Saturday, November 28, 2009
This is the second time I've drawn from the TV series Wallander, but this time it's from the original Swedish series. Kenneth Brannagh's portrayal of Wallander was so good I didn't think I was going to enjoy this one so much but it's the one show I don't want to miss each week. It must be because the characters are so well written. The Swedish version has a lot more humour in it and Wallander is very much part of a team, his character doesn't dominate at the expense of the others. Also, Mark speaks fluent Norwegian, and I know a little, so we have fun listening to the language - especially all the swear words! Here I have drawn 'Stefan', top, a character who is quite intense and aggressive but often in inappropriate situations which makes it funny, Wallander, centre, and his daughter 'Linda' below, who has an on-off relationship with Stefan.
Sadly, not many series were made and I learned recently that the actress who plays Linda, Johanna Sällström, is now dead, having committed suicide a couple of years ago. I don't know anything about her except that she was in her 30's, obviously very attractive, and had received awards and recognition for her acting. She left behind a young daughter. She seemed to have everything going for her and it did make me wonder what strange creatures we are, that our perception of our lives can override the reality of it. There was something quite melancholic about her and I tried to capture that in the drawing.
I've started yet another sketchbook with these three drawings - I'm now putting the TV sketches in a rectangular Winsor & Newton journal (similar to these) so I can spread out a bit and work slightly bigger. I have sketchbooks all over the place so I'm now losing track of where everything is! Oh, and I should say, these were intended to be quick sketches to get warmed up for a larger drawing I'm going to do, but I got a bit carried away with the shading! They were a lot of fun to do, so I guess that extended break from drawing had the desired effect!