This morning I had the wonderful opportunity to draw the Russian State Ballet in rehearsal at the Bristol Hippodrome. What a treat! I’m a massive fan of ballet and trained when I was younger, so was really excited to watch the beautiful dancing and get sketching.
I’ve been to a life drawing session in the past, which was a completely different experience, as then the model was posed and mainly still. In today’s session (organised by Bristol Drawing School), the dancers were constantly on the move and changing position which proved quite challenging to capture on the page. As advised by the tutor, I began by using a single pencil line to create a ‘flow’ and tried to mark out the movement as it happened. As I started to get a feel for the movement, I developed more figure-like marks working in pen, mainly drawing from memory as it was impossible to keep up! I then decided to switch to charcoal to give me the freedom to work more quickly and create softer, sweeping lines, which I was happiest with.
Such a great learning experience, I can’t wait to go to the next session!