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Captain Phillips and Macbeth

Sun Oct 5, 2014, 5:04 PM

My wife and I just watched the Tom Hanks movie Captain Phillips the other day (true story about Somali pirates taking over a cargo ship), and it was great (I was inspired to do the sketches above).  So intense that I felt my fists had been clenched the entire time, and my wife was literally hyperventilating at the end.  It was a story about heroes, but not told in a heroic way at all, but more like a tragedy.

One of the really cool things was all the Macbeth parallels:
  • The pirates are basically threatened into going out and kidnapping a ship (Lady Macbeth goaded her husband into killing the king, something he didn't want to do at first);
  • After that, Muse's (the main Somali captain) ambition takes over, and he is more determined than anyone else to reach and board the ship (Macbeth's ambition consumes him)
  • Once he takes over, he informs Captain Phillips, "I am the captain now." (Macbeth becomes king)
  • Captain Phillips tries to get Muse to accept $30K in cash and call it a day, but Muse insists he wants millions (that ambition thing again; Macbeth doesn't stop at being king but continues to go after all his perceived enemies)
  • As things fall apart, and Muse's small crew starts to go crazy (Lady Macbeth), Phillips urges him to give up, but he replies, "I've come too far to turn back." (which is right from Macbeth, when he says, "I am in blood Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er")

Read the classics, people!  It'll deepen your appreciation for just about everything...


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Glenn Mayer
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I am a software engineer who, after 30 years of focusing on marriage, kids, career, and other pursuits, has decided to try and resurrect the drawing skills that have languished since college. I started with digital art, but found that I spent too much time in front of the computer. So after much experimenting, I have returned to my favorite medium, traditional pen and ink.



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zestoneman Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing gallery
outsidelogic Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  And thanks for all the faves...
zestoneman Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome
OrionShipworks Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you get a chance, tell me what you think of this:…
It's a cropped and photo manipulated version of my painting. In some ways I feel it is stronger than the original oil painting. I could make another painting that looked sort of like this, but not sure if it's worth the bother. In other words, can a Photoshop experiment become the finished piece? Thanks.
outsidelogic Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK, I added a comment on the picture.  Can a manipulated picture be the finished piece?  Sure.  It all depends on what you're comfortable with.  I think you highlighted one of the good things about digital manipulation (in my mind); you can play around with composition without having to do a million versions of your piece.

Of course, if you got asked to exhibit your work, you would just have to show a print...
zorgotron Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your style. It reminds me of a lot of classic illustrations when I was younger. Very cool - I can't believe this is "only" a hobby for you!

I can't even begin to fav your stuff, they'd all end up faved. Put you on my watch list instead :)
outsidelogic Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thank you.  Yeah, I'm definitely a fan of old classic b&w illustrations.  But I hack around a bit on the computer as well.  I see you're a Daz user.  I've used that just a little, but I was pretty impressed.  Do you like it?  I did a short journal entry on it:
zorgotron Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DazStudio is very nice, and certainly a good way to throw together a reference, both for poses and for perspective. Time-wise, one has to take care, I think, not to put more time into fiddling with Daz that way than with the painting itself. At a certain point, it's more efficient just to do a full render (of course, efficient isn't always what we're after!).

Money-wise, the program is free, but boy, they do get you on the content! :) I keep meaning to learn to use Blender (so I can model my own props), but that program is as powerful as it's complex... I also want to do more straight digital painting. If I only there was more time :)
outsidelogic Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, Blender completely baffled me.  I hear their interface has gotten a bit more user-friendly, but like you said, I don't have the time to jump into it.
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