Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Karloff as Morgan

The Old Dark House is a creepy film. Stranded motorists in an old, cavernous house that looks like it'll fall apart soon. They are greeted at the door by Boris!! I'm surprised they stuck around.

When the client requested this particular character, I found this amazing still of Karloff. I immediately knew I wanted to do a mostly monochromatic piece. Can't explain why, sometimes it just works out this way. The lighting was great, as was the make up by the amazing Jack Pierce. Absolute perfection!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Mord the executioner

Another Boris Karloff portrait in another great role for him. Mord the executioner from the 1939 film Tower of London. A pretty decent film with Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price as well. This was a fun one to paint, and went relatively quick. Some paintings just seem to drag when I paint them, others seemingly appear before my eyes. Happily, this was one of those.