Amazing Cinematic Portraits Capture Films In All The Right Ways

Here at Cinema Blend, we are fans of high art just as we are of low art. We’ll look at Matisse’s Interior with a Violin while listening to Adam Sandler’s “The Goat” sketch. So when cinema enters into exceptionally well-crafted portraits, we’re all eyes.

Enter Italian artist and comic creator Massimo Carnevale and his Sketchesnatched image gallery, which somehow hasn’t shown up on this site before. He just posted his first piece from 2013, the moment from the Eraserhead chicken dinner scene shown above. And given that one good David Lynch reference deserves another, here’s Carnevale’s take on The Lost Highway, which is exactly the image that burned itself into my memory after first viewing it.

As can be seen from that shot of Christoph Waltz from DJango Unchained, Carnevale is both adept at showcasing both moments and characters with an equal amount of skill. And while the majority of his pieces are taken from the past 25 years, his projects cover the last 70 years of cinema. Since NBC’s Hannibal and Bates Motel have got audiences excited, how about shots of Silence of the Lambs, Psycho, and a few others?

If you can’t tell, there’s a bit of a creepy theme going on here. But perhaps we could lighten the mood with a few comedic pieces. Something charming even.

While it’s a damned shame we can’t all be this impressive when showing our appreciation for a film, at least Carnevale is here to do it for us. And it’s good to know he’s continuing the trend. This is just a tiny handful of his incredible work, so be sure to click over to his website to see much more. But try not to be too frightened by some of the creepy stuff that might show up.

Nick Venable
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Nick is a Cajun Country native and an Assistant Managing Editor with a focus on TV and features. His humble origin story with CinemaBlend began all the way back in the pre-streaming era, circa 2009, as a freelancing DVD reviewer and TV recapper.  Nick leapfrogged over to the small screen to cover more and more television news and interviews, eventually taking over the section for the current era and covering topics like Yellowstone, The Walking Dead and horror. Born in Louisiana and currently living in Texas — Who Dat Nation over America’s Team all day, all night — Nick spent several years in the hospitality industry, and also worked as a 911 operator. If you ever happened to hear his music or read his comics/short stories, you have his sympathy.