Sarah Slean’s “Society Song” is my “Let it Go.”
The full story behind this is on my blog, or you could just watch the music video and enjoy it unencumbered by my baggage. (I recommend listening to it before watching it the first time, as the visuals impose a narrative on the abstract lyrics, but it is a great video.)
Thank you, Ms Slean, for everything.
I want to get better at sketching locations on the fly … I tend to overwork them. Again, ink allows less noodling than pencil. There sure are some pretty places around here …
So many beautiful people turned out to see John Finnemore’s Library Edition. If the other episodes are as good as the one previewed that night, it’ll be a treat when the series airs. (As if it would be anything else.)
I’m switching to brush pen for now because I’m still nervous about putting too much pressure on my cranky tendons, and I need to give drawing-fear a serious kicking, for which ink is the best remedy. I’ve forgotten so much from Dave Pimentel’s class, it’s going to be a long battle getting it back again.
If you can find a seat on the Tube, it’s a great place for people sketching – not just because of the diversity of captive subject matter, but the poles and seats and awkward physical/social situations make for a wide variety of character studies.
Finally got around to scanning my sketchbook so far … London offers some of the best people-watching in the world. I think it has something to do with the British interest in character. In manifests in all sorts of interesting ways, if you look for it.
More to come …
Duet - Glen Keane
Soooo the reason you haven’t seen much from the for the last nine months is because all the drawings I’ve been doing are in here. Watch them hurtle by in rapid succession, between much more impressive ones by the amazing Glen Keane!
"Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife descend the steps of the City Hall, Sarajevo to their motor car, a few moments before their assassination.", June 28th, 1914 via (Imperial War Museums)
The BBC is livebloggging history here. Hurrah nerdery!
Greater context can be found for this quote in Ian McGilchrist’s excellent talk in this video and his book The Master and His Emissary. (Thanks Syd!)
A thrush that sings varied melodious songs on warm summer nights … in Europe, the nightingale; in North America, the mockingbird. One gets romantic odes, fairy tales, nostalgic songs, and instrumental duets broadcast on the radio; the other gets cursed for making a racket at two in the morning. What gives? Is it the name? Beautiful birdsong in the middle of the night is a gift, and you only get it a few months of the year. Try to think of your mockingbird as a nightingale and see what a difference it makes.
My Blackadder Goes Forth marathon has coincided with the reintroduction of the doodle pad to my desk as a necessary sanity saver. As I plan to do some acting studies off it when I have time to breathe again, and don’t want to be struggling with design when I should be concentrating on poses and expressions, I need a shorthand for the characters, so whenever I glance over I jot down an observation, and am inching toward understanding. Long way to go, though. Caricature takes work!
I am grateful for the suggestions, dear readers, but I feel I need to make A Spotter’s Guide to Differentiating the First and Second World Wars. The things we think of doing when too busy with other stuff …
Rule of thumb: if your ladies are wearing bright red lipstick and mid-calf skirts, it’s the 1940s, not 1914. There is lots of brilliant drama set in WWII, for WWI it is much harder to come by, hence asking the internet.
Perhaps Lord Ashcroft could be of help …
Before I watch Blackadder Goes Forth for the second time in as many days, can anyone suggest any WWI-based narrative media that’s anywhere near as good?