So, I decided to watch 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' two nights ago, and it rocked my world the same way it has every time I've watched it since I was like, five years old. (This film is 52 years old, and still COMPLETELY rocks, by the way.... just saying. If you have never seen it, it is WORTH streaming, or the DVD, or however you catch your movies ;)
My Dad used to love this movie. We had the soundtrack on 8-Track, which we played in the house on this enormous Zenith 8-Track and record player, with massive sub-woofer speakers stock-built into the frame. (I don't know how many of you might remember these staggering players, but back in the 70's before cassette tapes came around, they were the big deal for your average household.)
Good God I am old. I actually remember this stuff! Long live Zenith. Well, Rest In Peace, Zenith.
Here is a pic of what these players looked like (Not ours, but similar). Hard to believe this was how people listened to music back in the day!
So,getting back to my story: I grabbed a suitable still-frame off the movie of Clint doing one of his best squinty-eyed things that he does so well.
Below is a character study towards a developing painting idea... I am thinking of giving the same treatment for Eli Wallach as Tuco and Lee Van Cleef as Angel Eyes, and then doing a long painting with the three portraits afterwards.
So here is Clint Eastwood as 'Blonde'...
Check out the slideshow below for how I developed this, starting with the movie frame:
Let me know your thoughts!
Andrew Carson is a local Bay Area artist with a focus on Science Fiction and Fantasy artwork, as well as landscapes, animal and pet portraits!