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« on: March 28, 2013 06:03:26 PM »

I'm currently in a community theatre production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard- it's basically like an alternate story based off of Shakespeare's Hamlet, where two small characters tell their backstory. (that's one helluva run-on sentence, ain't it?)

Anywhos, the play toys around with the theme of polarized opposites, which got me to thinking about the style of playing cards.  So I drew up what Hamlet would look like as a playing card, as he cradles the skull of his former servant Yorrick and contemplates life and death (he's so emo, right?). A little while later while having fun with the old light box, I crafted a decent and symmetrical Hamlet.  I used a felt tip marker and watercolor paper.

It was interesting, I thought, that the eyes of the playing cards (at least the ones I have) are tired and dilated, which kind of makes the people look like coffee fiends.

Back to the drawlering- I drew on a "R" for Rosencrantz and a "G" for Guildenstern, making sure to put little serifs on the letters (the little "feet").  In lieu of using hearts, diamonds, spades or clubs, I opted to include a coin in the heads position and another in the tails position (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hate making their own decisions, and usually flip a coin instead of giving an opinion).  I used water soluble graphite for the grays and colored pencil for the reds, blues and yellows.

In the play, Rosencrantz and Guildemsterm happen across a "professional actor" who basically says that audiences only want to see violence onstage ("...the blood is compulsory, you see.").  I have a small vial of red ink that I bought (for another play, where I wanted to learn how to use a feather quill).  I popped that bad boy open, painted my hand red and pressed it against the paper; a little went a long way.

Finally, I cut out some magazine letters and glued them across the picture, to give it a ransom note-like feel.

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2013 07:15:08 AM »

Very cool.
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2013 12:08:28 PM »

I like it!  I hope you don't mind that I enlarged your picture so we could see all the details Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2013 12:38:58 PM »

Not at all.  I'm a craftster newbie, so I'm still finding my footing.
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2013 12:45:27 PM »

There are so many cool little details in this piece!  How big is it.....I assume not playing card size unless you have tiny, tiny hands Wink
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2013 01:46:26 PM »

It's 9x12 watercolor paper.  I started out with a 8.5x11 sheet of printer paper, and then transferred it to the 9x12 by way of a cheap little lightbox.  The ink drifts away a little with watercolor paper, so it's not as sharp as I would prefer, but I think the colored pencils really grab onto the texture more.
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