Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mini Thor Evolution

I'm really looking forward to Thor: Ragnarok,  so I made a little mini Thor Evolution.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ariel

My contribution to #MerMay. Of course, I had to draw my favorite mermaid of them all. :)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #1

#1: Han Solo. No, wait! Luke Skywalker. No, wait! Darth Vader. No, Yoda! Leia! Chewie! Boba Fett! ARGH, I can't decide! Ok, for number one, I'm cheating a bit, and choosing every Star Wars character from Ep. 4-6.

These characters ARE my childhood, and I can't express to you enough how absolutely beloved they all are to me. I have spent my lifetime watching the Star Wars movies over and over, collecting all the characters as action figures, studying dozens of books filled with information on how these characters were conceived, learning information about the performances, watching countless hours of interviews with the actors, and even traveling to fan conventions all over the world to greet the actors and get a personal perspective. My greatest dream is to do some official illustrations for Star Wars in some capacity.

I hope you enjoyed this list of favorite movie characters, and hopefully it brought back some good memories of your own favorite movie characters. If you'd like, let me know some of your favorites in the comments-I'd love to see how your list compares with mine! :)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #2

#2: Superman (Christopher Reeve)

Christopher Reeves' Superman was my first childhood hero. There was something so wholesome, so endearing, so human about him, that just made you want to be his friend. In these cynical times it's become popular to mock his earnest wholesomeness, but to a kid like me growing up, he was the perfect hero. Superman is more than just his power levels, he's an ideal we should all aspire to be. To help others, to fight for justice, and inspire the good in humanity.

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #3

#3 Marty McFly

Michael J Fox absolutely kills it as Marty in Back to the Future. So many classic moments, what's not to love?

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #4


#4 Peter Venkman
TRUE confessions: when I first saw Ghostbusters as a tot, a lot of the jokes sailed over my head. I didn't even realize it was meant to be a comedy. I thought it was a straight up horror movie. When I got a little older I realized just how hysterical it was. Oh, and Bill Murray is brilliant in it.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #5

#5: Indiana Jones

We've now entered the TOP 5! I hope you guys have been enjoying this countdown so far!
For me, Indiana Jones represents the ultimate fantasy character. (Sorry James Bond). He runs around the world having crazy adventures, falling in love with beautiful women, and punching Nazis. (Let's just pretend that the 4th movie never happened...haha)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #6

#6: Ellen Ripley

"Get away from her you bitch!" Coming in at #6 is Sigourney Weaver's signature role, Ripley from the Alien franchise. Ripley is tough as they come, but she's also incredibly smart, resourceful, mothering, and most importantly of all, she loves cats.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #7

#7: ET

ET was probably the first movie I distinctly remember seeing in the theater, and it left a huge impression on me. I remember sobbing in my seat at the end, and even when I watch it today, it totally triggers tears every time. Incredibly well designed to be at first scary and then sympathetic, I just can't help but love that squishy little potato alien.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #8

#8: Marge Gunderson

I never get tired of watching Fargo. It's an absolute masterpiece, don'tcha know. My favorite movie by the Coen Brothers, Fargo is a pitch perfect black comedy. Frances McDormand gives a Oscar winning performance as Marge, perfectly balancing humor and pathos.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #9

#9: Carrie White

All through high school, I, like many kids, felt unpopular and unappreciated. I escaped into comic books and movies to deal with my feelings, but I always secretly loved the idea of taking revenge on my high school tormentors. However, I'm not a violent person, and I worked through my issues in a healthy way. Watching it again recently, Carrie really strikes a nerve with me. I can completely sympathize with her, and Sissy Spacek's performance is incredibly powerful.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #10

#10: Fred C Dobbs

Some of you may be thinking, who's this? It's Humphrey Bogart's character from one of my favorite classic movies, Treasure of the Sierra Madre. An absolutely gripping tale about how gold warps a man's soul, Bogart gives an unforgettable performance as he lets his greed run away with him and eventually leads him to murder. His face muddy, his hair disheveled, Bogart leaves his movie star vanity at the door and delivers one of the greatest characters in film history.

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #11

#11: Jules Winnfield
Prior to Pulp Fiction I had seen Samuel L. Jackson pop up as a character actor in some of my favorite films (Goodfellas, Coming to America, etc), but it wasn't until his fiery turn as hit man Jules in Pulp Fiction that he blew my mind and became one of my all time favorite actors. No one delivers Tarantino's dialogue better, and his character's arc of redemption is an incredible thing to behold.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #12

#12: The Joker

"Some men just want to watch the world burn." A lot of actors have portrayed the Joker over the years, but for my money, Heath Ledger's interpretation is the best. A reinvention of the character from the ground up, Ledger brings an unhinged chaotic edge to his performance. As he licks his lips with homicidal glee, he's less of a goofy clown, and more of a psychotic gangster. His "interrogation" scene with Batman is a highlight.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #13

#13: The Bride

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first sat down to watch Kill Bill, but Quentin Tarantino's action epic hit me harder than a five point palm exploding heart technique. A delirious mix of kung fu, anime, and spaghetti westerns, the stand out character certainly was Uma Thurman as "The Bride". An absolute badass fighter, yet possessing tons of heart, Thurman makes her a complex, layered character.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #14

#14: Seymour Krelborn

When I was a kid, I really wanted to be an actor. I did a lot of musical theater, and it was mainly inspired by my obsession with Little Shop of Horrors. I often would sing the songs to myself, dreaming of one day playing Seymour on Broadway. Life had other plans in store for me, but Seymour remains a beloved character. (And I still know all the songs by heart!)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #15



#15: Ferris Bueller (aka Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago)

The lead of one of my favorite 80's comedies, Ferris Bueller is the perfect high school role model. Sadly, I was more of a Cameron in high school than a Ferris, but I've always idolized Ferris' ability to get away with anything. Totally charming, popular without putting other kids down, and possessing the ability to get everyone in the city of Chicago to start spontaneously dancing, Ferris is the kind of guy everyone wants as a best friend. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #16

#16: Furiosa

The most recent character to make my list, I fell in love with Imperator Furiosa immediately. Charlize Theron has always been a great actress, but there was something really unique about this particular character. One of the most bad-ass women in film history, she stole the entire movie away from the male lead. While I can take or leave Tom Hardy as Mad Max, I would absolutely love to see more adventures with Furiosa.

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #17

#17: Rocky Balboa

"Yo, Adrian!" Man, I love this movie. If all you remember of the Rocky movies are the super cheesy, hyper-patriotic ones, give the first Rocky another look. It's a beautifully heartfelt drama and Sylvester Stallone has never been better.



Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #18

18: Mary Poppins

Julie Andrews gives the performance of her career with Mary Poppins. (She is so great, you can almost overlook Dick Van Dyke's horrible accent, but I digress. Mary is charming, loving, and funny, the practically perfect nanny.


Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #19

#19: Travis Bickle

Robert DeNiro's most indelible character, Travis Bickle, from Taxi Driver, is endlessly fascinating. Self described as "God's Lonely Man", anyone who finds themselves disenfranchised with society can find something to relate to in Bickle's persona. The ambiguous ending only heightens the mystery of his madness.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters: #20

#20: The Little Tramp

Appearing as the Tramp or, as Chaplin used to call him, "the little fellow", in movie masterpieces such as Modern Times, City Lights, The Gold Rush, and the Great Dictator, Chaplin imbued his character with boundless humor and pathos. His films are still immensely entertaining and relevant nearly 100 years after they were made.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #21

#21: Hannibal Lector

When I watched the first half of Silence of the Lambs on VHS, it was about 4 months before I saw the end. It was so disturbing to me, I really didn't want to see the finale. Hannibal was a big reason for that. While Buffalo Bill is a more 'realistic' killer, Hannibal is a masterful creation. Depraved, cunning, and ferocious, but also refined, polite, and intelligent. (Plus he was a pretty amazing artist. I couldn't draw the Duomo from memory nearly as well, haha.)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #22

#22: Beetlejuice

When I first saw Beetlejuice I was amazed at Tim Burton's boundless creativity in crafting an entire world full of scary yet humorous creatures. However, none are as indelible as Michael Keaton's tour de force performance as "Bio- Exorcist" Beetlejuice. Funny, annoying, and disgusting all at the same time, Beetlejuice is one of film's most memorable characters ever.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #23

#23: Belle

When I first saw Beauty and the Beast as a kid, Belle was a revelation. Disney princesses had up until then had been passive characters, not having much personality or agency. Ariel was the first to break the mold in the new generation of Disney women, but Belle really drove the point home. She was smart, kind, empowered, and romantic.  (Full disclosure: as a young teen, I also may have had a slight crush on her too.)<3 p="">

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #24

#24: Lloyd Christmas

Jim Carrey is absolutely hysterical as Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in a movie theater. I really don't know what else to say, he's just hilarious.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #25

#25: William Wallace

I fully recognize that a lot of people now think Mel Gibson is an unbelievable jerk, but when I saw Braveheart back in 1995, I was blown away. Gibson's largely mythological portrayal of Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace totally captured my imagination. I'd never seen such an incredible portrayal of medieval combat on screen before. Plus, he gives arguably the most rousing pre-battle speech in cinema history.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #26

#26: Blondie

Appearing in 3 Sergio Leone westerns, Clint Eastwood made a name for himself appearing as "The Man with No Name". He's called Blondie in the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, so that's what I'm calling him here. Possessing a super relaxed attitude, Blondie is tough, lethal, honorable, and funny, and it's no wonder the character made Eastwood a huge star.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #27

#27: Sgt. Hartman from Full Metal Jacket

Stanley Kubrick is one of my favorite directors, and Sgt Hartman is one of most entertaining characters from all of his movies. R Lee Ermey gives such a memorable performance, he essentially defined the way drill sergeants would be depicted in films from that point on. Doing a riff on this character in films like Toy Story, the Frighteners, and many more, Ermey leaves a permanent impression.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #28

#28: Leeloo

Coming in at #28 is Leeloo, from the Fifth Element. This is a total guilty pleasure movie, and Leeloo is by far the best thing about it. While not exactly a 'deep' character, she's absolutely adorable, possesses amazing power, kicks butt, and projects an insane amount of emotional vulnerability, all while being a completely unique sci-fi creation.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #29

#29: Anton Chigurh

One of the greatest screen villains of all time, Anton Chigurh from No Country For Old Men is absolutely mesmerizing. Chilling in his ruthless, murderous efficiency, Javier Bardem won a well deserved Oscar for his performance.

Top 30 Favorite Movie Characters #30

Wow, it's been a while. Sorry, I've been neglecting my blog in favor of posting on Facebook and Instagram (jeffvictorart). But here I am, back with a new series illustrating my top 30 movie characters of all time. Here we go!

#30: The Iron Giant

I first saw this movie in the theater as the second part of a double bill with Wild Wild West. Suffering through that Will Smith debacle was worth it however, because the Iron Giant turned out to be an animated masterpiece. I knew Brad Bird from his work on Family Dog, but I wasn't prepared for how moved I would be by the end of his debut feature. The animation was irresistible, and the Giant was utterly charming. I became an instant fan of his warmness and sensitivity, and that's why he ranks high on my list of best movie characters. 

Who's your favorite film robot? Let me know in the comments and tune in tomorrow for number 29 in the countdown!