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With Passion and Verve

I met a ballerina last night – she was incredible: so flexible and nimble in the strongest but leanest of bodies, moving with the grace of the 15-year classically-trained ballerina that she is. It was an honor to be with her in the yoga class we both attended, and she will endlessly inspire me.

When I got home I started this sketch – it’s not of the dancer I met, but it’s inspired by her, by the passion I saw, the fire, and again, the grace.

DANCER

The power in the movement is contagious to me; my body hears the silent music and I must dance.

Can I say that this is my all-time-favorite of all the sketches I’ve done? I think so. I’m very proud of it, not in a boasting way (I can draw better than you) but simply because I see how far I’ve come and as the artist know exactly how much effort I put into it. Sure, it took longer than any of my others but it was so worth it!!

I do believe I am extremely happy with this one! πŸ™‚

A bird without wings

There are lots of animal-inspired poses in yoga (i.e. Camel and Cow, Down Dog) and quite a few of them are birds: there’s Bird of Paradise, there’s Pigeon, and then there’s Crow. It always seems to me to be perched there, wingless, or at least with that impression.Β Here’s what it looks like:

crow

Heart shining forward, head creating a tripod with your hands, complete balance. You can take this up to a handstand, scorpion, or a whole bunch of other poses! At any rate, it’s a fun one, a balance pose is always a challenge. It has taken me some time to master this one – when I was younger my light weight made it easy to pop right up onto my elbows. Now that I’m older (and heavier) it’s not so easy. I had a fear of falling on my head for the longest time until my yoga instructor encouraged me to give it a shot again and spotted me as I tried. With guidance and security I was able to achieve Crow this year and feel very comfortable with it now! I’m so happy, it’s a major accomplishment and I hope it turns into a stepping stone to other great poses. It has opened the door to a plethora of new challenges and experiences!

I do believe I am happy with this.

It’s kind of a funny story

So here’s a funny anecdote to share…

One day I was visiting my artist-sister, Christine, and, being very excited about my new-found love (and some would say talent) for art/drawing/sketching, I ventured to show her a few of my favorites.

She freaked out! She was like, “Ewwww, they’re JUST BONES!”…

Challenge accepted. πŸ˜‰

When I told my brother, Peter, about it he immediately said I should draw JUST SKIN. Now, obviously no one has ever tried this before so it’s not like I could just look it up on the internet and copy it down on paper. I had to get creative. Pete didn’t mention whether he wanted it to have any muscle/tissue in there as well, so I did it twice. The first is with muscle, which gives it some structure and form. More of a big blob that could somewhat resemble a person if it had a little help I think. The second interpretation is without anything inside, so naturally it’s quite flat and void:

photo-Skin

 

Yeah, they’re really odd-looking. πŸ™‚ I had fun with them though, and I think my brother was satisfied. He tweeted a picture of the second one since, apparently, that’s more along the lines of what he was picturing (thanks for the guidance, bro).

I never showed the pictures to Christine, but if she ever finds this blog she’ll probably be sufficiently grossed-out. πŸ˜‰

I do believe I am happy with this fun little project.

For Peter

This is called Pete’s Pose – I chose that because my brother, Peter, does this all the time. He doesn’t agree with me on that, but trust me…he does.

Still finding my feet on these, I decided to add some semblance of skin to the skeletal frame. My parents were still a little ‘surprised’ that I was drawing skeletons, so the outline of an actual human helped cushion the blow I think. This muscular man was a real hit with my friends, most of them told me I had real talent at this point. πŸ™‚ (Thank you, friends!)
Pete's Pose

 

This was still early 2014 art – it got less sketchy and more accurate later on, and honestly I miss it. I wish I could go back to this style but with art you have to go where it takes you! It was a phase, and it passed.

I do believe I am happy with Pete’s Pose.