I have held off sketching Elizabeth Swann until now. Though plucky, the character is still too much of a debutante in the beginning to be of much interest. At least, to me. I love how she grows with each movie, and in the second half of the last of the trilogy, she is elected (of all things!) Pirate King! Let me give you the set up for this scene --
"Revenge won't bring yer father back, Miss Swann, and it's not somethin' I'm intendin' to die for. "
Then what shall we die for?"
She moves across the deck to the base of the rigging, while addressing the whole crew:
"You will listen to me. LISTEN!
The Brethren will still be looking here, to us, to the Black Pearl, to lead. And what will they see? Frightened bilge-rats, aboard a derelict ship? No. No, they will see free men -- and FREEDOM!
And what the enemy will see is the flash of our canons. They will hear the ring of our swords, and they will know what we can DO -- by the sweat of our brows, and the strength of our backs, and the courage of our hearts!
Gentlemen -- Hoist the colors!"
That speech gets me every time, and is followed by my favorite scene of the movie series. The colors are indeed hoisted, across the whole pirate fleet. And the flags they hoist are replicas of the actual, historically authentic pirate flags and standards used at that time period. They have to invent a few of them, but as many of them as they could manage are bits of true history. I have no idea why, but I choke up every single time I see this!
OK, let's lighten it up a bit.
At the menu selection for the blue-ray dvd, there's this animated, talking pirate skull. I forgot that I couldn't pause the motion at this point, so I had to "hit a moving target." Keeping it quick and simple, this fellow emerged on the paper:
He kept saying, "Dead men tell no tales!"
No, not Jack Sparrow (excuse me -- Captain Jack Sparrow!)...
I mean, Jack, the Undead Monkey?
So cute a li'l rascal, until you saw him in the moonlight.
Then he looked something like ... this!
(This was actually quite FUN to sketch. But I really don't think I did him justice!)
I think I'll forgo an older sketch today, and just leave you with the image of the Undead Monkey in your mind, shall I?!!