This drawing seems so much more stark than in real life, but as I've mentioned before, I'm not the best photographer. Anyway, this is another in my ongoing obsession with ballet. I took ballet for years and years, through college and even after, so I have lots of memories stored in my head and lately, I also have sketches.
My central characters are of course, the two girls in the center, the other two will probably show up in a later drawing. Mainly, this is the gestural basis for my piece and now that I look at it, I think the figure on the left needs to be moved closer to the edge a little. I was looking for a casual chat between these girls and think it's a successful gesture.
This piece is sketched on grey Colourfix paper (9 x 12") and while I may end up doing a bigger version, this is it for now. I just drew freely - my favorite part - and then will use my finger or my finger wrapped in a paper towel to smooth out the background - and also not leave it that white. I have a big white Sennelier oil pastel and it's so easy to just madly scribble with it. Usually I use the regular size Senneliers, but I do have some of the big ones and they are also great to work with. Give them a try!
Will fill this in day by day and post my progress here. Thanks so much for sharing my oil pastel journey!