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, 12 December 2012
How about "Merry" cranes? We in the Immortal Longings studio think these are awesome!
Why not request a whole gaggle of birds and make origami bunting?
You can buy Christmas Cranes right here:
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Sorry! All done now.
Saturday, 24 November 2012
Makers on makers: Elizabeth E. Schuch on 'The Seeds and Fruits of English Poetry' by Ford Madox Brown
(From The Tate Britain Pre-Raphaelite Blog)
Illustrator and theatrical designer Elizabeth E. Schuch of Immortal Longings discusses how the work of the Pre-Raphaelites influences her own craft.
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Late at Tate Britain: December 2012Tate Britain
nearest tube: Pimlico
Friday, 7 December 2012, 18.00 – 22.00
Explore the continuing influence of the Pre-Raphaelites on contemporary art, fashion and music
Expect a vibrant evening of performance, music and much more. Including an Etsy craft fair, laid back music from Stella Polaris, Miharayasuhiro’s sensory interactive installation Ophelia Has A Dream, a literary portrait of Burne-Jones from Ruth Rosen, readings from a new play about Holman Hunt called The Scapegoat written by Deborah Freeman and directed by Ariella Eshed, a response to William Morris’s bed from artist David Mabb also selected scenes from Hamlet directed by Tony Middleton.
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Adorable mischievous fairy? Or creepy creature?
Have your vote on the ImmortalLongings facebook page!
|(Top image vintage, lower image Neil Gaimen's Sandman: A Midsummer Night's Dream)|
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
The shipwreck circus concept came up after the closing night of the circus's previous show Madame Pain. "We need to have a shipwreck!" was the new buzz.
The idea of a ship has been batted around for a few years and Alex, the circus director, took the concept further. So now we're finally doing it!
The show features a large steel construction pirate ship hanging and tilting six meters in the air! It's going to be terrifying. I'm not sure I would have the nerve to go up it myself but I'm really excited to see what the cast will do. I love the unique creativity that Aircraft Circus always bring to a project.
The first show will be family friendly on October 31st in Wapping and performances in December at the Greenwich Circus Festival. (Greenwich daytime shows are family friendly, evening shows are 16+)
Saturday, 20 October 2012
|Shakespeare love quote coasters|
|Shakespeare love quote art print|
Two entries from different people will be randomly chosen to win the Love Goodie Bag.
- 2 ceramic Love Quote tile coasters.
- 2 love quote greetings cards with gold envelopes.
- 1 original love quote art print, 8"x8" (unframed)
|Love quote greetings cards|
How to enter? It's easy! You can:
- Quote some love: Post your favourite Shakespeare love quote as a comment in the blog.
- Share the love: share an Immortal Longings Facebook post on your Facebook page. (why not choose a love quote post?)
- Tweet love: tweet about this competition blog any Love Quote item from the Etsy Shop! Use the hashtag #immortallongingslove so we can find you.
Don't forget - all Love Quote prints are also $5 off in the Etsy Shop.
Thursday, 18 October 2012
© artwork by Elizabeth Schuch 2012 for the Seattle Opera
I did 3 versions - one based on the idea of the fan, one minimalist, and the final version shown here. It was inspired by the colour palette of the prints of Japanese artist Hiroshige and the style of his floral arrangements. To add my own touch I researched real butterflys, separate flowers, gradiated backgrounds, and a touch of art nouveau style!
You can buy the design on posters and products in their opera shop online - www.seattleopera.org/shop/ - plus see previous designs I created just for them, including Tristan and Isolde, Carmen, Don Quixote (one of my favourites!), Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Barber of Seville.
|Catalogue of Hiroshige's prints|
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
|paralympics-36 (Photo credit: suran2007)|
So apparently the Olympic opening ceremony had Shakespeare themes in it. I know Kenneth Branagh had a Shakespeare role, and some of the music is called "Calaban". But I was out of the country and missed watching it myself.
What I've seen less mention of is the almost entirely "Tempest" themed Paralympics opening ceremony.
A stunning event, alternating science and literature with Stephen Hawking and Ian McKellen hosting. A bit less insane than it's earlier counterpart, and more consistent.
A good video of highlights is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBmmA7rfliw
Hawking started with speeches about human endevour and accomplishment, which McKellen followed with ongoing pieces from the Tempest - spoken to Miranda, played by radio actress Nicola Miles-Wildin. Not just a snippet, the entire ceremony played out pieces of the play in an ongoing narrative.
Some of the story was slightly backwards, such as Miranda arriving back on the island from a ship - video here. But all in all the intention of the play was kept, celebrating
"the beautiful diversity of humanity" --Prospero
Saturday, 22 September 2012
An interesting article in the New York Times bemoans the change in architectural drawing but nodding to the usefulness of computers - Architecture and the lost art of drawing. It's nice to see an expert in the field acknowledge drawing via the computer as different to rendering in other ways with computer software.
"Our physical and mental interactions with drawings are formative acts. In a handmade drawing, whether on an electronic tablet or on paper, there are intonations, traces of intentions and speculation."Drawing on a tablet is how I create a lot of my work both for theatre, film and personal projects. It gives a different feel but one that's no less intensive for the skill it requires. And of course I can merge traditional media such as watercolour and ink by scanning them then adding digital drawing. Creating combined effects that can't be achieved only with traditional means, usually because the paper or surface would be ruined.
The corporate commission I did recently was entirely architectural shapes and details from the London landscape. Working digitally for beginning ideas meant several viewpoints and angles could be considered and presented to the client first - allowing more freedom and choice in a short amount of time. Freehand drawing by tablet was then translated to the canvas with good old traditional paint and brush.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
I'm interrupting the blog with my own entry about the 2013 calendar... I'm very excited because it's including one of my favourite characters who doesn't get much good press.
Okay, so he's a bit evil, but the illustration has a pile of skulls. You can't get much better than that.
I did my postgraduate disseration on the textual differences in versions of the Richard III and think there's a good case that the text was altered to frame him. Maybe. Sort of.
So now I'll leave the obligatory link to pre-order the calendar, at a special price only until the end of September.
Friday, 14 September 2012
After weeks of research and creating some London based images, we went in for one last round of "edits" on the paintings.
So a rather unique opportunity to set up a little makeshift studio in corporate offices! The life of an artist is never dull.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
|A Winter's Tale, original line drawing|
Color blocks influenced this coming year's new Shakespeare calendar from Immortal Longings.
Playing with the bold colours Pantone has predicted as this year's style I designed an all-new style of calendar. Traditional illustrations pared down to their original line drawings but with a colourful twist!
Take a sneak peak at the colours for each month on the special pre-order page.
Thursday, 6 September 2012
|Merry Wives of Windsor, original line illustration|
The new 2013 calendars are in the works - shipping will begin at the end of September.
Fully revamped and restyled, the 2013 edition features a modern, graphic styling in bold colours.
Using the original ink linework from the Shakespeare Series drawings, this year has a fresh line up with new faces and classic favorites.
Click here to pre-order and get a peek at the style and colours!
(ps. you can also still buy the 2012 calendar on clearance too)
Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Friday, 10 August 2012
gothic architecture images from the sketchbook, sharp architectural elements such as the archways in many of the classic Shakespeare illustrations, or organic structure in storyboards for BBC's Inside the Human Body - it all links to these shapes and patterns.
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Tina has created her usual soft ethereal backgrounds for me to paint and draw over. (Tina is blogging her take on the project.) Here's a start with painted lines to create the beginnings of the building shadows.
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Since so much of my work involves drawing on site, or with a client, my pencils travel with me in a wonderful leather roll-up case.
The tools range from wonderful drawing pens for ink work, to simple mechanic pencils for drafting. Art pencils in a variety of softness, to graphitone pencils that create watercolour washes. Top up with a rubber and sharpener and illustrations, storyboards, mock-ups and plein air sketches are possible anytime, anywhere!