How is Lady Pole?

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was about to start reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell after enjoying the BBC series. I’m now about halfway through it (it’s 800 pages long and still feels like such a quick read), and I’m LOVING it. The characters are all so amazing. There will definitely be more drawings of them coming soon. For now, here’s how I imagine the beleaguered Lady Pole.

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)

Scooby Snacks

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So here’s something a little different. The other day I found myself watching some Scooby Doo (long story) and imagining what the characters would look like in the 2016. It was fun examining each character’s style and seeing how that might translate into today’s fashion.

And yes, it isn’t a modern reimagining unless someone has an undercut hairstyle. 😛 I thought it fitting that Shaggy, as a typical hippie, got updated into a typical hipster.

 

“Good Afternoon, Sweetheart”

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Another sketch from How to Marry a Millionaire, this time of one of my favorite costumes from the movie. This is from a scene where one of the main love interests has a private fashion show (in which a rather irritated Lauren Bacall is a model). This is a concept that always amazes me when I watch old movies. A whole fashion show, with models and everything, just for one person? Be still my beating heart.

What a Way to Go!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

What a Way to Go! is such a weird/amazing movie. It’s got a star-studded cast (Shirley MacLaine, Dick Van Dyke, Gene Kelly, Paul Newman, and more), and awesome, ridiculous costumes by Edith Head. There are so many fantastic get-ups in the movie, but I think my favorite has to be the floor-length pink fur coat and pink beehive (not pictured: pink rabbit).