Friday, 2 January 2015

31 Sketches in January Day 2

Today's challenge  from Palma's list  is 'draw your favourite book,  including the title'.  No way I can pick a favourite - I have at least a top 5 -10 and love so many more besides.

 I chose this paperback because I love Hardy,  this is my favourite story of his, and  I  loved the cover which is a painting by the English artist Gordon Benningfield. Also  I  do not paint landscapes - so it was an ideal challenge! The book cost me the princely sum of  £1.25 in the early 1970's! It's been read many times.

Check out the original 1976 film with Julie Christie,  Peter Finch and Terrance Stamp,  which is one of my favourites, and was filmed in our beautiful English West country, especially around Devizes in Wiltshire. A new version is on the way this May, which I will give a try.

Sorry about the wonkiness. I'm finishing up a cheaper sketchbook and the page  buckled a bit!


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Valerie Gardiner said...

Lovely sketch Jules, I don't have the book but I also loved the original film and I look forward to seeing the new version. Enjoying the challenge, just hope that I can keep it up!

Rachel said...

I remember being made to watch the film in school, so I've never really warmed to the story. Maybe I should try again.

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Love it Jules. I will have to check out the film or the book.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Lovely Jules, you should definitely do landscapes more often! I remember the movie vaguely but have never read the book so will have to go and see if I can find it. You
Thanks for sharing your beautiful sketch.

Alex said...

Looks pretty good for someone who "does not do landscapes"!! I love the shading and depth you have on the hedgerow bushes.