Wow this week is flying by!!! I might have to add more entries on these two as time goes on because I don’t think a week will do them any justice. So lets Start the Day with Mr. Ron Cobb and his good friend Conan!!! I am Racing the clock at work this morning so short text and a lot of pics!!! Conan came out the Summer of 1982 (the greatest Summer of movie releases ever) It was actually the first of the big films to open the season and I had been waiting for this one for many years. The film starts out with a young Conan being taught the Riddle of Steel by his father followed by a gorgeous opening title sequence of the creation of Conan’s Fathers’s Sword with an incredible score by Basil Poledouris, (this Soundtrack is a must have in it’s complete 2 disc form). The film takes you through the journey of Conan’s young life as he witnesses his family and village destroyed by the evil Thulsa Doom, sent to be a slave Conan is strapped to the wheel of pain which is a giant grain press that Conan pushes in a circle for probably 10 years,, Ron designed the ultimate all in one exersise machine with this one!! anyways Conan is sold and trained to be a fighting champion for his owner, retiring undefeated his wealthy master set’s Conan free and his quest for revenge against Doom completes his adventure in what was to be a multi sequel film. As far as I am concerned Conan 2 doesn’t exist!!! It was a horrible film,, except it costarred the lovely Olivia D’abo, so scratching #2 the series ended with this one adventure! It was a beautifully designed film but my fancy for the look passed with all the big beautiful sci-fi movies that followed in the upcoming week’s. It wasn’t until I got a copy of Ron’s book “Colorvision” that I was made aware of Ron’s involvement with Conan!!! A whole new interest came and I went out and bought the VHS and as a guilty pleasure I have to update my collection every-time a new release comes out,,(Laserdisc, Regular DVD, DVD with Extra’s, DVD anniversary Collection, ETC) The film gets more broad in design the more I see it. Ron created not only the sets and environments for the film but he created the culture and the history. The look is rich with layers of storytelling in the illustrations, For those that did not know of Ron’s work on Conan, your in for a real treat. ENJOY
All pictures courtesy of Ron Cobb, and his book Colorvision
After looking at these pictures again I see how Ron still has an influence thru Osmosis in what and how I envision things thru an illustrated eye,,, Just dug these drawings up so you can see the Cobb inspiration. thank’s Ron You have been one heck of a teacher.
here is Ron’s page,, it’s under construction but boy will it be a goodie when it’s up and running!!!