Above: A sketch of Sarah Crowden's hair supports her character as an aging musician. In a 8.25 x 10.5 inch Hand•Book journal. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and 15mm Montana Acrylic Marker.
In the movie "Quartet" actress Sarah Crowden has gray hair pushing out orange while she plays an aging musician at a retirement home. The hair creates an instant thumbnail of character.
This is another sketch from my test journal of a Hand•Book Journal (which I'll post a full review on in the near future). Crowden's part in the movie is small and well done. Unfortunately I can't recommend the movie, even though Maggie Smith and a bunch of other actors I love are in it. The movie's premise is weak— told, not shown—and seems more like a play than a film. The grasp on issues facing the elderly seems slick and trite while not really organically understood. The tone seems undecided, humorous, maudlin, serious, sentimental by turns without a single thread of tension on which to hang them all. With a powerhouse of actors assembled to play it's a shame. The credits are fun for before and later images of the actors.