Sunday, March 13, 2011

Film Posters in Turkish Cinema: 80's

1980's were hard times for Turkey because of the military coup and its administration for several years. Turkey was also a mess in terms of political over-activity and so just before the 80s, but it was another and probably bigger mess after the intervention as cinema and other arts faced lots of censorship and prohibition. As a counter effect, in the later years of 80s, social cinema flourished in the country aside diminishing Yeşilçam melodramas and more and more stars took part in these kind of films.

Sen Türkülerini Söyle, 1986
Kadir İnanır was one of the most charismatic and handsome stars of the era and there is no other poster among his films and among all other Turkish Cinema posters that shows only the star's face as a close-up and nothing more. As the film simply tries to tell the concerns of adapting to the newly established society of an old activist just out of prison, with the beautiful gesture of the star, it reaches to its purpose.

Çark, 1987
It seems and it is a film about unity and unions. Everybody sits and listens to what the star of the film, the leader, has to say. Maybe only Tarık Akan could be in color but that could ruin the unity. Maybe the red gives the gloomy, muggy atmosphere but there is no harmony with upper side and fonts.

Zengin Mutfağı, 1988
A satire of the capitalist system through a chef in a wealthy house. Using one shot as a background is safe. Shot clearly shows the star and the satire. I did not get the meaning why did they write the M italic and in a different font, looks bad.

Karılar Koğuğu, 1989
It is one of the best posters I have ever seen in Turkish Cinema. Kadir İnanır wears a white jacket and a clear look in his face but he has lots of stories, joys, sufferings projected in his back. Extremely symbolic as it is a prison film. I did not like the face double up and the lines lined down but the font is real and the poster is beautiful.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Representation of Mythological Figures: Icarus

Frederic Leighton, Icarus and Daedalus, 1869
His father made him wings and glued them with wax; told him not to go near the sun as it would melt. He flied in the skies and thought nothing can do him any harm. He was young, he was curious, he was high with the feeling of fly. His decision to go up to the skies to reach the sun is not because of his greed, not because of going out of the order of the "father". He just wanted to see more. It was only for knowing what is out there. He wanted to get out of the borders of reality, he wanted  to feel the beauty of the existence. He went higher, wax melted down, he felt down.

Herbert James Draper, The Lament For Icarus 1898

Alongside his tragic story, Icarus has been one of the most romantic figures the world has ever seen. He was iconized by the best poets, painters and writers because of numerous themes from his story. His story is widely represented in Renaissance and Romantic Era.

Pieter Pauwel Rubens, The Fall of Icarus, 1636
Charles Le Brun, Daedalus and Icarus, 1642
Domenico Piola, Daedalus and Icarus, 1670

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Home of Conceptart

According to Wikipedia, concept art is a form of illustration where the main goal is to convey a visual representation of a design, idea, and/or mood for use in films, video games, animation, or comic books before it is put into the final product. Concept art is also referred to as visual development and/or concept design. This term can also be applied to retail design, set design, fashion design and architectural design. is the house of concept artists from all over the world and it has lots of galleries, a forum to share everything about it. There are also information about education of concept art, workshps and other related events.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Representation of Historical Figures: Napoleon Bonaparte

Jean-Léon Gérôme, Bonaparte Before the Sphinx, 1868
Bonaparte was an influential figure in the history of mankind in terms of his military actions, tactics and his way of ruling as an Emperor. He caused quite a trouble especially in Europe for fifteen years or so as he ruled his own French Empire with his famous Grand Army.

Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon Crossing the Alps, 1800
One of the most famous paintings of Napoleon as a Romantic hero, his image as a rising power, a propaganda masterpiece. This work represents Napoleon as a man in the same legendary level with the conquerors of antiquity such as Roman Emperor Hannibal and Carolus Magnus, whose name are carved into the stones under him.There are five versions.

The Coronation of Napoleon, Jacques Louis David, 1807
The painting is extremely big as it is ten metres wide and six metres tall depicting new Empire's grandness. The crowning and the coronation took place at Notre-Dame de Paris and among the crowd, Ottoman ambassador Halet Efendi can be seen. The way the light is used puts Napoleon perfectly to the center of attention.

Napoleon I on his Imperial Throne, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, 1806
This is the real deal in terms of depicting the continuity of ancient tradition. Portrayal of the great heroic/tyrant emperor with its all magnificence; with referances to him as the new heir of the concept of a European Empire; Roman Empire, through use of golden colour in everyting, staffs, a Roman Emperor crown made of gold.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Recent Developments in Turkish Underground Rap Album Covers- Two

These are the most recent Turkish Underground Rap album covers that includes certain amount of different kinds of illustration. It is interesting that alongside the rappers who make their covers like that from the beginning of their career, more and more influential and famous rappers started to make their covers like that.

Krys2Looper, Battle Royale, 2009
Cype, Ritüel EP, 2010
Sürveyan, Zincirleme Küfür Tamlaması, 2010
Farazi, Yerel Radyo, 2010
Philos Design, Yaşıyorum Bugünde, 2010
Osman Çağrı Yıldırım, Eskiz, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Feel The Beat

Takeshi Kitano 北野 武 is an award winner film director, a well known actor especially as the Beat Takeshi character, a comedian and a presenter in Japanese T.V., an author a screenwriter and a poet who wrote more than thirty books, and the Head Professor of Film and Media Studies Department of Tokyo University of Arts. He does almost everything in his films from editing to art directing, from writing the screenplay to directing the film and starring in it. He won more than fifty awards including a Golden Lion winning, nominations and a Golden Palm nomination. Alongside his mostly known capabilities which are more than enough even for the most capable man, he is also a painter who opened an exhibition in Paris recently called "kid of painting". Even if his father was a painter, he does not like to talk a lot about his own paintings. He does not sell them; instead gives away.

These are some of the paintings that Kitano used in his masterpiece Hana-bi (1997). In the film, they were made by a fellow ex-cop of Beat Takeshi as a part of the rehabilitation process as the cop cannot walk anymore.

Untitled, 1996
Untitled, 1996
Hana-Bi, 1996
Death, 1996

BEWARE! This is the exact scene in which paintings of Kitano are used. It can spoil everything if the film is not seen by you; it will be a pity as it is a master of masters' masterpiece.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood: Dante Gabriel Rosetti

Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Self-portrait, 1847

Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood consisted of a group of Englishmen who were both poets and painters. They formed this brotherhood in mid 19th century and its forerunners were William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. These dudes thought that after Raphael and Michalengelo the process of painting started to mechanize, they criticized that and wanted to go back to details, intense colours, and complex compositions of Quattrocento Italian and Flemish art. According to the Wikipedia, their movement was claimed as the first avant garde movement in art but I don't know about that. They even printed a journal at that time which constantly presents their ideas about their art, their views on art and so on.

Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Lady Lilith, 1868

Enough with others; Rosetti was the shining element among these. First of all, he was a solid poet that have a certain attitutude. While reading, he makes you clearly visualize and audiolize the moment and happenings in a limited amount of time with a slow motion mode. His paintings were nothing less but the thing wanted to be emphasized in his paintings that, they have the same woman over and over even if he paints different people. Let's have a look.

Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Portrait of Marie Spartali Stillman, 1869
A Photograph of real Marie Spartali Stillman, 1868.
Photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron. 
Dude come on now, she is not even close! That poor guy had painted the same woman under different names and historical characters numerous times. He just changed his hair or skin color sometimes. Some say the women is her sister and others believe it was an unrequited love. All in all, he seemed to have a crush on this woman and she seems just beautiful.

Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Jane Morris The Blue Silk Dress, 1868
Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Pia de' Tolomei, 1868-1880
Dante Gabriel Rosetti, The Roseleaf (Portrait of Jane Morris), 1870