Saw Trilogy

Pencil and marker on paper, digital colour · 25 Feb 07
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Saw Trilogy — Art by Karthik

About this drawing

My tribute to the horror-thriller trilogy, Saw!  The first film in the series (directed by James Wan, and written by Wan and Leigh Whannell), made on a budget of $1.5 million and shot in just some 17 days, was an intense thrill ride, with a twist at the end that really packed a punch.  It was such a huge hit that a sequel was rushed into production, and obviously there was some skepticism about how good it would be.  First-time director Darren Lynn Bousman was brought on board, and his script called The Desperate was reworked to become a Saw script.  Saw II was released in October 2005, and it was a very well-done film!  I liked the sequel just as much as the first, and really appreciated the way the filmmakers attempted to tie this film to the previous one.  Needless to say, Saw II was an even bigger hit than its predecessor, and the studio went on to release Saw III one year later, with Bousman returning as director.  Another set of thrills were in store for the viewer, but what really made an impression was the way the script tied together several different plot threads from the previous two films.  As one reviewer pointed out, an unsuspecting viewer would be fooled into thinking that they planned everything all along!

Without a doubt, the Saw trilogy is one awesome set of movies, remarkable for its well thought-out plots, introducing one of the most unique movie villains, Jigsaw (who places his victims in devious traps that cause death in very messy ways), an unforgettable music score by Charlie Clouser, and one very creepy puppet!  This is what inspired me to do this drawing, depicting Jigsaw building the "Billy" puppet.

Saw Trilogy drawing, uncoloured

The drawing was done in pencil and black marker (above).  I used three reference frames from Saw III for this drawing.  The colouring was done in Photoshop.  I hadn't really thought of an approach to colouring this piece, but I think what I ended up with is something very different — and I'm quite proud of it!  The cast and credits in the final picture list the people involved in the entire trilogy.

Date added 25 Feb 07

Comments for this Drawing

26 Feb 07 · 01:44 AM
I absolutely love this picture! I don't particularly like the movies very much, but the eery atmosphere is brilliantly captured and I dare say that the black/white drawing holds so much more true horror than the movies themselves! Very cool stuff! And btw. the drawing without all the text is pure art, absolutely gorgeuous!
26 Feb 07 · 02:25 AM
Good stuff karthik!!
26 Feb 07 · 10:03 AM
Hey Karthik.......... great one man .... the colors came very well
26 Feb 07 · 12:15 PM
Simply mind blowing !! It took me a while to appreciate movies like SAW, Wrong Turn, Hostel ?. as I grew up watching Romantic and Action movies but after watching these movies I realized what a THRILLER movie is all about ? I mean what can be more frightening that being tried up in a dark isolated room with only blood and rotting human bodies around and a sick guy thinking of ways to torture you to death just for fun!! This well drawn picture brings out that element of horror really well !!
Mansi Gupta
26 Feb 07 · 01:46 PM
Awesome... the expressions have been perfectly captured... Really awesome
26 Feb 07 · 05:05 PM
Sketch Looks scary as well as awesome, great going man.
Arvind kr
27 Feb 07 · 11:21 PM
Amazing is a very small word for ur talent.. way to go..!!
4 Mar 07 · 10:45 PM
i must say u have a flair to use RED color. its really good
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