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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.

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Sunday, 30 January 2011

La Traviata - New Opera Illustration

La Traviata (the Fallen Woman)
New drawing!

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!)

The Opera Series are now showing at the Immortal Longings Opera shop on Etsy, with selected works available at The Seattle Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera in NYC.

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