Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I taped and watched the third and final episode of Wallander this week. Wallander is a well known fictional police inspector in Sweden but new to UK TV. As soon as I saw the first few minutes I knew I was going to enjoy it very much. I'm truly sick of the trend in dumbed down, over-stylised murder series to show long, lingering, gratuitous, oft-repeated shots of horribly mutilated bodies, so Wallander was a breath of fresh air! Kenneth Branagh's acting was really impressive - Wallander is diabetic but doesn't realise it and Brannagh looked suitably exhausted and ill! I loved the slow pace, the focus on Wallander as a person and the wonderful Swedish scenery, beautifully shot. I do hope they will make more than just these three shows. (I used 'pause' to do these three drawings.)
These are the last TV sketches I did (from Sky News) - I haven't done any in a while. Top is Tim Marshall, Foreign Affairs Editor (I'm getting to know all the names and job titles now. Even what football teams some of them support - which must mean I'm watching way too much news!) Below him is Lord Digby Jones. I've forgotten what the subject was but, at a guess, it was probably the global financial crisis!
Two sketches I was happy with until I put some colour on them. Top is David Kuo, financial advisor. He talks in plain English and always has some really good tips - that even I can understand! I forgot to make a note the name of the man below but I drew him as I thought he had a sinister look about him!