TV Sketching: Shakespeare & Hathaway

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).

Digital sketches of many small people from Shakespeare & Hathaway, some dancing

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.

Digital sketches of many small people from Shakespeare & Hathaway, some dancing

These are mostly featuring Sebastian and Luella, of course.

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TV Sketching: Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games

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 usual TV sketching rule applies — no pausing.

Digital sketches of people from S3 E1 of Agatha Christie's Criminal Games
“The Pale Horse”

In terms of its heightened reality / little world / stagey fun, it’s on par with Queens of Mystery, Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, and Shakespeare & Hathaway.

Digital sketches of people from S3 E1 of Agatha Christie's Criminal Games
“The Pale Horse”

With melodramatic poses and distinct costuming choices, this makes it a lot of fun to sketch.

Digital sketches of people from S3 E1 of Agatha Christie's Criminal Games
“The Pale Horse”

It’s particularly fond of warm reds and mint greens.

Digital sketches of people from S3 E1 of Agatha Christie's Criminal Games
“The Pale Horse”

The sketches above are from “The Pale Horse”, and those below are from “The Protheroe Mystery”.

Digital sketches of people from S3 E2 of Agatha Christie's Criminal Games
“The Protheroe Mystery”
Digital sketches of people from S3 E2 of Agatha Christie's Criminal Games
“The Protheroe Mystery”
Digital sketches of people from S3 E2 of Agatha Christie's Criminal Games
“The Protheroe Mystery”

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TV Sketching: Midsomer Murders (S22 E5&6)

Here are the remaining TV sketches for season 22 of Midsomer Murders, episodes 5 (“For Death Prepare”) and 6 (“The Witches of Angel’s Rise”).

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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).

Little digital sketches of figures and characters from Midsomer Murders s22e5
Midsomer Murders s22e5: For Death Prepare

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.

Little digital sketches of figures and characters from Midsomer Murders s22e5
Midsomer Murders s22e5: For Death Prepare

And as ever, lighting and protective wear remain interesting and entertaining to draw.

Little digital sketches of figures and characters from Midsomer Murders s22e5
Midsomer Murders s22e5: For Death Prepare

The Witches of Angel’s Rise skewed more towards Gothic melodrama.

Little digital sketches of figures and characters from Midsomer Murders s22e6
Midsomer Murders s22e6: The Witches of Angel’s Rise

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).

Little digital sketches of figures and characters from Midsomer Murders s22e6
Midsomer Murders s22e6: The Witches of Angel’s Rise

I also really like that little sketch of the figure and the bowl, third down on the right — simple shading and strong light.

Little digital sketches of figures and characters from Midsomer Murders s22e6
Midsomer Murders s22e6: The Witches of Angel’s Rise

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.

Little digital sketches of figures and characters from Midsomer Murders s22e6
Midsomer Murders s22e6: The Witches of Angel’s Rise

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TV Sketching: Queens of Mystery

The last TV sketches for season 2 of Queens of Mystery, “The Raven”, episodes 5 and 6.

Previous in the series

As usual, the rule of TV sketching is I can’t pause the show. These sketches are done on the iPad in Procreate.

I wish there’d been time to catch the architecture, which was delightful
random background traffic cone costume
fires and arches
knives at twilight
lighting

This was a very fun season to sketch — so much colour and slightly heightened/stylised imagery. And some gorgeous locations.

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TV sketching: Queens of Mystery

More tv sketches (done on the iPad using Procreate) of Queens of Mystery Season 2 Episodes 3 & 4, “The Modern Art of Murder” (Acorn TV).

Artists behaving badly
This pink
Motorbikes and planes
Blues, and variably-effective sneaking
Lighting challenges — also, foreshortening is an adventure when drawn in a hurry
staying cool

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.

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TV Sketching: Queens of Mystery

Some sketches (done in Procreate) of Queens of Mystery Season 2 Episodes 1 & 2, “Sparring with Death” (Acorn TV).

The usual rules apply: no pausing.

Never enough time to draw houses!
Never trust a sauna
There were some very complicated chairs
Group shots are a trick at speed
Tiny shoelace-tying moment! Also: dramatic lighting remains enjoyable to draw.

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: Murder, She Wrote

A few more TV sketches! These are from Murder, She Wrote — Season 1 Episodes 3 (“Deadly Lady”), 4 (“Birds of a Feather”) and 5 (“Hooray for Murder”).

Drawn on the iPad using Procreate, and as usual the rule is I can’t pause the show.

Lessons:

  • Jessica Fletcher is tricky to draw at speed. It would be useful to draw her for a while from stills until I work out a visual shorthand.
  • Concentrating on one element (e.g., hair or mouths) is rewarding and simplifies choosing what to concentrate on.

TV Sketching — Murder, She Wrote

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!

Fancy-dress parties are THE BEST to sketch, in life or TV. Costumes are a brilliant stand-in for character likenesses or other physical accuracy (as for any sketches of Sebastian from Shakespeare & Hathaway).

Tricky perspective angles, e.g. looking at a walkway from below, are also a challenge at speed. It’s easy to rely on what I “know” (mostly eye-level) vs what I’m actually seeing.

So many trenchcoats. Also, every time I concentrate on strong lighting in a scene, I’m pleased with the result — torchlight here at lower right, or from previous Midsomer Murders the blue light from a phone and light through a chapel door.

TV sketching: Shakespeare & Hathaway

My housemate and I decided it was time for a rewatch of Shakespeare & Hathaway — Private Investigators, so I have been sketching.

As usual with tv sketching, the rule is that I can’t pause the show. These are done on the iPad, in Procreate (with a “ballpoint pen” brush, if that is relevant to your interests).

It’s a show that’s heavy on character actors, but it tends to lean more on faces than Midsomer Murders does (a lot of longer shots in Midsomer). This makes it trickier to catch at-speed.

S1E1: “O Brave New World”

Luella Shakespeare (Jo Joyner) has a lovely signature pink, which is such fun, especially since I don’t gravitate to it in drawings as a matter of course.

S1E1: “O Brave New World”

Sebastian “I was just tuning my lute” Brudenell (Patrick Walshe McBride) has a wonderful face and is almost always in disguise.

S1E1: “O Brave New World”

I do enjoy drawing crime scene investigators in full PPE on British shows.

S1E2: “The Chimes at Midnight”

This does not look like a sketch of Timothy West, but at least I can tell which sketch was meant to be him.

S1E2: “The Chimes at Midnight”

The buildings are so gorgeous and the camera rarely lingers!

S1E3: “This Promised End”

Trying to capture both the immense fun Elizabeth Berrington was apparently having AND the swoop in Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton)’s hair in the first seasons.

S1E3: “This Promised End”

Also quick-drawing a funeral cortege.

Mystery 101 sketches

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.

I like the middle right (black jacket) pose, and the jaw on the guy with the satchel.

American hair, great coats.

I like the way the two bottom right poses turned out, and the light on the bottom right face. I’m not sure how much was intentional, but it looks effective.

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.

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