I drew this sketch in my travel art studio after coming across the image below. For once I didn’t care that it wasn’t perfect. The sheer movement of the image drew me in. There was something so lyrical about her that I wanted to feel it flow through the tip of my pencil.
Then this image grabbed me. The twists yearning out of expression pouring forth emotion.
There is not a single image from “Dancing in the Soul” photographed by Daniel Jackson for Vogue China that falls to the wayside. They each speak volumes. Maybe it is the evocation of Martha Graham and Avedon that drew me in or my partiality to bodies in Motion; the volumes in their wordless expression. Whatever the cause these images featuring Justin Peck alongside Chinese supermodels Liu Wen, Sui He, and Ming Xi are stunning, worthy of sharing.
Today I paired my sketch Reach with a photo from Passage for Two. To get the full effect of today’s photo pair make sure to watch the video of the fourth Dance movement from NY Export: Opus Jazz featuring the choreography of Jerome Robbins, music by Robert Prince and New York City Ballet soloists Rachel Rutherford and Craig Hall. Watch “Passage For Two”.
I thought I would also share the beginnings of another sketch Pas de Deux in keeping with the theme of course. Illustrator and I are still arguing with one another. I am sure eventually we will learn to cooperate better. But even unfinished there is something I like about them. I suspect it is the expression of the dance pose itself. Even frozen in space dancers bodies seems to be able to communicate a mirade of emotions. I never seem to tire of their narration.