Surreal drawings

James / March 27th, 2011

In school, I always had a habit of drawing in my note books. It’s pretty weird. You can tell it’s inspired from German expressionist cinema. I hope one day to make a B&W horror film in this style.

This one is heavily inspired by the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

This one was from college, when I was trying to work on a budget for my senior film, Legend of the Blue Hole. As you can see, the budget planning got a little side-tracked. The scribbles came first, before the drawings.

This one, you’ve probably seen already, but might as well include it with the surreal stuff. It’s Indian paint on scratch board, (around age 13) based on nightmares I had.


  • AikoujOi

    March 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Wow, all of them looked good, and I like the last one, looks really good.

  • March 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I really wish I could draw that well. You can easily tell what the drawings were inspired by. If anyone could pull off a modern B&W horror film in that style, it would be you.

  • evanaltieri

    March 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm


  • dannydesktop

    March 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    It’s nice to know theres someone with as horrible penmanship as mine james.

  • svarti

    March 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    You are feeding us like birds…

    I miss the time where you use to do multiple videos like “you know what’s bullshit?” and the “shit pickles” series.

  • March 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    The third one reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite! Hahahaha


    March 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Does anyone can explain me why James still didn’t get a high budget for his great work? So talented guy! Awesome. Please, donate him!

  • ScratchButt

    March 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Glad to see that your drawings are awesome, because your math isnt so well. haha Hate to be that person and correct something completely irrelevent, but you added the stuff wrong on your list, $5,300 not $5,200.

    But anyways, it looks awesome! I like the one on the bottom, rather than black lines its the complete opposite with white lines, giving it sort of a night time dream like feel. Looks amazing.

  • Gonzalo_vm

    March 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    great drawings!! but how about giving us more? i want to see more videos!!!

  • pskeen0927

    March 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Creepy. Dig the budget on the yellow page. I love to see that kind of minutia.

  • Shikinanaya100

    March 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Ah, when I saw the drawing in your budget plan. I found it funny that a dragon was just right there. I mean when you think “how much money will I need?” Then I guess you get, “oh yeah a dragon…” Better then most of the crap I would have drawn though. Good job for getting sidetracked?

  • Zelda_Boy

    March 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    wow. I wish I could draw stuff like that. weird imaginative stuff from the strangest depths of the subconscious…..all I can draw are cartoons.

  • BeerfilledGerman

    March 28, 2011 at 3:52 am

  • March 28, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Where’s Metropolis?

  • March 28, 2011 at 4:41 am

    the figure at the top of the scratchboard drawing kind of reminds me of Orlock from Nosferatu. As a kid I had reoccurring nightmares that he was chasing me through the castle! shit sucked haha.

  • Strazdas

    March 28, 2011 at 6:31 am

    i could live 2 years on your movie budget 🙂

  • TomM

    March 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    nice drawings, James. Really wish I could draw like you.

  • NS

    March 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm


    I would love to have any of 1, 2, or 4 hanging on my wall. Well, other than the notebook background on 1 & 2. 4 in particular is magnificent. I enjoy your AVGN vids, but perhaps you have missed your calling.

  • BlueGemini

    March 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Wow. For me, for a kid had drawn something like that, its really unique. You got some imaginations there, I could tell that (^^)

    Thank you very much for sharing this…

  • Schloss Ritter

    March 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    $450 for “misc.”? That’s a huge chunk of the budget to go unspecified, isn’t it (the largest single category outside the expensive camera)?

  • Pinkerton

    March 29, 2011 at 4:40 am

    I really like those, some of these could make a great artwork for an album.

  • ulmuchiha

    March 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    you don’t want people to see you spend 450 dollars on hookers for the after party

  • oxyking

    March 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    the indian one is awesome and creepy at the same time

  • nerdyguy64

    March 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Im with Schloss Ritter, misc $450 xD

  • justpretend

    March 29, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    shouldn’t the total budget be $5300 not $5200, just saying……

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  • BeeFh

    March 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Hey James, can you do us all a favor and do some acid… or better yet some salvia. Your films will be crazy as shit.

  • vito_von_ganso

    March 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm


  • PRabjohn

    March 31, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    FSM siting in picture 3

  • eaterofnam

    March 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    why is Freddy on stilts?

  • Mad Hatter

    April 1, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I think you would love LSD …

  • Barbaz

    April 1, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    you are bad at math, im glad you make such funny movies

  • April 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I think the last one is my favorite. It always keeps your eyes moving.

  • Nerdy Nerd

    April 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    James, you counted wrong on The Legend of the Blue Hole budget.

    2 1
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    but great drawings anyway!

  • Angrybeaver

    April 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Acually i think james have been riding the rainbow lately. Judging by some of the recent stuff posted here.

    For instance the Mario bros dvd menu review.

  • Squall85

    April 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    The first 2 is like from Maniac Mansion 2 – The day of the tentacle.

  • April 8, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Haha wow, I do the exact same shit when I’m at school. All my notes have some random ass drawings like dragons or pokemon or ass-monsters… I’d upload some for you to see but my printer/scanner broke 😮
    The chick who sits next to me sometimes catches me drawing random shit and says “WTF is that lmao” haha. Ahh, college doodling ftw
    But fuck, none of my drawings are as epic as yours >:O Especially the one with twisting stairs and all that… my doodles are mostly cartoons and shit… and A LOT of stick figures lmao.


  • Chloeasaurus

    April 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    These are awesome. I love the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari!

  • efreet

    April 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    5200 or 5300… you ppl just love to correct other people’s slightest mistakes.
    yeah, plz waste more time actually calculating up someone’s doodles

  • June 3, 2011 at 2:59 am

    id be down to be in a horror film of this type just hit me up james

  • HarryPnass

    September 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm


  • SophieSchmidt

    September 21, 2011 at 7:00 am

    the last one is my favourite

    • HarryPnass

      September 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      Thats Cool @SophieSchmidt

  • July 26, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Very impressing drawings with an interesting atmosphere.=)

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