Sunday, 25 September 2011

Raskolnikow (1923)...

I came across some screenshots from this film whilst look at some examples of expressionism. The director of the film is the famous German silent cinema director, Robert Wiene, who also directed The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which is evident in the expressionistic style of the screenshots. I love how theatrical and cinematic some of these shots are (despite their low quality) and the elements of expressionism serve as a strong and bold artistic style. Raskolnikow is a 1923 drama film based on the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Here are some other expressionistic images i've found from other films and sources which also present a similarly bold artistic style, including some Dr. Caligari screenshots of course...


  1. You've got to love these - and that top drawing is wonderful: take a look at the work of Hugo Steiner-Prag too.

  2. Oh - Photoshop Phill and I met at the weekend and he was showing me how he's been using Alchemy to generate quick, instinctive grounds for environment-based concept art. He showed me some wonderfully expressionistic studies - which he'd generated quickly and intuitively using the software. I encourage you to do the same, because it means instead of 'knowing what you're drawing', it's more a question of 'seeing what you want in what you've drawn' - download the software here:

    Use it in a relaxed way - experiment - and see just how quickly you might begin to create the sorts of 'spaces' that resemble that first illustration you posted above...