Friday, September 17, 2010

BalletMet Dance Rehearsal

Last class, we went to the BalletMet to sit in on a dance rehearsal, the class being "modern dance".  It seemed to combine a lot of the moves of ballet, but with a lot more contrast between "graceful" and "aggressive".  The music was kind of modern and dissonant, very interesting.

Anyway, this was definitely tricky, but I'm fairly happy with some of the results.  Most of this was reliant upon memory of pose and knowledge of anatomy.  After all, when the pose disappears in half a second, how else are you supposed to draw?  

I wan't the only one to find this hard.  Most of us in the class are more comfortable with the "look, draw, look, draw, look, draw" approach as opposed to the "look, draaaaaaaaaaaaaaw" one.


  1. I can't even begin to describe how envious I am over this class. You hit the nail on the head with the difference between the comfortable; look, draw, check, look, draw, repeat and the idea of capturing motion.

    I remember doing my "Little Daylight" piece , having assembled the dancing girl from dozens of still photos of ballet dancers and figure skaters, but thinking it lacked a sense of motion since I couldn't really see either in action.

    If you dig this kind of work than maybe you'll like this video I found last week of women playing tennis in slow motion (which sounds rauchy when I saw it out loud. ew...)

    A pity the stupid pause button gets in the way because the high definition on these things is amazing!

  2. Kirsten,
    The progression of these drawings is wonderful. You settle into the idea of really capturing the essence of a pose that gets your attention(those drawings in the middle, especially), then begin to loosely work in details of form.
    I like how your details are basic indications - fingers, hair, faces, clothing and feet needn't be rendered too specifically - it 'slows the drawing down.'
    Great work - please keep it up.

  3. I'm so envious of your ability to remember the poses and put anatomy knowledge to use! Definitely a skill that I need more practice in but it's so neat to see it here.

    These are wonderful. The movement is very fluid. :)