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There’s nothing like drawing from a live model.  It’s inspiring and invigorating and you can see the forms clearly.  In a pinch, if you feel the urge to draw but can’t get anyone to pose for you (good luck trying to find someone who’s willing and able to sit still these days), you can draw from photos.  But photos are so 20th century.

Instead, I recommend that you draw from YouTube.  Name a person, a topic, or an event, and you’ll find it on YouTube.  If you want to practice drawing faces, pick one of the thousands of clips of talking heads.  Run the video and decide which angle you’ll draw.  Stop the frame.  Voila.  Your model is sitting for you.  If you’re in the mood for gesture drawing, find a sport or a ballet.  Stop the frame.  You can be sure, no model would ever hold these poses.  You will get a work out, guaranteed.

Above, a page of studies after a ballet by Nacho Duato, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkC0hHat_ik

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I call this drawing “Beaucoup 119.”  It’s inspired by Hubbart Street Dance Chicago’s performance of “Too Beaucoup,” which I saw at the Harris Theater in March.  The choreography by Sharon Eyal reminded me of swarms of insects moving in twitching groupings that made sense in the grammar of the Locust Language, as spoken by the upper crust of that society.  It was an astonishing performance and, for me, exhausting to watch.  But it stuck in the mind. Two or three days later it came back to me and I understood it, though I don’t want to be called upon to write an essay explaining it.  It just hit me in all its frenetic, percussive power.  Perhaps I can claim to understand it visually and kinetically.

This drawing in conté is on ledger paper (acid free), hence the number 119.  Unframed, about 10 x 16; framed, 18 x24.

It is my contribution to the benefit exhibition at the Evanston Art Center, which will open this Sunday afternoon, May 1. Since this is a benefit, all art works will be priced to sell.  And there is much to choose from: drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, pottery.    For more information, go to www.evanstonartcenter.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_h-M-IaMBE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3B3xaYV7zQ&NR=1

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This drawing is inspired by the Hubbard Street Dance Company’s performance of “Petite Mort,” by the Czech  choreographer Jiří Kylián, using  Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major  (Adagio) and  the andante from his Piano Concerto in C Major, 1991.  It was a stunning performance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7afrgC5l8I&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t0UuHvMI18&feature=related

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