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Year: 2014
Medium: Digital

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.

Crimson Peak

Year: 2016-2017
Media: Pencil, ink

Guillermo del Toro’s 2015 Gothic-romance/fantasy-horror film Crimson Peak featured striking lighting and cinematography that inspired several studies.


Year: 2014
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.

Les Miserables

Year: 2014
Media: Digital

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.