Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me #2: Vintage Kisses

Following on from my post about on-screen couples of the Golden Age of Cinema, I couldn’t resist looking around for some real life romance. These photos were all taken during between the 1910s and 1970s and are less glamorous but far more sincere!

Without reading the captions, can you tell which of these photos is the fake kiss amongst all the genuine ones?

A welcome home kiss, 1919
A wounded soldier receives an affectionate welcome home in Sydney Australia, 1919.

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Simply Malificent!

What a perfect name for a baddie eh?  It’s much better than the pixie names. I’d rather be bad and called Malificent than have a name like Thistletwit, Knotgrass or Flittle any day of the week!

It’s Angelina Jolie’s 40th birthday today, so to celebrate here’s a sketch of her looking suitable magnificent, mellifluous, murderous, malificent. Happy birthday Ange!

Angelina Jolie as Malificent


Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me…

My inspiration this week is all about romance. Today I’m wrapped up in famous on-screen pairings: whether it’s Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire or Bogie and Bergman I’m loving every minute of it! It reminds me of that scene at the end of Cinema Paradiso, where you see a montage of all the on-screen clinches which were cut from movies of the 30s and 40s – it’s fabulous (I’ve included that clip at the bottom of the post if you haven’t seen it before).

I’ve already added a couple of steamy silver-screen-inspired prints to the store and there are more to come. Viva L’amore! Check them out and let me know what you think!

Here are some of my favourite on-screen smooches of all time. Who do you think had the best on-screen chemistry?

Original studio publicity photo of Anthony Perkins and Audrey Hepburn for film Green Mansions, 1959.

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Bring on the Super Women!

Well it’s Sunday and officially the end of my superhero week, and I decided to focus on the super women today. I’ve done some silhouette prints of Catwoman and Wonder Woman and I’ll print a version of this picture as soon as I get my printer re-calibrated (reds aren’t printing at the moment which makes poor Lynda Carter look a bit jaundiced!).

I’m also planning on getting a picture done of Harley Quinn before the week is out, but who else should I include? Batgirl? Barb Wire? Barbarella? Who’s your favourite female superhero?

Right I’m off to get my star-spangled knickers on now. Just as soon as I find a phone booth…

Wonder Woman

Retro Catwoman Art Print

P.S. The catwoman print is now available on a t-shirt at www.tigerprints.co.uk!

Draw Me Wolverine

I’m the best there is at what I do… but what I do isn’t very nice. I’m the Wolverine.

Wolverine Hugh Jackman art / painting

Do people need to be broken, tortured personalities to become superheros?

Apparently so.  While there are a few notable exceptions, (Superman and Thor are both fairly well adjusted superheroes) they are both basically aliens.

Everyone human who becomes a superhero does it because they have either a grudge, a crappy life, or something to prove. A few examples: Batman (murdered parents + too much time on his hands), Spiderman (nerd who gets to make all the bullies pay), Iron Man (bright light thingy instead of a heart  who is a bit of an egocentric megalomaniac), and of course Wolverine: who was experimented on and thinks the world hates him because he’s a mutant.

The pain lets you know you’re still alive

*rolls eyes* Come on Wolvie, lighten up! Sure some people hate you, but at least half the population fancy the pants off you, so why not look for the positives? Chill out and smell the coffee and life probably wouldn’t seem so bad…

I’m coming for blood; no law, no code of conduct. You put me in the right direction, you get the hell out of my way.

Oh for a superhero with a sense of humour! Can anyone think of one? And no, the Joker doesn’t count!

Asgardians Galore

Thor / Chris Hemsworth

Well there’s a man I could look at all day.  Just sayin.

Plus you have to love a superhero who wears a cape. Not enough people wear capes these days. Thor is also a god who fights with a big hammer – you don’t get cooler than that. Thor is my favourite of all superheros ever.

Then there’s Loki.  Think he’s trying to compensate for something with those massive horns?

Loki with his massive horns

Holy Guacamole Batman!

Batman looking thoughtful

It’s officially superhero week this week*, so I’m planning a fabulous time hanging out with pictures of Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. looking moody. Batman is definitely the moodiest of all Superheroes so I’ve started with him.

*in my world

Here’s a quick Batman sketch I did on my iPad: him looking moody in front of a full moon, in the dark and in the snow perhaps?   I’ll have to work this up into a full painting and see how it turns out. I love the film noir qualities of modern Batman, but part of me longs to have the Adam West version back: when Batman embraced kitsch and still wore baggy grey tights with shiny purple pants over the top.

Not so much:

It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me

but more:

Let that be a lesson. In future, be more careful from who you accept free lemonade.

Batman looking moody

Robin: “You can’t get away from Batman that easy!”
Batman: “Easily.”
Robin: “Easily.”
Batman: “Good grammar is essential, Robin.”
Robin: “Thank you.”
Batman: “You’re welcome.”

Ah those were the days… I might have to do an Adam West version too. Purple pants and all. After all, if anyone ever needed reminding not to take themselves too seriously it’s definitely Bruce Wayne.