“The Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells

So here he is in all his glory Griffin, The Invisible Man, from the Novel by H.G. Wells. I loved this book! I really wanted to do this painting justice. I love the character and there are a lot of references and movies based off the Invisible Man so I was more than thrilled to do what I felt this character was meant to look like. For those who don’t know the story, the hair and nose are a wig and a fake nose that he uses along with a giant scarf, gloves, and a large coat to make himself seem visible.

I’m excited because it seems that Universal in its campaign to remake its earlier horror classics is bringing back “The Invisible Man” which as with most remakes I am ecstatic and afraid for. I’m excited because they did very well the first time and here is their chance to change certain things that I feel they did back in 1933 due to the time period. And what am I talking about? Well overall I loved the movie however back when horror movies were being done, monsters had to be monsters. They weren’t human and if they were, they were somehow good or intentionally good and then led down a path of insanity. This happens with the Invisible Man; Griffin in the book is hinted at being a possible paranoid psychopath even before he becomes invisible and with a twisted view for fame and grandeur that he believes is rightfully his, while the film portrays him more sympathetically.  The movie shows Griffin as a brilliant scientist with misguided thoughts. He becomes insane and harsh due to the Invisibility. There’s nothing that hints him at being even close to as cruel as Griffin from the book.  And even his “insanity” in the movie is slightly swayed when he sees his Fiancée.

Yes the fiancée is a character made for the movie.  And I let that go because it was a thing for Hollywood, especially a horror movie for that time period, to have a love interest. HOWEVER Hollywood uses this as a staple even today. I wish Hollywood would realize that we don’t need a love story everywhere. Oh well, that’s my mini rant.

Hope you enjoy my painting. This is acrylic on canvas.

My Fabulous Pets

I’m almost finished with my “The Invisible Man” Painting. I should have a photo up by tomorrow! So I decided to talk about my pets. HERMIT CRABS are the pet for me. So how did I get these amazing loveable creatures? Well…about 2 ½ years ago I became very lonely in college and began heading to the pet store a lot. I mean I was heading over there every two weeks to check out the pets. I knew when I looked at them, that hamsters, gerbils etc. looked adorable but they just weren’t the pet for me. Now just to explain my FAVORITE animal in the whole world is the snake so honestly I’m not going to lie I wanted one but I knew if I had to bring it back home with me, there is no way my mom would let me in through the door with something like that. So I actually was siding towards the lizards mainly the bearded lizards or the Chinese water dragon. However, an epiphany finally set in late that summer when we went to the beach and in a shop they were selling hermit crabs.

I began to think “huh…that would be pretty cool.” I had my reservations though because I had had hermit crabs when I was younger and I had not really been fascinated with them but of course I was little. So I began to research. Whenever I’m going to buy something, I research heavily. I never do impulse buying when it involves a lot of money or in this case a living animal. I had to make sure that I had enough money for these little critters. The more I read, the more I wanted them. I realized these were going to be the adorable little guys that were going to make my life a heck of lot more entertaining. I eventually bought two purple pinchers and gave them names. One is named Kami and the other is named Leo.

And how do I feel after having them for 2 ½ years? I LOVE ‘EM! My mom also had her reservations when she heard I had an interest in buying them. However any worries she had, have since dissipated after watching me take care of them. She knows those, little crabs, may just be small crabs to other people but are practically my babies. I learn new things about my crabs every day and I still love ‘em.

I just finished buying three more hermit crabs that are known as “ruggies.”The reason I chose to get more is that they actually are supposed to have more because they are quite social creatures. But I wanted to see how I would fair with two. I felt confident enough finally to buy more crabs and I felt it was time due to the fact that Hermit crabs molt which is when they shed their exoskeleton and my crabs have started to go into longer molts. Long enough that I feel bad for the other crab that is not molting because they end up all alone.  I haven’t introduced my new crabs to my old crabs yet however I am excited to have these new guys and to learn about all their little quirks as I’ve learned about the others little quirks.

 

 

Nupastels have RESURFACED!

Okay so why haven’t I gotten anything done on the Invisible Man which is sitting in my room haunting me saying “FINISH ME!” but there are still complications in my house and so to start mixing paint, only for my family to tell me to drop everything and go run errands then its just too difficult.  So I can’t just leave wet paint alone or it will dry out eventually so I haven’t been able to focus on that. But I will hopefully start by the end of the week. I’m hopeful!

Anyway so something I could get started with was Nupastels. I used to use Nupastels from Prismacolor and I was pretty good. I never really created a solution or process for them, other than the ability to draw amazing figures in a short period of time with them. So I decided why not crack them out and attempt a fun figure drawing. I found a photo of a female acrobat from Cirque du Soleil and decided well why not draw Harley Quinn from Batman. I haven’t finished the drawing however its definitely started. I hadn’t drawn with nupastels earlier due to the fact that there’s just no way I can use them in the house for the mess they will create so I’d have to use them outside and if you live in Miami, you’d know unless its around our “fall/winter” months its not cool enough to be outside to do that.

Oh and in case you’re wondering, the blue around the character is due to the fact that when I draw with nupastels, I don’t use an eraser, instead I use a light blue nupastel to push back anything I don’t like on the figure. Eventually, once I finalize the figure I begin to push back the light blue nupastel to work on the background.