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Pride and Prejudice- the BBC miniseries, not the sucky movie version starring Keira Knightley- is easily the best book-film adaptation. Ever! I bought the DVD duo last month to celebrate handing in a thesis and watched all 6 hours of it in one hit. Um, so I was watching it again last night (Mr Darcy, mmm!), and since I'm all itchy-fingers, watched with sketch pad in hand. XD

ETA: Two charcoal pages.

All drawn really quickly but with liberal use of the pause button. XDD I tried to use as few lines as possible. I also accidentally made stupid Mr Collins look more dashing.

Markers are so much fun to use! I used to have a pack of Crayolas but they ran out. ;_; The next time I go to Singapore, I'm going to buy more markers. Especially calligraphy markers for their finer chiselled tip (for personal reference, the one I've bought a couple of is this brand: Marvy Calligraphy Duo 6800 from Art Friend in Bras Basah). Next time I'd like to try using different coloured markers for tone instead of relying on a partially dried-out marker!

ETA: Two more pages. Because this thing is lengthy, even if I did start watching at the last few chapters! Had a go with willow charcoal and charcoal pencil this time. Still can't capture the good looks of Mr Darcy!

"I am only resolved to act in a manner that will constitute my own happiness, without reference to you or to any person so wholly unconnected with me."


Date: 2007-11-10 11:03 am (UTC)
thene: Happy Ponyo looking up from the seabed (alpha)
From: [personal profile] thene
These are so very awesome.

Date: 2007-11-11 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you, Lu. ^^ Tis an awesome show!

Date: 2007-11-10 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So what did you think of the vine (willow)/compressed combo?

And, I'm willing to admit I'm in the extreme minority that prefers the movie over the miniseries. I have both on DVD, but I can't bring myself to watch Firth and Ehle make the same facial expressions over and over.

Date: 2007-11-11 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think the combination made for better drawing! The willow/vine allowed me to draft out the figure more freely and quickly- I guess because it doesn't "stick" or drag as the compressed does. More room for error, too. I can see why the last time I tried drawing with charcoal pencil didn't work so well for me. A sharpish charcoal pencil was good this time for filling in finer details. Thank you for the suggestion- I think it works well!

That's fair enough- they make the same faces for a good 6 hours after all. XD Although Firth necessarily would have a lesser range than Ehle, given their respective characters. If I recall, Macfayden's facial expressions (and acting, IMHO) were pretty flat himself. I love the book first and foremost, and because the miniseries is such a faithful adaptation I couldn't help but love that, too. My complaint with the movie is the wonky character interpretation. However, I did like the emotion in Darcy/Elizabeth's confrontation in the rain. What do you like better about the movie?

Date: 2007-11-11 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I thought Knightly seemed closer to the age of Elizabeth than Ehle. I also really liked Sutherland as the dad—actually, I think I liked all the actors in the movie more, with the exception of the Misters Bingley and Wickham. I thought the movie was more interesting visually, and I'm a fan of the long one-takes.

The miniseries reminded me of a soap opera more than anything else—too many dramatic long looks. But, I'm weird! I know this!

Date: 2007-11-14 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
True; if I recall, Elizabeth was nearly 20 in the book? I didn't like Knightley's portrayal though; sass without intelligence. Mr Bingley was a problem because the film turned him into a blustering oaf, when my impression of him was more amiable. I can't remember Wickham or Mr Bennet. =( The sets were interesting though- I really liked that.

Long one-takes are wonderful! My favourites so far are from Children of Men.


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