Illustrations for Oscars 2018

I am a movie enthusiast and that has been passed on to a couple of my kids.  The Academy Awards, therefore, are a big deal event in our house.  I know that some people throw Oscars parties and they get dressed up all glam and drink elegant cocktails while nibbling on pretty canapes.  However, in our house, we get all comfy in our jammies, I make nachos, and we play Oscars Bingo while watching the ceremony.  Last year I initiated another tradition which was to draw the nominees from the four acting categories.  The results were very mixed and the likenesses were …. questionable but I had a lot of fun drawing them over the course of a few evenings so I decided I would do the same this year.

Last year, I attempted a sort of semi-blind-contour, mug shot approach.  This year I decided to draw full length figures and to draw each actor in the role for which they were nominated.  Again the results were mixed.  I think it is fair to say that I have made zero progress in the field of portraiture since this time last year but it is also the fact that I have not tried to develop or hone my skills in this regard.  I don’t think anyone is going to sue me because the way I have drawn their face makes it look as if they melted on a hot radiator.  My kids had a fun idea.  What if my illustrations were prophetic, like studying the innards of geese and sheep, and could predict who would win in each category?  What if the best (or least worst) drawing on each page was auguring the winner?

First up are the best actress nominees.  I have not seen a single one of the movies for which they are nominated – though I am eager to see them all – but on the basis of my drawings, poor Margot Robbie stands no chance.  That really is an awful drawing as it looks absolutely nothing like her to the point of being insulting.  My kids unanimously agreed that the best of the bunch is Sally Hawkins so let’s see if the prediction proves true on Sunday night.

Oscars 2018 - Best Actress Nominees

Next up are the best actor nominees.  This page was when I realised the flaw in my plan of drawing each actor in the role for which they were nominated because I had to draw latex Churchill instead of Gary Oldman.  I think Timothee Chalamet and Daniel Kaluuya are the best drawings on the page so, according to the prophecy, one of them ought to win.  I shall plump for the latter since I have actually seen ‘Get Out’.  I think that and ‘Coco’ might be the only nominated movies I have seen this year.

Oscars 2018 - Best Actor Nominees

Of the best supporting actress nominees, the only one whose nominated performance I have seen is Mary J Blige and I actually didn’t much enjoy the movie, though she was pretty good.  All of the women in this category had interesting faces that I enjoyed drawing.  I think Alison Janney is the best drawing so let’s see if she takes home the golden baldie.

Oscars 2018 - Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Lastly, the best supporting actors, looking a bit like a police station line-up since they all look a bit shifty the way I have drawn them.  The likenesses are terrible but the best illustrations are probably those of Richard Jenkins or Christopher Plummer.

Oscars 2018 - Best Supporting Actor Nominees

16 thoughts on “Illustrations for Oscars 2018

  1. I love your idea of Oscar predictions and I enjoyed looking at your portraits though as a non-movie goer or even having any interest, I have no idea who they are. But you’ve done some interesting people here and that’s enough. Enjoy and I’m glad you have elec. for the event.

    • I am glad to have your opinion of the drawings as someone who won’t get hung up on likenesses. Yes, we are glad we won’t miss the awards. Two of my kids wanted us to book into a hotel for the night so we could watch the Oscars had the power and heat not been restored.

  2. Oh, I’m so out of touch with what’s going on on the silver screen that I can’t identify most of the names, let alone recognise faces! 😆 Oscars night at your house sounds like a blast though – maybe someday the ceremony itself will adopt your jammies and nachos approach? 😀

  3. What a fun series of caricatures!!!! I love the movies too and would you believe it’d not occurred to me to draw the people featured! Lol! Good for you!! And yes – pajamas and nachos are essential!

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