By peter-richardson, Sep 8 2014 06:51PM
I've recently got hooked up with an illustrators group on Facebook and one of our activities is the occasional spot of speed painting.
This week we have political cliches as a theme.
Today's was "Blue-Sky Thinking"
I am also including some images that came to mind as I worked on this painting. The primary one is George Cruikshank's memorable illustration of Fagin in the Condemned Cell from Dicken's Oliver Twist. In terms of body language the pose is perfect—total fear and apprehension, which you can appreciate more clearly when you compare to Cruikshank's earlier sketches, especially the one of Bill Sykes as the character in the condemned cell (Cruikshank maintained that Oliver Twist was his idea and Dickens merely it's facilitator). In the final book Sykes dies before ever coming to trial but here you can see a complete contrast of body language, perfectly in keeping with his aggressive and pugnacious character—arms folded in defiance, brows pulled down. Brilliant illustration. The other image that hove into mind was the trial scene from David Lean's film of Dicken's 'Great Expectations' as the poor benighted souls are condemned to their appointment with the hangman a solitary beam of light from a window to a world they no longer can commune with illuminates their woebegone faces.