Dancing around with anatomy

As a way of becoming a better painter and drawer, I bought some tutorial books to study. One of the assignments in the books is to draw people dancing.

By catching a moment of a dance, you need to get the movements of their body right. It becomes really clear if you mess it up, since the whole body usually gets pretty unproportional.

Anyway, since nobody was dancing anywhere in my nearest surroundings, I decided to use a photograph I took on a trip to America four years ago.

Walking around in Central Park, New York, we came over a huge group of people dancing together on a big, open space in the middle of the park. Just people coming together to dance with each other, not knowing one another beforehand.

So, I decided to use a photo of a woman in a pink dress, dancing around with a man in a yellow shirt. I thought their movement, especially the one of the woman, was an interesting and challenging one to try and catch on paper.

So this is the picture, and how the sketch turned out:

I think it went ok, but there is A LOT to keep working on. And by the way, I don’t know how the guy ended up having the worlds biggest nostril…. 🙂