Ladies of Shakespeare: Juliet


My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee
The more I have, for both are infinite.” -Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 2.

It was only a matter of time before I got around to this gal, right? Trying out some new gouache and a tiny new liner brush. 🙂

Ladies of Shakespeare: Viola


My father had a daughter loved a man,  / As it might be, perhaps, were I a woman, / I should your lordship.” – Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Act II, Scene 4

Happy Monday! This rendition of one of my favorite Shakespeare Ladies is based on the American Shakespeare Center‘s recent production of Twelfth Night. I loved the Edwardian-inspired costumes for this version, and I couldn’t get it out of my head when I decided to draw Viola.

In addition to WordPress, I am now @anniedrawsthings on Instagram! I’ve been lurking around there for a while, but I’ve recently started posting, so if you’re interested you can follow me there for comics, WIPs, and bonus art! 🙂

Ladies of Shakespeare: Portia


Is it excepted I should know no secrets
That appertain to you? Am I yourself
But, as it were, in sort or limitation,
To keep with you at meals, comfort your bed,
And talk to you sometimes? Dwell I but in the suburbs
Of your good pleasure? If it be no more,
Portia is Brutus’ harlot, not his wife.” – Julius Caesar, Act 2, Scene 1.

Ladies of Shakespeare: Adriana


“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.

Ladies of Shakespeare: Rosalind and Celia


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)

Ladies of Shakespeare: Beatrice and Hero


“Then there was a star danced, and under that was I born.”Much Ado About Nothing, 2.1.284-5.

Happy August, everyone! World Watercolor Month has come to an end (and wow, it was amazing!), but I’ll be continuing to tag my work to the World Watercolor Group into August and beyond!

Our theme for this month is “Favorite Things.” Though I’ll be playing along with the theme in some more relevant ways later this month, one of my “favorite things” on the internet right now is the Ladies of Musical Theatre blog. It features a new illustration of a female character from musical theatre every day. I’m enjoying it so much that I thought I’d try a similar project with female characters from Shakespeare’s plays. I won’t be posting on a daily basis, but be sure to check back here every so often for a new Shakespeare Lady on this blog. 🙂 I’m so excited to try interpreting some of the most awesome characters in literature in new and interesting ways.

This first one is of Beatrice (left) and Hero (right) from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, who just so happen to be my favorite characters from my favorite play by my favorite playwright! 😉