Is Television the New Cinema ?

Hello ! Apologies for the lack of posting recently. I’ve been in work practically ALL WEEK ! Not to mention that I don’t really like posting something new unless it’s well written and worth reading ūüôā Ideally, I wanted the other set of Vintage Disney Princess drawings to be up and ready by now, but I’ve had absolutely no time to even get started on them, so, alas, you must wait another week or so for those beauties !

My lack of drawing can also be traced back to another source: my addiction to television. Yes, I admit it; I am ridiculously, unashamedly, and irrefutably obsessed with watching television. Everyone assumes that as an English Literature student I must spend most of my days with my nose in-between the pages of a 1000+ page book. Not an entirely inaccurate assumption mind you – my love of reading will never die ! But,¬†unless you only watch The Jeremy Kyle Show, or don’t even own a television set (the latter is preferable when faced with the first prospect), there is no denying the recent surge in remarkably good, in some cases even extraordinary, television (Ahem, True Detective). It’s time to¬†forget what you think is cinema’s dominance over the small screen.

Not too long ago, movies were the BIG thing, they were IT. If ever there was a great novel, play, or comic book out there, you could be rest assured that somebody, a producer or director or what not, would get their hands on it, acquire the rights, and, not long after, the written word would be slapped across the big screen, encapsulated in a two-hour+ epic propelled forward by a large Hollywood ensemble. I remember that only a few years back, every time I went to the cinema there would always be an onslaught of must-see-trailers before the actual film itself started, followed by the tagline ‘SUMMER OF CINEMA 2007’ or ‘SUMMER OF CINEMA 2008’ etc etc, you get the idea. And they weren’t kidding. Not that I’m saying cinema is suddenly bad now – there are still plenty of adaptions to the big screen that capture my attention and get my adrenaline pumping. Films such as The Hunger Games and The Hobbit are all 2-3 hour interpretations of incredible books and, in my opinion, do them¬†wonderful justice. There is also something magical about going to the cinema that beats sitting on your sofa in front of a tiny screen by comparison. However, what I am saying is that the sudden rise in brilliant television is perhaps the way forward in terms of adaptations.

Just look at HBO’s Game of Thrones¬†–¬†could anyone really imagine George R.R. Martin’s¬†A Song of Ice and Fire now¬†being translated into a series of movies similar to the Harry Potter format ? The same goes for Robert Kirkman’s¬†comic book series¬†The Walking Dead¬†– maybe once upon a time I could have seen this being adapted for the cinema in the same way that the Batman series was represented by Christopher Nolan’s impressive¬†Dark Knight trilogy. But, now¬†I could not envision any movie, no matter who it was directed by or who it starred, being able to compete with the way in which AMC’s The Walking Dead¬†has brought the comic books to life with such vivid detail and clarity. Even past adaptions such as The Silence of the Lambs¬†and¬†Hannibal, whilst they remain incredible in themselves, I feel fall short in comparison to television’s recent interpretation of Thomas Harris’ novels: NBC’s¬†Hannibal.

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The fact is that these television series, some of which have up to 22 episodes per season, provide us with much more detail and insight into these different worlds and characters than a movie ever could. Take the character Hannibal Lecter, the infamous serial-killing cannibal/brilliant psychiatrist from Harris’ suspense novels – whilst no one can doubt Anthony Hopkins’ incredible performance as Dr. Lecter in both¬†The Silence of the Lambs¬†and¬†Hannibal, it is hard to envision any 2-hour movie being able to fully reconcile us¬†to such a brilliantly complex character. Prequels and sequels have attempted to help us better understand Hannibal Lecter – Hannibal Rising¬†(2007) revealed to us the origins of Dr. Lecter and the driving force behind his actions – but the lack of coherence across the series (i.e. same director, same shooting style, same actors), doesn’t quite do the character justice. The same applies to Game of Thrones‘ Tyrion Lannister, for how could we possibly begin to understand or appreciate this one-of-a-kind character, whose dry wit, sardonic bitterness, and intellectual prowess stems from his life-long torment for being a dwarf, if he were merely a figure in some blockbuster-movie where his screen time probably totalled at 30 minutes ?

With television growing and growing in popularity, the lines between TV and Cinema¬†are becoming increasingly blurred. I mean, there used to be a distinction between those actors who starred in movies and those who starred in television, but I think we are beginning to see a substantial crossover as a number of Hollywood actors, many of whom started out in television, begin to return to the small screen. Martin Freeman is a prime example of such overlap – star of Ricky Gervais’¬†The Office, Freeman shot to international fame as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s¬†The Hobbit, but has since made a return to television with his continuing involvement in BBC’s¬†Sherlock, and his recent portrayal as Lester Nygaard in FX’s¬†Fargo. Yet, what has truly rendered the start of a new era in television¬†is the participation of¬†The Hunger Games’¬†Woody Harrelson and Oscar-winning Matthew McConaughey in HBO’s¬†True Detective¬†(a show which is possibly one of the best things to ever be aired on television). Many might disagree with me, but I seriously doubt that such massive Hollywood stars would have lent their names to a television production back in, say, 2009 even.

True Detective

And it is not hard to see why such actors are choosing to spread their talent across a multi-episode television series – where once television’s lower budget led to depictions of day-to-day reality rather than the fantastical escapism encountered in film, television is beginning to acquaint itself with massive special effects, making some episodes seem like they were intended for the big screen. The two which spring to my mind immediately is The Battle of Blackwater Bay depicted in Season 2, Episode 9 of¬†Game of Thrones, and the incredible police-chase sequence at the end of Season1, Episode 4 of¬†True Detective:

As you can now probably see, if you couldn’t before, I just love television. And I don’t mean any old television programme, although I am guilty of continuously watching The Only Way is Essex and Celebrity Big Brother (reality television is often the best form of escapism !). But, yeah, I can often think of nothing better than getting lost in a brilliant television show in the same way that I lose myself in the books that some are based on. I love having something to look forward to every week, something that I can research and read up on, characters that have back stories which can occupy me for hours and hours, and story-lines which engage me for weeks, possibly months on end rather than just that two hour trip to the cinema. I can only imagine how incredibly wonderful both¬†Harry Potter¬†and¬†The Lord of the Rings¬†would have been if they had been 10 episode epics unfurled over 5 or more seasons. I mean, there’s still time to do that ! Just imagine an HBO rendering of¬†The Lord of the Rings, where Middle-earth comes to life on the same scale as Westeros ! (Although The Lord of the Rings¬†movies will always hold a special place in my heart)¬†Or how amazing would it be to hear¬†the words ‘Next week, on FX’s¬†Harry Potter….’¬†Getting excited just thinking about it ! Personally I really think a television adaptation about James Potter and Sirius Black’s time at Hogwarts NEEDS to be made ! I already have the perfect cast list in mind….

Anyway, to conclude my weird-obsession with television, I’ve made a list of what I believe are some of the best television series out there, many of which are adaptations of books and the like. As I said earlier, I truly believe that television has the potential to accurately bring to life the written word more than any big budget, blockbuster movie ever will. In fact, it is not so much that television is now becoming indistinguishable from film, but, rather, is beginning to surpass it.

Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead
Hannibal
Fargo
True Detective
Sherlock
Dracula
Sleepy Hollow
Downton Abbey
Sex and the City
Doctor Who
American Horror Story
Lost

Now don’t shoot me just because something like¬†Mad Men, Breaking Bad,¬†or¬†Dexter¬†isn’t up there, as I’m not an infinite pool of knowledge when it comes to every television show, and I’ve still yet to see the odd few ! But those are my favourites ūüôā

Also, one more thing, and this is simply a personal reason for my obsession with recent television, but I am LOVING all the British actors being featured across many of these shows ! Sorry to all my American readers (if any), but as a proud Briton/Welshman/Englishman (Welshwoman, Englishwoman ?!), it is great to know that the world can now see the amount of talent we actually have on our tiny island. I mean, there is at least ONE Briton featured in almost all of the television shows I’ve named, most of which are American-produced. Let’s name a few…..well, for starters, almost the entire cast of¬†Game of Thrones¬†are British ! But we also have Martin Freeman in¬†Fargo, Tom Mison in Sleepy Hollow, Andrew Lincoln and David Morrissey in¬†The Walking Dead, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in Dracula, Hugh Dancy in¬†Hannibal¬†and Dominic Monaghan and Naveen Andrews in¬†Lost. Yes, most of the time they are playing Americans (how GOOD is Freeman’s Midwestern accent in¬†Fargo¬†?!), but it’s still inspiring to see them being cast in such big productions ! AH I LOVE IT ! Okay, so I just remembered that Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is actually Irish and not British, but hey, my surname is Irish so it still makes me proud !!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed reading ! Oh yeah, and watch¬†True Detective.¬†It’s amazing. I still can’t get over how ingenious it was – ‘You’re in Carcosa now.’ Just brilliant. Even if you just watch it for the opening sequence, that’s justifiable:

 

 

 

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The Magic of Diagon Alley

They make a fuss about Hogsmeade, but I assure you, Harry, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
–¬†Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Percy Weasley couldn’t have provided less¬†comfort if he’d tried when he made an attempt to console poor old Harry about his inability to go to the illustrious village of Hogsmeade (his parents are dead McGonagall ! Who else is going to sign his consent form ?!) However, Percy has a point;¬†Hogsmeade is nothing, NOTHING, next to Diagon Alley.

I mean, Hogsmeade is more or less the John Lewis of the Wizarding World – it’s amazing, sure, and everything you look at captures your attention, what with their delightfully sparkling products, some of which you’ve never seen¬†else where before. Where else is better than John Lewis ? What’s that ? Yes. Oh yes. Harrods. Harrods is better than John Lewis. And that is just what Diagon Alley is – it is the Harrods of the Wizarding World.

Like Harrods, Diagon Alley is where the real magic happens, where the real magic begins. Here, there are things that exist beyond your wildest imagination, things that will always be just that little bit out of your reach, things that are beautiful, luxurious, extraordinary and enchanting; walking through the bank at Harrods (you can smell the millions) evokes images of the legendary Gringotts Wizarding Bank, whilst the lavish fashion and accessories department, where it would be a miracle if you could afford one item, vaguely reminds you of the robes and wand you purchased from Madam Malkin’s and Ollivanders in that dream you had last night.

That being said, I implore you to look at this http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2545244/Revealed-A-peek-inside-Diagon-Alley-Orlandos-newest-Harry-Potter-attraction.html

Yes, that article was published back in January. Yes, I have only just accepted that it is happening. Yes, I am beginning to reconcile myself to the fact that I will probably never get to step onto those cobbled streets myself. For now, as you can see for yourself, the kind people who run the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Orlando, have submitted to our demands and dreams by opening up their very own Harrods, i.e. Diagon Alley.

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By¬†the end of Summer 2014, the lucky muggles¬†visiting the Wizarding World will be able to step off the snowy streets of Hogsmeade, book a ticket at Platform 9¬ĺ, and catch the Hogwarts Express all the way to the magical cobbles of Diagon Alley. Tired from your train ride ? Don’t worry, you’ll be able to replenish your sugar levels at¬†Florean Fortescue‚Äôs Ice-Cream Parlour. Doubtless you will need the energy if you are¬†to practise your Quidditch skills by purchasing your very¬†own Nimbus 2000 or Firebolt at¬†Quality Quidditch Supplies. Why not send us back at home a postcard of your adventures ? Better yet, you will even be able pick up¬†a quill and some parchment at¬†Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment – the owls at¬†Eeylops Owl Emporium will be happy to air mail your letter to us !¬†

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Is my jealousy that obvious ? I prefer the¬†the term pleasantly envious. Seriously though, whilst the likelihood of me ever walking through that colourful, spellbinding Alley currently stands at zero (unless I win the EuroMillions….or rob Gringotts…), it is heart-warming and inspirational to think that there are people out there who are literally building dreams as we speak. For that is what Harry Potter is – it is a book that transports us to a different world, where we are enchanted and bewitched, where nothing very bad could ever happen to us (apart from the return of Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters). And now something that was once only achieved through words is slowly coming to life, becoming a reality that we can touch, taste, and smell, and that is truly amazing.

Perhaps one day I will be able to let myself be chosen by my very own wand at Ollivanders (the wand chooses the Wizard don’t you know), but, for now, I will content myself with my books and my imagination. If that fails, there is always The Making of Harry Potter Tour at Warner Bros. Studio London ūüôā

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Happy 85th Birthday to the Beautiful Audrey Hepburn

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone
– Audrey Hepburn

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On what would have been her 85th Birthday today, I want to dedicate this small post to the most heart-stoppingly beautiful woman that I have ever seen – Audrey Hepburn. I remember watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s as a young girl and being completely struck by her feminine, elegant, sophisticated beauty. No one compares. She is my inspiration ‚̧

The Secret to Flawless Make Up

‘I no more think¬†that you should use a lipstick, powder, deodorant or hairbrush in public than you would take a bath in public’
–¬†
Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn appreciated the power of keeping beauty secrets) 

As a big fan of make up I am more than aware of the THOUSANDS, perhaps even MILLIONS, of articles like this that are out there. All we need to do is google ‘Make Up Tips’ and in less than a minute us women become armed with the knowledge of how to contour our face like Kim Kardashian, attain¬†Angelina Jolie cheekbones, perfect a Keira Knightley¬†pout, and draw on Megan Fox eyebrows.

Whilst I am regrettably¬†unable to teach you how to magically transform your face into that of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s with just a few effortless brush strokes, I can let you in on a few beauty secrets of my own¬†ūüôā I mean, I don’t want to brag (or maybe I do), but everyone always comments on how good my make up is (by everyone I mean my mum….), so I’ve decided to do the unthinkable, and share some of my easy tips on how to achieve¬†a very fresh, simple look with your make up.

E-card Make Up

1. First thing’s first, ALWAYS make sure you face is CLEAN ! That goes without saying really. Never ever use soap to wash your face – it will strip your skin of all its natural oils and leave it feeling extremely tight and dry. Instead, I use¬†Olay Total Effects Cleansers: Self-Heating Skin Exfoliation. Normally, I would recommend you only exfoliate your face once a week, but with this one you can use it every day as you please. You can actually feel the cleanser heating up on your face (if you close your eyes it feels like you’re at the spa….), and it leaves your skin feeling smooth and smelling beautiful !

Olay Exfoliator
2. Remove all the left over dirt and make up that accumulates on your skin throughout the day. For this, I use¬†L’Or√©al Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Solution. All you need to do is dab a little onto a cotton pad (you may need to use two) and sweep across the face, repeating until there is no dirt left on the pad. Proper skincare will ensure your face has a natural glow to it, which means less make up is needed !

L'Oreal Cleanser
3. MOISTURISE ! You would think that would be obvious, but not many people do actually remember to moisturise their face,¬†not to mention their neck or¬†d√©colletage (both of which also benefit from a bit of moisturiser¬†!) Of course, everyones skin is different so it’s very important to find a moisturiser that suits your specific skin type, and once you find a good one, stick to it ! After filling up yet another drawer full of forgotten moisturisers that didn’t quite meet my expectations, I have settled on using¬†Olay Instant Hydration Skin Serum.¬†It’s technically an anti-wrinkle serum, but it’s never too early to start preparing for the inevitable ! Moisturiser does not only ensure your skin is hydrated, but it also acts as a primer to keep your make up in place throughout the day. WIN.¬†

Olay Moisturiser
4.¬†FIND A GOOD FOUNDATION ! I am a firm believer in investing in a good, reliable foundation – once you have a decent base, everything else on top will look flawless. I’ve been through more foundations than I have McDonald’s Drive Throughs (i.e. quite a few), and have ended up looking both like a tangerine and a ghost.¬†I have learnt from my horrendous teenage years and¬†have become somewhat of a foundation aficionado. Thus, I highly recommend¬†Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow; it really is WOW and not as expensive as you might think. I advise applying foundation with a foundation brush, dabbing onto the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead, then blending it all together with both the brush and your fingers.

Benefit
5. Highlighter really is your best friend, and nothing can compare to Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. It is literally a miracle worker and an absolute god send. Never EVER use anything but this when it comes to highlighting. Not only does it add definition to your cheekbones when blended across the tops of your cheeks, but it also reawakens tired eyes when dabbed under and around the eyelids, slims down a perhaps-slightly-larger nose when brushed right down the middle, and plumps up thinning lips when applied around the lip line.

Touche Eclat
6.¬†Use bronzer, not blush. This may outrage those of you who prefer a pinky hue to a bronzed glow, but I’m only stating what works for me ! Bronzer is definitely more suitable than blush if you have darker, olive-type skin like I do. A lot of make up artists recommend sweeping bronzer all over your face, but if you’re after a more defined look then my advice is to sweep your bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks and upwards towards the temples (you can build up the colour as you please). You can also¬†sweep the excess powder under your chin, along your forehead, and on your brow bone. Like foundation, I have gone through many many bronzers – matte bronzes, glittery bronzers, expensive bronzers, cheap bronzers – but the one I always come back to is Dior’s Diorskin Nude Tan Bronzing Powder. Just to add, I always apply my bronzer AFTER highlighting, never before. Some people do it the other way around but I found this way has always worked best for me.

Dior Bronzer
7.¬†Only apply one coat of mascara. Again, I’ve always heard and read that you should apply between 2-3 coats of mascara, but if you have a decent, reliable mascara then this is not necessary. If you end up applying too much, the price you pay for slightly longer, darker eyelashes is black smudge on your brow bones when you blink, and very unnatural looking eyelashes which resemble the legs of those really hairy garden spiders that always manage to find a way into your bedroom just as you’re about to turn the light out. It’s a little expensive but I always use, and highly recommend,¬†Chanel’s¬†Le¬†Volume De Chanel. It lasts forever as you only ever need one coat, and the brush separates each and every one of your eyelashes to make eyes appear much larger and somewhat almond-shaped.

Chanel Mascara
8.¬†When applying lip gloss or lipstick, just go for it ! So many women try and apply their lip colour perfectly the first time, but I say just aim for the general lip area and go for it, you can always tidy up any mistakes and imperfections afterwards with a cotton pad or a cotton bud. To be honest, I don’t wear lipstick or gloss that often, but if you are a lipstick lover then I advise investing in a good one – with cheaper lipsticks, especially glosses, I always find that your hair ends up getting stuck in it whenever the wind blows ! The only lipstick I ever use is a red one that I got a while ago from Yves Saint Laurent and I’ve heard very good things about most of their lip colour range ! Although saying that, I’ve also had good experiences with¬†Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain.¬†If you can, always apply your lip colour with a brush – the colour lasts longer.

Revlon
9.¬†Eyeshadow isn’t just for eyes. That sounds weird, but if you’re on a night out and fancy contouring some high cheekbones for yourself or maybe a stronger jaw line, I find that taking a small eyeshadow applicator and a brown eyeshadow (the shade of brown should be slightly darker than your skin tone) will do the trick. Simply dab the applicator into the powder, then sweep the colour from the end of the thicker part of your eyebrow, then down the side of your nose (both sides), then blend. After this, apply a small line of powder just above the hollows of your cheeks (where the bone is), and, again, blend blend blend ! Do the same along your jaw line if that’s the look you’re going for – it’s all about blending ! This you can do with either your fingers or a make up sponge. With eyeshadows, I don’t think it really matters whether its expensive or a bit cheaper as in my experience they’re all pretty much the same ! Although I do recommend Benefit Longwear Powder Eyeshadow¬†in spiced brown shade.

Benefit Eyeshadow
10.¬†Use loose powder to lock everything in place ! As I said before, moisturiser will do this for you, but powder not only extends the wear of your make up, but also enhances everything else, giving your face an all-over subtle glow. Loose powder is more of a luxury than a necessity to your make up kit, but if you do require it then I recommend Dior’s¬†Diorskin Nude Rose Powder¬†– it is costly but very worth it ! It’s a very luxurious product, so it’s a pleasure to put on really ūüôā As with the mascara, it lasts forever as you only need a tiny bit – too much and your face will end up looking very Geisha-like, not to mention it will obscure any bronzer or blush that you may have put on beforehand. Just dab a large blusher¬†brush very lightly into the powder, and very gently sweep across the¬†forehead, nose, apples of the cheeks, and jaw line. This powder will also stop your face from looking too shiny and keep your make up from sweating off if you’re dancing the night away on the weekend ! Disgusting I know, but it does happen from time to time !

Dior Powder

Katie’s Extra Special Beauty Tips

1. If you are fair headed, like I used to be a very long time ago, use BROWN mascara. Only wear black mascara if you are dark.

2. To achieve a very sultry, tousled look, apply all make up as normal and then take a hot shower or bath Рthe steam will sink into your skin and soften up your make up.

3.¬†Follow the beautiful Audrey Hepburn’s example and separate each of your eyelashes with a pin after applying mascara – it will give them an even fuller look.

4. Keep it simple for a daytime look Рfoundation, a little bit of bronze/blush, and a lick of mascara is all you need. If you must wear eyeliner, wear brown, not black.

5.¬†If you’re going for a strong look with your eyes, keep the lips looking pale and subtle. If you want a strong lip colour, keep eye make up very simple. NEVER do both !

6. Use liquid liner for the tops of your eyelid, and either a crayon or even eyeshadow for the bottom lash line Рit gives a much softer, less harsh look.


So that’s it really ! Hopefully you’ve all learnt something today, and will perhaps try some of these tips yourselves, and maybe even invest in some of the products I’ve mentioned ! Like I said, you won’t end up looking like Scarlett Johansson, but you will enhance an even more beautiful YOU ūüôā

Love Katie xx

 

 

 

Inspirational Instagrams

I don’t know about you, but I am a self-proclaimed Instagram junkie (there are worst things to be addicted to….) The first thing I do in the morning, and the last thing I do at night (apart from wonder if my cats are okay) is check Instagram. Sometimes, I just aimlessly scroll through, without even acknowledging what I’m supposed to be looking at, that’s how bad I am !

The only thing I will say in favour of my Instagram addiction is that¬†my own Insta-portfolio is NOT permeated with pictures of my wonderful self, showcasing my new shade of lipstick or my perfected pout. Not that I’m against the selfie, hell I’ve taken the odd few and some of the most iconic Insta-photos are of a pouting face, but I find that the ones that really capture my attention are ones that encapsulate the beauty of everything that surrounds us.

There is little doubt that the Instagram app has revolutionised the photography world Рits various filters can make even the most technophobic person seem like a budding photographer, not to mention that it has made our viewing of all the wonderful things in this world much more accessible. I mean, before Instagram, who knew that Pugs were capable of working so many different looks (pugsofinstagram), or that it is the ideal place to get propositioned by famous actors (ahem James Franco) ?

Anyway, back to the point; I find that a lot of ideas and thoughts can come just by looking at one single picture, and Instagram is practically THEE haven of pictures. It doesn’t matter whether the photo you’re looking at is taken by a inexperienced-photographer somewhere in the middle of nowhere, or a professional in the heart of the city, I believe that having a good old look through Instagram can inspire the despondent, and cheer up even the grumpiest of people.

So, I’ve gathered a few of what I think are the most uplifting Insta-photos out there to hopefully put a smile on your face ūüôā

 

Chinchilla
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Daisies
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Cat Hairnet
@catsofinstagram

Thanks mum
@cathkidston_ltd

Pandas
@natgeo

Prom
@instagram

Easter Cat
@catsofinstagram

Smile
@irablockphoto

Coffee Cat
@love_food

Joan
@joanrivers

pug
@pugsofinstagram

Penguin
@natgeo

goat
@awwclub

Most of these are animal-related which only means one thing…..Animals really can make you smile ūüôā

 

 

 

Vintage Disney

IT’S FINALLY HERE !!

Okay, so ! Having been bed ridden all day with a very infuriating chest infection, with nothing to watch but the bloody snooker, I decided to complete some of the sketches that I’ve been working on for the past two weeks ūüôā After all, you need cheering up as much as I do !

So the idea behind the sketches was to combine two of my favourite passions – Disney and Hollywood Vintage. Most of you might have already guessed from my second post that I am a proud Disney fanatic, but only those who very close to me know that I absolutely adore old Hollywood; that is, any film that features the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardener, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Vivien Leigh etc, you get the idea ! To me, not only are many of the older Hollywood films amongst the best that have ever been created for the screen (Gone With The Wind anyone ?), but their actresses are some of the most beautiful women to ever exist. You only need to step in my bedroom once to see that I have a slight obsession with Audrey Hepburn – most of my wall is adorned with pictures of her incredible almond shaped eyes and flawless bone structure; to me, she is the most extraordinarily beautiful, sophisticated, feminine, graceful woman that has ever existed

Anyway, I can’t remember where I heard or read it, but apparently a few of the designs for the Disney Princesses were based on the appearance of vintage Hollywood actresses, for example, Cinderella was inspired by Grace Kelly, Belle by Audrey Hepburn etc. So, I decided to do a few sketches of how the Disney Princesses would look if they were dressed in some of the most iconic dresses worn by these beautiful Hollywood actresses ūüôā

It’s a bit silly I know, and I’m not the greatest artist in the world (notice the state of the hands !), but it’s an idea I’d been toying with for ages, and I’m quite proud of them to be honest, and I hope you will all like them too ! At the moment, I’ve only done 5 of the 10 Disney Princesses (I’m not including Merida or the Frozen sisters, sorry !), so you’ll have something to look forward to for next time ūüėÄ

 

1. Belle as Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

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2. Cinderella as Grace Kelly in Rear Window

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3. Rapunzel as Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Rapunzel Marilyn

(Note: Yes I know Rapunzel’s ‘Marilyn’ dress is VERY similar to Cinderella’s dress, but by the time I realised I’d already finished the drawing and it’s one of my favourites ! Besides, I think Rapunzel is far more Marilyn-like than Cinderella ! She’s fun, flirty, and sexy ! Cinderella’s a bit boring…apart from her affinity for wildlife….)

4. Sleeping Beauty/Aurora as Kim Novak in Vertigo

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5. Jasmine as Hedy Lamarr in Samson and Delilah 

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So there we go ! The inspiration for the look of the Princesses came from the Disney Designer Collection that was launched in 2011….despite not managing to get any of the merchandise that came out of that collection, I thought that the designs for the princesses were simply beautiful and so elegant:

Disney DesignerTo create the Vintage Hollywood dress, I used Edith Head’s sketches as my template…as I said, I’m not an artist by nature so I need something to go by ! I absolutely adore Edith Head’s fashion drawings so it was hard to choose which ones I wanted to use ! Rapunzel and Belle were the only ones whose dresses weren’t based on an Edith Head design (I drew them straight from the real-life photos), but here are the other sketches for you to look at:

Kim Novak Hedy Lamarr Grace Kelly

 

10 Reasons Why You MUST Watch ‘Game of Thrones’

So my last post, which hinted at a very fabulous drawing-inspired post-to-come, is taking a little longer than I expected. As you can probably tell by my ever so detailed sketch, drawing is not my forte, but the drawings I’m working on are something I’ve wanted to do for ages so I’m going to continue with it, and hopefully you’ll all be able to see the outcome in a few days time ūüôā

Alas, to fill the void I’m sure you’re all feeling, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to a television series that I’m certain is close to all of your hearts…..GAME.OF.THRONES.!!!!

Unless you’ve literally, and I mean literally, been living under a rock since 2011, you should at least be vaguely aware of HBO’s¬†Game of Thrones based on George R. R. Martin’s fictional fantasy series¬†A Song of Ice and Fire¬†(I’ll not even venture to question¬†why you haven’t watched it. The shock of someone not even witnessing one episode is too much for my heart to bear).

Admittedly, the series on first glance seems a bit¬†daunting – the sheer size of the cast whose characters’ interwoven plot lines are set against a backdrop of beheadings, torture, prostitutes, and revenge points towards one word: INTENSE. Not to mention that it does appear perhaps too¬†much inclined towards the fantasy angle – here there be Dragons who can destroy and conquer Kingdoms quicker than¬†The Hobbit’s Smaug can roast a Dwarf, and the land is coated with¬†vast castles, most of which would make Hogwarts literally look like a lego set. For someone like my friend Antonia, who feels physically sick at the mention of anything medieval or fantastical (such as the word ‘goblet’….), it’s understandable why something like¬†Game of Thrones¬†would send her, and those like her, running into the syrupy sweet arms of¬†Glee,¬†or into the fashion-forward, retro world of¬†Mad Men.

However, despite a thick layer of fantasy spread onto an over-stuffed cake of blood, sex, incest, murder, and politics,¬†Game of Thrones¬†is most definitely a sweet treat that you won’t get sick of in a hurry; if you can will yourself to power through the first couple of episodes, which do require a certain level of patience (not to mention a strong stomach), you’ll likely find yourself taking BuzzFeed’s ‘Which Game of Thrones Character are you ?’ or ‘Which Game of Thrones House Do You Belong In ?’ the very next day.

So, for you GoT¬†lovers out there, I’ve compiled a list to remind you why you love this series so much, and for you GoT virgins (shame on you !), this list is to show you exactly what you’re missing out on. Everyone needs a slice of the Game of Thrones cake, even if your slice does taste a little like blood and incest.

#1 РHot Men (This is definitely the most important reason) 

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#2 – It’s got it’s priorities in order

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#3 – It teaches you very valuable life lessons

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#4 – The Hair

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#5 – Jerome Flynn from 90s pop duo ‘Robson & Jerome’ is in it. And he’s very witty.¬†

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#6 РThe Opening Credits 

#7 – Strong, bad-ass women

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#8 – Did I mention the hot men ?

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#9 – Violence, violence, violence

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#10 – PETER DINKLAGE/TYRION LANNISTER

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