Tuesday, March 25, 2014


First Arabesque: my favorite arabesque!
The last pic is her grabbing her back after the pose, by the way....


How did you use your own unique ideas in your work?

Did you use a source for inspiration, then combine it with your own ideas to make it original?

1) I thought that a ballerina would be an interesting work for the project, since people don't generally think of ballet in any context, but everyone does know what a ballerina is and can recognize a basic picture of one.  I tried to come up with original ideas, though with ballet that is challenging.  I tried to be creative with the tutu by adding the lines and adding zig-zag at the end.

2) I tried to use the following picture as a guide for how to draw the supporting leg, since it clearly shows the angle and turn-out.  I did have to try to adjust it a little to have one foot sideways and in the air, and the other almost straight underneath the dancer.

I used the following picture as a guide for the pose itself:
My drawing had the legs swapped, and the working leg pressed against the dancer more, and with one arm in second position.  I had an incredibly hard time trying to draw the fingers, so eventually I just decided to extend the arms so that the hands were outside of the picture.

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Friday, March 7, 2014


Just to explain: 
Releve: rise (in slang called standing on your toes, though that would be en pointe but whatever...) to rise on to the ball of your foot, where it's hard to balance but a lot of dance moves are on releve. 

My old definition of art: a piece of work, movement, or sound that someone views as creative or beautiful. 

Work is supposed to represent visual arts, movement being dance, and sound being music or instruments.  I still think that is the definition of art, so I don't have a new definition.