Sorry for the short post today. But since I’m supposed to rest my left eye due to corneal abrasions, I decided to rest my eyes on this fellow: Richard Crispin Armitage.
I created the Lucas North wallpaper (1) above last Tuesday and added it to my resources list after sharing it in RAFN. But I hadn’t shared it in a post here on my blog yet. I’m particularly proud of giving the Lucas North character portrait from the BBC’s Spooks a top to his head. Snap! Although, it was the head top of the other character in the original image. Ha! And I had to recreate Lucas’ left side because I removed the said other character from the image. And then I resampled the aqua blue background to create a clear space for the phrase and the other smiling profile image that I inserted. Snap! Snap! There is a slight quirk to the final main Lucas image that I created–a nod to it being a photo manipulation by an amateur like me. Can you guess what that quirk is?
Then again, maybe all this intense viewing and graphic manipulation of Richard Armitage portraits caused my corneal abrasion. Nahhhhhh! Gazing upon Richard Armitage only improves one’s vision.
Now (Saturday morning when I scheduled this post), I think I will listen to one of Mr. Armitage’s five hour Georgette Heyer audiobook readings as I rest my eyes–either Venetia, or The Convenient Marriage, that are both in my library of RA artistic projects. I am asking for RA’s 12 hour audio book reading of Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell for my birthday coming up in November. I’m leaning toward listening to The Convenient Marriage. TCM is a humorous romp of a story about romantic escapades and expectations gone awry and amiss. The worldly romantic swain Lord Rule finds his match in his innocent but precocious child bride Horatia Winwood. And you haven’t lived until you’ve listened to the Shakespearean trained velvety baritone voiced and searingly masculine Richard Armitage transform his vocal instrument into the 17 year old ingénue child bride Horatia, whose voice is a high pitched petulant and pouty quiver–with a nervous stammer. Giggles! The man–Richard Armitage–is an amazing storyteller! Lord Rule come to me!
P.S. “Seeing Beauty” Readers, You will have a new chapter on Monday. The eye thing kind of got in the way of me posting more this week. The only reason I had my Friday post was because I had it pre-scheduled by Wednesday–before the eye thing took hold. I was healing nicely with a contact lens bandage to protect my eye. But I had a setback on Friday when they took the lens out. And two hours later after a work meeting, I had to go back to the doctor for him to put a new contact lens bandage in. Sighhh!
(1) The original portrait (brightened, sharpened, cropped, resampled) of Richard Armitage portraying Lucas North is from Spooks series 8, episode 7, pix 83 on RANet and was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/spooks8/album/Episode7/slides/ep7_083.html ; the smaller image to the right in profile (flipped, sharpened) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/spooks8/album/Episode7/slides/ep7_093.html; more information about Richard Armitage portraying Lucas North in Spooks (2008-2010), in particular, this is series 8, may be found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/career/156.html
(2) I modified the original Richard Armitage portraying Lucas North image to create the wallpaper that you see here using Microsoft Powerpoint (for image and text layering) and using Adobe Photoshop (for Image finessing/sharpening/resampling and final image processing).
(3) N.B.: Here is the link that I hyperlinked above to an early essay of mine bemoaning the loss of the top of Richard Armitage’s head in character portrait images: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/lucas-tuesday-is-it-too-much-to-ask-to-see-the-top-of-richard-armitages-head-50812-gratiana-lovelace-post-180/
(4) N.B.: Here are the links for the Georgette Heyer audio books Richard Armitage voices: The Convenient Marriage info is found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/career/169.html; and Venetia info is found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/career/168.html ; finally, The Lords of the North audio book of Bernard Cornwell’s book info is found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/career/231.html