Ladies of Shakespeare: Adriana

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“The time was once when thou unurged wouldst vow
That never words were music to thine ear,
That never object pleasing in thine eye,
That never touch well welcome to thy hand,
That never meat sweet-savored in thy taste,
Unless I spake, or looked, or touched, or carved to thee.
How comes it now, my husband, O, how comes it,
That thou art then estrangèd from thyself?” The Comedy of Errors, 1.2.106-15

Today’s Shakespearean lady is Adriana from The Comedy of Errors. This one is particularly special to me, because I got to play this role when I was in high school (although this design of the character looks nothing like me). It was very fun finding a balance between her fiery spirit and her vulnerability. I’d like to tackle the part again one day.

West Wycombe Park

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I don’t think it’s any secret that I love British novels and period dramas, especially the works of Jane Austen. My favorite movie of all time, Austenland, pokes some gentle fun at the stereotypes of Austen’s work in the midst of some beautiful comedy and romance. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and I appreciate that. If I’m ever having a bad day, I’ll pop that movie into the DVD player, relax in the familiar world, and come away feeling a little lighter every time.

This house, West Wycombe Park, was featured in Austenland and in a bunch of other films and television shows like Doctor Thorne, Cranford, Downton Abbey, Little Dorrit, and The Importance of Being Earnest, among many, many others. After enjoying the house in so many different stories, I thought I ought to pay homage to it and its beautiful yellow exterior. 🙂

I used this beautiful photo as a reference.

Ladies of Shakespeare: Rosalind and Celia

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Now go we in content / To liberty, and not to banishment.” – As You Like It, 1.3.545-6

Today’s Ladies of Shakespeare are Rosalind (left) and Celia (right), from As You Like It. A few years ago, I did a series of illustrations and costume concepts for As You Like It set in Depression-era Appalachia. The idea was to choose a time when there was a huge visual divide between wealth and poverty. I thought that this time period would show the radical change that Rosalind and Celia make to their lives, as well as capture the themes of adventure, resilience, and hope in the face of difficulty that are so central to the play. Plus, bluegrass music! 😛 I liked the concept, but didn’t like how the drawings turned out, so I recently decided to revisit it. Now I’m much happier with it. 🙂 This may be my favorite in the series so far!

(Also, I recently splurged and bought a second set of Pitt Artist Pens, this time in Sepia. This was the first piece I did with them, and I am IN LOVE with them)

Bee Hummingbird for #BirdDay!

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It’s that day again, Draw a Bird Day! This little guy is a bee hummingbird, the smallest species of bird in the world. There are several photos out there of these little guys sitting on pencils, and I thought I’d have a go at painting one of my own for Bird Day. 🙂

And silly me, I almost forgot to post a link back to our fearless leader for Draw a Bird Day, Laura at Create Art Everyday!