Saturday, January 24, 2009

Illustration Friday: Climbing



My son started gymnastics classes this week. The gym we go to can best be described as controlled chaos. It it chock full of young athletes and coaches and a wide array of activities. While my son was in class the area nearest to where I was sitting had a climbing rope and I watch a young girl climbing using just her arms. (She was climbing with straight legs but I thought the legs in motion made the illustration more dynamic) I didn't have my sketch book out during class, so I had to do my sketch from memory. The first sketch I did ended up looking too old, so I redid it. The proportions are better on this second one-but I think her head might be a little too big still.






14 comments:

Barb Hendee said...

Oh, Heather, this is awesome!

I really like the sense of movement here.

John said...

I just love this

joseph's art and stuff said...

amazing work, i agree with you, the motion shown by posing the legs different, then the original straight, adds alot of power to this, well done!

Edrian Thomidis said...

Love the sense of movement here! The legs and the tilted head really add to the energy of the piece. I agree with you about the head. I would also suggest softening the jaw line a bit to make her look younger. On your sketches the older one seems to have better proportions, but on the little girl, there's something about the lower arms that seems odd. I really like the rope bending too it helps the motion. Kudos to you for drawing from memory! I usually do much better when I'm looking at the subject!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Don't you just love controlled chaos??? he he he he. I love it! You must have taken your sketch pad with you cause your really capture the movements and all. It's wonderful. There is such a great sense of movement. Wonderful job from memory. This is sometimes so very hard to do. You should be proud of yourself. great job.

Amy Farrier said...

I really like the body language here; it captures that little-kid strength and the taut action. Nice proportions, too.

Christy said...

This is great Heathe

yoon see said...

Yeah, I am so proud of you doing this from memory.
The colour and mood employed here amazingly pleasing to eyes and soul. Thanks:)

Peter Breese said...

Great color use and it's fun to see the sketch work.

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carla said...

What a great drawing from memory! She looks strong and focused. You made a good decision to put her legs in motion. Beautiful colors, too.

Bella Sinclair said...

This is GREAT for climbing! And you did this from memory?? Very impressive. I love the posture.

Rope climbing takes such strength!

theartofpuro said...

Great illo,love the colours and the sense of movement

mike r. baker said...

Charming. Wonderful work! And thanks for sharing the process. :)

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