elizabethan inspiration


After posting my aged-up PPG Character Designs a few days ago, I got a lot of requests to draw some more of the villains from the original show - so here they are!  (And before anyone asks yes I did try to draw RRB but it was not a success D:)

HIM, being a demon, doesn’t age - instead, as the world grows wicked and old, he just becomes more youthful and glamorous!  To set off his fabulous physique, HIM now wears a lovely Elizabethan-inspired collar, cuffs, and rose.

Sedusa didn’t handle aging very well - as soon as she spotted the first streak of gray in her famous hair, she zipped her love handles up in latex and botoxed those wrinkles until her face was literally “made of stone.”  She can’t frown anymore but at least she looks hot…sort of. 

The Gangreen Gang is as much a nuisance as ever.  As a troublemaking biker gang, they spend their time breaking all kinds of traffic laws (and speeding away from the PPG) on their futuristic motorcycles.  Their fashion sense is still stuck in the 70s though!

After accidentally giving her father an actual heart attack, Princess took over Daddy’s secret job as Townsville Crime Lord.  Now Princess commands a crew of slobby underlings, determined to make life miserable for those stupid Powerpuffs!

FAIRYTALE ADAPTATIONS (1/?): Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley.

Locations: The Beast’s Castle. 

It’s been a while since I made picspams, but my recent reading of McKinley’s Beauty has inspired me. My interpretation of Beast’s Castle is a place that is both colourful and mysterious, and heavily inspired by Elizabethan and Baroque architecture. 

UPDATE (06/19/2017): I was getting fed up with how this looked and decided to go for a more complimentary colour scheme for the castle. 

Julius Caesar review

  • Yesterday I saw Julius Caesar reviewed for the first time. Here’s my review.
  • It was performed at a replica Elizabethan theater at an art camp in the woods and that was so cool.
  • The costumes were Elizabethan-inspired and really neat.
  • Cassius was probably (and unsurprisingly) my favorite performance. He was played by the same actor who played Henry IV last year and I loved him in both roles.
  • As Cassius, he wasn’t sly, he really seemed truly concerned with the situation.
  • Brutus was really good to.
  • The soothsayer also Cinna the Poet! Awesome choice.
  • So was Casca. Who really needs an attitude adjustment.
  • During the Cinna the Poet scene before they decide to lynch him for at least being a sucky poet, when he answers he’s a bachelor one of the female citizens was like :3
  • They kept Young Cato in!! Though he survived.
  • Lucius was precious.
  • The Portus was a little disappointing. They didn’t even kiss, but they did one of my favorite things, which is him kneeling in front of her when she reveals the wound. That sort of made up for it.
  • This was disappointing in part because last year Portia played Kate Percy and there was so much Katespur fanservice. Oh well.
  • It was really great how Portia said “Brutus is wise and were he not in health he would embrace the means to come by it” completely flat. She’s 315% done with your shish Brutus.
  • Titinius (whoever the fuck he is) and Casca were played by the same actress (they cast genderblind) and she was great as both.
  • When Titinius died he fell on Cassius. Oh sure stab me in the heart why don’t you.
  • Caesar also played Strato.
  • When Cassius gave Brutus his dagger, Brutus ended up behind him with Cassius on his knees on the ground, knife held to his throat in a choke hold.
  • They omitted the second report of Portia’s death but they kept “Portia, art thou gone?” and Cassius looked truly devastated.
  • There was no Brutecass and so there wasn’t any suggestion of Cassportus (which of course wasn’t too great to me) but Cassius’s response to Portia’s death suggested he loved her at least as a friend.
  • They made use of the balcony for both funeral speeches. Very effective!
  • I forgot about how manipulative Antony is with the will, being like “I really shouldn’t tell you…” it makes me wonder even more about how planned his speech is.
  • Oh and in the scene at the Lupercal Antony was wearing a polyester exercise shirt and shorts, the only thing modern in this. That was perfect.
  • Cassius also played Lepidus. 10/10 nice choice if you know they were historically brothers-in-law.
  • As always with this company, the live music, this time Elizabethan-inspired, was A .
  • Blood, from Portia’s thigh to the conspirators’ washed hands and Caesar’s wounds were red cloth.
  • I never made the connection between Calpurnia’s nightmare of Romans bathing their hands in Caesar’s bloody and that the conspirators do that literally.
  • All in all it was a good performance and a fun day!

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‘All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts’
~ As You Like It, Act II Scene VII

Here are the character designs I drew for a course I was taking last semester. The story I came up with takes place in Elizabethan England, I was inspired by the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this year. The five characters are part of a travelling playing company that tours the English countryside :)

First there’s Anne, who works on the outskirts of London when she sees the company for the first time. She cuts her hair, dresses up as a boy and introduces herself as Anthony. She joins the company and takes William’s old job playing the female parts.
William was bought from his apprenticeship to work as Charles’s assistant, when he was old enough he started playing the women’s parts. After his voice breaks he is downgraded again to an assistant, but he wants to become a proper member of the company soon.
Charles is the leader of the group, he usually assigns himself the roles of kings or other dignitaries. The travelling company is formed after he has a fight and parts ways with the other shareholders of his London company.
Emanuel, who often has to play the villains.
And finally Lawrence, who is usually assigned the comedic parts of a play.


Alexander McQueen S/S 2003 “Irere”

In a spectacular display of storytelling, the Spring/Summer 2003 show, titled Irere (meaning “transformation” in Amazonian), was the beginning of a new era for Alexander McQueen. While the opening video sequence was typically macabre, it was setting the stage for a runway show packed with wearable, covetable items. In the film, directed by John Maybury, a woman is drowning in the ocean, and writhes around, entangled in a torn and gauzy dress. This is our protagonist; the woman is shipwrecked, and will have her “transformation” on land.

The first part of the show consisted of pirate inspired pieces, with the beauty look being very in keeping with the “shipwrecked” theme: wet hair and black eye shadow smudged far beneath the eye. Brown leather miniskirts, knee-high pirate boots, military-inspired jackets, and low-slung belts all led to an incredible gown that has been nicknamed the “Oyster Dress”. Layers of off-white ruffles fell off of a highly structured undergarment. It was stunning.

Next, the backdrop showed a creepy woods sequence, which set the tone for a series of all-black ensembles. The shipwrecked pirate was being transformed into a conquistador. The black eye makeup became more intense and defined, and hair was put into half-up styles, all accented with Amazonian-inspired jewelry designed by McQueen’s friend, jeweler Shaun Leane. Ending with an Elizabethan-inspired ensemble, the backdrop took a sudden turn for the bright and colorful.

In the final part of our protagonist’s transformation, she evolves into a jewel-toned Amazonian Goddess, with hints of a bird of paradise. The chiffon-y dresses were tie-dyed in incredible bright color palettes of blue, red, and yellow. Accompanying the dresses were jumpsuits made from parachute material, and re-incarnations of previous designs such as the Elizabethan corset and “Oyster dress”, taken from beiges and black to every color of the rainbow. When Lee McQueen took his bow at the end of the show, the audience was shocked to discover that he had lost 30 pounds; indeed his own transformation was intertwined with his protagonist’s.  


Elizabethan inspired Captain Swan historical AU, loosely based on the Tudor Queen and her relationships with her favourites like Robert Dudley and Sir Walter Raleigh.

Rating: M

One shot? Not sure, I could write some more of this or just leave it as is. We’ll see.


The scandal had rocked the whole of Europe. King David of England had fallen violently in love with Mary Blanchard, an ambitious knight’s daughter who refused to become a mere royal mistress, enjoyed for a time and then married off to a minor nobleman when the king’s interest inevitably waned. Unused to being denied by a woman he desired, the king swore that he would give Mary what she wanted and make her his queen.

But David already had a wife - Kathryn, the onetime fiance of his deceased brother James. For six long years he petitioned the Pope in vain for a divorce, while Kathryn wept and Mary presided over court as consort in all but name while still refusing to share the king’s bed. When she succumbed at last and quickly conceived a child, David broke with Rome and created a new church in his own image to bless his new marriage and his new heir. The much longed for son would ensure the continuation of his dynasty and keep the English throne from falling into foreign hands.

The queen was delivered of a daughter instead, and Mary’s triumph turned to defeat as David’s passion twisted into poison. Her fall from grace was swift and deadly, and as a headless body was buried in an arrow chest beneath the Tower a three year old girl was left behind, stripped of title and relegated to the status of the king’s bastard instead of his heir. Though she had been named for a Saxon queen of old, it seemed that she would never rise to wear the crown.

Fate had other plans.

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