Hastings and Poirot, a pencil sketch

Hastings and Poirot; pencil on paper.

Hastings and Poirot; pencil on paper.

Just a little pencil sketch of our favorite duo, based on a still from The Double Clue. It has to be a favorite series shot of mine, but turned out to present a certain difficulty in drawing, as the lighting was of a low-contrast sort that wanted to wash out Hugh Fraser. It’s a consistent challenge when finding a shot to draw Hastings; good lighting makes all the difference. Poirot is different, because no matter the lighting, the face is extremely high-contrast. As Christie wrote, you’d recognize the features a mile away, not least of which are those very black mustaches. The other challenge with Hastings is that he is very frequently perched a little behind Poirot’s shoulder in the shots, so his features are often less distinct. But this shot is nice and clear.

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