Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Invisible Man (1933)

The Invisible Man (1933)


I was watching the 1933 Universal Movie "The Invisible Man" with Claude Rains, and was inspired to do a drawing for Halloween.  In the scene, he has just come in out of a blizzard with his trademark bandages, round sunglasses, a wax nose, a fedora, and overcoat.

Visually, I've always thought "The Invisible Man" was interesting, but it is impossible not to think about the Doom Patrol's Larry Trainor/Negative Man/Rebis--particularly during Grant Morrison's run (my personal favorite).  I dunno, in the drawing above he sorta looks like Frank Miller's version of The Spirit after some sort of horrible accident in which he has to be bandaged up... :-D

On a side note, after watching several of the Universal Monster Movies lately, I don't remember them being quite so campy and filled with slapstick when I last saw them on TV as a sullen teenager.  The scene with the police and some bar patrons chasing Griffin/The Invisible Man around a table in a Keystone Cops manner while he strips down, laughing maniacally, and ends with a patron taking an accidental truncheon to the head made me laugh out loud--literally.  As a kid, I remember that scene as a lot more creepy.  Then again, compared to the horrors of raising kids and making mortgage payments, a cackling madman hellbent on ruling the world and running around naked is pretty funny.

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Here are the loose pencils on a 8-1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock.

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Here are the inks, done with an el-cheapo/generic No. 4 Round Brush and Speedball Super-Black India Ink.

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I then scanned it into Photoshop and colorized it as a monochrome with a MULTIPLY Layer.

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Done with pen-and-ink on 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock, colorized in Photoshop.

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