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A tale of two would be cities

14 May

Another completely bonkers, tongue-in-cheek spoof about the little Welsh seaside town of Tenby from a very funny writer.

A tale of two would be cities.

A Renaissance Romp

14 May

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited onto an intensive course in Renaissance drawing, using materials and equipment typical of that era. I couldn’t say anything about it at the time, but now it’s all gone public. The drawings done by the group of artists and students are to be used in a new drama series, Da Vinci’s Demons, based on the life and times of Leonardo da Vinci.  It’s being made by the production company Starz in collaboration with BBC Worldwide. The company has bought an old factory near Swansea and are refurbishing it into a film studio, spending about £60million on it. It’s so exciting!!!!

Our tutors were very strict in keeping us to authentic Renaissance style because the drawings will apparently be used on set as part of da Vinci’s studio set-up. They’re all very tiny because paper was very expensive back then, so artists typically drew very small on tiny scraps of paper, cramming several drawings into the space and using both sides. It was too expensive and precious to waste.

We are hoping that we’ll be able to go to the film set when our drawings are up, to get a glimpse before they start filming in a few weeks. As yet, I have no idea which, if any, of my drawings will be used. The group produced several hundred over four days so the competition will be high. Fingers crossed 🙂

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