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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

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Post-Olympics Shakespeare praise

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It was inevitable... the very English Bard was bound to be a feature of the London 2012 Olympics.

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:

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
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Saturday, 22 September 2012

The death of architectural drawing?

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."
--Michael Graves
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.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Favourite character in the calendar - Richard III

Hello! Tina the Shakespearean minion here.

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.

Richard III

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.
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Friday, 14 September 2012

Emergency art studio

The past few weeks I've been busy working on a collaboration with painter Tina Mammoser on some commissioned paintings for my accountant's offices.

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.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Modern colour for 2013

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.

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Thursday, 6 September 2012

2013: linework drawings

Merry Wives of Windsor, original line illustration
2013 teaser!
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)
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