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Imperator Furiosa and Mad Max: Fury Road

Imperator Furiosa portrait illustration by Christopher King - Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road is an amazing juggernaut of a movie that introduces one of modern cinema's standout female characters, Imperator Furiosa. It's loud (very, very loud), unashamedly simple in its concept and I absolutely loved it. A two-hour fair ground ride full of over the top stunts with a refreshing absence of CGI, it's delivered one of the most exciting films in decades. Interestingly though, Tom Hardy's Mad Max is somewhat sidelined by Charlize Theron's character Imperator Furiosa; a tough tomboy with a metal arm who takes the driver's seat for most of the picture. I have to admit, that it took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting to like it quite so much, but the purity of it's action scenes and set pieces that exhibit Cleopatra levels of crazy...

Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein by Christopher King
My own take on the original scream queen, Elsa Lanchester as The Bride of Frankenstein. When it comes to memorable characters in horror films, few are as heavily referenced and as recognisable as The Bride of Frankenstein. Like the original Frankenstein's monster, Elsa Lanchester's tortured profile in James Wale's classic Universal horror combines hollywood starlet looks, lightning streaked hair and macabre medical bandages to create one of the strongest images in cinema; and an example of perfection in character (or should that be creature?) design. I offer you my take on this goddess of horror in the form of a black and white portrait illustration. Created digitally in Adobe Photoshop, it shows a loose style that focuses the detail on her face, with thick, highly textured brush...
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