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.
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Sunday, 31 July 2011
Thursday, 23 June 2011
However, it's the triumph of the Armada portrait that I was drawn to. It may have been the big lacey collar that attracted me, but really it's the grand scale of the image, and the slight smile that drew me in.
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
First, Christopher Marlowe:
He's a fascinating figure, and the kind folks at The Rose Theatre here in London revitalised my interest in him.
For the Tudor portrait series, I've been using contemporary portraits (such as this one of 1585 of Marlowe.)
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Having never designed for a tent show before, the task presented some unusual logistical challenges: keeping the backstage and scenery dry in a storm, platforms that slope with the ground... having theatre tech week while camping and everybody snatching shuteye amidst enthusiastic all-night rock ballad karaoke and airplanes... but it was fun. Definitely helped to have my wellies with me. And getting the paint off your hands works just fine in a rain barrel.
Our house band Orangafruup composed enough spectacular tunes to fill 2-3 hours of show, Poppy Flint crafted costumes of jilted glamour and hardcore recycling, and always exploding with creative ideas & mayhem: Alex Frith directed the crack team of aerialists from Aircraft. The crowds were great, especially on the cold night. It was a big jump from an underground installation show in London to a big stage on a field in Donington Park. Next time... even bigger tent? You bet.
Photo credits: Download 2011 / Dimitris Amvrazis
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Battles and biology, it's great fun. Once the shows have aired, I'll be able to show a little behind the scenes of the artwork.
In the meantime:
Ridley Scott produces a vibrant portrait of American at war with itself.
Brilliant stuff, can expect guns, explosions and great daily details..
Storyboarded a few of the CGI sequences.
Premieres in Memorial day, 30 May 2011, US
on the History Channel
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Last summer, I had the pleasure of storyboarding a cracking new science series on the BBC, "Inside the Human Body." Big, bold colours and gorgeous CGI graphics make it a treat for the eyes, presented by Michael Mosley.
For me, the biology and science were intriguing and a great new field to be painting for. It began with some very abstract and specific subject matter, and incredible organic landscapes to work with. I'll be posting some of the original drawings here after the episodes have aired. In the meantime, you can revel in the magical world inside all of us..
"Inside the Human Body"
Press the red button on the episodes for Behind the Scenes, and perhaps a little about the storyboards...
Watch Inside the Human Body
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
The Seattle Opera is opening a splendid production of The Magic Flute this week, and with it, my drawing for the Queen makes her first appearance...
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Saturday, 16 April 2011
Join "Save Anne Boleyn's Portrait" on Facebook
The Tudor Gallery is one of my favorite rooms to visit at the NPG, the illustrious and turbulent characters in the room captivate me. Sumptuous fabric details, propaganda styling, and the shifting fortunes of the sitters in the paintings always make them an inspiring bunch.
To preserve Anne Boleyn's famed portrait, restoration is desperately needed for the decaying wood panel used for the the painting. Your can read more about the preservation and the National Portrait Gallery's campaign.
Natalie's efforts have earned the support of writers and luminaries of the period, including Alison Weir.
In order to help, I've put up a set of illustrated Henry VIII + Anne Boleyn Journals with Portraits Prints for silent auction on the Tudor Trail. All of the proceeds will go directly to the NPG's preservation fund.
Hopefully we'll make a dent in the funds needed to save the painting... the bidding has already begun!
Sunday, 30 January 2011
The touching, romantic story of the love, loss, and sacrifice of the beautiful courtesan Violetta is scored in the lush melodies of Giuseppe Verdi. Based on Dumas' tragic 'Camille', it's a heartbreaker.
In this illustration, the fading flower, doomed Violetta in a flourish of lacey layers, watched wistfully from a window. It's one of my favorite operas, and the stage play of 'Camille' is a lovely piece as well.
This one was drawn quickly, between filming takes on a set I'd dressed to look like a graphic novelist's messy studio. As I finished it, the flowers of her hair, and the sadness reminded me of Violetta. I smeared the ink drawing with a slightly wet brush for the tone across the page.
(Hint. You can do this with your thumb - and some water, too, thought it is slightly more primitive!)
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
|This lovely little post-it note To Do List from Muji is a great size.|
Inch by inch, over the past few years, I've been making headway on this (when time allows!) and it's amazing how much of an addiction organization can be.
With the cyclone-mess-creating artistic side of my nature constantly stirring up a new cloud of projects, I never actual thought my workspace could be manageable, clean, and inspiring. (My nickname in design school was 'Pig Pen' due to the magnetic nature I had with charcoal and pencil.)
I blame the folks: my dad's got the artistic brain that needs everything laid out visually across the desk: it may look like chaos, but he seems to know where everything is, and the systems make some mysterious sense. That's how I usually run things.
One the other side, my mom's got a a flair for labeling, organizing, and sorting things that leaves me feeling a bit intimidated. Yep, you bet those folders are color coded. I feel this urge to be organized, too, but it's not nearly as strong as the cyclone-instinct.
Recently, I've been honing into latent clutter-mastering genes in order to keep tame the wilds of my studio and home.
|Brocade on the outside, aqua blue inside, lovely binder to use.|
Here's some of my favorite bits of advice:
Never buy organizational supplies before you've got a specific need they fulfill.
Something about organization and office supplies always draw me into their magic clutches. They're pretty, they seem like they'll fix everything, and you want them even though you may not quite know what for yet...
Fight the urge.
Always sort out your things into categories to store first, the decide what size and type of containers will suit. Leave room to grow as well.
Otherwise, you'll end up with stacks of bins and boxes that are charming, that you don't need and that you'll feel guilty for having bought.
It will remind you of failure, which is no good at all.
If your system is beautiful and attractive, you are more likely to use it, and you'll enjoy using it.
This is especially true with filing. I'd seen my mom's pretty colored folders, and her meticulous, aesthetically pleasing storage containers with a pang of envy. Filing, doing my accounts and business paperwork were not inspiring, but necessary. My papers were all over the place, my filing containers uninspired.
So, after completing last year's taxes (and taking way too long!) I followed my mom's guidance and treated myself to a lovely brocaded filing folder for my receipts and a binder for all my business papers. (Laura Ashley, WHSmiths, London).
And... everything changed. Filing is so much more pleasant, I love the look of these objects, and no longer dread having to make use of them. It may seem like a childish psychological trick, but it works!
Decide what you need to organize, then get something pretty to put it in.
Everyone is unique, and you have to organize according to the way you think.
Now, I have managed to organize the studio, the Etsy packing station, and my business papers in a way that suits me, and that I'm able to maintain. What works for my mom, or anyone else, doesn't necessarily translate into what works for me, so there's some self evaluation that needs to be done in order to find your method.
|My little best friend- from Muji - helps me keep my papers in order.|
In the studio, I prefer to have a lot of places to make a mess (that can be easily cleaned up after), and to organize a lot of tools and projects at once. And it's nice to be able to easily see waiting projects. So, I've organized bins for works-in-progress. Frequently used but unattractive items (like cables and printing labels) are tucked into pretty fabric-covered bins that blend in with the studio/living room furniture.
I love my inks, and they inspire me to paint, so those stay right next to the desk in sight. Also, things that build up (paperwork, sketch piles) have to have a home that they can be chucked into quickly and instinctively, or they creep into large looming beasties. Another solution: I found a large, carved and ivory painted box to hide away all of my business items when they aren't in use.
How to kick start yourself?
The very best advice I've had has come from Julie Morgenstern's books.
Start with "Organizing From the Inside Out"and you can't go wrong (especially if you've got artist-brain.)
She'll sort out your business, home, life, and your schedule while she's at it.
Her approach is systematic but individualistic- the perfect blend, really.
Great places to get inspired:
Muji: Everything is so neat, and so sensible and compact. So functional.
Liberty: Design inspiration central. Great just to get ideas for colours and schemes, even if most of the goodies are beyond budget. Any excuse to browse is nice, though.
WHSmith, The Works, Ryman, Pound Shops: Treasures to be found in all for the basics. WHSmith can run a little pricey, but some good design slips in there.
(In the US, Linens N Things, Pier 1, and the Container Store were staple sources, as well as OfficeMax.)
Etsy: A great blog articles to get ideas. Always a brilliant place for finding that certain special something.
Martha Stewart: This can be intimidating, but she's so good at this stuff.
What are some of your favorite organizing tricks?