I watched the first episode of PM soon after it aired and was completely underwhelmed. I thought the opening with Seung Yu’s father dying was overly melodramatic and cheesy, and that the visuals weren’t nearly as pleasing as I had hoped (which was what I was watching it for since depressing sageuks with sad endings are not usually my cup of tea).
I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled during every episode of WBDS for the perfect horseback scene to draw, and haven’t had much luck. When I watched episode 2 of of PM and got treated to two fantastic horseback scenes (with a girl in hanbok nonetheless) I knew I was sunk. This may be a drama that I eventually regret watching, but I plan to stick it out for the eyecandy alone.
Admittedly there are some things about PM that I don’t like, and so far the biggest tragedy has been the overuse of flashbacks, but the costuming and landscapes couldn’t be much better. I didn’t think that it was a big deal when I first heard that PM has twice the regular number of hanboks for a sageuk, but I don’t think I’ve ever been so captivated by hanboks before, so I guess it was a good decision on the production’s part. I even love the shoes that go with them!
I sort of wish that I hadn’t painted this episode on a weekend since I was definitely a lot lazier, but there are so many great shots that I may end up doing some more of them. I agree that galloping on horseback is one of the greatest feelings in the world, so I’m a major sucker for this sort of thing.
I don’t want to talk about the show too much yet since I’d like to avoid putting episode 12 spoilers in an episode 2 post, but I will say that the show definitely starts to pick up around episode 9, and I’m starting to feel hooked. Since I marathoned episodes 2-12 I probably missed a lot of great shots to paint, so if anyone has any recommendations, please let me know! Seung Yu looks waaaay cooler in episode 13, so there might be some close-ups on the way.
And now I’m just going to post screenshots of those two great horse scenes (I wanted to post twice as many, but I managed to resist). Funnily enough, there is a shot in the second scene where Se Ryung is wearing a completely different shoe. How random!
I finally watched The Man From Nowhere (Ajusshi) last week, and even though I’ll probably never draw it I was impressed with the directing and feel like it at least deserves a video of the day. I am ashamed to admit that I had never seen Won Bin in anything before, and I didn’t even know my favorite little girl from CYHMH was in it. Just as a warning, this video contains violence, although it’s not as graphic as the movie itself (that knife scene at the end was impressive but horrific).