When you’re a stick figure artist, the main challenge you run into is how to differentiate various characters, because… well… they’re all stick figures. Fortunately, many of Shakespeare’s main characters have very distinctive characteristics and props that I can use. For the rest of the month we’ll be taking a closer look at some of them, starting with The Big Guy.
Note that Hamlet is clean-shaven. While he almost certainly would have originally been played with a beard (by the bearded Richard Burbage), in later generations it was customary for him to be clean-shaven, with Alec Guinness’s bearded Hamlet in 1951 creating quite a stir and a rather nasty backlash. Nowadays, of course, you get all sorts of Hamlets: bearded, female, non-white, etc. It’s a much more exciting playground now.
But they all have that dang skull. (Well, almost all. I’m looking at you, Maxine Peake…)