LoW – Pushing Daisies
This weeks Lines Of Work theme, chosen by me, was ‘Cancelled TV Shows’ and was pretty much just an excuse for me to finally draw Charlotte ‘Chuck’ Charles from the cancelled American TV Show; Pushing Daisies.
Pushing Daisies was a quirky little show that was sort of a cross between a whodunnit, a romantic comedy, and some sort of zombie sitcom – it was cute, hilarious, and slightly creepy all at the same time. Chuck, played by british actress Anna Friel, was brought back to life by the magical touch of (arguably) the star of the show, Ned the Pie-maker (he made pies) but because anything brought back from the dead by Ned’s touch would instantly return to being dead at a second touch, the two could never be together, leading to some very strained will-they-won’t-they-but-how-could-they moments, but it was all part of the fun.
Despite being adorable, I can’t say hand on heart that Chuck is the most entertaining of the characters featured on the show (that honour has to go to either Olive, or my personal fave, Emerson Cod: Private Detective) but drawing her enabled me to try out more of a pin-up style illustration, and besides, she’s very central to the plot, so by featuring all sorts of references to other characters around her on the floor (some are more subtle than others) it all sort of made sense.
I spent far too long on this one really, but it was fun to do – I tried a more sketchy style to my inking, and it seemed to work ok – and although i have some difficulty with celebrity likenesses, I think she came through ok. The text isn’t perfect, but I’m pleased with that too.
I can’t recommend the show itself enough, it was a lot of fun, and nice to see something so clear of all the grit and grime that seems to be so popular these days. The outstanding plot was (mostly) wrapped up in the last episode, but it was rushed, and it’s a shame it never got the third season it deserved.