“When I draw people in profile, it’s like sitting down to a favourite meal” writer and illustrator Leanne Shapton says. Her drawings, paintings and prints are infused with so much happiness and affection, leafing through them is like eating the meal and then sitting back with a hot chocolate, shortbread on the side, smiling to yourself. Her new book Sunday Night Movies is filled with beautifully painted profiles, two-shot, capturing those romantic eye-gazing moments between couples in films – a collection of so much beauty.
Taken from the final collection of her commissioned illustrations for the New York Times’ A Month of…_ back in 2011, Sunday Night Movies presents film fragments and stills, chosen moments from movies that resound in Leanne’s memory. Painted in deep black watercolour, they appear dream like; profiles moulded with emotion taking us with them into the love affair. Though it began with 31 illustrated scenes, Canadian publishers Drawn and Quarterly ,who collaborated on the project, pushed for its expansion and now there are 96 pages for our hearts to melt over.