eleanor shakespeare


Eleanor Matsuura as Hippolyta (with Maxine Peake as Titania) in Russell T Davies’ adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

“Romeo and Juliet are just two rich kids who’ve always gotten every little thing they want. And now, they think they want each other.”

“They’re in love…” Mr. Stessman said, clutching his heart.

“They don’t even know each other,” she said.

“It was love at first sight.”

“It was ‘Oh my God, he’s so cute’ at first sight. If Shakespeare wanted you to believe they were in love, he wouldn’t tell you in almost the very first scene that Romeo was hung up on Rosaline.… It’s Shakespeare making fun of love,” she said.

—  Eleanor Douglas, Eleanor & Park
Things I have learnt in my second year out of university
  • Keep a sketchbook, even if you only do the very occasional drawing or sketch. If you can get yourself back to a life drawing class, even better.
  • Sometimes personal circumstances change for the worse. In such situations, I thoroughly recommend throwing yourself into your work full force. Great things can come from dark places.
  • People don’t reply to emails very often. Keep sending them. Once every couple of months seems like a reasonable rate to me, providing you have new work to show.
  • Keep your portfolio updated.
  • Keep your website updated.
  • Keep your blog updated (delete it if you don’t update it).
  • Life is better without Facebook (an unrelated but satisfying realisation).
  • Twitter is a great way for people to see you are a real human. Use it to keep up to date with blogs, agencies, publications and most importantly your fellow illustrators. 
  • Push hard. If you know what you’re entitled to, it’s your responsibility to go after it. 
  • Explore all possibilities.
  • Always try and get a copy of a publication you’ve got work in. Seeing your work in print is very nice indeed. 
  • Try your best not to slice the top of your fingers off with a scalpel.
  • For crying out loud, STOP WORKING FOR FREE. Unless you know you can get something out of it, you are simply promoting the notion that illustrators are willing to do work for nothing.
  • Practice makes (not quite) perfect. My work has improved significantly in the past two years. Keep at it. If you’ve just graduated, prepare yourself!
  • Tax returns aren’t fun, but they’re manageable. Ask a responsible adult for assistance when needed. 
  • Keep the tax you owe in a high interest account. 
  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, be patient. It’s a lesson I’m still learning. Things do happen, just not at the rate you necessarily hope for. 
  • Sometimes clients set you a brief for an article that is impossible to understand. There is no shame in asking your Mum for help. 

I was tagged by @kylo-please! I’m honored! Thank you <3 

Rules: tag nine people you want to get to know better…

Relationship status: single 

Favourite colour: red and black (*cough* Sith lord *cough*)

Lipstick or Chapstick: lipstick! 

Last song you listened to: Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers and Daya

Last movie you watched: Clueless

Top three characters: Kylo Ren, The Phantom (Erik), and Draco Malfoy (oh yeah, give me all those edgy characters)

Top three ships: Reylo, Dramione, and Ness (New Girl)

Books you’re currently reading: The Tempest by Shakespeare, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, and Rome Sweet Home by Scott Hahn

Top five musicals: Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Prince of Egypt, and Beauty and the Beast

I tag: @madi78910, @luv-lala, @guibass, @these-are-the-first-steps, @ladynefertankh, @timdrakemockingjay, @glittergorillasgernhardt, @reylo, @kylo-bae

I feel like @shakespeareismyjam, @numba-one-flaya, and @bisexualalexham would appreciate this

My all time favorite production concept for a shakespeare play would be a gender swapped high school cheerleader Julius Caesar. Portia and Calpurnia are the football player boyfriends to senior cheerleaders Caesar and Brutus. Conniving sophomore Cassius thinks Caesars been captain for too long and turns the whole group against her. Initially they all just want to impeach her but Cassius takes it too far and puts the idea of murder in their heads. Football boyfriend Calpurnia wants Caesar to stay at home and work on their science project but Caesar insists she must go to the locker room meeting where she’s eventually killed.

They hold a funeral with the marching band and the football players, during which Brutus makes a stand and explains why she murdered her best friend. Antony, freshman baton twirler, makes her own biting and sarcastic speech that turns the marching band against the cheerleaders and the cheer leaders against themselves. All out war wages once innocent hipster poet Cinna is killed in a stampede. 

The fighting takes place in the high school parking lot: Brutus is distraught after football boyfriend Portia commits suicide and…. you know the gist it’s a shakespeare tragedy and everyone dies. 

One day I shall put on the most absurd production of Julius Caesar ever and it will be glorious 


I’ve just started a new topic with my Year 7 groups. Much to my delight, this term it’s Shakespeare’s sonnets. These are my visual interpretations from Sonnet 130. The objective is to depict Shakespeare’s mistress. Great fun!


My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.