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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™‚

It’s a Stretch

Inspired by the ballet photos I’ve been filing lately I decided to do one a little less danceΒ and more about the life behind the dancer. Everything I can think of takes practice – at least the things I admire. The ballerina can’t do the dance the routine without the endless hard work; the yogi can’t take scorpion without dedicated practice — everything takes time and effort. It’s a growth, a constant process.

So this is a glance at the stretching, the building, the patience that is developed behind that perfection.

Ballet stretch

 

And the prettiest thing to me in this sketch is that it is so imperfect. πŸ™‚ Every time I look at it I see another flaw – but I’m not fixing it. It’s a conscious decision to be satisfied. It’s accepting that my work is where it should be at this moment – if I draw it again, it will be different, it may be better in some areas, worse in others, but it’s the best of its kind right here and now.

Remember that every decision is a building block, accept it for what it is and work up from that foundation.Β 

I do believe I am happy with this one.

Where Is The Hip Hop?

β€œAnd those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

-Nietzsche

This one is inspired by the hip-hop dancers, who I have aways greatly admired. So I LOVE ballet, and always have. I think hip-hop/street dancers combine that passion and a lot of the same moves but in a modern and free-spirited way, which is more my style. There is a perfection to ballet, and in it is beauty. But with hip-hop there’s so much freedom of movement and passion involved! I know both sides can be played as better, but for this sketch, I took the inspiration from the street-dancers. This girl is in baggy jeans and sneakers:

Hip Hop

A whirlwind of movement.

I do believe I am happy with this one.

A New Beginning

Alright we’re back in business!

I’ve decided I’ve had enough with the skeletons – at least for a little while. As I’ve developed my yoga practice and have focused more on fitness, I’ve rediscovered my love for dancing. I spent a few nights gathering inspirational photos for my next series, which will be dance/workout inspired.

I’m sticking with my imperfect sketchy quality – the darker and messier the better, in my opinion. This one here is not the first one I did, but it’s one of my favorites from the couple that I’ve been working on over the past few days. It is untitled as of now:

BackbentAlmost ballet-like in poise, but with the strength of a yogi, I love the grace and grit of it all. πŸ™‚ Oh and as an aside, I have a lot of trouble with hands (real ones, with skin) so these may have an odd look about them. Hopefully I will get better with practice!

The next few are very similar so if you like this one, get excited! If it’s not your thing, I’m sorry, bear with me until this phase passes.

I do believe I am very, very happy with this new venture!!

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.