In this instalment of tv sketching, I’ve discovered Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie (Wikipedia; AgathaChristie.com), aka Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games / Little Murders. Only one season (one from the 1950s-set series — the season numbering is convoluted) is currently available here on SBS On Demand, and only for a few more days.
The rule is: I can’t pause the show while sketching.
First, “For Death Prepare”, in which rehearsals for Pirates of Penzance are interrupted several times (and some very early Midsomer tropes are teased).
It’s a delight drawing characters in flamboyant costumes (see also the Murder, She Wrote sketches). The flashy shapes and colours are easy to focus on, which takes some of the stress off drawing the other sections.
I kind of love those flying birds below, top right.
And as ever, lighting and protective wear remain interesting and entertaining to draw.
The Witches of Angel’s Rise skewed more towards Gothic melodrama.
Below, I particularly enjoyed (enjoyed?) speed-drawing the reflection in the mirrored sphere (top right), and sketching a painting (lower left) and the bucket reflections (lower right).
I also really like that little sketch of the figure and the bowl, third down on the right — simple shading and strong light.
Also, as ever, the architecture of Midsomer (above) is a delight to draw, although the camera rarely lingers quite long enough.
Also, generally, I like the excuse to use orange.
For other TV sketching, see TV SKETCHING. For previous MidsomerMurders sketches specifically, see:
In between seasons 1 and 2, the actress playing the main character, Mathilda Stone, changed, and the effect is practically seamless. Florence Hall is a good physical match to Olivia Vinall, but she steps — and leans — into the role fully, and really sells the transition. In addition to her work, the strong colour coding and silhouette choices of the show work fabulously to blend the edges of the change. I’d love to hear about the choices and work involved in Florence Hall inhabiting this existing role.
(Everyone did a fabulous job, clearly, because I didn’t notice except for thinking Mathilda’s cheeks were somehow different when she smiled, until Carl pointed it out in the comments to the last set of sketches.)
Here’s a screenshot of the sketches in progress, because this show is making me use colours I wouldn’t usually choose.
Previous TV sketches can be found under the tag TV sketching.
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Some sketches (done in Procreate) of Queens of MysterySeason 2 Episodes 1 & 2, “Sparring with Death” (Acorn TV).
The usual rules apply: no pausing.
It’s a very stylised show, which makes it a lot of fun to sketch: strong clear colour cues and coding, distinctive silhouettes, slightly exaggerated movements. I wouldn’t mind going back and sketching the first season.
More TV sketching! As ever, the rule is I can’t pause the show while drawing.
These are for “The Murder of Sherlock Holmes”, the first two episodes of Murder, She Wrote, which is FINALLY available to watch online. The first season at least. (9Now, if you’re in Australia.)
It has a lot more fast closeups on faces — particularly Jessica Fletcher’s — than some of the other shows I’ve sketched, and I don’t have a shorthand for her yet. This is no speed at which to try likenesses!
Here is some more TV sketching — the first episode of Mystery 101 this time. The usual TV sketching rule applied: no pausing the show while drawing.
American hair, great coats.
I am hoping to get back to some Midsomer Murders, but my housemate and I have to work out which seasons we’ve seen least recently. I would sketch other shows, but we’ve but watching creepier ones and I need to keep my eyes on the screen.