at the border with a specialized brush tool, hit the gausian blur filter, and posted it that evening. Like I said quick, down and dirty. I am trying to get back in touch with the art of the quick sketch.
J.G.

Antimatty said...

you know, you are totaly right about the conan score being awesome. and now that i'm thinking about it , i gotta see that movie again. y'know it was pretty much totaly inspired by the artwork of frank frazetta? infact, some of frazzeta's painting were pretty much "duplicated" as scenes in the movie. things like poses and movements were heavily inspired by his paintings. and while being kind of a stupid fantasy flick, its still fun to watch a big musular guy swinging away at people with a sword. the only thing that the movie was missing was zombies.

Antimatty said...

by the way, i scrolled down the page and was lookign at your work, wich is really great, and for a while you totaly had me with that clint eastwood thing, i admit that i actualy believed the story at first. but it is a cool idea! i like how he's an astronaut who crashed onto a planet of freaks. now if there were only zombies....

IrisOn said...

Nice

James Groman said...

Just a little note to fans of the War of the Collossal Freaks of Frankenstein's Planet...
Me and a couple collegues are cookin' up some more artwork for a special little project using this concept.
Stay Tuned!!

Anonymous said...

Another glori-ass!! Mmm,Mmm good!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Yeah!! Man I know how you like it!! Smack dat all on the floor! You a J Lo kinda man!! I can dig it!

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