Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Donnie Darko

Spooky, funny, weird and thought-provoking. Is it a sci-fi movie? A horror flick? A coming-of-age teen drama or a religious flick? Maybe it's all of those...and maybe not knowing, is why this film's so appealing.

Donnie Darko has to be one of my all-time favourite films. It's storyline kept going over and over in my mind for days after seeing it. To me, that's a sign of a good movie.

Frank the Rabbit was particularly spooky. Here's my version of him...

PICTURED: Frank the Rabbit. ZBrush,Painter Classic and Photoshop. 2003


Blogger Rick said...

Man...that is gorgeous, Chris. I love the movie and love this piece. I'd love to see a step-by-step of this, if you have one. Anyway...nice work.

5:03 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Fantastic body of work you have posted here Chris. Always good to find a blog like yours to help me realize how much room for improvement I have! Enjoyed checkin' out your art. Keep the greatess coming!!

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Donnie darko wouyld have to be my fav film also. So much of it resounded with a younger version of me. I wish it had come out when I was younger so that the world could be better explained at that time.

I think I've seen this awsome pic before, and it is still pretty cool

your fan


8:14 AM  
Blogger G said...

Hey Chris, Donnie Darko has to be one of my favourite movies as well. I consider it a "philo-fi" (philosophical sci-fi) movie and like you I spent days thinking about it after just watching the movie. I've yet to see the director's cut though. Will have to get that dvd soon!

Oh and fantastic piece of art as usual.

- Gary

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Madd jaX said...

Definitely all of those,
and more. In my opinion it's wide appeal is how well it references everything a generation knows and loves and weaves it all together to deliver such a potent plot.
I'm talking about things from our generation like The Cure on the soundtrack, stars from our teen years like Barrymore and Swayze and most resonating of all the circular perspective on time that was introduced to us by The Terminator and 12 Monkeys.
Yep, no doubt about it Donnie Darko was written in our language and invited us into a conversation we all love.
And props to your version of Frank mate,

11:24 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks everyone for your responses.

Rick- Unfortunately I haven't a visual step-by-step for this one but I can quickly describe the process-

- Frank's head, ears, eyes, teeth and body were modelled in Zbrush. They were textured, positioned and rendered.
- Exported into Photoshop I created a background, adding a scanned texture to reduce the airbrushed and digital look and to dirty it up.
- Flattening the artwork, I added the furriness to Franks outfit, in Painter Classic using the 'Just add water' tool
- Back in Photoshop a masked gradient blur was used to create the glare from the window. Noise was then added to the whole picture to give it more of a photographic feel.

3:22 AM  

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