This piece was one I drew freehand for a free indie mp3 compilation for my website, Jesusfreakhideout.com. The drawing was done on black Strathmore Artagain paper in colored pencil. I used several different references to make it all work, including a wide shot from Ghostbusters, then two different close-up moments related to the “How about a little music?” / “Heh–Yeah…” moment between the two. I love that scene!
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Here’s the final album cover, which you can download for no cost or info collection — i.e. TOTALLY FREE 🙂 — at http://www.jfhmusic.com
I hate not finishing something I start. I started this drawing in early 2016 and just really struggled with making it come together. I eventually set it aside until the summer of 2017 when I decided to work on it some more. I’m glad I did, and now the final version hangs in my work office (under an authentic Ghostbusters II poster). 🙂
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And then someone wants to pay you to draw your four favorite characters from your favorite movie. Only drawback is you have to give it up when it’s done. 🙂 This is a pencil drawing with red colored pencil accents of all four of the only Ghostbusters for me. 🙂
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Even though Hollywood has made a parody of the original “Ghostbusters” film with a reboot (which I refuse to see), the 1984 film is still my all-time favorite film. And it’s just really fun to draw these guys. I love this crazy image of Bill yelling in the Sedgewick hotel scene versus Slimer… and I wanted to try drawing it. (Thankfully, I liked the end result enough to add it to my art studio/movie room 🙂 )
I did a drawing of these two a few years ago from the first movie, just sitting on steps chatting between takes. I saw this image and loved how it was kind of a sequel to it, which was from the sequel. And I thought it’d be fun to do as my first all-color Ghostbusters portrait. And, as Sony debuted the abhorrent new trailer from the franchise’s completely unnecessary reboot for this summer, this drawing served as my passive reinforcement that there were only two Ghostbusters films ever made.
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As I continue to experiment with colored pencil, I decided to try out the original GB’s in their blue labcoats for this portrait of all three guys. It was certainly a challenge for me, but a fun one to do nonetheless.
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Just for fun one night, I decided to attempt a colored pencil drawing of one of my all-time favorite cinematic villains… the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. And while Hollywood is currently desecrating the original film for the sake of milking the franchise for more money, I still had fun drawing the white cuddly baddie on black paper. And since I misjudged placing Stay Puft on the paper in the right spot (since I draw everything freehand), I decided to work the no ghost logo into the background.
This one was totally fun to do 🙂
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To round out the series, last but certainly not least, is Winston. Not only is Winston Zeddemore an underrated Ghostbuster (who has a much more fleshed-out character in the animated series), but Ernie Hudson’s just an all-around cool guy. (He even responded graciously to my posting of this drawing on Twitter!). I decided to merge a pencil drawing of Winston visiting GB HQ for his job interview (when he looks up at the sign) with a customized version of the animated Winston from The Real Ghostbusters show (using a couple screenshots for reference). I’m relatively happy with the end result.
Like Egon before him, this one proved to be a huge struggle for me. First of all, I wanted a different-than-usual pose of Bill as Peter, and I wanted animated Peter to match the character well. I was drawn to the portraitesque post of Bill during Peter’s first encounter with Peck. I liked the smug look on his face as he absorbed Peck’s outrageous accusations. And I’d originally selected a serious action shot of animated Peter, but changed it to the smiling one from the show’s opening credits. But as I worked on Bill’s portrait, I really, really struggled with the likeness. I believe I erased his face entirely two or three times. (Or most of it at least). Because I was working from a screenshot, it wasn’t the highest clarity to pull from, and I think that was part of the problem (that and the slight tilt of his head that was throwing me off). I finally paused the 4K Blu-Ray of the film in that scene and took a snapshot with my phone to work from. That was better than the transfer I had on my iPad. All this to say — this proved to be a challenge just as much if not more so than the Egon one. I even took a break to start Winston before finishing this one.
The second in the series and first to get finished (and maybe my favorite of the 4) is Ray and Ray. I took a screenshot from Ghostbusters to get this portrait of Dan and used it as a source for the pencil drawing. Ray is fully in colored pencil.