One of the books iā€™m studying these days is a fantastic collection of book covers from the Weimar Republic featuring artwork created around the first 30 years of the 20th century. That era was followed by film noir which was inspired by some German Expressionism. This image is a sort off spin-off from that information and created spontaneously using abstract block shapes at first with no real direction. The use of black and white with various grey tones eventually blends together to become as if a still from a mysterious movie scene. A man in a window blocked from seeing another man dangerously making his way to another building using a plank to lead him to an open window. There is light in one room but no one at the window to spot this occurrence.

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Film Noir Inspired


Something strange has occurred lately and I am enjoying it very much. I like to sketch on my iPadPro and for some magical reason I fond myself sketching mysterious film noir inspired scenes. Having been a fan of the look of film noir I wound up trying to create moody night scenes with an element of bizarre or mysterious placement of people. The challenge to create mood lighting within Adobe Draw and a stylus which cannot be as fine as a sharpened pencil is tricky. So I found myself creating this image of two people on a starry night busy in their own worlds. The one thing I do on purpose is to illustrate an oddity to have the viewer question what is going on in the image. Here see one person focused on something indoors while someone is on the roof. If the person indoors was to look out the window he would see the shadow of the person on the roof. And who is this person on the roof? Criminal? Friend? Family member? Is there another person on the other side of this house where the ladder is?