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G   /   September 02, 2014   /   15 Comments

Eva sent us this very sweet surprise message and we’d like to share it to all you fellow Eva Green fans! We could honestly say that we are deeply honored to run this fansite for such a talented, genuine, inspiring, kind-hearted and down to earth woman. We would also like to send our deepest appreciation to her equally amazing twin sister Joy who sincerely accommodated this on Eva’s behalf  for us! Thank you very much Eva and Joy! You both rock!

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G   /   August 20, 2014   /   1 Comment

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It was amazing meeting Eva Green! I saw her coming through the side door and while she was going to her seat I asked her, ‘Eva, can I please take a picture, I’m a huge fan?‘ Her publicist said, ‘I’m sorry, we can’t right now.‘ but then Eva moved her to the side and said, ‘It’s okay,‘ and she put her arm around me and took the picture. My heart was pounding cause how happy I was. When she was leaving I said, ‘I love you on Penny Dreadful, you’re amazing in it‘ She said ‘Thank you‘ and walked away. It was just perfection, she is a sweetheart.

Source: Stephiiee Lopez and EvaGreenWeb‘s Twitter Accounts

G   /   August 03, 2014   /   0 Comments

Ransom Riggs is the author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Source: Ransom Riggs’  Twitter

 

G   /   August 03, 2014   /   0 Comments

Penny Dreadful has four main characters based on three Gothic literature: Frankenstein, Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray. At San Diego Comic Con 2014, Showtime released three hardcover Special Editions of these books. The books contain original illustrations that were commissioned and oversaw by Penny Dreadful Creator John Logan. Here, we talk to Frankenstein illustrator Louie De Martinis about his craft, working on the book with John Logan and who is his favorite character on the show.

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 First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a freelance illustrator and comic book artist living in Montreal, Canada. I’ve also worked in the animation industry on background design, storyboards and development art.

 

How did you get started in art and illustration?

As a kid I always loved to draw, and I especially loved reading comic books and watching Saturday morning cartoons. I knew early on that I wanted to pursue a career in art. I began working as a layout artist on the animated feature “Heavy Metal”. I started attending comic book conventions with portfolio in hand and eventually got my first gig as a comic artist and illustrator. I never looked back as they say.

 

Who are some of your favorite artists and/or illustrators and why? Who or what are some of your influences right now?

I really love art, all forms of art. I can go on forever about this but I’ll try to keep it short…IF I can!

Here’s a quick list of artists that inspired me and are still inspiring to this day. Frank Frazetta, Gene Colan, Alex Toth, Neal Adams, Bill Sienkiewicz, Sergio Toppi, Alberto Breccia, Jorge Zaffino, Jean Giraud (aka Moebius) … I could go on and on…..

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G   /   August 01, 2014   /   0 Comments

Penny Dreadful has four main characters based on three Gothic literature: Frankenstein, Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray. At San Diego Comic Con 2014, Showtime released three hardcover Special Editions of these books. The books contain original illustrations that were commissioned and oversaw by Penny Dreadful Creator John Logan. Here, we talk to Dracula illustrator Martin Stiff about his craft, working on the book with John Logan and who is his favorite character on the show.

 Martin Stiff-Dracula

First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a writer, designer and illustrator living in London. In my day job, I’m co-director of Amazing15, a design studio specialising in books, magazines, branding and merchandise. We’ve worked on a wide range of diverse projects including Sherlock, Doctor Who and Breaking Bad, and some of our book covers have won awards. On top of all this, for the past few years I’ve been writing and drawing a big award-nominated graphic novel called The Absence which finally saw publication this March from Titan Comics. I’m also married with a couple of kids. Life is busy.

 

How did you get started in art and illustration?

I don’t think I was ever not in art or illustration. Since I’ve been able to hold a pencil I’ve always enjoyed drawing and even from a young age it was always my intention to somehow make a living out of it. I’m lucky enough to have managed to make that happen. I studied illustration at university, spent a few years working in theatre set design and then kind of ended up as a graphic designer which is where I’ve been for the last decade or so. I’m a massive nerd so to be able to work on books and comics and get paid for it is like some kind of crazy dream come true.

 

Who are some of your favorite artists and/or illustrators and why? Who or what are some of your influences right now?

I like a wide variety of artists, but I guess primarily my main influences come from comics. Artists like Dave McKean (Arkham Asylum, Cages) had a huge effect on me when I was a teenager and really beginning to ‘learn’ about art. His use of collage and mixed media to tell the story was massively influential. I’ve always been a big fan of the anthology science fiction comic 2000AD, and the range of artists working on it was hugely inspiring. I tend towards artists that have a lot of energy and movement in their work so love people like Jock and Sean Phillips, Duncan Fegredo and Alex Maleev.

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G   /   July 31, 2014   /   0 Comments

Penny Dreadful has four main characters based on three Gothic literature: Frankenstein, Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Gray. At San Diego Comic Con 2014, Showtime released three hardcover Special Editions of these books. The books contain original illustrations that were commissioned and oversaw by Penny Dreadful Creator John Logan. Here, we talk to The Picture of Dorian Gray illustrator Ian Bass about his craft, working on the book with John Logan and who is his favorite character on the show.

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First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live and work in London which is the best city in the world. I speak French. I am a total geek, I love comics, cartoons and computer games. I was a geek a very, very long time before it was fashionable…I’m also part of a comedy group called Scales of the Unexpected (we won a TV talent show and everything).

 

How did you get started in art and illustration?

I have always loved drawing and have done it as a hobby forever. Professionally it was because a friend of mine needed a concept sketch done of how he wanted his book cover to look. It turned out that his editor really liked it and I got the gig to do the cover and some interior illustrations. That cover went on to win an industry award which was a fantastic start and really encouraged me to pursue illustration as a career.

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G   /   July 26, 2014   /   1 Comment

Vanessa Ives’ tarot cards has been an important character and storyline tool on Penny Dreadful. Here, we talk to its designer Anaïs Chareyre, about her craft, how the tarot cards came about, working with John Logan and meeting her fellow Frenchwoman Eva Green.

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How did you get started in art and illustration?

I started as a child, my grandmother Francine used to teach me drawing and painting, she is an amazing oil painter herself. For a long time I only drew animals actually, which revealed to be quite useful for Penny Dreadful Tarot cards! I always had this in my life, I was a shy little girl and I preferred to draw rather than play with other kids.

 

Who are some of your favorite artists and/or illustrators and why? Who or what are some of your influences right now?

Tough question, my favorite traditional painter would be Caravaggio, and his today-incarnation that we call Roberto Ferri. Their paintings never fail to amaze me! I have a huge list of artists that I follow constantly, it’s quite hard to pick just a few: Zbigniew M. Bielak, Vania Zouravliov, Noah Bradley, Cyril Rolando… As an absolute Photoshop nerd I am also a big fan of Dan Luvisi.

 

What are three words that describe your work?

I’d say “personal” as I always translate my personal emotions to whatever I create, “unpredictable”, as I never know what my final artwork will look like, I have a first idea, then it can evolve to something completely different, the emotion always staying the same, and “adventurous”, for I always want to explore new techniques, new ways, new softwares, new styles…

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G   /   July 07, 2014   /   5 Comments

Ahead of the UK’s Season 1 Tuesday finale of Penny Dreadful, EvaGreenWeb got a chance to exclusively interview its resident vampire.  Armed with 15 questions and copies of Vanessa’s prayers in Latin, we ventured to the Demimonde to talk to Oxford School of Drama, Biochemist turned actor Robert Nairne. Find out below what the Cheltenham-raised actor thinks about the show, transmogrification, Ireland and what it’s like to work with Eva Green.

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EvaGreenWeb: How did this all come about for you?

Robert Nairne: Well, I had been acting professionally in London for around two years, largely in fringe theatre productions and voiceovers/audiobooks. A breakdown then came in on Spotlight (the casting hub in the UK) looking for a very tall slender actor with some stunts experience…already my interest was piqued, but then when I researched the incredible production team and the pitch for the show I was gobsmacked by the opportunity, and did all I could to be seen…. Luckily the wonderful casting team responded straight away to my various pestering emails and I met them for an audition a few days later – and here I am now..! I will truly never forget that phone call offering me the role. At one point I think I actually asked if she was joking.

EGW:  Can you briefly describe and explain who your character is to those who haven’t seen Penny Dreadful yet?

RN: Very little is really understood about these creatures in the Penny Dreadful universe so far. They seem to exist in the Demimonde, described so elegantly by Vanessa – preying on the living and roaming amongst the dead.

In ‘Penny Dreadful’, one such Vampire has abducted Sir Malcolm’s daughter, Mina Murray, prompting his increasingly frenetic hunt for her throughout the series. Why has she been taken though? Ooh you’ll have to watch and see…

EGW: There are so many different types of vampire lore now over the centuries, and this series uses specific types of lore that maybe people aren’t familiar with. Did you just go with what was in the script?

RN: The market is certainly quite saturated at the moment – which is why Penny D and its Vampires were so refreshing! I did of course do some research – I read Dracula and the original penny dreadful ‘Varney the Vampire’ (brilliant), and watched various movies from ‘Nosferatu’ to ‘Overworld’ – but yes the prime inspiration came from the script and John Logan’s brilliant mind. We had various discussions about The Vampires (affectionately named Penny and Felicity) throughout filming!

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Stef   /   May 16, 2014   /   4 Comments

We recently did a short Q&A with Eva’s Penny Dreadful co-star Fady Elsayed, who plays The Lead Familiar, and wanted to share it with you guys. Enjoy!

EGW: Hey Fady! How are you?

FADY: I’m great, thanks for asking.

EGW: We know you are busy so we’ll get to the point and ask: How was it like to work with Eva?

FADY: Working with Eva was the best experience of my life. I was in awe of her. The way she looked, talk, walked even the way she shook my hand.

I had the privilege of hearing Eva recite her Arabic dialogue to me as I spoke Arabic and she wanted to see if it sounded good.

Her Arabic was amazing!!

EGW: That’s very nice to hear as this is a new trivia about her. Did she happen to mention how she learned to speak in Arabic or was it all just in preparation for Vanessa Ives?

FADY: She prepared everything herself.

EGW: Wow! This sounds just like her because she prepares a lot when it comes to her roles. Could you tell us what she was like on the set? I mean, does she keep to herself or does she joke around with co-stars and crew, etc.?

FADY: She’s very friendly and very sociable with everyone who speaks with her. It felt like she was in always in character.

EGW: Congratulations on the awesome premiere of Penny Dreadful! You did an awesome job and we hope to see more of you!

FADY: Thanks so much! I have a great feeling about the show! Enjoy the rest of it 🙂 xx