Sketching from the Stage

An Acrobat goes through her moves inside her head.
Pencil Sketch using 2B and 6B.   

“I observe her intense focus on the stage as she quietly goes through her moves… no move is too sharp nor too rushed… she stands, she flows her arms as if through water… she stands poised and dignified before her time… to shine.

I am drawn to her liquid movements and more than that … the love of dance that oozes from the depths of such energetic creativity.

Lost they are… into another zone… finding themselves in their incredible talent, gift, and passion.”

Recently I accompanied my daughter to Middleberg to witness the Annual South African Acrobatic Championships.  Armed with all my sketching materials which include charcoal, putty eraser, pencils and pens of varying thicknesses, I approached the tour with enthusiasm.  “Free” time was very limited but I did manage to capture some fast gestures( less than a couple of minutes) which I now share with you. I will discuss my watercolour sketches on a separate post. Well done to Debi Frizelle and her studio of beautiful girls who shone on stage as much as the many gold medals that they won.

A simple line drawing done with a .2 ink pen.

Amazing stances, stretches and swings into the air.

This quartet’s timing was perfect! Beautiful to watch. Gesture drawing in 15 seconds

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