Drawing morning at the National Ballet

I had a wonderful morning at the Coliseum in London where I was able to draw the National Ballet warming up for their matinee performance of the ballet Manon. Quite a challenge to get something down on paper whilst so much was going on.  The action was so fast that a few strokes to get the energy and rough direction of limbs and body was about all that was possible. I covered 8 sheets of drawing paper using charcoal, chalk and soft pencils and below are some examples of the result! What I did gain from this were some high energy sketches that would have been impossible from photographs and when I watched the matinee afterwards, an appreciation of how much dedication had gone into the performance by these young stars of the ballet.

About angela brittain

Each work I create has a search for “rightness” – an attempt to solve complex and often self-imposed compositional problems. They often have a tension below the surface. I work mainly in acrylics on board. People fascinate me but I’m not sure that I made a conscious decision to make people central to my work or if this subject chose me. I have a Diploma in Art and Design and worked for several years as a graphic designer and illustrator before finally returning to my first love of drawing & painting in 2008. I have taught art to children and adults and currently offer one-to-one workshops from my home studio in West Sussex. I am a Member of the Society of Women Artists (SWA) and exhibit in London and the South.

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