I finally saw the Nicholas Winding Refn's film, Drive, the other night and had to draw something in response.
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen the movie yet, you might not want to read the rest of this.
The driver (played by Ryan Gosling) in the aptly named Drive reminded me a lot of Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro's character) in Martin Scorseses' film, Taxi Driver. Both drivers are quiet, conflicted, and exhibit a sort of "Holden Caulfield" mentality about saving innocent children from a harsh underworld. And of course, the climaxes of each movie come with a vigilante bloodbath. The good guy turns out to be a bad guy, but is really acting for the good of others...you know, that whole thing.
For the illustration, I wanted to reflect the two characters. I started with depicting the them facing each other, but that sort of looked like a stand-off where there was about to be a battle between a guy with a gun and a guy with a hammer. Not the point I wanted to get across.
So I scratched the first draft and concentrated on the famous Taxi Driver scene where Travis talks to himself in the mirror, "You talking to me? I don't see anyone else here...so you must be talkin' to me!" I took a few liberties to make the picture work better; such as moving De Niro's distincitve mole to his left cheek. In one draft I had the word "DRIVE" written on the wall in blood, but I decided that was too literal so I added one of Palantine's (the politician from Taxi Driver) political posters with "We Are The People." I thought that motif fit both characters and evoked more thought.
Let me know what you think!
Here are some sketches and an early draft: