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So I was really excited when I heard that the creator of my very favourite show was doing a show about my very favourite serial killer, and between a very close friend and the whole of Tumblr, I got the idea I really needed to watch Hannibal.

Hannibal is not a show for the squeamish, especially if you have a lot of empathy. I am finding it very hard to watch but somehow still delightful, and have developed several coping mechanisms. One is eating terrible food while watching (crispy corned beef? ice cream with barquillos? Chester's Puffcorn?). A more recent one is drawing.


I have a new brush pen called the Sailor Profit, and it's a bugger to clean and get working but a lot of fun to play with. Please excuse the quality of these sketches, I mostly draw them without pausing the episodes, so the characters are practically unrecognisable.






I did pause to draw the top two.


Note: I've only seen up to episode 1 of season 2, so no spoilers in the comments please, although teasers are acceptable because if there's anything I learned from this show, it's that emotionally torturing your friends is fun.

Date: 2014-06-18 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sheldrake.livejournal.com
Lovely sketches!

There were two particular moments in season two that really made me have to quite literally watch through my fingers, while making a sort of humming noise to ease the stress. So get your food and pens ready! I'll tell you what the two things were after you've finished watching it, if you like. :)

Date: 2014-06-19 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Agh, thank you. I am now up to episode 2, about to start on ep 3. I'm sure I will be shrieking about it on Twitter or some such XD

Date: 2014-06-26 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pere-chan.livejournal.com
Oops, not only did I reply accidentally-anonymously, but my LJ screened it so you didn't even see it till now! So sorry.

As to spoilers, I have now watched up to episode 5, and HOLY SHIT. I had been spoiled for the big thing at the end of ep 4, but I was not expecting it to be quite so gruesome. And the worst part was this:
[SPOILERS FOR ANYONE READING THE COMMENTS WHO HAS NOT CAUGHT UP WITH HANNIBAL YET.]




The first time I moved to London was also my first experience with the Saatchi stable of contemporary 'Brit Art'. Which meant walking into the Saatchi Gallery through an entrance of sectioned cow and bull parts. That was the whole Damian Hirst exhibit of truly alarming animal pieces.

Seeing a character I love given the same brutal, 'artistic' treatment, with added horror score, was really not fun. I have really been 'enjoying' the show (haha, for a given value of 'enjoying') but this episode worked in what I think it was trying to achieve, which is to bring home the real human cost of all these killer-foodie shenanigans. In other words, I cried a lot. And then I read the actor's post on why they think their character's death was a good story decision, and I cried more. Just...whyyyyyyy.

Date: 2014-06-27 01:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelthorn.livejournal.com
Awwwww. *hugs* That character's death and that of a certain character in GoT this season (even though I have re-read the books several times!) were very hard to watch. :(

Funnily enough, I never thought of the D. Hirst artwork (I confess I'm not too familiar with his work since I'm not a fan of contemporary art)—what I immediately thought of was the slides of cross-sectioned samples you see in biology class. Not too far off the mark, I think. -_-
Edited Date: 2014-06-27 01:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-06-27 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pere-chan.livejournal.com
I can't stand the man, but there's something about his artwork beyond the shock value that does make me think. This is the work I thought of: Some Comfort Gained from the Acceptance of Inherent Lies in Everything. Here's another link to his work. I was weirdly captivated by A Thousand Years (the first picture on that gallery). I'm pretty sure Bryan Fuller is evoking at least some of it for the same reason Hirst did: to make me uncomfortable.

Have you seen Cleolinda's reviews? This is where I got the Dire Ravenstag eyeshadow. They are amazing and I'm going to read them all, including the comments. http://cleolinda.livejournal.com/tag/hannibal

Date: 2014-06-23 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelthorn.livejournal.com
You need to watch the rest. I think Fuller topped the last season in terms of "what manner of fuckery is this" (see: s2 finale). And the sounds...until that one particular episode of GoT, i thought the sounds were...gyaaa.

I did think one character got seriously shafted (it'll be obvious in later eps) in terms of writing, which was what kept the season from being perfect. :(

Date: 2014-06-26 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pere-chan.livejournal.com
Well, I have now watched till ep 5. See above comment: http://pere-chan.livejournal.com/250578.html?thread=785362#t785362

Date: 2014-06-23 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelthorn.livejournal.com
P.S. Nice sketches btw. You got Mads' face perfectly IMO. ;)

Date: 2014-06-26 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pere-chan.livejournal.com
Thanks! I will do more, but I am a bit too emotional about it right now. Kotori and the sword was not this gross.

Date: 2014-06-27 01:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelthorn.livejournal.com
Oh oh! Speaking of Kotori. Wait did they show that particular tableau yet (it reminded me very strongly of CLAMP) or...well I'm sure you'll know exactly what I mean when you see that episode.
Edited Date: 2014-06-27 01:07 pm (UTC)

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