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Immortal Longings is an artist-run London company specializing Shakespare & Opera illustrations.

What you'll discover: Delightfully dramatic Shakespeare gifts featuring the Bard's best loved characters. I'm passionate about offering inspired gifts for actors, literature lovers, teachers, poets, dreamers, dramatics and romantics. My Opera Series provides art for international productions, giving an illustrated style to the thrilling music and characters.

My unique Shakespeare Gifts and Opera Gifts include: Giclée Art Prints, Art Cards, our Leatherbound journals (which make wonderful diaries and sketchbooks), Postcards, iPhone Wallpapers, and More.

The artwork is created by designer Elizabeth E. Schuch, working with local artisans in the UK and Society6 in the USA to produce gifts. Elizabeth has worked with Shakespeare's Globe, The Metropolitan Opera, The Seattle Opera, The Royal National Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, and other venues around the world to create illustrations based in the world of drama.

Tudor Portraits

Sunday, 31 May 2009

O Spirit of love! New Love Quotes from Shakespeare...

Narrowing down Shakespeare's writings on the subject of Love to a shortlist of 25 or so is a task beyond impossible. But, it has been attempted with gusto.

Swirled with art nouveau filigree, they've been paired with colours to suit each mood, from bright to delicate shades.

These are ready to go for Print, Bookmarks, Art Cards, Postcards, Buttons, Mirrors, Pins, and even Journal covers.

I'm also offering exclusive custom quotes for Wedding Invitations.
Sometimes it's just more fun to express yourself with a wit as wonderful as Shakespeare's.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration - End of the Sale!

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow...

It's your last day to snap up my Shakespeare's Birthday Month Bargains!
All month we've had 5.00 off Large Prints and Journals, and neat little discounts on all sorts of products in the shop.
Before they are gone, take advantage of these sweet offerings.
Only on Etsy.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Gallery Addictions

Paintings that knocked my socks off in person.

Everyone's got heroes, and in the world of art, there's a few pieces I have the urge seek out repeatedly to admire. It occurs to me that I'm not heading to a museum to wander, but I'll want to go visit the Ophelia painting specifically.

So, here's a shortlist of my favorite paintings that I've seen and that really stuck in my mind. Ones I'd visit again in a heartbeat.

1. John William Waterhouse
Lady of Shallot
The detail, especially the lantern, her horrible resigned and fearful expression. It's beautiful, it's creepy. I love it.

2. Rene Magritte
Empire of Light

I made a giant copy of this one in scenic painting class, just to have one of my own. Probably the most soothing surrealist painting ever created. It sits in that mysterious region between night and half-light evening- even if the sky is technically a bright blue day.
There was a version of this one in Brussels, and another in the Guggenheim in Venice, and both times I couldn't recall anything else in the room.

3. John Singer Sargent

I can't pick.
His paintings are intriguing in person- the paint strokes up close are light and loose, even sloppy looking; but from across the room- he gets the perfect porcelain glow on pottery and stunning subtle light that you'll swear is real.

So, for drama: Madame X
For light: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
And for the vases: The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit

There was a great exhibit at the National Gallery called Americans in Paris, where I saw these in person, and was astounded. And the one with the lanterns is at the Tate Britain.

4. Gustave Caillebotte
Paris Street, Rainy Day
At the Chicago Art Institute: This rainy day on giant canvas would make me get on the El in the snow. The color tone of the buildings, that grey light, it puts you there instantly. It transports you without jetlag and an umbrella, which is always nice.

5. Edmund Dulac
Princess and the Pea
Admittedly, I've not seen this in person- but I do have a print in a book. The low angle view, the brightly coloured duvets, it's fantastic. In fact, I would love to recreate the whole room some time, just to nap there.

6. Sir John Everett Millais
Rumor is the model caught a terrible cold from posing for this in a bathtub. I'm of the opinion it was worth it. The way the hair and dress play in the water is incredibly done, and it's got the perfect blend of beauty and serenity and tragedy that Gertrude describes in the scene.

Now, I've left Mucha off the list, because I couldn't choose. I would see anything of his in person again, but since so much is product design and graphics, they do tend to reproduce well.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Pushboxer: Live Drawing

Just released: Pushboxer's video "Pictures"
Yup, that's my hand.

We shot these in an afternoon all in a row.
I should note- it's definitely fast-forward footage and not just too much caffeine making the twitchy fast speed. I'm working from photos and a light pencil outline I'd prepped.

There's a few different styles in the finished drawings: brush inked, scratchy sketching, line drawing, and a mix. Also featured are a selection of my favorite media- gel ink pens, watercolour style wash brushes, and the always handy cheap Papermate pencils.

The band are very sweet, and I enjoy their sound- it was great to draw to! I've worked with the director Mark Buchanan on storyboards for his sci-fi feature "The Simulation."