Man Of The Hour

The brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes; acrylics and coloured pencils on coloured paper.

Have a great new year everyone. :)

Notebook Portrait

This is a quick portrait of Ellen Page that I drew a few years ago. Working within the notebook’s limited space you operate under a rather peculiar kind of pressure; while your moves have to be gentle and cautious, the small frame of the paper frees you from worrying too much about the composition of the drawing. In such little room things end up more or less exactly where they ought to without a great deal of effort.

A very good night to you all.

The War of the Worlds

On the evening of October 30th, 1938, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air aired their adaptation of H. G. Wells’ The War Of The Worlds over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network.

The broadcast, which told the story of the invasion of the Earth by creatures from Mars and their deadly machines and was presented in the format of a series of extremely well fabricated news bulletins, caught several listeners off their guard and consequently led them to believe that an alien assault on the planet was indeed under way.

The reception of the show by the audience is owed not only to the great plausibility of the news bulletins and the brilliance of the performances of the cast and crew, but to the complete absence of commercial breaks as well, which allowed for the deception to flow almost entirely unhindered.

Most importantly however, the success of the broadcast is attributed to the exact state of mind of the public of the time that Welles sought to criticize, which is characterized by a disturbing willingness to uncritically accept anything that comes through the new medium of radio.

Seventy-five years later, the show remains powerful, entertaining and at certain times, rather frightening. Quite a few months ago, when I listened to it for the first time, it inspired me to create the drawing that you see above. I hope you like it and if you haven’t already been given the chance, I invite you to enjoy the broadcast.