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    Default Challenge: Charles Noir, Ace Detective

    When I saw Charles's last name rendered as "Noir", it brought up an image of a 1940's-style movie poster with Charles in a fedora and trenchcoat. Haven't been able to get it out of my head.

    Then I figured it might be good for a group challenge since I'm sure there are many people around here who can render it much better than I can (as you can see from the attached -- at least I got a recognizable hat).

    Anybody up for a poster fest on behalf of Charles's alter ego?
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    Default Re: Challenge: Charles Noir, Ace Detective

    Here's my attempt.
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    Last edited by Egg Bramhill; 18 August 2007 at 01:49 AM.
    Egg

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    Default Re: Challenge: Charles Noir, Ace Detective

    Egg,
    I like the style of the woman particularly,
    it reminds me of Salvador Dalí for some reason,
    and the nod to Xara.
    but could you explain the wheelbarrow, nice as it is,
    or am I missing something?! (perhaps it's a Buñuel movie).
    Please don't make me explain the Buñuel reference;
    it's about telephones made from lobsters.
    No, I've not been ingesting any strange substances.
    Saludos,
    Bob.
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    Default Re: Challenge: Charles Noir, Ace Detective

    not a reference to little Bo Peep then?
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    Default Re: Challenge: Charles Noir, Ace Detective

    Quote Originally Posted by handrawn View Post
    not a reference to little Bo Peep then?
    I'm afraid that you lost me there, Steve.
    I went through the whole nursery rhyme..
    unless it's a play on "noir" and black sheep.
    Saludos,
    Bob.
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    Default Re: Challenge: Charles Noir, Ace Detective

    an oblique reference to a Dali film script involving a wheelbarrow and a shepherdess which I don't think was ever actually made
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    Default Re: Challenge: Charles Noir, Ace Detective

    Hi Egg,

    great work!

    In my eyes it shows a beautiful lady, called Xara, who Charles saw one evening in the TV. Currently she wears a nice Windows dress, but it looks, that she is also on the way to her new Linux version, which is currently under construction.

    Remi

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    Default Re: Challenge: Charles Noir, Ace Detective

    Here's to you "Egg",

    Did you confuse yourself or did you watch 2 Bogey movies at the same time

    Hans

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    Default Re: Challenge: Charles Noir, Ace Detective

    Cheers folks. Bob, I've no idea about the wheelbarrow. In an effort to educate myself I did a search on "Noir" in Wikipedia and came across this

    I thought wheelbarrows must be an integral part of Film Noir so I drew one as well
    Egg

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    Default Re: Challenge: Charles Noir, Ace Detective

    Although not based on, Charles - I did do this drawing this year for my cousin and it happens to fit your challenge description. So I'd thought I'd repost it - with a few minor tweaks. (hat has been resized a tad smaller and a band of light now across the eyes)

    -Bob.
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