Shakespeare’s work has been interpreted again and again in creative productions, providing inspiration for character designs and illustrations outside of the stage. Maybe someday we’ll have feature-length animated Shakespeare films!
Plays represented include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.
Media: Pencil, ink
Guillermo del Toro’s 2015 Gothic-romance/fantasy-horror film Crimson Peak featured striking lighting and cinematography that inspired several studies.
Media: Digital, pencil
Musicals on Broadway, on film, and on stages across Europe are a steady source of gesture drawing inspiration. The vibrant movement and strong character designs lend themselves well to studies and sketches.
Musicals represented include Elisabeth das Musical, A Very Potter Musical, Newsies, and Tanz der Vampire.
The central battle in the book/musical Les Miserables is the real-life June Rebellion. On the anniversary of the rebellion, fan artists and authors often create a special project based around the fictional rebels depicted in Les Miserables.
These pieces are from a 2014 series which envisions Death from Elisabeth das Musical coming for each character.