Last week I was away on writing retreat with some friends, and we settled on Sandra Bullock movies (and a Junji Ito series) for our downtime.
I sketched through Miss Congeniality, as follows (there’s a timelapse video at the end):
Benjamin Bratt’s character does not age well, so I’m currently enjoying his villainous turn in Poker Face.
I’m sure there’s a reprise of the song she plays on the glasses (“Lara’s Theme” from Dr Zhivago) in The Lost City, but I can’t find confirmation of that. Maybe it was in something else we watched, but that leaves the Junji Ito and RRR, so…
“She’s beauty and she’s grace…”
And here is a timelapse (in real time, it took as long as the movie, minus a few minutes after I inhaled wine at a joke, so this is at a little over 10 min/second).
Some more TV sketching — this time The Snoop Sisters: “The Devil Made Me Do It” (1974).
(The rule of TV sketching is that I can’t pause the show.)
This episode had even more flowing draperies than usual — especially Cyril Ritchard as The Great Morlock.
This episode even had Alice Cooper in it.
The bonus sketches below are from what we started watching first, expecting a Snoop SIsters episode. It was in fact Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (1971), which also starred Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick as part of a group of friends who decide to commit computer dating fraud (in 1971). I do plan to finish watching it at some point, if only for those sweeping gowns.
Above, Lucy Lawless & Ebony Vagulans, both wearing great clothes in rather different styles and degrees of vividness.
Below, night calls.
The Snoop Sisters only has a pilot and four episodes (alas!). The 1970s fashion is a delight, but Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick (Ernesta and Gwendolyn) have marvelous silhouettes from much earlier eras of fashion.
I will put up the travel sketches once I’ve scanned them, but in the meantime: Some TV sketching! Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators, Season 4 Episode 2 (f.i.n.a.l.l.y. available in Australia).
As usual, the rule is: no pausing the show.
I didn’t sketch the first episode because I was eating dinner at the time, but I’m not ruling out revisiting it.
These are mostly featuring Sebastian and Luella, of course.
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: