I had to show my girlfriend Star Wars last night. She hadn't seen it before so naturally I had to start with episode 4. Here's an image I repainted from Darth's targeting computer during the final battle sequence of the film. Sorry, the original painting is already sold:( But if you really want it, send me a message to the address in the right column, and we can work something out.
I had to make a gif from this image. It was way too conducive to leave alone.
I just started playing Mike Tyson's Punch Out again, and upon seeing the great contender King Hippo I knew I had to make a painting of him. It was fun to figure out every contenders weaknesses again. If you don't remember in order to beat King Hippo you have to wait until he opens his mouth, then pop him in the jaw, and then go to town on his enormous stomach. Once he is knocked down, he is unable to get up again.
Total Recall is an American Science Fiction film released on June 1st, 1990, starring Arnold Schwarsenegger, directed by Paul Verhoeven. It was based on the novelette We Can Remember it For You Wholesale. by Philip K Dick. At the time of its production Total Recall had the largest authorized budget for a film produced by a Hollywood studio.
Douglas Quaid is a construction worker who has been having dreams about being on Mars with a sexy brunette. After seeing an ad from the Rekall company, he decides to get implanted memories of a vacation in Mars. But something goes wrong during the procedure, and the doctors discover his mind has already been wiped. Returning home with no memories of ever going to Rekall, his wife tries to kill him. Later, she tells him that everything he remembers, including their marriage, is false— only implanted memories. Thanks to a case he left to himself before being wiped, Quaid starts piecing together the truth about himself. Pursued by Richter, who's working for Mars administrator Cohaagen, Quaid travels to Mars to discover the truth.
In the above painting, I have chosen to paint my most memorable scene from the film. This is where Quaid has to pull this giant red tracking device through his nose with a special tool he has left for himself. After pulling it from his nose, he somehow puts it into a rat which is tracked by the Cohaagen goons. When they turn up they begin blasting away thinking that Quaid must be in the room, after deducting that it is inside the rat they blow it away and splatter blood all over his laptop type thing which is still brodcasting Quaid's face. How Quaid managed to get this huge red glowing ball into a rat is beyond me, but who cares:)
WarGames was promoted as a cautionary tale about technology and the dangers of leaving machines in control of unleashing destruction, in an echo of the Doomsday Device of Dr. Strangelove. It also prominently featured the common idea of the Cold War period (particularly the 1970s and 1980s) that somewhere there was a "button" that, when pressed, would nuke the whole world away. This button, marked "LAUNCH" and installed after the WOPR was to simplify release of nuclear weapons, had several prominent close-ups in the film.
This is my take on Magritte famous "This is not a pipe" painting. In the original Magritte painted a pipe, and then below the pipe, Magritte painted This is not a pipe (Ceci n'est pas une pipe), which seems a contradiction, but is actually true: the painting is not a pipe, it is an image of a pipe. In my painting I ve implemented the use of the code for blink tags in order to blink in and out of the idea of whether the pipe is a pipe, or a painting of a pipe. This is a pipe.
Bidding begins at 100 dollars US on Ebay. Enjoy!!:)
The Konami Code (popularised by the nintendo game Contra) was a cheat code that could be used on many Konami games. The code was inputted during the title screen. This gave your player 30 extra lives. For me, this code has extra signifigance. I got my first real girlfriend when I was 13 years old. I rode my bike to her house which was in some rich subdivision. I cuddled with her while watching The Little Mermaid, and then her mother came home. We decided to go into her basement rec room to play some nintendo. Once there we turned off the lights (much to her mothers dismay) and began playing contra together. We tried pausing the game, but apparently just the music going on without any explosions or sounds tipped off her mom to come back and make sure we weren't making out. Then I brought the mighty Konami code from the depths of my brain. After a few botched attempts I finally got it. As our avatars were being slaughtered on the first level we started kissing. It was actually a pretty good first kiss. Her mom came down while we were kissing and made me go home even though it was raining outside. I rode my bike home in the rain out of the weird cookie cutter suburban landscape. I didn't really mind the rain though, who would?
MIke Tyson's Punchout. I still remember the urban legend about this one. If you recorded yourself beating mike tyson, and sent it to Nintendo headquarters you could receive a new NES system. Too bad it wasn't true.