Sunday, 17 July 2011

Illustration Friday: Gesture

My offering for this week's Illustration Friday theme, gesture, features a stage actress rehearsing a performance for very young children.  This week's theme made me think about the movement and immediacy of live theatre performers, and how best to capture that spontaneity in a single image.  I made the drawing in situ, sitting on the floor with my 'mobile' drawing kit spread out in front of me.  By the time I drew this, I was completely absorbed in the process that the performers were going through, and had watched the actress repeating this routine several times over.  I used ink, watercolour and a very small amount of Photoshop afterwards, just to clean up the image once I had scanned it.

Here are some photos of the actresses at work in their humble rehearsal room at Leith Community Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland:


  1. This is so perfect! You have captured the moment and the mood.

  2. Thanks for the lovely comment Sujata. Just had a look at your illustration, I like the movement in the image. Also, really like your illustration for IF: Stay...

  3. always loved watercolors.... your's is such a great example of why they are so amazing... when used so amazingly...