True Blood season four
Mando Diao - Gold
When I saw this episode yesterday I knew I'd want to art this scene. But then, I felt like a perv. The scene is so beautifully shot and it's all very artistic, but I still had a shot of two very naked bodies on my screen... While I wanted the piece to be intimate and steamy - like the scene - I still didn't want it to be too explicit. Thus, I focused on the close-ups; hopefully creating that intimate feeling. Furthermore, I chose lyrics that are explicit should you chose to read them that way.
Seabear - I Sing I Swim
This piece has a threefold source of inspiration. Firstly, two quotes on the show triggered my love for my beautiful country. (That's two, ergo, quotes + countryside) Furthermore, a song called 'I Sing, I Swim' had a line that just made me think 'Sookie'. The first quote/scene is from episode 4 of the third season when Eric daydreams that Sookie can smell his memories; and she says 'You smell like the ocean in winter. [...] You played by the North Sea as a child.' The second is from the third episode of this season when Sookie asks Eric what's the last thing he can remember and he answers 'Home. The wet sand between my toes,the wind against my shoulder blades' (Or, actually he says 'Den våta sanden mellan mina tår, vinden mot mina skulderblad.') So those quotes, in addition to me spending time at our country house by the sea made me want to do some art celebrating his Vikingness. Then there's the song which had the line 'You left [...] your teeth marks in my skin.'
So what I wanted to do was a very back to nature kind of piece with Sookie seeing a new side to Eric - his more human side. And since his human self lived in Sweden, using pictures from the landscape here would act as a metaphor for this. I failed. The landscape pictures (taken by my friend who's talented at such things) albeit beautiful didn't want to be used! And my simplistic self took over - landing me with this three coloured thing that focuses more on the scenes (because I used screen caps from both of them) and less on Eric's heritage.
Finally, in terms of lyrics choice... I was going to use the line 'you've got a heart' which would focus on Sookie's new view of Eric. However, I changed it with 'fill the past with friendly nights' to make the piece incorporate both perspectives. Sookie's seeing a new side of him. At the same time, Eric - having lost all of his memories - is building a whole new person for himself and he's intentionally stepping away from his former self and becoming this gentle person that Sookie loves. So it's that kind of new awakening that I wanted to illustrate with this piece.