Aliens was on the TV the other day and, despite having seen it only a few weeks ago as part of a cultural education for a friend who hadn't seen it before, I couldn't stop myself from watching it again.
I think I saw it for the first time when I was about 9 or 10 and re-watched the tape more times than I care to admit. Enough to be able to recite the script verbatim. And yet I never get bored of watching it, nor can I tear myself away if I ever catch it on TV. It has a flawless screenplay and remains a wonderful sequel that manages to stay respectful to the original while adding something new. While it's ostensibly an action film in space, I could probably write a few thousand words about why it is one of the most significant and important films of its era.
But I won't. Instead, I drew this illustration of Ellen Ripley - one of my favourite cinematic heroes of all time.
I used a brush and indian ink on this rather than the usual brush pen I like to use. I thought it might encourage me to be a bit less precious with the linework and I found I really enjoyed it. Much more than I have done with brush and ink before in fact. I think all the practise I've had with brush pens has helped me to relax with an actual brush. Will try to use it more I think.