Life Drawing Session with ‘Spring’ Tumbling in Slow Motion

March is the month of the Vancouver International Dance Festival. My favourite part is the life drawing sessions.

This year was supposed to be the 20thanniversary season of the Festival, and run from March 6 to 28, 2020, offering 31 performances including 12 free shows, 20 free dance classes, and 7 free life drawing sessions with dancers as models.

Of course it was cancelled due to COVID but here is one particular life-drawing session from last year.

The dancer came onto the stage dressed as ‘Spring’, clutching a spray of cherry blossoms in her hand. The audience, seated at tables with large sheets of newsprint and charcoal, burst into applause at the work she had put into her costume. Dancer dressed as 'Spring' posing for a life drawing sessionSome of her poses were awkward and tricky to capture.Dancer dressed as 'Spring' clutching a twig of cherry blossoms, posing for a life drawing sessionThen she started tumbling in a series of slow motion poses which were even more challenging to capture.
Dancer posing as 'Spring' tumbling in slow motion posing for a life drawing sessionHere are two of my charcoal life drawings that almost capture the motion of these moving poses.
Charcoal life drawing of 'Spring' tumbling in slow motionCharcoal life drawing of 'Spring' tumbling in slow motionMore of the Lens-Artists Challenge: Spring.

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