I remembered these drawings that Akira Kurosawa used to do for his films. There was an exhibition of them at the Petit Palais in Paris a few years ago, I came across it by chance. At the time I already loved his films and but didn’t know I loved his drawings too.
I just came back from the theatre, my friend is in the play The Recruiting Officer. It was such a treat to go to the Donmar, it’s so tiny and you can sit on three sides of the stage, so your perspective is really involving and far more dynamic. The choreography becomes more apparent and complex, rather than just flat on to the scene. A stronger sense of characters relating to each other in the foreground and background. It made me want to draw acting so much. I must see if I can get to draw the drama students rehearsing at Saint Martins. Anyway, Nancy was brilliant as the cross-dressing Silvia (below) and Mackenzie Crook played an entertaining and crafty Sergeant Kite.
Javier Mariscal came and gave a truly enthralling and unorthodox talk! It included some live animation, he narrated and ad-libed through his films and slideshows depicting a lifetime of work; fast-paced and colourful. A wildly talented man. It couldn’t have been more different from a conventional Q&A on a film, and so much the better for it. Thank you Mariscal!
In the Summer I saw an exhibition of Neil Meacher’s sketch books and I was mesmerised. The lecture on UPA reminded me of his work. He also taught my father at Kingston in the 60’s, and incidentally the image above is of Dungeoness Powerstation, not far from where I grew up.