One of my favorite movies of the 2000s is Edgar Wright’s The World’s End. The conclusion of the so-called “Cornetto-Trilogy,” the movie brings together everything Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and their acting company learned from their previous experiences; those they’ve completed together and those they’ve completed on their own. It’s hilarious, unique, moving, perfectly cast, wonderfully performed, and masterfully directed. It’s a terrific film and the best original idea I can recall seeing in a decade or more.
Because of my OCDs I tend to get movies stuck in my head and this can result in binge watching movies or TV shows on repeat. That was the case with World’s End several weeks ago. Watching it, then with the writer’s commentary, then the cast commentary, then the technical commentary, then with the trivia subtitles, then just again with all of that behind-the-scenes knowledge, the movie truly got stuck in my head. I had an idea for a drawing and just had to get it on paper. This was the scene that stayed with me, along with The Sisters of Mercy song “This Corrosion”:
I started in light 4H pencil to get the basics down:
Then worked left to right to keep the 4B and 6B graphite from smearing too badly as I went:
In the end I had to take additional pictures from my Bluray copy of the movie in order to get the costume details accurate. Each character took around 3 hours each with Gary King taking around 4-5 as he required the most work and it was most important to have his accoutrements correct.
The final version:
I decided to add the blue eyes for Gary’s “Blank” mates, which is different from the film but made a more powerful image. I added the bright red “To Err is Human” the partial Pope reference purposefully misquoted by Gary in his confrontation with the Network and appearing correctly written on a wall in the epilogue. The quote became the unofficial name of the drawing.
To make perhaps my artistic life, I posted the drawing on Twitter, not expecting too much only to find the next day Edgar Wright himself, my favorite active director, actually liked the Tweet. I did a bit of minor bragging about this one!