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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

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

How an illustration is created - Hamlet sneak peek

Hamlet - take 1
Hamlet from the early versions!

Enjoy these sneak peeks at some of the first watercolours, sketch line drawings, and finally complete change of pose for the Dane to get a more dramatic effect.

Hamlet - take 2

Hamlet - take 3
The final illustration!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Shakespeare was a wordsmith - it's about words!

Yes, we love Will's characters but remember it's all about the words. The amazing phrases, memorable quotes, and countless words we use everyday!

Did you know it's estimated that about 1,700 words in his plays were invented by him?

Words that are now common usage. I've captured some in bright colours in an original print - Words Words Words. Just one of my words and quotes inspired series.

Here's more words Shakespeare gave us!
Can you imagine not having the word "blanket"?
  • Bet
  • Ode
  • Bump
  • Hint
  • Rant
  • Zany
  • Caked
  • Cater
  • Elbow
  • Jaded
  • Label
  • Arouse
  • Bandit
  • Buzzer
  • Critic
  • Frugal
  • Gloomy
  • Gossip
  • Hobnob
  • Impede
  • Lonely
  • Madcap
  • Pedant
  • Unreal
  • Varied
  • Beached
  • Bedroom
  • Blanket
  • Dwindle
  • Eyeball
  • Fixture
  • Obscene
  • Panders
  • Scuffle
  • Swagger
  • Torture
  • Besmirch
  • Blushing
  • Majestic
  • Olympian
  • Radiance
  • Savagery
  • Tranquil
  • Barefaced
  • Courtship
  • Laughable
  • Noiseless
  • Birthplace
  • Compromise
  • Discontent
  • Excitement

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Historical accuracy?

This is what happens when your favourite artist works a bit too many late nights then tries to go out and get some historic authenticity. It's pretty certain that Henry VIII didn't wear sunglasses...

The armor you can try on is at the Greenwich Visitor Centre in south-east London, where they have a lot of great activities for kids (and artists) if you need a fun but slightly educational day out!

P.S. Did you know you can now get the Tudor illustrations on cards, laptops skins, desktop wallpapers, and journals? Click here for the Tudor shop!