Okay so I’m properly back this time after a fairly lengthy break and before anyone says anything, I do realise that I vowed to blog every Tuesday… I’ve been rethinking aspects of the artwork and website though – that’s my excuse anyway. In all seriousness, I haven’t wanted to churn out posts without putting much thought into them so hopefully this one is worth the wait!

First things first, I have a couple of updates for you:

  1. New blog posts will be every Sunday from now on (and I actually will post).
  2. Next week I will be making a start on my new ‘Real Life’ art series, where I’ll be moving away from celebrity drawings and focussing on less stylised images.

It’s not all about next week though and just so you know that I have been working while I’ve been away, you can take a look at my latest (and for now, last) celebrity drawing. Not only is Pulp Fiction one of my favourite films of all time but I also really like this scene in particular. Interestingly, I’m not actually a huge fan of the Mia Wallace character but this is a great scene between Uma Thurman and John Travolta, which is often overlooked in favour of the iconic diner scene.

I like to think of this image as a slightly more understated version of Mia and one that is not often recreated. It’s still contrived but there is something about the fact that she is at home and not surrounded by people that makes me prefer it. Of course she’s also just fun to draw because of the striking features and great clothes.

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction

I tried to stay pretty true to the original image with this drawing but I made the colours bolder and the lines slightly more exaggerated – the entire picture is basically a more intense depiction of the film still. It’s always interesting to draw someone who is looking down at the ground, or has their eyes closed because it means that you have to find something else to focus the viewer’s attention on. So I added a lot of colour contrast and light and dark to the picture, as well as highlighting the facial features that can be seen. It’s sometimes all too easy to rely on the eyes for a decent likeness or to capture an expression but hopefully this shows you that you don’t necessarily need them to make for an interesting, recognisable image.

Why not give it a try?

Natalie x


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