29 November 2011

Lost Video Archive Banner

It's been a good couple of months since I drew this for my lunatic-fringe film criticism blog Lost Video Archive. Every once ina while I remembered it, but then forgot to post...

I suppose it demonstrates well why I am a passable illustrator, but not a good artist. There are a lot of great things about it, namely tone and shadow, and I particularly aimed at raw line quality (non-straightness.) There are some flaws.
The best I can say is that I will not give up, were I a hack till my own death (which I would like to be preserved on VHS), I will persist!

28 November 2011

Nephila clavipes at Bonampak

When Amanda and I were at Bonampak this September, we ran across this Nephila clavipes. It was in a web on the side of one of the buildings at the top of the temple structure in the bottom photo. With it's legs spread out like that, it was bigger than my hand. It is a female, there was a much smaller spider below it on the web which I'm pretty sure was the male.

The famous murals of Bonampak are found in the building to the middle-right.

15 November 2011

07 November 2011

The Woman: Neither, Nor

Those of you familiar with my cinematic interests may be surprised  to discover that I actually watch contemporary films, but this should not be the case. Despite my affection for the magnetic formats I enjoy all film, regardless of age or era  and I attend the theater as often as the economy and my schedule permit.

I've been writing my usual about old VHS films for Paracinema magazine for quite some time now but  I've been wanting to expand my criticism to contemporary films. As such I'm happy to submit for your reading pleasure my analysis of Lucky McKee's 2011 film The Woman at the Paracinema website.

Yes it's true, this is just a mildly shameless self promotion, but at the very least it's an excuse why I don't write here as much as I might like.