Tuesday, November 25, 2008

MILKy


I saw MILK last night at a free preview screening in Chelsea and I loved it. I was really impressed. I'd heard some gossip about it just being "okay" but it was thoroughly enjoyable–and moving. Sean Penn delivers such a heartfelt, solid performance...I fell in love with him over the two hours I watched him struggle against odds greater than I can ever imagine. Plus, James Franco was absolutely dreamy as his main squeeze. Go check it out, even if you don't know the history behind the true story. You will be awestruck at Penn's first major portrayal of a gay character.

A week or so before the screening, I was commissioned to do the above illustration of Sean Penn as Harvey Milk for Genre magazine. It was a real challenge because the film wasn't out yet, and I wanted to create something really recognizable for a historical gay figure that most people have never heard of AND it still needed to resemble Sean Penn. I'm hoping the angular, funky visage I drew works. I like how the deconstructed flag motifs work all around him, but I was concerned about the face. Both Penn and Milk have oddly proportioned, yet oddly attractive faces, so it was tough. I looked at as many historical photos and MILK movie stills as I could get my hands on. I just hope I did them justice.

Oh, and to someone who commented that I should post more often, I promise to try! I've been so busy either going out or marching in rallies against Prop 8, that I am just getting back to posting. But check it: ME and MY PROTEST SIGN made it onto the AfterEllen blog next to pics of Whoopi Goldberg at the march!

2 comments:

ALBERT PARDO said...

HEY JUSTIN, THANX FOR STOPPING BY, BUT I GUESS YOU DIDN'T READ THAT POST, BECAUSE THAT KIDS DRAWING IS MINE FROM 21 yrs AGO...

ALWAYS GREAT STOPPING BY HERE, POST MORE PERSONAL WORK..!

SORRY BUT THE SESAME PROJECT HAS LITTLE TO NO BG's ITS MOSTLY COLOR CARD, AND THEY HAVE SOMEONE, BUT YOU ARE ON MY "ARTISTS I RECCOMEND" LIST...

HOPE WORK IS FINDING YOU...

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE BUG DESIGNS YOU DID FOR THAT SHOW, AND HOW ABOUT SOME MORE UNCORN & ROBOT COMIX, or EVEN A CARTOON..?

this Just in said...

Hey Al, sorry about missing that important fact in your post. I went back to look at it and I see now that it was your creation. That's pretty funny! Ha! Awesome job on the new versions too.

I'll try to post more personal work and cartoons when I get a chance. Freelancing keeps me so busy I don't always get the pleasure to blog about sketches, but I'll try. Don't worry about the Sesame project. I'm getting all sorts of different work possibilities.

The bug sketches you're talking about were very well received, but the client was hellbent on 3D cg. What's new, huh? I guess it's all the rage, whether we 2D guys like it or not. Too bad they don't realize it still needs to be based in good drawing and design.