A very, very early sketch that I laboured over not long after picking up pencils for the first time in years. I drew this using very waxy Lyra Rembrandt pencils, which meant a lot more close attention to detail than I’m now used to and a lot less mess. Of all the sketches I made back then, this is one of only two that I still have around. I’m still pretty happy with it! Jessica Chastain was on such an amazing run of roles for so many years, from The Tree of Life onwards, but especially Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter, which I absolutely love. And, later, her incredibly imposing turn in A Most Violent Year. She’s pretty awesome.
This was a practice sketch from an online life drawing pose resource site that I took a bit of a liking to, and decided to finish off with a bit of Celtic imagery. All very instinctive, so perhaps a little short of sub-textual depth, but I still like it. Feel free to make up your own narrative for it!
My esteemed Rewind Movie Podcast co-host Gali introduced me to Columbo back in the halcyon days of the Northern Film School, where our absurd amount of free time meant that we could scour the Freeview schedules on a daily basis looking for episodes, until I mustered up the spare cash from my sporadic cleaning jobs to buy the enormous series DVD boxset on discount from HMV in Leeds. From there, we were unstoppable, obsessing over the show’s bizarre and impressive roster of luminaries from Steven Spielberg and Jonathan Demme to Martin Sheen and Patrick McGoohan, cataloguing Peter Falk’s bag of method acting tics, and resolving to memorise every single murderer and weapon of choice.
When he asked if I could make a portrait of him, I just had to finally cast him in the role of a lifetime.
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