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Drawing from TV

September 30, 2014

So I began to watch the new season of ‘Downton Abbey’ (a drama set in the eary twentieth century, shown in the UK on ITV) and decided to do some sketches from it whilst watching. I hadn’t drawn from TV before, you have to be really quick and hope that it’s a scene (and camera angle) that focuses on someone you want to draw! The resulting double page sketchbook spread is from the first two episodes of this new season.

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Here’s a closer look at the sketch of Cora, from the opening episode of the season.

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I enjoyed drawing Lady Mary the most, here’s the sketch I did of her from the opening episode.

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And the next one is Mary again, this time from the second episode. Spent a little longer on this, more shading from memory as the scene had ended and I wanted more contrast and shadows. So this is the drawing I spend the most time on, but was still a fairly quick sketch. The focus was on speed, rather than perfect accuracy.

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It was fun to try out drawing from moving images. Fortunately Downton Abbey is a show that does pause on character’s faces in some slower scenes and isn’t packed with action and movement all the time. Whilst I can’t vouch for the show’s historical accuracy I enjoy the costumes and feel strangely compelled to watch it.

All the drawings are graphite pencil (B, 2B & 4B) on paper.

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