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How I capture movement in figures - original oil pastel figurative drawing

3 monthes ago   |   By Hackberry Street Studio

One of my very favorite artistic endeavors is capturing the energy of dancers. For jitterbug dancers I just turn on some rock 'n' roll music, then start making gestural figurative marks with my black oil pastel; I rely mainly on my memory of jive dance performances to flesh out the figures, adding very little detail.
And yeah, I do dance a little - such great music, who could resist! The lines are mostly in segments with a little smearing to indicate movement and energy. Even when a bit of line ends up in a place I might not have intended, I often just leave it - a surprise here and there...
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