365 Days of Drawing: The Ladies of Theatre

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365 Days of Drawing: The Ladies of Theatre

Illustration artist Kendyll Romine told Paste that she loves 80’s fairytale adaptations, oddball musicals, and anything to do with princesses. She poured these passions into an incredible 365 Day Drawing Challenge, one of the best we’ve seen this year. Romine uses a Wacom tablet, Photoshop, Prismacolor Markers and paper to create her masterpieces. She’s getting a lot of love from the theatre community and is loving life in the limelight.

I really wanted 2016 to be a year of taking chances and making goals that would help me further myself throughout the year. I wanted to develop both my artistic skills and my social media presence by consistently drawing and posting art throughout the year. I noticed some artists doing similar challenges had picked a theme to draw on throughout the year, and being an avid theatre fan, drawing a female musical theatre character every day was something I could stay interested in and also allow me to draw a variety of different things. I never imagined the feedback it would receive, and how enthusiastically the theatre community would embrace it! This challenge has given me so many wonderful opportunities and experiences, as well as strengthened me as an artist.

Romine said of her technique and materials selection that she went with her gut each day on what would work best for each character. Only a few girls were planned at length, mostly to coincide with openings/closings of Broadway shows. Romine cited her drawing of Dot from Sunday in the Park with George as one that she planned to do in pointillism because the show is about artist Georges Seurat. She says her favorite show is Cats. A VHS tape recording was her first introduction to theatre.

You can see all of Romine’s female musical character illustrations on her artblog, but here are a few of our favorites. If you’re doing a 365 Day Design Challenge for 2017, please let us know how to follow you in the comments!


“I go to the hills when my heart is lonely, I know I will hear what I’ve heard before; my heart will blessed with the sound of music, and I’ll sing once more…”
Day 359: Maria Von Trapp (The Sound of Music)


“You wanna play? Let’s run away! We won’t be back before it’s Christmas Day! Take me out tonight!”
Day 353: Mimi Marquez (RENT)


“I could burn with the splendor of the brightest fire, or else, or else I could choose time…”
Day 344: Eva Peron (Evita)


“…and someday when I take to the floor, the world’s gonna wake up and see Baltimore and me!”
Day 342: Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray)


“So I’m just fine, inside my shell-shaped mind, this way I get the best view; so when he sees me, I want him to…”
Day 334: Dawn (Waitress)


“I love you, I love you, I’ve always loved you! Love you, need you, want you my life through! I’ve said it, I told you, and now forget it, unless you have to say it too…”
Day 269: Fanny (Fanny)


“Oh sweetie, I haven’t been loved in so long.”
Day 250: Hedwig Robertson (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)


“I ask for nothing, I can get by, but I know so many less lucky than I; please help my people, the poor and down-trod; I thought we all were children of God…”
Day 247: Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)


“I love my dictionary, and I love the indented border; every word’s in alphabetical order, ergo, lost things always can be found…”
Day 234: Olive Ostrovsky (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)


“There’s the wonder of the thing; Macavity’s not there!”
Day 211: Demeter and Bombalurina (CATS)


“And by closing my eyes I’ll be finding Neverland…”
Day 47: Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies (Finding Neverland)


“And though I’m not a great romancer I know that you’re bound to answer when I propose-anything goes!”
Day 42: Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes)


“I work every hour every day so the people of Brooklyn sit pretty…”
Day 32: Astrolass (Brooklynite)


“There’s a fine, fine line between love… And a waste of your time…”
Day 25: Kate Monster (Avenque Q)


Day 1: Daisy and Violet Hilton (Side Show)

Emily Ray is Paste’s Visual Arts Editor.

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