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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

Monday, 26 May 2014

The Final Tragedy: Timon of Athens

In the Immortal Longings Shakespeare Series, only one tragedy remained un-illustrated, until now. 'Timon of Athens.' Inspired by the Cycladic Art Museum and some of the sights on a recent trip to Athens, I decided the time had come for Timon.  (It's a great museum for a visit, if you have the chance.)

Much of the artwork had sophisticated linework, with striking red/black/white colours, that I decided to keep that palette and the style of ancient pottery illustration in my version.
The dancing figures are Timon's fairweather friends and servants, and the border motif breaks down along the right-hand side, showing the unraveling of the edges of Timon's world. The joy of the party is undermined by Timon thoughtlessly spilling his wine (representing his wealth) into the ground, the rich vase is cracking, and  along the title, stones and grapes fall away off the page.

Friday, 11 April 2014

New Shakespeare History Play Illustration: King Richard II

Meet Richard II, the first in my latest drawings from Shakespeare's History Plays.
Designed with a nod to fabrics from his iconic Westminster portrait and his heraldry, Richard is an interesting King to characterise.

“You may my Glories and my State depose,
But not my Griefes; still I am King of those.” 
- Richard II

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Shakespeare Quote Art: Courage and Comfort!

In a tattoo style, with inspiration from historic fonts, this reassuring quote is making its way onto the page.
"Courage and Comfort! All shall yet go well"
King John
Pencil and Ink

Monday, 17 February 2014

Shakespeare Quote Art: Blow, blow thou Winter Wind

An illustration fitting for the cold and odd weather that's around this winter:
'Blow, blow, thou winter wind."
As You Like It

Friday, 14 February 2014

Beware the Ides of March! Et tu, Brute? All Hail Caesar!

Julius Caesar, E.Schuch 2014
At long last, the timing was right for my long-awaited stab at my own take on Julius Caesar.  With a background inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, and by a fantastic statue, I've tried to make a framework majestic enough for the legendary dictator.
Caesar on Society6

Friday, 24 January 2014

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Design Reseach: Inspiration from Paris Fashion of the teens and Erte...

Researching for some new designs, and the perfect inspiration is the fashion drawings of the teens. The illustrations have incredible linework, saucy poses, clever details and of course, beautiful designs. I always feel like I can learn a lot from the chic ideas and execution.