A couple of days ago I saw Ridley Scott’s 1985 fantasy film, Legend, for the first time. This is a film I’ve been interested in seeing ever since it first came out, and now that I’ve watched it, what did I think about it? I didn’t think it was very good, actually.😅 It had a vague, almost aimless story that I never found particularly interesting. But it did have its highlights. One of those was Mia Sara’s performance as Princess Lili, the heroine of the film. Ms Sara is very pretty (she reminded me quite a lot of Natalie Dyer, from Stranger Things), and Princess Lili’s dark version certainly had an eye-catching outfit! And that is why I was inspired to draw this fan art of Dark Lili. As always seems to happen, I merely set out to do a rough sketch, but then I started reworking things until it turned into something closer to a finished illustration. In the end, I think it came out rather well, even if the resemblance isn’t really there.
The end of another year is nearly here and so it is time for one of my personal traditions: a drawing of Evie Garland from the 80s sit-com Out of this World. Every year I try to draw a picture of Evie to commemorate the birthday of the actress who portrayed her, the lovely Maureen Flannigan, whose birthday is today, December 30. This year I didn’t have much time to plan this drawing, so I simply chose to draw Evie as she appeared in one of my favourite episodes, titled The Three Faces of Evie. In that episode, Evie uses her alien powers to make herself older and the result is what I based my illustration on. Incidentally, this is the episode in which Evie utters the line “Au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!”, which I have used as the closing line on many of my posts on moedimension in the past, although I don’t think I’ve used it that much lately.😊
Here’s another Heroine Headshot. This time, it’s Félicie Le Bras, the heroine from Ballerina (AKA Leap), a 2016 French-Canadian 3D animated film. Ballerina is a tale about a Victorian-era orphan who goes to Paris in an attempt to fulfil her dream of joining the prestigious Paris Opera as a dancer. I’ve been aware of Ballerina for quite a while, and I thought it looked like a fun film, but when I finally saw it for the first time a few days ago, I was quite impressed. It’s a beautifully animated film, and its art style and humour reminded me quite a lot of bande dessinées (i.e. Franco-Belgian comics, such as Asterix), which I’ve always been a fan of. It does have a few modern pop songs in it, which I found a bit jarring, but that is my one and only gripe. Overall, I thought it was a great film, and Félicie, who is a bundle of cheerful energy, is simply adorable.😊
Note: there seems to be a bit of confusion about Félicie’s family name, but since she is a French character, I chose to refer to her by the name she is given in the French version.
Here’s another Heroine Headshot. This time, it’s a character from Barbarella, the famous French comic by the late Jean-Claude Forest. More specifically, it’s a character from the second Barbarella comic, titled Les Colères du Mange-Minutes (The Wrath of the Minute-Eater in English). Lio is one of the supporting characters in this story, who Barbarella first describes as “a girl who fancies little paintings.” She is on a mission for her father, the ruler of a city on another planet, to bring back a material vital to her city’s survival, and she relies on paintings to keep herself from falling into a state of depression. Despite this somewhat dark aspect to her nature, I found Lio to be an incredibly sweet character. And very pretty as well! 😊
Here’s another Heroine Headshot. This time, it’s a girl called Elfie, from a somewhat obscure animated film (at least in the West) titled Legend of the Coral Reef: Elfie of the Blue Sea (サンゴ礁伝説 青い海のエルフィ in Japanese characters). This film was produced by Nippon Animation and broadcast on Fuji Television in Japan, way back in 1986. I only found out about Elfie because I saw part of a review on it on YouTube a few weeks ago. In that review, Elfie was compared to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and the two films certainly have similarities, not least of which is the fact that both Elfie and Nausicaa were voiced by the same voice actress, Sumi Shimamoto. As far as I’m aware, Elfie has never been released in English, but if you’re interested in seeing it in Japanese, someone has uploaded it to YouTube. I quite enjoyed it; it’s a fun, family-orientated adventure with an incredibly sweet, kindhearted heroine.😊