Victorian Era costumes are so much fun to draw. Couple that with theater, and what’s to not like? So when my local Whole Foods store announced that San Jose Youth Shakespeare was performing ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the store this weekend, I went. Although my kids were terrified by the ghost of Jacob Marley with his rattling chains and booming voice. And by the faceless ‘Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come’, but I had fun drawing them all.
I’ve given some of it away, but if you know your Dickens you should be able to put a name to most of the characters in the series of sketches below. Can you name them?
And here’s some studies of Scrooge himself, as well as his clerk and nephew.
I loved drawing this harpist. She had a lovely calm face that matched the music she made. AND, she sat still in a corner of the stage and didn’t move like the other characters did!
You can see lots more sketches on my flickr site. And don’t forget to catch a good Christmas play at your local theater.
Lovely catch, Suhita. A harpist plays at the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Saratoga. I wonder if it is the same woman. The woman at Saratoga’s Farmer’s Market is middle aged.
Thanks Lee, I know the harpist you speak of: she plays at the Almaden Farmers Market too. But this is a young girl.
The young harpist is in her first year of high school. She arranges and performs… and is a Doctor Who fan – here is her WhoHarps youtube page 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/user/WhoHarps?feature=watch . I enjoyed seeing you at work at the Whole Foods preview performance of A Christmas Carol. The kids did an excellent job with their four sold-out full performances.
I always enjoy your work!
Hi Suhita. Thanks for these lovely sketches. Do you use a dip pen?
No dip pen I use a ultra fine Sharpie. Easy to carry along, no mess, and it flows fast, making me work quick… If I stop I end up with blotchy lines…
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