The image above is the original size, and although I don’t think it’s the same resolution as anyone’s monitor I thought I should include it for anybody who wants to crop it down to a size I haven’t linked below. Some of you may also prefer to make a wallpaper that’s just cropped, rather than resized (as I have done). Sorry for all the scrolling; comments about the drama are at the bottom!
For those that are wondering, I have not abandoned watercolor! I’ve just decided to do digital paintings for scenes like this with darker lighting (that don’t lend themselves well to watercolor, at least at my skill level). I did the original drawing on a piece of computer paper (which I scanned) and then figured it out as I went along. The added benefit of using the computer is that I can show you some “in progress” images 🙂
I’m not going to say too much about the scene itself since it’s pretty…ah…self-explanatory? On top of that it’s borderline uncomfortable to talk about, but I will say that I admire the commitment of the actors. It has to be a bit awkward to finish filming a scene like that, and they still gave 110%. Kudos to the director as well for creating such a fantastic atmosphere.
I also want to mention how great the mechanics of the dance itself were. In almost every movie when the actors do a ballroom dance it is obvious that they both just learned the choreography. It is very clear throughout this tango that Kim Sun Ah is actually following Lee Dong Wook, and that he is actually leading her (which is a big part of why this scene is so powerful). For anyone who hasn’t taken ballroom lessons, please do! And make sure to get an instructor who emphasizes partnership and working together as a 4-legged creature. Dancing around a room perfectly in sync without knowing what is coming next is the most magical feeling in the world. It really is true that if you know how to follow, you need to know very little else. It’s a bit like being a twirly puppet (the men have to do all the thinking).
I’m not sure how I ended up watching SoaW, but I’m glad I did (I think I should blame Softy@Rebel Souls). I’m not a huge fan of any of the lead actors, and I don’t like sad endings, but this show is actually more uplifting than sad (much like CYHMH). Rather than focusing on the depressing aspects of dying, SoaW focuses on how to live a meaningful and rewarding life. Yeon Jae has certainly inspired me to live each day to the fullest and not care what others think, and I enjoy watching her bring Ji Wook and Eun Suk to life as she herself loses her own.
And speaking of ES, he is absolutely killing me with his dorky awkwardness. I found it heartbreaking that he jumped to defend YJ against JW, only to be told 1 minute later that she in fact likes JW. He’s clearly romantically-challenged, and watching him do things like carefully measure ingredients and take in a dog he’s allergic to has actually made me ship him a little. His quiet acceptance of his failures makes me sympathize with him even more. I think he considers his cruelness as a doctor to be tough love, but he hasn’t tried to change and lives a lonely life. When YJ said she shouldn’t be his tango partner, he dropped the subject immediately. When she told him she likes JW, he once again just accepted the fact. Then when he snapped at her the following day it was clearly just a defense mechanism, and meanwhile he’s negating any progress he’s made by getting up the courage to hang out with her.
Now that JW and YJ have admitted their feelings for one another, I am hoping that she tells him about her cancer. I understand completely why she hasn’t until now, but I have a problem with the idea of her dating someone who doesn’t know she’s dying, particularly when he’s given up so much for her. The only downside to them revealing their feelings is that we no longer get to see jealous JW. I seriously cracked up when he mimicked ES’s eyes to see if he was the doctor she took to dance class.
I’m sorry to keep this short, but I want to get this post up and the episode is no longer fresh in my mind. Now that it’s Wednesday my brain is filled with all things Heartstrings!
My “video” of the day isn’t Korean, but I think of this song whenever I see the word “heartstrings”. The musician is Gary Go, and this song was created to help benefit the British Heart Association. He was inspired to write it by a heart-shaped balloon stuck in a tree outside his house, and fans contributed to the lyrics via twitter. Neat!