Monday, July 02, 2012

Sketching At the English National Ballet School (I)

These are some sketches I have done at the English National Ballet School, Hortensia Rd Chelsea. I first had the opportunity to sketch there while studying Portraiture at The Heatherley's School of Fine Art, from 2003-2005. I really enjoyed the experience then and that's why I applied more recently to sketch there again.

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To sketch constantly moving dancers is not an easy experience, it's far different form the people I sketch on the train, even though the train is moving. This was a real test of  pure observation and speed. One just has to be alert and be content with whatever comes out of it.

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This is part 1 of a three part post on these sketches of ballet dancers.

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I have used Tom Bow Dual Wash pens for these sketches in an A3 Sketchbook.

Adebanji  Alade sketching at  English National Ballet School

While sketching the Ballet dancers I heard the Tutor say to the students, "If you don't work to your maximum  everyday, you'll remain at the same level for years"


Sadami said...

13Hi, Adebanji,
I love this kinds of quick sketches. They are the foundations and inspiration to create a great painting. Also, I love the tutor's say. So true. Thank you for sharing!
Kind regards, Sadami

adebanji said...

Thanks Sadami! Sure-I have been thinking deeply on how to use some of these sketches for a well composed sequence painting of these dancers, but not sure on how to go about it yet. Cheers! said...

They're lovely Adebanji! I think the combination of the red and black pens works really well too. What a great opportunity to draw figures in motion.

adebanji said...

Thanks Paul, it surely was a great opportunity!!!


do some football drawings.

adebanji said...

Thanks FBMS, I will!

Stephanie Berry said...

What a great exercise. It's hard to get a figure from someone in motion....wonderful!

adebanji said...

Thanks Stephanie!

Stacy said...

I love all of your ballet sketches! I draw tap dancers but work from my own photos. I have been wanting to attend a dance class for the sake of sketching during the class, but haven't done it yet. Seeing your wonderful sketches makes me think it is really something I should do. I know it will be a challenge but I think it would be a fun one - and informative too!

adebanji said...

Great Stacy!-I'm happy you are inspired!