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: