In case you’re not familiar with the subject of this particular piece of jewelry, here’s a little bit about her!
The Log Lady is a resident of Twin Peaks, Washington in the early ’90s David Lynch television series Twin Peaks. She carries a medium-sized log with her at all times and through the log she seems to have a link to the supernatural world. She uses this connection to help FBI agent Dale Cooper solve Laura Palmer’s murder, but only when he asks the log the correct questions. There is a theory that the log contains the spirit of her deceased husband, who died in a fire on the night of their wedding. That’s just a brief summary of her role in the show, but I’d suggest watching some of the episodes to get the full effect of this extraordinary character.
I have two favorite characters in Twin Peaks– Agent Cooper and The Log Lady, and I like them both for similar reasons. I love how they speak, how the majority of the things they say are not only quotable but have a sense of “otherness” to them. There’s an outsider quality that I relate to and they’re an interesting lens through which to view the other characters in the town. I drew my illustration of the Log Lady when I was watching Twin Peaks for the first time earlier this year. The style is different from what I normally draw in that there’s more emphasis on the lines that make up the figure instead of an emphasis on trying to make it look as realistic as possible. I took the most striking parts of her appearance (the sweater, red glasses, etc.) and brought them to the forefront to try and make a visual representation of that “other” feeling the character has, to make her stand out by highlighting certain aspects of her appearance and washing out others. I think it worked because a week doesn’t go by where I don’t hear someone tell me they like that brooch (and boy am I glad to see there are so many Log Lady fans in the world)!