Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sketch: The Taming of the Shrew

Yesterday we went to a matinee of the WA Ballet's Taming of the Shrew, which was great fun. Shrew ties with Much Ado About Nothing as my favourite Shakespeare play (I don't go for tragedy much =P) and although there were of necessity plot changes to allow the story to flow freely without words, the ballet did retain the spirit of the original. When we came home we rewatched Kiss Me, Kate, and having already refreshed our memory of the play with the 1980 BBC version of the play with John Cleese earlier in the week, the characters were naturally in my mind.

So I splashed around with the paint a bit, trying to be much more loose and less precious, which was a nice change after so many hours in Adobe Illustrator earlier in the week.

This started with a pencil sketch, which I didn't even clean up before sloshing the paint over it. Once it was dry and went over it with a Uni-Ball Eye Needlepoint pen in as sketchy a manner as I could manage. 
The costumes are not entirely accurate, as I couldn't be bothered researching Italian costume of the early 16th century – so I went with German fashions, which were to hand in one of my books. 

Winsor and Newton Watercolours with Uni-Ball Eye 0.5 in Black, in Moleskine watercolour sketchbook.


  1. Funnily enough, the bulk of Petruchio (I assume it's him?) there made me think of Falstaff for a second. :D

  2. Thanks Niroot! Yes, I think I went a bit overboard with the bear-like qualities (not aided by those voluminous costumes! =P) One day I'll have to do something proper for Shrew, rather than a messy sketch. =)



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