As with anything, practice makes perfect. And there is no shame in tracing. In fact, it's a good way to learn, because eventually you'll be able to draw him well without tracing. I still trace things sometimes, if I'm having trouble getting proportions and such right.
Thanks and indeed! It would be funny/thrilling/sexy to see them try to kill each other, huh? I've never actually seen the movie (not into action flicks) but I've seen enough commercials and even read the full movie synopsis so I know what it's about.
LOL Probably the only thing I AM missing is the chance to get ideas for a comic based on the movie. But yeah, most "adult" movies bore me (by "adult" I mean marketed toward adults, not necessarily pornographic, but like most action, drama and romance movies are for adult audiences. I prefer fantasy movies, comedies that don't rely too much on off-color humor, and a LOT of family movies, esp. Dreamworks, Pixar and Disney)
There are plenty of adult movies I enjoy, but I LOVE Disney and Pixar, especially Disney (HUGE Disney nerd right here). I do love some of the Dreamworks stuff, How to Train Your Dragon became one of my favourite films. When they're well made, family films tend to be the ones I love most (well, maybe except for Monty Python movies!).
There are always some good exceptions, like the Lord of the Rings movies, Rocky Horror Picture Show (LOVE that one! Tim Curry ROCKS! XD) Titanic, Sister Act, My Cousin Vinny, even the original Nightmare on Elm Street movie (and I normally HATE horror movies, but for some reason I really like that one).
For me, the best movies were made in the 80's. Something about movies back then was just different than now. They actually weren't as strict back then with movie content as they are now, in the sense that there's a movie that looks like a decent family film, but it's got enough adult content to earn it a PG-13 rating. So it's like these movies perfectly satisfy both the kid in me AND the adult in me. ^__^ Movies like Beetlejuice, The Goonies, Labyrinth, Ghostbusters, Howard the Duck, Short Circuit, etc.
Labyrinth (starring David Bowie) is my all-time favorite movie. I've been watching it ever since it first came out in 1986, when I was 6 years old. I have every line memorized, yet I still watch it at least once a month. ^__^
Haha love most of the movies you mentioned, although Titanic is more of a guilty pleasure for me - well, at least the first half. The second half when the ship starts sinking always feels like a completely different, way better movie to me. Lord of the Rings is amazing, and Tim Curry is my King in leather suspenders.
I love older family movies for the exact same reason (though not exclusively ones made in the 80s) - they had more freedom to respect their audiences and treat kids as smart - and I always think if you treat a kid as smart from the beginning, chances are they'll BE smart. Never liked Howard the Duck mind you, I remember being bored by it as a child, but the others are classics, especially Beetlejuice and Ghostbusters! I love films that have a darkness to them, but are also quirky and funny, a la Nightmare Before Christmas.
Labyrinth is a childhood classic, actually just rewatched it on TV about a week ago! Mr Bowie is rather fine in it <3
Oh yes, movies from the forties and fifties are great too. They didn't have special effects to wow the audience with, nor were they allowed to be particularly violent or sexual. They relied on great stories and great characters. Some of my favorite oldies are Wizard of Oz and It's a Wonderful Life. Those two are timeless classics that can never be replaced or forgotten, although sadly a lot of people today have never seen the latter. IMHO it's one of the greatest films ever.